Brolin, Jones & Bardem - they seemed to enjoy it too.Of course,
staying up late (5am over here)
is fun but when you get to my age it can be a bit of a challenge. Thankfully I didn't nod off. Due, partly, to the swiftness of the event and the stout work from host, JON "Not Taller Than Ryan Seacrest" STEWART
, who was never anything other than essential
. He handled the night very well with some nice pre~prepared
gags - 'modern' references to video iPod
s, the Wii
; and montages of "Periscopes & Binoculars"
and "Bad Dreams"
- alongside some genuinely amusing spontaneous moments and quips. Right from the get~go JS
got the tone right and kept it up all night, slightly
irreverent but on the nose almost all of the time.
Political? Sometimes, but not tonight.
He even managed to keep the politics to a superficial level. I look forward to seeing him at it again next year although he may have upset the 'Academy' after he mocked, albeit lovingly, a presentation by president SID "Produced 'Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo', Hem Hem"
GANIS on the 'secrecy' of the voting process involving PRICEWATERHOUSE COOPERS
. Still, bloody
funny. Particularly touching was his insistence that MARKETA "Not Even 20!" IRGLOVA
got her chance to say 'thank you' after being 'orchestra-d off'. Nice.
Yeah, hey guys! The show's on stage.
The presenters were, for the most part, top notch
- producers of the BAFTA
s and BRITS
take note! - although KATHERINE "Check Out Her Huge Gums & Teeth!" HEIGL
really let herself down when she got up told everyone how nervous she was and what a big deal it was. Silly cow
, she'll be regretting that today. Of note were STEVE "Shock, Cam Likes Something He's Done, Again." CARRELL
and ANNE "Not Too Bad This Time, Almost Engagaing" HATHAWAY
who presented the Animated Film but SC
thought he was presenting Documentary and was all serious 'n' that
. Simple but well
performed and, best of all
, got a LOL
Wonder if she's aware that Rabies has a cure?JOSH "That's Right, I Was In 'The Goonies', Get Over It!" BROLIN
and JAMES "Also Shorter Than Seacrest" MCAVOY
proved to be an amusing and
oddly coupled pair, delivering their intro with great comic timing and 'movement'. The SUPERBAD
guys, SETH "Looks A Bit Like Jonah Hill" ROGEN
and JONAH "Looks A Bit Like Chris Penn" HILL
provided some more excellent 'humour' pretending to be HALLE BERRY
and JUDI DENCH
The Proclaimers movie is back on track.
came from the oft~asked~to~host~but~says~no JERRY SEINFELD
who 'performed' as BARRY "Bee" BENSON
and presented a montage of some his other roles from THE SWARM et al
. The winners themselves were brief and generally like~able. Most of all, the majority of them weren't American. Now, this isn't racism, it's just nice to see and hear so many non~US
voices in such a big American, Hollywood event. Note, all the actors and actresses who won were 'foreign'.
The Little Mermaid live~action version starts soon too. MARION "Big Fish" COTILLARD
was as sweet as a big, erm, '
sweet' and bubbled over with joy and happiness and her speech was just as fun. Much like JAVIER "Coin~Tosser" BARDEM
who, despite being the
favourite, was as humble as ever and even spoke some of his speech in his own tongue to his mother. Nice touch big guy!
But, what was the deal with TILDA "Dementor" SWINTON
? It was the BAFTA
s all over again. Not only did her dress look awful (again!!)
but she managed to use the phrase, "You rock!"
in her acceptance speech. Wha??!!
I'm sure CLOONEY
is getting sick of hearing about his role as BATMAN
all those years ago. While watching DANIEL "Day" LEWIS
leaving the stage after his gentle and heartfelt speech I found it difficult to equate the man with his role in THERE WILL BE BLOOD
. And that's probably why he won.
You may well be brilliant but those earrings? Eeeww!Negative points?
Too much self reference, so many clips of passed ceremonies. It was clear that the recent writer's strike affected this portion of the show. Also, the musical numbers (which I was looking forward too immensely)
were rather ill thought~out and, for want of a better term, lame
. Very Eighties and HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL
. Poor AMY "Should've Been Nominated" ADAMS
had to sing a song all on her own with no animated animals cleaning up and then she suffered the indignanty
of having some talentless cow
sing the best song from ENCHANTED
, "That's How You Know"
. Very disappointing. Still, those points aside, the ceremony was a success, very slick and damn
funny at times. But, crucially
, utterly essential. My thoughts on the actual
winners and nominations coming up (once I've had a nap)
Just where were all the animals?'Til the next time,C.