The Oscar telecast review: The hosts, the speeches, the mistakes, the ad-libs...

Funny, poised, relaxed, and smart, Anne Hathaway and James Franco made for marvelous Oscar hosts. Read the full post.


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  • Anna

    Wow, what the hell were you watching? I will agree that Anne was trying, but after that the show was just one big pile of hot crap.

    • L

      Yeah, she was trying –trying too hard. So irritating!

  • Lenni

    The snubs in the “In Memoriam” segment were shameful: actors Harold Gould, Kenneth Mars, Barbara Billingsley, Peter Graves and Corey Haim. And I’m sure they left out a lot more. Shameful omissions.

    • tom

      u were absoloutley. They left out alot of the memorium list. Jus because they were mostly tv actors and drug addicts( haim

      • cr4aig

        Kenneth Mars and Harold Gould were both in a lot of classic Films and should have been included!

    • MW

      Corey Haim was in it last year, it aired right after he died and they squeezed him in.

      • squishmar

        You’re right. I kind of thought I had remembered seeing him… I guess I was still thinking about the snub to Brad Renfro. But I still don’t think I saw Leslie Nielson.

      • kc

        Umm I am pretty sure you didn’t see Corey Haim in the montage last year you know considering he died A WHOLE 4 DAYS after the Oscars aired. 2010 Oscars aired March 7th, Corey died March 10th. Get your facts right.

      • jk

        Leslie Nielsen was definitely in there.

    • Jeffreymixed

      Also John Forsythe

      • Robbie

        You have to remember they honour the deceased members of the FILM community..not Television…even if the actors may have been in a film or two, if they were mainly known as a TELEVISION actor, ie: John Forsythe…why would they be included, RIP all of them.

      • cr4aig

        Kenneth Mars was known for the films “Young Frankenstein”, “The Producers” and “What’s Up Doc?” and only did a little Television, and yet Robert Culp was primarily a TV actor that did a couple of films just like John Forsythe so that blows your logic out of the water!…it is just a sad popularity contest!…the SAG award people are the only ones who do it right!

    • squishmar

      I didn’t see Leslie Nielson and I was shocked. I was looking to see if they’d include Corey Haim but they didn’t… didn’t really expect them too.

      • kc

        How did you miss Leslie Nielson? They showed him right towards the end…pay more attention

      • squishmar

        Will you please take some of whatever James Franco was on and chill out? I guess I missed him… and I had been specifically looking for him. I’m so sorry if I offended you.

      • MsSuniDaze

        Leslie Nielson was in the montage. It was the baseball scene from Naked Gun.

      • al

        I saw Leslie Nielson and I had my DVR on the fastest of fast forwards.

      • Jenny

        Leslie was on. I think Corey might have been in last year’s montage because I think he died in late Jan. or early Feb.

      • MelindaB

        Leslie Nielsen was there. Corey Haim (and Betty Garrett) were not. Corey died March 10 last year, after the Oscars telecast.

        I read a story about how the montage is put together, and those responsible agonize over who to cut and who to include, and every year, they’re criticized for leaving out a couple of big names. They end up with about 30 names for an approximately 3-minute segment. I can’t imagine being the person responsible for making a choice like that. I would be loath to leave out anyone.

  • criticbehindthecurtain

    Franco was stoned and unprofessional. Hathaway couldn’t carried the show herself. The only reason she was so over the top was because she had to pull the weight of the boring Franco.

    • criticbehindthecurtain

      *Could’ve, not couldn’t, sorry.

  • simplythebest

    You’re kidding. Did you and I see the same show? Leering old men (Douglas) make me cringe. They are not cute. Leo was phoney. Franco was stoned. Hathaway was likeable.

    • LehighBear

      Well said. It was uncomfortable to watch Kirk Douglas ramble on like a senile old man. Leo was non-sincere. Franco appeared “baked” throughout the show-he didn’t seem to give a damn. I like Anne Hathaway and think she really tried, but tried too hard. She was “too energenic.” This show was horribel–no way was it young, hip and happening!!

    • Amandah

      Ageist!

  • criticbehindthecurtain

    *Could’ve, not couldn’t, sorry.

  • de

    i think it would’ve been better if anne hosted by herself or someone else, james didn’t bring much.

    • LOL

      Anne would have been great solo…or maybe with someone like Kevin Spacey.

      • Ramey

        Yes to this. Balancing Anne with someone more mature and grounded (yet funny) like Spacey would have been perfect. Anne was doing her best, but I think the reason she was manic was because she was desperately trying to drag Franco the Dead Weight around.

  • mark burrell

    there is no debate here. That was by FAR the worst telcast I’ve ever seen.

  • Tricia

    That was one of the worst Oscar shows I have ever seen. It was really sad and uncomfortable to watch Anne Hathaway try so hard to be cute and adorable while James Franco stood around and looked stoned.

    • Suggestion

      Bring them back next year, but make Franco be cute, adorable and over-the-top while Hathaway stands there stoned.

  • Olive

    Disagree! The hosts were terrible especially Hathaway.

  • Regina

    I still can’t believe Annette Bening finally won! :)

  • Growler

    Okay I mostly agree with you except for Sorkin’s speech. He just reeled of a list of names. It was dull and painful. But otherwise we’re pretty much on the same page. The show will always get panned (especially in these forthcoming comments), but it finally didn’t take itself too seriously and didn’t drag — until the individual intros to the best actor/actress nominees started. All-in-all it was a decent show.

    • seattle maggie

      Sorkin should take speech-writing lessons from Seidler

  • Ramon Fernandez

    Huge Ackman!!!? Certainly you mean Hugh Jackman?

    • Deb

      I think that was a joke in reference to Hugh’s alleged , um, endowments.

  • Brian

    I too was waiting for the “just kidding” that never came in this review. This was the worst production since Rob Lowe & Snow White.

  • Al

    Is this meant to be satire?

  • Deb

    Anne was a great host. James looked bored out of his mind, like he couldn’t wait for the show to end.

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