So the Oscars happened this Sunday, and it’s the first time I’ve watched in a few years. Hadn’t really been interested. But this year, I found many of the nominees enjoyable so thought I’d give it a go. Overall it was quite an enjoyable show. Jimmy Kimmel did a great job as the host. Most of the jokes landed pretty well, even the expected jokes about “the slap” from last year. Of course, now we’ve done that, so let’s move on.
It was a great night for “Everything, Everywhere, All at Once” which works for me. It was one of my favorites from last year. Having worked with James Hong and still in contact with him even now, it’s very cool to see him in something so popular. And the speeches from the actor, especially Ke Huy Quan, had me almost in tears. Several of the winners gave great speeches, keeping things light or highly emotional, depending. The obvious appreciation for the recognition by almost everyone was a wonderful thing to see. And although I understand people being upset about Jamie Lee Curtis winning over Angela Bassett, it was wonderful to see her give a shout out to all the people who helped her get there.
The pace was brisk, and the producers kept things moving, although the band playing off people after one person spoke before others could got a bit annoying. I was fairly happy with the winners, although I scored pretty poorly on my predictions, getting only 5 of 23 correct. The presenters all did a good job and, again, most of the jokes landed fairly well.
There were a couple of downsides. The songs, with the exception of Naatu Naatu, were pretty lackluster. I could have also done without the thinly veiled advertisements for other Disney/ABC projects. And the In Memoriam section had several head-scratching omissions. But all in all, I’m glad I took the time to watch it. Here’s hoping they get the same producers next year to do the show.