OK, for the first time in probably 20 years I watched the Oscars. I got free beef stroganoff so it wasn’t a bad trade.
Who knew Hugh Jackman was that talented? I certainly didn’t. I was, however, disappointed that at no point adamantine claws didn’t just shoot out of his tux.
The people who made Slumdog Millionaire were so enthusiastic and happy and it was very fun to hear their speeches. Good for them.
I thought Kate Winslet’s speech was great as well, because again you had someone who appreciated the honor.
I enjoyed the commentary about the actors instead of the film clips for the best performers.
It’s too bad the jokes are so stilted, though, and the only performer that I thought was really funny was Steve Martin. Tina Fey did OK opposite him, but the timing of everyone else was just wretched.
In fact, the funniest line from the night was the Japanese guy who won some tech category saying: “Domo arigato Mr. Roboto.”
Still, it was an enjoyable time because of the excitement of so many recipients.
Unfortunately a person had to bring it down, and that person was Sean Penn. He and I are actually on the same side of the gay marriage issue. Legally, I think gay marriage being illegal is unconstitutional based on the 14th Amendment. Ethically, I think that being faithful and honest in the relationship is far more important than the genders involved. It’s not like heterosexual couples have all that great a track record staying together right now, as my divorce among millions proves.
But Sean Penn’s a jerk. First of all, I have always hated it when actors use the Oscars as a forum for their political views. Second, he could quite easily have stated his position in a positive manner: “I was pleased to have the opportunity to portray a famous gay leader who did so much for his community. I hope that my portrayal can help more people support gay rights issues like gay marriage.” Instead, he gave an ad hominem attack on those against gay marriage. This doesn’t help. I can definitely say that if you argue with me about my position, and you lay out coherent reasons, I can indeed be convinced. You tell me that I’m going to be ashamed and that my grandchildren will be ashamed of me I’m going to tell you to go to hell.
So, even though I agree with him on this one issue, Sean Penn, please shut up. Your speech left a bad taste after what had been a joyful and happy evening.