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The Red Carpet interviewers just had to talk to Evan Rachel Wood and remind me that she's going to be on Broadway. I liked her just fine in Across the Universe — but she is not a strong enough singer for Broadway.

Anne Hathaway, however.... She can really sing! I'm not a huge fan of Anne Hathaway as an actress, and I think she's overrated. Also (let me be clear), I am very critical of singing talent. Anne's singing impressed me. And it impressed Shirley MacLaine, too (whom I adore). Go, Anne!

The worst part of the Oscars was the speeches about the acting nominees. Too long, boring and pointless flattery that wasn't very insightful. To invent my own example, it sounded like, "[Nominee], you are the very definition of an actor. You came onto the screen and embodied [Character]. You showed us [Character]'s joy, grief, humor and passion, and you reached depths of emotion and a wide range as an actor in this role. You made us care about [Character]." Zzzz... Where are my clips?! I want to be able to appreciate performances I haven't seen.

The speeches from the winners, though, were really darn good on the whole. They seemed genuine. They thanked people without being a boring recitation of names. Sean Penn especially did a good job. The magic trick and Oscar-balancing from the Man on Wire guy was cool. The speeches can be really boring, but these were really good. :)

I have a crush on Kate Winslet. I think she's beautiful and a great actress. (I also loved her dress.) I'm happy that she finally won an Oscar after so many nominations. But Meryl Streep deserved the award. I saw both performances; Kate was very good, but Meryl Streep blew me away. (Obviously I can't speak for the other nominees, but even with just those two, Kate didn't really deserve it.)

I kind of wish Richard Jenkins had won. (I knew he wasn't going to, though.) The Visitor was simply amazing.

I thought Slumdog Millionaire was a good movie — but not that good. Certain awards it absolutely deserved (such as cinematography). I don't think I would have given it best picture, though. In general, I thought it was overrated.

Hugh Jackman's opening number I initially found weird. But I was totally won over by his talent and the silliness of the number. I especially loved the segment for The Reader.


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yoicksandaway From: yoicksandaway Date: February 23rd, 2009 10:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
The opening was most of what we saw of the Oscars. darthlara had never heard Jackman sing before, and just kept saying over and over, "I love this man!" Of course she whooped once he started dancing.

His obvious amusement during the Reader song was hilarious!
franklinshepard From: franklinshepard Date: February 24th, 2009 03:16 am (UTC) (Link)
There's quite a bit of scuttlebutt about Anne doing a revival of Promises Promises. Not exactly right for her voice type, but I certainly think she could act it beautifully. I'm not a huge Anne fan either but I do like her, and I thought she looked absolutely gorgeous in all those closeups of her face.

I don't think Slumdog is the best movie ever, but out of those five, I'm glad it won. Wall-E was the real Best Picture of the year.
From: drowninginangst Date: February 27th, 2009 08:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like your Oscar reviews. I respect your opinion and find you insightful, even when I don't always agree with you.

For example, Richard Jenkins--very good, but Mickey Rourke should have won for "The Wrestler." That performance was raw, gritty, and genuine without being over the top. Sean Penn put out a good performance and I LOVED his acceptance speech, but I didn't think his performance was better than Rourke's, just like I didn't think he deserved to win for "Mystic River." That year, Penn beat out Ben Kingsley, who should have won for "House of Sand and Fog."

Also, I think Anne Hathaway is an extremely talented actress. She actually reminds me of you. I agree that Kate Winslet's win wasn't really deserved this year. It seemed they were rewarding her for several years of great performances. Anne Hathaway deserved the Best Actress award for "Rachel Getting Married."

Also, I think Amy Adams should have won Best Supporting Actress for "Doubt." I have never been impressed with Penelope Cruz. I find her really stiff and unconvincing.

I completely agree with you about "Slumdog Millionaire" except I will note that it was a REALLY weak year for Best Picture. I kind of think "Slumdog Millionaire" was sort of the trendy pick.

I also agree that I missed the clips from all the performances. The speeches seemed generic and pretentious all at the same time. It was uncomfortable.

silverhill From: silverhill Date: February 28th, 2009 01:09 am (UTC) (Link)
I didn't see The Wrestler (yet), so I can't judge Mickey Rourke's performance. Outside of a competition standpoint, I thought both Jenkins and Penn gave Oscar-worthy performances.

I didn't see Penelope Cruz's movie, so again, I can't judge. But I thought Amy Adams was awesome. I love her in everything I've seen her in.

I do really want to see Rachel Getting Married.
silverhill From: silverhill Date: March 18th, 2009 06:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I saw Rachel Getting Married, and it did really change my perspective on Anne Hathaway. She was very good. I was quite impressed. Her performance had a lot more depth than the general angst I was expecting. (So I'll definitely consider it a compliment that she reminds you of me.)
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