The Oscars were almost entertaining.Â The show had some really powerful moments and some incredible glitches.Â Hugh Jackman was a great choice for a host, handsome, funny, good dancer.
It was cool seeing someone I met and know to be a nice guy win an Oscar.Â Dustin Lance Black who wrote the screenplay for Milk.Â Every time I see him at Outfest, he’s friendly to those he meets and gracious to the festival staff and volunteers.Â It’s nice to see nice guys get attention and honors.
Angelina Jolie‘s earrings looked like they were made of kryptonite.
Kate Winslet gave the best acceptance speech of the evening.Â She seemed truly gracious and moved by the award.Â While I might have voted for Jolie, I do believe Winslet has earned this honor –and not just for The Reader, for her whole body of work.Â And the Oscars were originally designed to honor a body of work.
Sean Penn gave the worst speech, unnecessarily politicizing the event.Â If he wanted to make the case for gay marriage, he would have done better not to attack its opponents and make a positive argument instead. When Penn reads someone else’s lines, he does a remarkable job.Â He’s not so good with his own.Â While I grant he delivered an Oscar-worthy performance in Milk, he did little to endear himself to most Americans who go to the movies.
And I wonder why on earth the organizers chose one of a hyperpartisan left-of-center host of a political show to present the documentary awards.Â The choice of Bill Maher does not reflect well on the Academy.
And what was up with the Memorial Tribute.Â In past years, once they start rolling the film, that occupies the entire screen.Â This year, they kept shifting the camera angle covering the screen on stage at the Hollywood theater.Â As a result, we often had difficulty reading the names of the late stars and even seeing the brief shot of their achievement.