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The Oy-scars

By February 26, 2009

If you happen to see the Oscars show this past weekend, you probably shared my sentiment. Oy. Quite dull indeed.

Although Hugh Jacman was great in the first ten minutes, the show just seemed to drag on and on and on, etc.

To get you thinking like a producer, what would you have done differently? What did you see production-wise (e.g., the horrible back and forth shots of the in-studio monitors so that we couldn't see or read the information on screen) that they could've done to make the show more visually appealing?

Whom would hire as host next year? Did you miss Jon Stewart?

I know this is a break from my regular posts, but the Oscars is a huge event in this town and you would think it would go off without a hitch. But there are some years where it just feels 'off' in some way -- and this was unfortunately one of those years.

Let me know your thoughts!

February 27, 2009 at 9:53 am
(1) *Cam* says:

I totally agree with you! They got off to a great start with a little humor a dance number, but then it all kind of faded out. I was really looking forward to the show, but was surprised that they chose Jackman instead of a comedian. Thankfully Beyoncè saved him from total embarrassment…
As a suggestion- I would love to see someone like David Letterman or Craig Ferguson as the host. That would be interesting! Personally I think they are much more successful having a comedian hosting, because they know how to improvise in the moment instead of just following the script.
I think they easily could have made a better show this year, just by replacing a few people. Go for the younger legends, like Johnny Depp or Downey jr. instead of this months “it-crowd” from movies like HSM and Twilight. The Oscars are supposed to be the event of the year, not just a Coke commercial. I hope they learned from their mistakes this year and make the show even better next year! I’m a big fan of you site by the way! A lot of great tips for an aspiring TV writer!
Best wishes
(Ps: Sorry if my English is a bit off.. I’m not American, but I try my best :) )

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