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March 8, 2010 - Cindy Votruba
Does anybody watch award shows anymore? This year's Academy Awards was described as "boring." Even Oscar nominee George Clooney had a nondescript look on his face. Not even the comedic attempts by Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin helped much. When I finally tuned into this year's Oscars, it was already to the "So You Think You Can Dance" interpretive dances to the nominees for Best Score.
Finally we get to the Best Actor and Actress nominees. Now what's with the string of co-stars giving speeches about them? There's 15 to 20 minutes of my life I can't get back. But some were funny (remember that time in Mexico) to sentimental (Oprah).
At 5 minutes to 11, it was time for the Best Picture Award. And in the best move ever, Tom Hanks just opens the envelope and announces the winner. No reiterating who was nominated. And the show barely goes over the four hour mark.
Remember when the writers' strike affected the Golden Globes. All it was was a quiet, hour-long broadcast of the winners. No designer dresses, no diamonds, no goofy opening montages and best of all, no longwinded acceptance speeches. Now that's my kind of awards show. But I may miss the glamour; just a little bit.
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