Blogging the Oscars - 2013 Edition
Former Bond Girl Halle Berry gives us a tour of James Bond’s 50 years of cinema history, set to the throbbing guitar score that has served as the Bond signature for 22 movies and still sounds swaggery and stylish, if a little dated. Make that retro. Bond will never be "dated."
Dame Shirley Bassey appears, stuffed into a gold lamee gown to deliver a rendition of "Goldfinger." There’s MacFarlane again, giving props to a trio of people who, he claims, have made this year’s awards "great." Well, let’s call it better than average.
Short Film, Documentary Awards
Something called "Curfew" wins short film. Again, just where would we ever see any of the short subjects celebrated here? YouTube, I look to you. Meantime, the guy’s list of people he wants to thank grows longer than his movie. Well, it’s his moment to shine, let him take it.
Something called "Inocente" wins documentary short. The filmmakers evidently were nominated before, for a film called "War Dance."
Now can we talk about Best Actor? Best Actress? Best Supporting Actor and Actress? Director? Score? Original and Adapted Screenplays? The stuff we’ll be talking about for next few days?
God in Heaven, Liam Neeson tells us the premise of "Argo." He none too successfully tries to tie this into "Lincoln" and then woodenly segues into comments about "Zero Dark Thirty." The clips speak so much more eloquently about the nominees for Best Picture, as do their scores, played over the clips.
Holy shit, MacFarlane shocks the audience with a crass joke about John Wilkes Booth being the actor "who really got into Lincoln’s head." He shies not before the disapproving groan that greets him. "Really? A hundred and fifty years and it’s still too soon?" Grudgingly, I have to say, that was smooth, almost a recovery.
Ben Affleck introduces the nominees for Best Documentary Feature, which include "How to Survive A Plague," "The Gatekeepers," "Searching for Sugarman," "5 Broken Cameras," and "The Invisible War." Naturally, I am rooting for "How to Survive a Plague." What wins? "Searching for Sugarman." Dare I say it? On a night characterized by MacFarlane’s brand of tastelessness, it’s not even going to matter.