"With all my heart, I still love the man I killed." ... "May I obey all your commands with equal pleasure, sire!" ... "Wadda ya hear, wadda ya say?" ... "The stuff that dreams are made of." ... "I have always depended on the kindness of strangers." ... "Yes, I can be very cruel. I have been taught by masters." ... "It's alive, it's alive!" ... "Rosebud." ... Made it, Ma! Top of the world!" ...
Davis, de Havilland, Flynn, Cagney, Bogart ...
Monday, February 28, 2011
Oscar Hosts Franco and Hathaway? Big Mistake!
Just a short, personal opinion about the Oscar hosts tonight -- PU !!
There have been bad hosts before, wonderful comics who didn't come across, favorite personalities who couldn't hack it -- but James Franco and Anne Hathaway will remain in my memory as the worst to date. I'm not going to try to speak to everyonewho ever hosted, but I remember being particularly disappointed in Chevy Chase and David Letterman. I like both of them very much, but they weren't at all successful in their attempts to host the Oscars.
Anne is cute, but she had to bring up her nude scenes. Not classy. Aside from that, she did an adequate job that might have been better if she had been partnered with a charismatic man who had some personality. Franco looked like he had been smoking weed all day. He made at least two rude and crude remarks, one that made me angry and one that made me wince. I was really mad at his remark about the technical awards. He said "Congratulations, nerds." I guess he thought that was funny. Other people seemed to think so too. It struck me as insulting to the incredible people who make it possible to make movies at all, and contribute so much effort to make a smart-aleck like Franco into a movie actor. I hope some of the technicians make a concerted effort to make him look bad in his next movie. They easily could, you know. Too bad Franco doesn't seem to know.
The supposedly humorous remarks that made me wince were about how offensive he thought the movie titles were this year. Winter's Bone (tee hee), How To Train Your Dragon (that's a reach), anything sexual he could come up with. It was juvenile and gross to say such things to however many million people were watching, and it just made him offensive as far as I'm concerned. Real loser material.
I thought back to hosts that I think were the best in the Oscar host business. My very favorite was always Bob Hope. He was simply perfect. Johnny Carson was a wonderful host, and I always hoped that Billy Crystal would continue as a long-time host like Hope. Hugh Jackman was good as host and I don't know why he was not asked back. These men were funny, dignified, able to make everyone laugh without being openly crude in any way, and to me they were the best. I fervently hope the Academy learns something from this year's fiasco and starts showing some class. I miss that. I think many people do.