Just some stuff before I decide that I can't watch anymore (which should be in a few minutes):
:: If they awarded the Best Picture Oscar based on the first half of a movie, Up would be a shoo-in. Its second half was a major let-down, though.
:: Michael Giacchino has deserved an Oscar for several years, and Up is a fine score. I liked what he did with Star Trek better, though. That score has grown on me hugely since it came out last year.
:: I'm reading a new book about John Hughes and the Brat Pack right now, so it freaked me out a little when they did a special memorial for Hughes and brought out some of the Brat Pack. Wow.
:: Speaking of which, the degree to which Matthew Broderick's voice hasn't changed at all since Ferris Bueller is a bit unnatural.
:: The applause for the Hughes memorial seemed a tad unenthusiastic, didn't it? And they showed some young people in the audience looking bored or confused, as if they wondered why they were honoring a guy who made noted movies in the 1980s and then dropped out of sight.
:: So far my favorite acceptance speeches are the guy who wrote Precious and the costume designer who opened with "Yeah, I've already got two of these" and proceeded to point out that costumers who do films set in real life today deserve recognition as much as those who do the Elizabethan epics do.
:: I liked the "Best Original Score" ballet they did. And if James Horner's score to Avatar had been as good as the sixty seconds or so they played of it, that score would have won. But it wasn't.
:: I'm liking Alec Baldwin. But then, what do I know? I'm the one person who liked Jon Stewart and David Letterman as hosts.
:: I don't care if it lengthens the ceremony, Lifetime Achievement Awards should happen on Award Night. Roger Corman deserved to stand up there on stage.
:: I think that Queen Latifah is a beautiful, beautiful woman. No real point here, just that she's beautiful.
:: Back to Alec Baldwin: he really seems to tone Steve Martin down a bit, nicely.
:: We're in the greatest era of visual effects ever, and only three movies get nominations in that category? Hey, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences: WTF?!
:: I think I must be the only person in the world who doesn't think that James Cameron was being a dick when he did his "I'm the King of the World!" thing in 1998 when Titanic won. I just thought it was a funny mimicking of a famous moment from his movie. Didn't bother me at all.
:: 11:10 pm and the show's still going strong. I, on the other hand, am not. So I'm off to bed.