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Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Geek/CounterGeek: The Oscars

And the winner for "Most Indecisive Oscar Column Written By A TV Geek" is... Vito, for this week's Geek/CounterGeek.

Rebirth Of The Oscars

Sunday's Oscar telecast was surprisingly refreshing and different. I had heard rumors of a revamped format earlier in the week and I wasn't sure how it would work. The show had a lot of energy, moved along quickly and only ran over by a few minutes.

Sure, announcing winners from inside the audience and having all the nominees on stage together was unorthodox, but something had to be done to reinvigorate this tired old tradition.

CounterGeek: Same Oscars, Different Year

Sure the changes in the Oscar ceremony helped things move along, but that only served to bring the end to my boredom quicker. First of all, did anybody in the country lose their office Oscar pools? This was another year when the winners were known well in advance and there were absolutely no surprises.

Chris Rock? He seemed like a good, hip choice. Unfortunately, he once again proved that when you give a talented, cutting edge comedian a major, mainstream audience, they lose their bite (See Letterman and Leno for further proof).

Yes, the Oscars moved along and ended (almost) on time, but was it entertaining? I'd have to say no.

Where do you stand? Post a comment now! And vote in our "Who should host next year's Oscars" Idiot box poll- in the right hand column!

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