Some random thoughts about the 78th Annual Academy Awards, which I finished writing well before the final awards were given.
This was Daily Show anchor Jon Stewart’s first time hosting the Oscars; I’m not sure if he’ll do a second. Jon’s hilarious, but it wasn’t his format. Timing problems, maybe.
But don’t listen to me – I thought Chris Rock was hilarious as host, and I even liked Letterman.
Stewart did manage to get in a few decent political jibes, as one might hope and expect. He got a “Cheney hunting accident” bit in, and said democracy would come to Hollywood if they would just bring down the giant Oscar statue behind him and hit it with sandals.
There was some talk that this wouldn’t be a political Oscars. Yet, most of the Best Motion Picture Of The Year nominees were politically charged and/or socially challenging.
Plus, a Jon Stewart hosting gig without political commentary would be like a David Copperfield hosting gig without magic tricks. Shudder. Well, I did it to myself.
George Clooney won the first award of the night – Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role for Syrianna. Jesus if these category names aren’t getting long and politically correct sounding. What happened to Best Supporting Actor???
In his acceptance speech Clooney said he was proud to be “out of touch” with the mainstream in making the films he does. George rocks! Seriously, Batman And Robin is forgiven. I want to have his baby, even though “I ain’t no queer.”* Clooney is one of the greatest, most unapologetic liberals alive.
Damn, Aussies are some fine-looking people! I mean, Naomi is female sexuality incarnate. I’ve been in love with her since her hot lesbian scenes in Mulholland Drive. And when I learned she was "close friends" with Nicole, well, my imagination... I'll leave it at that.
Hell, even Eric Bana is looking good. Though as I already stated, I ain’t…
Russell Crowe, well, he's just an asshole.
As Will Smith read the nominees for Best Foreign Language Film, he was framed by an image of a swastika on one side, and an image from a film about Palestinian suicide bombers on the other. In "Jewish" Hollywood of all places! Hmm.
Nope, no politics. No politics at all in this Oscars.
*With thanks to the writers of Brokeback Mountain for this dialogue.