Oscar Recap

Monday, February 28, 2011

The reviews for Franco and Hathaway as Oscar hosts are decidedly mixed. A.O. Scott, chief film critic for the New York Times, recaps last night's Academy Awards ceremony.

What were your highlights? Lowlights? Surprises? Let us know!

Watch a video James Franco shot while walking out on stage at the top of the Oscars. More videos from Franco here»»


A.O. Scott

Comments [13]

DTorres from Nathan Strauss Projects

Natalie Portman was wonderful in
The Black Swan and Vendetta, No
Strings attached.
I was so happy to see Natalie get her
well deserved Oscar.
It was nice to see Kirk Douglas,
handing the oscar to Melissa Leo.
Overall the show was great.
However, James Franco, didn't seem
like he wanted to be there.
Something about his face, just seemed
like he wished he was some place else.

Feb. 28 2011 01:30 PM
herenow from brklyn

i'm ususally very cynical and negative on these things but...
all TV sets were squarely set on channel 7 yesterday and everyone laughed and enjoyed the show. it was the BEST oscars i can remember - i was actually entertained - very surprised to read the negative comments.
the cheesiest part was the SI chorus (and why didn't they at least pick Brooklyn?! for the school).

Anyway - everyone (4 ppl) in my apt. loved the show last night -

GOOD SHOW...(for once)

Feb. 28 2011 12:46 PM
bob from huntington

the oscars are an exercise in self-promotion for an increasingly insular industry in a company town that is now largely given over to making special effects laden films for 15 year-old boys.

the win by the king's speech was classic harvey weinstein oscar strategizing: take a seemingly high-brow topic, make it accessible to a middle- to low-brow audience and make sure geoffrey rush is in the cast. think shakespeare in love, a largely forgettable film that won a bunch of oscars--including one for gwyneth paltrow that everyone agrees should have gone to cate blanchett for her breakthrough performance in elizabeth.

Feb. 28 2011 11:07 AM
Robert from NYC

Yes, and no one has been arrested. I'm glad he mentioned it because you don't hear anything about it in any of the media be it the big commercial news or public radio which seems to have CNNized into blather and nonsense.

Feb. 28 2011 10:59 AM

Boring, boring, boring! I fell asleep. But my husband said the best and redeeming part was the school chorus. Watch out, the awards might make that a "trend".

The awards are like Washington; all insider stuff, no diversity (and I don't just mean color) in form and substance.

Feb. 28 2011 10:57 AM
Dorothy from Manhattan

I stayed with the program (with a lot of switching to other channels) only to see if Colin Firth (crazy about him) got an Oscar. Franco seemed as bored as I was. I was amused by Hathaway's several comments about the "young and hip" programming.

Feb. 28 2011 10:56 AM
Robert from NYC

And I don't care.

Feb. 28 2011 10:56 AM
Dan Edelstein

WHO came out in support of unions!!?? A couple of winners pointedly thank their "union crews," but NO ONE that I heard expressed any sympathy, or even mentioned the situation, in Wisconsin. That was very disappointing, to say the least. The only overt political statement anyone made was by Charlie Ferguson, the director of Inside Job, who pointed out that nobody has yet to be punished for the economic collapse. True enough, but he might have continued to say something to the effect of "And now they're trying to blame the collapse on working people!!"

Feb. 28 2011 10:55 AM
Bob from Westchester

I missed the "celebrity" last night - where were all of the Hollywood STARS?! And Anne Hathaway's off-camera "WooHoos!" after each new presenter was announced, were annoying...

Feb. 28 2011 10:54 AM

make it 1 hour!

Feb. 28 2011 10:53 AM

I totally agree with A.O. Scott's comments on why a comedian would be a better host than the hollywood actors from last night! They were unthrilling.

Feb. 28 2011 10:52 AM

the oscars are boring no matter who hosts. even with a comedian the rated G-event is just a waste. the next day i found out who won and i heard the best clips.
i won't even get into the movies, i have no interested them either. Hollywood stinks, I’ve stopped buying what they are selling.

Feb. 28 2011 10:42 AM

The selection of James Franco and Anne Hathaway to host the Oscars was one of the dumbest ideas in the history of dumb ideas. Franco and Hathaway were an atrocity and an abomination as Oscar co-hosts. Kathleen Parker and Elliot Spitzer would have been a vast improvement over them. Watching Franco and Hathaway’s nauseating performance should have qualified as a form of enhanced interrogation. COMEDIANS are the only people who have any business hosting the Oscars. All night long, I kept hoping that Franco and Hathaway would fall thru a trapdoor and Ricky Gervais, Bill Maher, Stephen Colbert, or Conan O’Brien would take over as host of the Oscars.

Feb. 28 2011 10:06 AM

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