Sunday, February 22, 2009

Hollywood's big night -- Take 2

I can't decide whether I like the new format. The opening number impressed me with its energy and occasional wit, but I'm always a bit embarrassed by musical productions. Hugh Jackman, who knows that a smile counts for a lot, verged between endearing comedy and mediocre Broadway. The idea of having five past winners present the Oscar to the best supporting actress reminded me of various Bat Mitzvahs I've attended. The former winners -- they would be like the proud parents of the girl who has just turned 13 -- gave little speeches about the work of each of the nominees and then presented the award to Penelope Cruz, who certainly deserved it for her work in "Vicky Cristina Barcelona."

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