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2017 Oscar Award Show Buzz Was More Like a Quiet Hum

Marion Charatan

Posted on February 27, 2017 16:13

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Except for a Few Memorable Moments, The Oscar Show Fell a Bit Flat

I made it a point to get home in time to watch the Oscars last night; starting time 5:30pm PST. To be honest, I’d just as soon have taken a long walk around Deception point or Green Lake -- two local scenic hikes that I enjoy.

Admittedly, I liked seeing the latest fashion trends on the runway. It seems that gold and silver form-fitting gowns and white tuxes are in vogue. The celebs were well-manicured and striking in their borrowed Tiffany or Winston jewels, fake tans and expensive designer togs. But the show, itself, well………

Let alone a few unforgettable moments, like when the undeniably charismatic Justin Timberlake opened the show with a stunning performance of his Oscar-nominated hit ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling’ from ‘Trolls.’

I couldn’t deny that Viola Davis made an impassioned acceptance speech holding her Oscar for her supporting role in ‘Fences.’ Davis is the first black woman to win an Oscar, Emmy and Tony for Acting. And she always hits at the heart strings.

Then there was THE biggest gaffe the Academy Awards has seen: giving Warren Beatty the wrong envelope when it came to announce the best film of 2016. It was ‘Moonlight’ that actually won -- not ‘La La Land’ as Faye Dunaway announced.

The snafu came from the card Beatty received that had Emma Stone’s name on it. Stone had won the Best Actress Award for her role in ‘La La Land earlier. The producer of ‘La La Land’ stepped in and proved himself a class act, immediately asking the ‘Moonlight’ team to come onstage. Still, it was mistake that could have been avoided, reminiscent of the Steve Harvey mistakenly announced the wrong Miss Universe in 2015.

Then there was Jimmy Kimmel. I like Kimmel and I know how tough it is to host a live show, especially on TV. I prefer him as a late night host. Putting too much focus on his ‘feud’ with Matt Damon, saying more than once that Meryl Streep was ‘overrated’ in response to Trump’s unceremonious criticism of Streep (come on, we all know that Streep is incredibly gifted and her awards are well-deserved).

The show was long winded, lasting over an hour and a half. It had low ratings but that’s due to so many other factors, like Neflix and low movie attendance. I have a suggestion -- bring on Justin Timberlake as host next year. I make a prediction if the Academy does that the ratings will soar right through the roof.

Marion Charatan

Posted on February 27, 2017 16:13

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