Oscar wrap-up

Actually, I’m lying when I call this a wrap-up because I haven’t seen the end yet. I was so bored and didn’t expect any surprises in the final awards that I set the DVR and went upstairs to read.

I haven’t watched what I recorded yesterday, but based on the tweets I caught up with today it doesn’t sound like I missed much. I can fast-forward through everything but Matthew McConaughey’s speech. And even that sounds like it went on a bit too long.

But may I begin by congratulating the winners on their speeches? For once it wasn’t just a monotonous droning of people’s names. Jared Leto set the tone with his tribute to his mother and brother, although he switched to thank yous at the end, and either everyone sort of followed his lead or already had the same inspiration. And almost no one got played off. And there were no horrible montages except for that bit on heroes, which oddly enough featured 1,000 comic book characters and George Bailey.

Ellen, however, was a major disappointment. It’s as if she recycled everything she’d done before. Didn’t someone bring in popcorn or something at an awards show several years ago? And put away your cell phone. That is so dated. And you didn’t “break” Twitter.

I don’t care about tuxes, I really don’t. But McConaughey and Leto in near matching apparel struck me as odd. My favorite dress of the night was the one worn by Bette Midler, even though it will get no attention from everyone else. What was with all the arm movements though, Bette. Flapping one wing? I’m grateful she was holding the mike so she didn’t wave both arms around like a bird. Hooray for muting the applause, but I prefer my heart-tugging memorial song during the In Memoriam segment.

And go back to five nominations. Summarizing the best pictures in trios made them seem as if there was nothing special about any of them.

I think I’m done now. But I may be back.

P.S. Here’s Bette’s dress. It looked better in person, as it were.