Monday, February 25, 2008

The Oscars

Kept up tradition by seeing the Oscars on Sunday.

- It was a pretty bland show - no unexpected incidents, no memorable speeches, no outrageous costumes. Even the song and dance productions felt kinda muted and non-showy.

- Marion Cotillard, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Alba looked great. Cameron Diaz disappointed again :( With no Tom Cruise or Brad Pitt, the wife had to be content drooling over Patrick Dempsey.

- The only aspect better than last year's show was the opening - the road down Hollywood through the ages was short but more interesting than last year's endless clips of the nominees.

- Jon Stewart had a few good jokes balanced by a few duds. He seemed a little stiff initially but seemed to loosen up as the show progressed.

- Hadn't seen most of the big nominees, barring Michael Clayton, but still managed to guess most of the winners, based purely on articles and buzz leading upto the show. Guess that shows how predictable the awards were. After seeing American Gangster and Michael Clayton last week, I feel Denzel deserved a nomination more than Clooney. Was surprised that Tilda Swinton won Best Actress. If there was an actor in Michael Clayton who deserved an award, it was Tom Wilkinson.

- Good speeches came from Ethan Coen(the second time), the leads from Once(especially the heroine, after Jon Stewart brought her back) and Marion Cotillard(emotional but heartfelt).

- The effect of the writer's strike was seen in the number of montages but they were probably the best parts of the show. The clips from previous Oscars and past movies added a sense of nostalgia though seeing those speeches(by the winners) and quips(by the hosts) highlighted just how boring the present show was!

4 Comments:

At 8:50 AM, Anonymous Silanthimanithan said...

Balaji

Awaiting ur review on Anjathey. One of the best movies in Tamil this year, I thought it wud be great to read ur take on it.

 
At 12:58 PM, Anonymous ram said...

T. Rajendar's acceptance speech at the Oscars:
Deyyyyy, enaku indha "veerasaami" padathuku kuduthaange "best karadi kutty" viridhu...
adan goiyaale, adhu thaan daa thamizh naatuku aaliwuttu kudutha marundhu...
imaya malaiku pogaathey aasaiya thorandhu...
scentu vaasanai adhu marikozhundhu...
naan mumz-a paathen mei marandhu...
ava ponaaley rekkai-la parandhu...
annailerundhu...
suthinen sandhu pondhu...
kedaichudhu kiriket pandhu...
noodles aanen nondhu nondhu
bhairavuku munaale sindhu...
ungaluku munaale naan oru karadi janthu...!

 
At 6:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

raam ayya..uma pulamayai kandu mei marandhu ponen....

Yeppadi saar....TR ungalukku rombo vendiyavaraa? illa simbukku tution solli kudukka avunga veettukku poi pazhakkamaa? idhelllam konjam grass-itching samaachaaram dhaan ponga...

 
At 5:30 PM, Anonymous vic said...

tilda swinton was fantastic in clayton, and certainly deserving of the award, though I thought the clooney and wilkinson performances were overrated

I agree on denzel, though it was a completely unrealistic portrayal of lucas by scott, I thought the performance here was tremendous by denzel. esp after just recently watching the directors cut on dvd, the performance came off a lot stronger than I remember in theatres (though this cut was way too drawn out, the theatrical was perfect). and on top of everything else, somehow ruby dee ends up getting nominated!?

victor

 

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