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Monday, March 06, 2006

Tubeservations: The Oscars

Another year, another excruciatingly self-important Oscars telecast.

In a year where most of the nominees were obscure, art-house films, most expected a ratings drop for the interminable awards show. And they got it, with a 10% decrease from last year. Of course, last year's host, Chris Rock, probably drew more curious viewers looking for controversy than the funny but overrated Jon Stewart, who did an adequately average job as emcee.

There were a couple of high points- Ben Stiller's green screen gag, the Will Ferrell/Steve Carell makeup skit- but the telecast otherwise suffered from blandness and self-importance ("Go to the theatre! Don't rent!"). Oh, please.

The low point? A trembly and overmatched Lauren Bacall fumphering her intro, possibly due to a faulty teleprompter. She looked noticeably upset as she finished. Painful to watch.

And how many montages does one show need? Yeesh.

Back to Stewart. He had some funny lines, but most seemed to fall flat in the theater. I dug the Stephen Colbert-narrated attack ads. I wouldn't expect him to host again. And why would he want to? It seems like a can't-win job for a comedian. Even the press, who is constantly fellating the Dail Show host in print, agreed his performance didn't set the world on fire. I guess it's back to basic cable for him.

Thank heavens for TiVo. I was able to zip through the whole schmegagy in about 90 minutes. 90 minutes, of course, that I'll never get back.

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