Oscars, Oscars Everywhere - Why Not One More

Tradition may be safe, but not necessarily boring. Billy Crystal was the go to, tried and true choice to host The 84th Annual Academy Awards (9th x) after the Brett Ratner "gay slur"  firing and subsequent pull out of Eddie Murphy as host. And I think most everyone in the room and in their living rooms agreed it was a good choice. Who doesn't enjoy Crystal's clever little Oscar song, which gently pokes fun at the nominations, offends no one, and uses tunes in the public domain.

And although others now use the gimmick, Crystal was the first to superimpose himself into scenes from the movies being celebrated. This year, even better than the kiss he received from Clooney while lying in a hospital bed; was seeing him eat a piece of poop pie from The Help, and then walk in on the bathroom scene from Bridesmaids. I also loved him in the Tintin wig.

 SOCIAL MEDIA
 

Last year, I went to the Oscar party at The Bryn Mawr Film Institute. It was fun to watch the telecast on the big screen with other film-goers; but I think it's more fun to stay at home and watch with virtual friends. When you're reading, responding, tweeting and facebook posting during the Red Carpet and Awards, there's never a dull moment. Be sure to visit Tinsel & Tine's facebook page for other fun Oscar moments including my Oscar Party Dinner in honor of The Help - http://www.facebook.com/tinseltine

A lot of people were tweeting and posting about the terrible sound quality of the Oscar telecast. At first I couldn't hear it, cause my TV is 20 years-old, but eventually it got so bad even my ancient speakers picked up a terrible white noise and reverb. What was that all about!?!

I don't feel we get to see enough celebs on the red carpet. Every news outlet and red carpet host interviews the same few people.  So, out of the slim choices, I chose for my BEST DRESSED:

Rooney Mara this Givenchy gown was made for someone very slender with delicate bone structure. Isaac Mizrahicommented that she was channeling a little Audrey Hepburn and I definitely agree.

 Also liked:

Penelope Cruz in Armarni Prive. So feminine and lovely! The color changed in different lighting. I originally thought it was lavender, but onstage it was a grayish blue. Either way it was beautiful and so was Penelope.  

For faces, makeup and glowing good health - I have to go with Michelle Williams - her dress was fine, but her face was radiant!

I didn't have any Not Best Dressed this Year - adorable Emma Stonecould probably have gone with a younger looking dress, but I'm not hating on her choice.

Not in love with a mustachioed Bradley Cooper, but I'm assuming he's in the middle of shooting a movie. I hope.

WINNERS
 
Big Congrats go out to Octavia Spencer winning Best Supporting Actress
 
"Thank you Academy for putting me with the hottest guy in the room," she said, referring to the golden Oscar statuette.Fighting back tears and thanking her family and fellow cast members, she said, "I'm wrapping up, I'm sorry, I am freaking out. Thank you world."
 I was also happy about the win for Best Original Screenplay going to Midnight in Paris.  This film is a very clever, romantic fantasy and I'm sorry I never wrote any commentary on it last year.  I did like Billy Crystal's comment about Owen Wilson doing an impression of Woody Allenas a Gentile.
Meryl Streep's gets my vote for best acceptance speech of the night. It set a good tone - balance between Hollywood niceties, genuine emotion, humor, humility and pride.  You can watch the clip on Media-ite.com - Streep's Oscar Speech 
Although I only found The Artist to be a pleasantly amusing film.  I do agree with actor James Cromwell'sassessment regarding its win:
 What I think it says to a lot of filmmakers is you don't have to make conventional Hollywood films. You can make something off-beat. You know if they had tried to sell that film in Hollywood - a silent, black and white film, with nobody in it that anyone knew; they wouldn't have gotten passed the secretary. But this allows young filmmakers to know that they can create out of their vision and out of their artistry, and it will be accepted by people because we connect to stories, that's how we recognize each other. - interview on Live with Kelly Post-Oscar party
Here's the complete list of Oscar nominated Winners

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