I watched the “Return to Normal” Oscars so you didn’t have to.
Because we are a family that cuts cords, I registered for FUBO-TV’s free trial to view it. I cancelled it after the episode was finished. It is enough that I use streaming apps every day.
It was terrible, but there were some good moments. We’ll get to the worst First.
The 2019 Academy Awards hosted by Kevin Hart were cancelled due to Kevin Hart’s homophobic tweets from 10 years ago. Woke Mafia, Way to Go!
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have had many difficulties finding real comedians since that time. Everybody who is worth their salt can pull a Ricky Gervais out and call all the others out. Bill Burr or Dave Chappelle could pull off the feat, but neither would they touch it with 10 feet nor would the Academy. This snooze-fest organizers chose to have two comedy actors and a comedienne host it: Wanda Sykes and Regina Hall.
Oscars: What can be done to lower our ratings and make us hate more?
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) March 28, 2022
Amy Schumer is as funny as ever. Is she really that talented? She clearly ignored all advice on her wardrobe. As tacky was her combination of half-dress and half tuxedo with bulging breasts that she wore to the opening show, it was almost as tacky as her comedy. Mercifully, she wasn’t on screen for too long. When she reappeared toward the end of the show to do a poorly executed “seat filler” sketch and introduce actor Antony Hopkins, it was like having a bucket of cold water thrown at you. This was very disturbing.
Regina Hall is an actress that is charming and funny in film. Tonight? It’s not so.
Wanda Sykes is a true comedian. Although I don’t like her politics, her comic timing and instincts are perfect. The only real laughs were shared by her spots.
A presentation of 3 cast members is one of the funniest and most comical moments in the film. Juno:Jennifer Garner and J.K. Simmons, Elliott Paige were all females at the time that the film was shot. Ellen Paige.
Trust me, I have spoken with a biologist about this.
The clip they used was particularly strange and strained. JunoThe scene was completed by the actors. It was a disconnect to put it mildly.
Jason Bateman, Allison Janey weren’t available? Academy, you did a great job ruining a movie that was actually quite good.
The “In Memoriam” segment was a departure… and not a good one. Instead of one, well-selected song, undergirding the images of those filmmakers who have gone on to the great beyond, a gospel choir and dance team was on the stage in front of the screen to sing a variety of songs including, “I Will Remember You,” “Spirit in the Sky,” and “Thank You For Being A Friend” (the theme song from Golden Girls). Tyler Perry set off a handful of individual tributes—his to Sidney Poitier. Bill Murray was the tribute to Ivan Reitman and Jamie Lee Curtis, for Betty White. The viewers were unable to appreciate and remember the film. Instead of focusing on these departed filmmakers, their talents, we had whiplash trying figure out the song being sung and the details, with half of the images being blocked by the action on stage.
Poor planning, poor execution. For those who couldn’t enjoy it in the actual awards show, catch the video later on the AMPAS website.
The biggest upset of the night was when comedian Chris Rock (who twice hosted the Oscars) made a crack about Jada Pinkett-Smith’s hair. Pinkett Smith, who has been wearing a low-shaved look for some time now, is apparently losing her hair. Chris Rock came out with a joke: “Jada, can’t wait to see you in G.I. Jane II.”
Awkward. Pinkett-Smith looked unhappy and Will Smith, who ran onto the stage to punch Chris Rock, was also visibly upset. After he had sat down, Pinkett-Smith shouted at his top of the lungs. But quick on the switch—American television killed the sound for about 30-45 seconds, as the verbal altercation happened.
One Australian Tweep managed to get the segment done and gave the details on what the U.S. couldn’t.
UNCENSORED SMITH FOOTAGE, AS SHOWN ON AUSTRALIAN TELEVISION pic.twitter.com/NcRfdjWxqe
— David Mack (@davidmackau) March 28, 2022
According to the tweet, and the posted video, Smith yelled at Chris Rock, “Keep my wife’s name out of your [email protected] mouth.”
Aisle 4 Cleanup! Rock was the one to present the award. However, most people were stuck there.
For his performance in “The Last of Us”, Will Smith received the Academy Award for Best Actor. King Richard. Even in the Academy acceptance speech, he used that protective moment to defend his wife.
Well played, Will… Well played.
The actors are just as cringeworthy JunoThe actors were Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta. Pulp FictionThis turned it back into fun and fond reminiscence. It was almost a palate cleanser… almost.
Jane Campion received the Woke Award, also known to Academy Award as Best Director Award for Her Film. The Power of the Dog.
DuneThe technical aspects were very successful, while the performance side was not.
Jessica Chastain (biologist confirmed), is a truly remarkable actress who won the Academy Award For Best Actress. Tammy Faye: The Eyes. Together with King RichardThis was my only film that I had actually seen. Whatever your opinion may be about Tammy Faye or the Bakkers, Jessica Chastain was able to portray her in respect. She also played Tammy Faye with a variety of perspectives. That’s something not many actors could pull off.
Chastain was well-deserved but, as-per-Woke Chastain used the speech to praise the LGBTQ community.
Conservative friends that are also filmmakers gave CODA rave reviews, so I can’t wait to stream it. Actor Troy Kotsur won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor—biologist verified.
Kotsur is the first Deaf man ever to receive an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor. Konsur delivered a heartfelt and precise speech, which was translated by an interpreter. This was Marlee Matlin’s last performance. She won the Best Actress Academy Award. Children Of A Lesser God. Sian Heder is a writer and director. Heder was not deaf. CODADuring her acceptance speech, cast members were asked to sign. Heder won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, and improved, “I’m so glad I dressed as a disco ball!” Then gave the second fabulous speech of the night, giving homage to her husband and her family (so un-Woke). Heder, Konsur and other speech coaches should be available to the Academy for next year. It was brought by them.
The icing on the cake? CODAThe Academy Award for Best Picture was awarded to this picture.