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Mar 4, 2007

79TH ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS – WORTH COMMENTING ON? NOT REALLY

So it’s been a week since the Oscars, and in this time usually in the past I would have pondered the awards, re-watched some of the films and made a lot of comments about the whole affair. This year, I’ve almost all but forgotten about them. Sure I re-watched THE DEPARTED the next day, although really that was because I had just recently purchased it on DVD. This year’s show didn’t offer much in the way of excitement. There was one surprise – the song winner – but even given the fact that winner Melissa Etheridge thanked her wife, nothing really even came out of that except maybe on a few extreme red-state blog and discussion sites (then again, the readers of those sites are probably already bristling at the fact that Ellen DeGeneres was hosting the show).

So what kind of assessment do I have on this year’s show? Long, bloated, boring. It was nice to see Martin Scorsese finally win though, and his speech was amusing. The musical number performed by Jack Black, Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly was reminiscent of the 1950s (exact year escapes me) number done by Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas “It’s great not to be nominated” as they also mocked that year’s nominees. The shadow dancers grew tiresome fast, and the guy backstage going over the tally of films to Oscars was just plain annoying.

Well…there’s always next year to look forward to.