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“The fact that the Oscar telecast is a bust, that it is doomed—almost designed—to be a bust, and that the varying degrees of bustness are all that separates one year from the next, should neither surprise nor even dismay us, because the Academy Awards are like teen-age sex. It’s all about the fizzing buildup, and the self-persuading aftermath: the occurrence itself, nowadays, is nothing but fumble and flub...”

-- Anthony Lane, “The Oscars: Man or Muppet?” on The New Yorker site, in what is easily the best post-Oscar commentary. Most critics fulminate. They snipe. Michael Cieply and Brooks Barnes of The New York Times write about the Academy's doomed ratings ... even though, they admit, the ratings were up 3.7 percent. The Hollywood Reporter slams host Billy Crystal, as it slams all hosts, even though he was funny and got off several of the evening's best lines, particularly: “Nothing takes the sting out of these tough economic times like watching a bunch of millionaires giving golden statues to each other.” Julia Turner over at Slate.com actually criticized the way Penelope Cruz looked. (“The look is blah ... stupid princess gown.”) Lane keeps the proper distance. He expects little and is amused when he gets less. He unleashes bon mots with a shrug. All other critics should read and learn.

Ryan Seacrest and Sasha Baron Cohen on the red carpet. Cohen is the one with a sense  of humor.

Ryan Seacrest,” Lane writes, “whose very name resembles a brand of luxury yacht, so smooth are the waves on which he sails through life...” Choppier waters here thanks (and yes, thanks) to Sacha Baron Cohen.


Posted at 07:23 PM on Mon. Feb 27, 2012 in category Quote of the Day, Movies - The Oscars  
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Mister B wrote:

Seems like the Oscars telecast has become the BCS Championship game in college football. There are so many other similar events before it that by the time most people see it, the reaction is “Really? Another one of these?”

I mean, hell, almost everyone these days is basing their Oscar predictions on who won what before the show — and guessing right most of the time.

That's got “dull” written all over it.

Comment posted on Mon. Feb 27, 2012 at 10:15 PM

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Sun being a cloud, wound, emit a touch of bright white light.

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