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This was by far the best Oscar show I've seen so far. The show for 2000 was a total bomb where the hi-tech computer look of the show was concerned but the outcome of all the winners were as I expected. This year was worth all the negativity from last year. Russell Crowe and Julia Roberts were my choices for best actor/actress. Marcia Gay Harden (in POLLOCK)was my choice for supporting actress but I figured it go to Kate Hudson for ALMOST FAMOUS (though she wasn't very good). The real surprise for me was Steven Soderbergh as best director of TRAFFIC over predicted winner Ang Lee for the over-hyped CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON... in my opinion he wouldn't have deserved it. It didn't deserve the art direction award either which should have gone to GLADIATOR. The Roman, Toga-donned epic wasn't a surprise winner for Best Picture of course though TRAFFIC did put up quite a good battle. I was happy to see Miss Roberts win best actress but after a while (especially after her over-excited acceptance speech) she started to turn me and a lot of other people off. Host Steve Martin was just adequate and his smart-aleck remarks towards Russell Crowe "hitting on" Ellen Burstyn and Tom Hanks alleged ring-leading of the plot to kidnap Russell Crowe were in really bad taste. I miss Whoopi! But the show was all-in-all a real enjoyment... if only because the sets were reasonably attractive and the winners were deserving.
You know what I love about the Academy Awards ceremonies? They provide
insight into the personalities of so many of our favorite Hollywood stars.
There was a great, although short, interview with Anthony Hopkins in the
pre-show event, where an obviously star-struck reporter asked him how he did
what he did and whatnot, and Hopkins responded simply, `Well, that's what
they pay me to do so I do it.' There's something really refreshing about
knowing that even such gigantic stars as Anthony Hopkins are really just
regular people like the rest of us.
Steve Martin, not very arguably the greatest host the Academy Awards have ever had, hosts the show this year, delivering some of his less effective but always amusing comedy. In the ceremony for the 2002 Oscars, Martin was absolutely hilarious from beginning to end, but I thought that this year he had a few jokes that were a little too dry or tasteless and weren't as effective as his brand of humor generally is. This year he kind of reminded me of the heavily rehearsed and almost universally flat humor of someone like Dennis Miller, although not necessarily quite THAT bad. Nonetheless, I still think that Martin is the best host that the Academy Awards have ever had.
Russell Crowe certainly seemed upset or angry or something this year, which rather amazed me since he had such an enormous presence at the ceremony, not the least reason for which was his spectacular role in Gladiator. Obviously, Björk had the most memorable outfit, showing up and performing in what looked to be a swan draped over her neck, but she is an eccentric and artistic person, and at least it's nice to see someone who didn't just show up wearing a $20,000 dress like everyone else at the ceremony. There comes a point where even the most ridiculously expensive attire becomes repetitive and boring. Notice, for example, that her outfit may very well have been made by Björk herself, and yet it's the one that was the most talked about.
Björk's performance was also one of the highlights of the evening. It's so weird that she can deliver such a good performance when she is so obviously terrified, but she is definitely one of the more talented musicians working today, and has also proven her skill as an actress in the excellent (although more than a little depressing) Dancer in the Dark. Best Picture went to Gladiator, obviously, just like we all knew it would. This year was particularly strange in that category, since you could tell that Gladiator would win Best Picture just by looking at its cover. It's an epic film and it is amazingly well made in every category. I also thought it was strange that Crouching Tiger was in the Best Picture category, since it kind of defeats the purpose of having a Best Foreign Film category at all. If that's the way they run it, they might as well just combine the two categories.
On the other hand, I think it's very important to have a Foreign Film category separate, because it allows for more focus on foreign films, which tend to be the best films. And besides that, Crouching Tiger, if any foreign movie, deserves to transcend the Foreign Film category and participate in the most anticipated category of the evening.
