Notes from the Oscars.

The set was nice. A little busy but much better than last year's motel curtains.

The opening 'hosts' sequence was funny.

Jon Stewart did a really good job. He made me laugh often and he's now a very close second to Billy in the Best Host category.

Many of the speeches were more entertaining than in other years. None of them choked me up though.

I hated the music playing behind the acceptance speeches. It sounded threatening.

I love George Clooney.

Naomi Watts looked like she just came from an audition for a live-action version of Corpse Bride.

I was concerned about Lauren Bacall. I hope it was just a teleprompter issue.

The "go to the theatre!!" pitch got a little tedious. I don't download movies (and never will) but I watch them on DVD or on pay-per-view or on one of the movie channels. It's not that I don't want to see them in the theatre; I simply can't afford to go very often. I don't need someone lecturing me about how movies look better on a big screen. I know that already.

Lily Tomlin and Meryl Streep were great in their tribute to Robert Altman.

The absolute shock of the 'Crash' folks was pretty cool.

Overall, I liked the show. It moved faster than in other years and that's always a good thing.

I was exactly 50% right in my pre-show picks (12 out of 24 categories). Considering I've only seen 3 of the 53 nominated movies, I thought that was pretty good. More importantly, in the 15 categories that Newt gave me her picks for, I got 10 right, one more than her. No drink-fetching for me!

Posted by Ripley on March 05, 2006

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