For some in Newport-Mesa, the 85th annual
Within minutes of the show's beginning,
Some of those local ties were expected; Allen has been a regular face at the show since the 1950s, and at least one pundit predicted "Inocente's" victory. On the other hand, Shatner's appearance — in which he beamed himself in from the future to prevent MacFarlane from bombing as host — came as a surprise.
So, for that matter, did a number of the winners.
And few probably expected
As any grade-school teacher can testify, 50% is not a passing grade. So rather than anoint myself the winner of this year's contest, I'm just going to declare no winner at all. But if our contest had a victor, I hope he or she would be as eloquent and funny as
Other assorted thoughts on the show:
Bring it on: It seems like every year, people complain about the length of the Oscars. I'm not in that camp; the show only takes place once a year, so an extra 20 or 30 minutes doesn't hurt. That said, if I had to make it shorter, I would start by cutting the tributes and montages — 50 years of James Bond, 10 years of musicals, etc. The memorial montage toward the end is always reverence enough. Less mist and more merriment!
Too soon?: Charges of misogyny aside, MacFarlane seems to have gotten the most attention for his quip about Lincoln's assassination. Was it "too soon," as he asked the groaning audience? I don't know — Mel Brooks wrote "Springtime for Hitler" just two decades after
Most esoteric gag: The "Sound of Music" allusion before introducing
Versatility award: Ever wondered why no one's coined an adjective to describe Lee's filmmaking style, like Hitchcockian or Spielbergian? Because, well, look at his resume: "Life of Pi" (CGI-heavy religious parable), "Brokeback Mountain" (cowboy romance), "Sense and Sensibility" (
Wrong first lady: It was a neat touch, sure, to have