Hits & Misses at the 2010 Oscars

While the winners at Hollywood's biggest night weren't surprising, there were plenty of interesting moments during the Academy Awards show if you watched carefully.
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Hits & Misses at the 2010 Oscars

While the winners at Hollywood’s biggest night weren’t surprising, there were plenty of interesting moments during the Academy Awards show if you watched carefully.

-Kathy Campbell

Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin

If you watched the SAG awards, Independent Spirit awards or Golden Globes in the run-up to the Oscars, you pretty much know who walked away with an Oscar (Christoph Waltz, Mo’Nique, Jeff Bridges, Sandra Bullock, Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker), so without much in the way of surprises when it came to the little gold men, it was only natural that we looked for our entertainment elsewhere during the Academy Awards show. And these are my random observations:

Neil Patrick Harris should be featured in every awards show from now on. He is legen — wait for it — dary! Why? Because he is just about the only man in the world who can get away with singing the following on a network broadcast: “Why does a prisoner drop the soap? Cause no one wants to do it alone!” Take that, Adam Lambert!

Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin‘s opening monologue went for about 10 minutes but felt so much longer, kind of like when that embarrassing uncle makes a speech at your cousin’s wedding, and feels he has to mock EVERYONE in the room.

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As I watched Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson et al in the John Hughes tribute, I hope they realized that it was as close as they would ever get to standing on the Oscars stage ever again.

Also, did you notice Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner looking bored at the end of the John Hughes tribute, as in, “Who are they making such a big deal over?”

Jake Gyllenhaal presented the award for Best Adapted Screenplay with Rachel McAdams, and I was thinking what a nice couple they would make, but after Precious won and they were walking off stage, Jake practically sprinted ahead and left poor Rachel to walk off the stage on her own in her high heels and long gown. And I thought he was such a gentleman. Ha! Could this be the real reason he and Reese split?

Another show of bad manners? Impeccably attired actresses spotted snapping their chewing gum in the audience. As @JaneFonda Tweeted: “Glad Sarah Jessica Parker took her gum out when she presented.”

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  1. I agree B-list Oscars. The finalists and nobody else was there. And boring!!!And why those tributes to the nominees and then reading the names of the best actor and actress nomineesafter you had just hard how wonderful they all were. Snooze-ville.

  2. Definitely a bore … but I love Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin so they were bright spots for me. Barbara Streisand was super annoying. Avatar was robbed! And so was Fantastic Mr. Fox! But Sandra Bullock gave a great acceptance speech.

  3. Oh my, B-List…maybe C-list- it was so boring and Martin and Baldwin looked so uncomfortable onstage…as much as I wanted to see who’d win best director- two exe’s competing for the same prize, I almost nodded off.

  4. I loved all the film clips this year (it seemed like there were more clips on top of the extra Best Picture noms), but I could have done without the tributes to the Best Actor and Actress noms. The show dragged on forever!

  5. Where was Farrah Fawcett in the memorial salute? She did movies in addition to TV roles.

    I can understand why Bea Arthur and Walter Cronkite weren’t on the Oscars show because they were TV stars. I have heard of several others that should have been there but weren’t. Oscars should be reprimanded for those who they missed!

  6. We interpreted the Twilight star’s bored looks as, “ugg, who are these people. They were cool when they were teenagers, why do we care about them now”… (irony!)

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