Anyone else watch the Academy Awards last night? I'll just assume that at least some of you did. Personally, having only seen two of the movies that were up for anything (Bourne and Ratatouille, and not even in the theater), I couldn't have cared less who won anything. However, I'm always up for a good time, and that good time was in the very short form of Jon Stewart. The first time he hosted, he bombed, regardless of my thinking him very clever. Apparently these people just can't appreciate good humor when they see it. It was very Daily Show-esque, and perhaps they weren't used to that (having been a fan for over 10 years myself, I certainly didn't mind). His second attempt at hosting last evening (Stewart said after he was asked to host again, "The third time's a charm....") seemed to go ever much better with the crowd. While still Stewartish, the tone had changed slightly; it seemed much more like what the Oscar crowd was used to hearing. It was a bit more lighthearted and fun. It helped that he kept the political jokes to a minimum and concentrated mostly on the entertainment industry. In short, he knew his audience this time, and they appreciated that.
As I said, I also watch for the Here's Who Died segment. I'd completely forgotten about Deborah Kerr, Jane Wyman, Bud Ekins (Steve McQueen's stunt double in The Great Escape), and Miss Moneypenny (Lois Maxwell). And what I think is so sad is when hardly anyone claps for some of these people, if at all. It's like saying, "And you are...? At least we won't miss you, eh?" I'll miss you, agent Freddie Fields! Whoever you were!
Oh, and the "Best Song" from Once? It sucked.