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03/08/2010

Say Goodbye to Hollywood

Sunday March 7, 2010

The 82nd annual Academy Awards ended by being pretty predictable: no upsets. If you voted in your Oscar pool according to the pundits, you were going to do pretty well. All of the acting winners took their first trip up to the podium, and there were some lovely tributes to their parents—especially Jeff Bridges’ speech. I thought that was a warm & wonderful image of his Dad, Lloyd Bridges, sitting on his bed and teaching him the fundamentals of acting. So often a performer’s talent doesn’t get passed on to the next generation, but in the case of Beau & Jeff Bridges it clearly did. In fact, you could argue that Jeff Bridges has a lot more talent than his famous Dad.

Sandra Bullock waged one of the best campaigns to win an Oscar I have ever witnessed. She made fun of herself at every turn, and insisted to the very end that she would not win. Hell, she even went to pick up her “Razzie” award for the WORST performance of 2009. She showed up everywhere, especially at parties thrown in her honor and ended the lobbying with a line at the winner’s podium asking the crowd if she’d earned it or just merely been persistent….

I thought the use of clips was innovative. Instead of using just a clip from a single scene, the producers took snippets from an entire film or performance. In general though, the show was a solid ‘B’—the kind that will be quickly forgotten. I miss Billy Crystal and his opening tunes SO MUCH, and nobody was better at hosting this show than Johnny Carson except maybe Billy.

Until next year,

Sandy Kenyon

03/07/2010

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