Oscars: The good, the bad, the ugly and WTF? — Let’s be brutally honest

Our editors here at Gold Derby have a lot to say about this year’s Oscars.

THE GOOD
Lupita Nyong’o nailed her Oscars speech,” says Daniel Montgomery. “After that win, anything else was just gravy.”

“The musical performances were some of the best ever on the Oscars,” says Chris Beachum. “And in first place was Pharrell Williams.”

Ellen DeGeneres‘ Oscar selfie that broke Twitter will go down in history,” says Marcus Dixon. “50 years from now when people talk about the 86th Academy Awards, this will be the photo that’s used in the headline. Just brilliant.”

“After a rather lame opening monologue, Ellen rallied with her segments in the audience ordering pizza, taking selfies,” says Tom O’Neil. “OK, we’ll let her come back and host again in seven years.”

“So happy for John Ridley‘s win for ‘12 Years a Slave,’” says Montgomery. “Only the second black writer to win Oscar.”

Jared Leto had many people in tears during his Best Supporting Actor speech, and that was the first win of the night,” says Dixon. “He set the stage for an emotional evening, but sadly no winners that followed him were able to equal his emotion.”

“The memoriam segment was very classy with beautiful graphics,” says Beachum. “It was also inclusive with more names (47) than most years.”

O’Neil also says, “Victory by ‘Her’ is an ultimate happy Hollywood ending. Spike Jonze deserved the Oscar, damn it.”

THE BAD
“Shamefully bad acceptance speeches by Spike Jonze and John Ridley,” says O’Neil. “When accepting awards for writing, why couldn’t they have written themselves some decent lines?”

“Why does the academy continue to distance itself from its past,?” asks Paul Sheehan. “The recent documentary focused on more also-rans than winners. This year’s “In Memoriam” segment included lots of shots of recently deceased Oscar champs but very few clips of them winning. Why no picture of Shirley Temple or Deanna Durbin holding their juvenile Oscars or Joan Fontaine, Maximillan Schell or Philip Seymour Hoffman with their competitive awards?”

“While announcing three of this year’s Best Picture nominees, Harrison Ford was either having a stroke on stage (which isn’t funny) or he was high (which isn’t funny),” says Dixon. “Either way, something was wrong with Indiana Jones.”

“The announcer intros (from both Ellen and the voiceover lady) were lazy and classless. It should be three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis; not here’s Daniel Day-Lewis. They did that almost all night, and it’s very tacky,” says Beachum. “Give the statistics for these past winners and nominees who have earned it.”

“Ellen walking through audience asking about ordering a pizza,” says Montgomery. “Cute, but didn’t quite work as well as she’d hoped.”

O’Neil also adds, “What was Bette Midler doing there and why was she singing that awful old tune?”

THE UGLY
“‘American Hustle‘ led all nominations with 10 (tying “Gravity”) but ended up getting skunked,” says Dixon. “Not even a Best Original Screenplay win for five-time nominee David O’Russell? Come on, Academy! Put your money where your mouth is.”

John Travolta as one of the worst presenters in Oscar history,” says Beachum. “Even with rehearsals, he couldn’t say the name of Idina Menzel correctly?”

“Ellen’s first penis gag to Jonah Hill was tolerable, but why, oh, why did she have to head into the audience for a second wank,” says O’Neil.

“Can we all agree that having Angela Lansbury and Steve Martin accept Honorary Oscars at the ceremony would have been better than those hero montages?” asks Montgomery.

Beachum adds, “Will Smith (Razzie Award winner Will Smith) is the best you have to present the biggest category of Best Picture?”

WTF?
“Why the hell didn’t they have Judy Garland‘s kids do something in connection with that “Wizard of Oz” tribute,” says O’Neil.

O’Neil adds, “These Oscars went according to script. No surprises. Shame on you, academy. Your members are supposed to be professional moviemakers, not sheep. Can’t they appreciate the importance of suspense and surprise?”

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