The Good: Between Sandra Bullock, UP, Jeff Bridges and The Cove (Best Feature Documentary), it’s hard to argue with the winners. Also hard to argue with — even though frequent contributor to theTVaddict.com Aleks Chan tried — were hosts Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin. Whose sharp-witted one-liners were the only thing keeping this TV Addict awake throughout the majority of the poorly-paced and massively disappointing telecast.
The Bad: Where to begin? Let’s see…. the fine folks we follow on twitter were more entertaining…. the fact that the ultra-talented Amanda Seyfried (Mamma Mia!) was forced to present with Miley “I don’t belong at any award show that doesn’t have the words ‘teen’ and ‘choice’ in it” Cyrus… that the highlight of the night were unexpected commercials for Apple’s iPad and MODERN FAMILY…. the way in which the producers awkwardly cut to Morgan Freeman and/or Samuel L. Jackson every time Precious was mentioned… the interpretive dance that saw UP represented by a performer doing the robot… the Kayne moment (of which Salon Magazine has the full story)… the omg-this-show-has-run-on-way-too-long rush of a presentation by Tom Hanks to Best Picture winner The Hurt Locker… the show taking all the fun out of the traditional “In Memoriam” applause-o-meter by muting audience reaction… the entire ABC pre-show… we missed BIG LOVE’s season finale for this… and worst of all…
The Ugly: The show made Neil Patrick Harris look bad! We mean, it’s one thing to make us sit through what felt like a seemingly never-ending kudos-fest (as Steve Martin quipped, “The show is so long that Avatar now takes place in the past.”) but to make us think less of Neil Patrick Harris, whose unexpected appearance in the opening number seemed, well let’s just say a little less than legendary… not cool Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences… not cool at all.
Photo Credit: Craig Sjodin/ABC