Is it just me, or has this country's obsession with not ruffling the feathers of the ultra-conservative right lead to two of the most boring events in recent memory? The Superbowl was a yawn-fest, and now the Oscars were about as exciting as watching a Bingo tournament on CSPAN. Sure, it was a classy evening, and the stars were all bedecked and beautiful(although I guess Ben Affleck couldn't find a tux), and Ellen Degeneres did a nice job as host. But that word 'nice' just sort of sums up the whole affair. To paraphrase George Carlin, nice is such a flabby word. I was looking forward to Ellen's turn at the podium, and she was pleasant, inoffensive, and...well...nice. She was funny, but not in a 'laugh til it hurts' funny. More like 'quietly grin when she gets Spielberg to take a picture of her with Clint Eastwood for her MySpace page' funny. Admittedly I have seen very few of the nominated films this year, but that's never stopped me from enjoying the show before. This year's show, however, was lacking in any of the over-the-top stunts and political posing we are used to seeing from our American royalty. The most controversial comment all night was when she pointed out that America didn't vote for the woman from Dream Girls on American Idol, but did vote for Al Gore. It was a sedate, refined, dignified, and thoroughly boring night of television. And for the second year in a row they did not do a memorial to the stars who died in the past year. I always look forward to that, not in a ghoulish way, but as a chance to remember those who had worked hard in their lives to entertain us. I guess the stirring up of any sort of real emotion is forbidden these days.
I realize that this is a couple of days late, but around 11ish I could not stay awake any longer, and so recorded the last half-hour of the broadcast, which I only got around to watching last night. Unfortunately the dvr shut off before the end of the show, and it is a testament to my lack of being entertained that contrary to being upset that I had not set the controls properly, I was relieved that I didn't have to watch any more.
So, did Forrest Whittaker win?