So now that we actually have an Academy Awards ceremony where there is not too much controversy over who won the big awards (at least not as much as there was in the ceremony in 1999), it's still disappointing that no one has done anything about the streams of celebrities that come onstage to deliver wooden speeches about the next category. If these are sometimes multiple Oscar winners, why do they read their introductions as though they're reading it for the first time off an index card?
Steve Martin is certainly one of the Oscar hosts whom I like most. His
comment about "Dude, Where's My Car?" here was a big enough laugh in
and of itself. Most of the evening was actually a little bit
predictable, and I thought that Ed Harris did a better job in "Pollock"
than Russell Crowe did in "Gladiator". Listening to Julia Roberts's
acceptance speech, it was clear that she was more full of herself than
the people doing costume design and stuff like that. But I do think
that "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" - remember Steve Martin's comment
about the title characters - deserved its win. As for Bjork's dress, I
now like the fact that it provided Jon Stewart with a joke when he
hosted the Oscars a few years later.
Looking back on "The 73rd Annual Academy Awards", some things are a little surprising. This was the last Oscars ceremony before September 11, 2001. Did that make this ceremony a sign of things to come? I don't know, and maybe I'm the only person who even identified that. But mostly I liked the ceremony.
The show was great, although Bjørk's swan dress will probably be more
remembered than Gladiator.a very cool dress in my book...I was
personally rooting for Crouching Tigre all the way...because once
in a blue moon a fantasy flick should win for Best Picture!
...And what else can you feel when Bob Dylan wins an Academy Award other than pure happiness and joy? His humble acceptance speech was no less riveting than his exciting via-satellite performance. I only wished I could've been there to start a standing ovation. Truly memorable.
Please, banish Billy Crystal forever! Steve Martin's sly, understated wit, and his willingness to anger the humorless talent in the audience, was brilliant and refreshing. He was gracious without pandering or being silly. The bad; once again the Best Picture award went to a film nobody will remember five years from now.
The 73rd Academy Awards show was one of the best ever and it was full of surprises. A risk was taken this year when the producers had Steve Martin as the MC, but their risk paid off Martin kept the show going at a great pace and the show seemed shorter than any other in recent history. What made the oscars great were the surprises which took place during the night, many of the predictions I had read stated that Ang Lee was the sure thing for best director and that Crouching Tiger could easily steal Best Picture from Gladiator. When Marcia Gay Harden upset the best supporting actress category with her completely unpredicted win I had a feeling more surprises were in store. Traffic and Gladiator were my two favorite films of this year and I considered Crouching Tiger to be all Hype which it was. So when Steven Soderbergh took best director and Gladiator won best picture I was relieved. The biggest surprise though was probably that Russell Crowe won best actor I presumed I was the only one who thought he deserved it, I thought it would either be mainstream Tom Hanks or the edgy and talented Ed Harris. While the film clips for best picture nominees could have been better I don't have much bad things to say about this years Awards ceremony.
Well this one I expected since the last one ended and it didn't disappoint
me. To be honest I liked Billy Cristal more as an evening host, it doesn't
mean that Steve Martin was bad he was pretty good too.The winners? No big
surprise there. The main awards were mostly predictable and that should be
good. Russel Crows thanking speech was one of the best I've ever heard. And
Julia Roberts she was really happy, but did she deserve an oscar?
Gladiator- Movie of the year! It's an academy award winning movie, but I have to say that I personally think that Traffic was a real masterpiece. And oscar for Bencio Del toro- no question there from my point of view. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon did very well and was one step away ,as was Traffic, from becoming the movie of the year. Overall I must say a good oscar year and can't wait to see and hear the next one.
Here's what I think should've won this time:
Best Picture: Traffic
Best Director: Ridley Scott (Gladiator)
Best Actor: Tom Hanks (Cast Away)
Best Actress: Ellen Burstyn (Requiem for a Dream)
Best Supporting Actor: Albert Finney (Erin Brockovich)
Best Supporting Actress: Marcia Gay Harden (Pollock)
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