The first WTF was the music. None of the songs which were nominated deserved to be up there, least of all the chaos RB/Rap monstrosity which won the award. But when I saw the choices, I knew the Bad Taste Police were on vacation, and knew we were going to see a sop to the world of modern noise-as-music genre.
My mother, who was a professional singer, tells me that when she played Benny Goodman or Harry James, my grandmother would tell her to stop that noise. But this is different - noisy as they were, Goodman and James at least played a melody hidden amongst the wailing instruments.
The second WTF was the number of awards given to Crash. And with Capote and Goodbye and Good Luck in the mix, no way was that the best picture of the year. Personally I think Harry Potter was, all things considered.
Another WTF was the Jon Stewart Jew lines. One of my pet peeves with The Daily Show is Stewart's obsession with needing us to know he is a Jew, even though this has absolutely nothing to do with his work or his sense of humor. Whoopie Goldberg has more Jew in her material than Stewart. I think his problem is he has a severe case of Jew Envy - he doesn't look Jewish, he doesn't sound Jewish and he has a WASP name. New York Jews don't name their boys Jon any more than they name their boys Jesus, and for the same reason. He should just change his name back to Yonatan Leibowitz, have his nose job reversed and shut up about being a Jew already.
It seemed that half the presenters were also-rans. What's the matter, Academy, can't get enough winners? I vote in favor of having the person who won last year make this year's presentation. If last year's winner is also up for the same award this year, then go back one year at a time until you find a winner who isn't.
I include all the award winners - this year's best cinematographer should give the statue to next year's winner. This year's best foreign language film winner should give that award next year. Want to get out of it? Just do a real good job on your next film so you'll always be a nominee...
The women were wearing way too much clothing this year. J-Lo's dress left everything to the imagination. A travesty!
The negative advertising ad spoofs. I thought the idea was killer, but the execution was in bad taste. They could have been a lot funnier.
That gay cowboys montage. I thought the idea was killer, but the execution was too tastefully done. It could have been a lot funnier.
The Meryl Streep-Lily Tomlin comedy dialog. I thought the idea was killer, but the execution was just lame. It could have been a lot funnier.
Reese Witherspoon? Gag me.
Some good things, IMHO:
Clooney won the first Oscar of the night. I thought he should have won for Director, as well.
The right guy won Best Actor.
Brokeback hardly won squat.
Dolly Parton looks fantastic! She has written some fine songs, and it's a shame this year's nomination just was not one of them. For those who haven't been paying attention, she was nominated 26 years ago for the title song to Nine To Five.
Ziyi Zhang always steals my heart, even when Jewboy mangles her name.
That godawful Johnny Cash film did even worse than Brokeback.
Whoopie Goldberg's cameo in the opening bit was right on.
This year's special Oscar went to someone who has deserved it for 10 years.
It ended on time. Bravo!