It's been a looooong time since I watched the Oscars (2007, in fact, when Ellen DeGeneres was host). It took what seemed like several hours of watching to even get into the spirit--which seemed largely missing. And then they played the video of Bob Hope welcoming the audience to the Academy Awards "or, as it's known in my house, Passover." You had to have been there.
I kind of liked James Franco and Anne Hathaway. They were cute together. What I didn't like was the Red Carpet stuff...gah. It was so BANAL....there, that's a good word.
For Best Picture, "The King's Speech" was the safe choice. "Black Swan" was a much more significant film, and "True Grit" was simply wonderful. (And I'm sorry they gave the supporting actress Oscar to that loudmouth instead of to the girl from "True Grit.") I'm sorry, too, I haven't seen "Toy Story 3" or the one that won so many Oscars, "Inception."
Still, it was fun by the time it was over. It usually is, despite all the nitpicking gripes about hosts and winners. After all, it IS the Oscars!!