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Much Ado About Nothing.
After sitting through over 4 hours (including commercial breaks) of some of the worst banter I've ever seen, the 83rd Academy Awards Ceremony didn't exactly win me over. Admittedly, it had its moments - most of those moments scattered throughout acceptance speeches. I thought instead of a long rant it would be easier for me to just list my likes and dislikes of the ceremony. So, without further ado...
Things I liked about this year's Academy Awards: Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law (the duo made for, in my opinion, the funniest moment of the night); Mila Kunis' dress; Kirk Douglas; James Franco's dress (I chortled); Melissa Leo's reaction to her F-bomb; Mila Kunis' cleavage; Luke Matheny's hair; Mila Kunis.
(I'm not biased towards Mila Kunis, or even any part of Mila Kunis... it's just that, well, there wasn't really anything else worth focusing on.) Which brings me to...
Things I didn't like about this year's Academy Awards: James Franco and Anne Hathaway - could you get any more bland? Or awkward? Or (insert adjective here which aptly describes their slowly decreasing entertainment factor as the night progressed); Gwyneth Paltrow singing; The children's choir (cute, but not overly good. I'm sure their mums will be proud); Auto tuned movie scenes (honestly, what were they thinking? What happened to good old-fashioned live entertainment?); Whoever was in charge of Randy Newman's microphone (his instantly recognisable voice failed to come through in the mix); Colin Firth didn't stutter in his acceptance speech (come on, you were thinking it too); Anne Hathaway's solo (is that the best they can come up with?); The 2 minute (if that) medley of movie themes; and... pretty much everything else.
The whole tone of the ceremony was fairly flat, and compared to previous years - in particular (my favourite), the 81st hosted by Hugh Jackman featuring plenty of live entertainment, massive musical numbers and just general liveliness - this one was nothing short of sh*t.
If the plan is to make next year's Academy Awards ceremony as dull as this year's turned out to be, at least give Mila Kunis the job of hosting - if only to give me a reason to sit through the slow, unbearable torture that Hollywood seems to think we enjoy.