The Oscars: Hits and misses

By Gary Wolcott, atomictown.comFebruary 26, 2013 

First: My Feb. 22 Oscar column prediction was correct. Seth MacFarlane bombed as the Oscar telecast host. His bit with William Shatner doing Star Trek's Capt. James T. Kirk was funny, but the headlines from the next day's newspapers that Shatner's Kirk brought from the future proved my prediction -- and on live TV.

It said MacFarlane just may be the worst Oscar host ever. MacFarlane -- who created The Family Guy and the movie Ted -- planted a used-car salesman smile on his face and blathered through a dozen bad comedy bits during the three-plus hours of the event.

His material just wasn't funny, and the headlines Shatner' s Kirk brought from the future were dead on. The telecast focused on movie music, and the musical numbers were dreadfully long. Shirley Bassey's Goldfinger in the James Bond 50-years tribute was the exception.

It brought down the house.

Second: Barbra Streisand did a rare appearance at the end of the memorial section and talked about her friend Marvin Hamlisch and then sang The Way We Were. It would have been a wonderful tribute had it not been for the fact that most who watched were wondering why Andy Griffith was left out of the memorial section.

Man. That's a seriously unforgivable omission.

Third: I didn't do too badly with my predictions. I didn't do too well, either. I was thrilled to see Argo take best picture honors and for Ang Lee to get best director for his stunning vision in Life of Pi. The picture was gorgeous and a tribute to the marriage of breathtaking visuals with a wonderful story.

Most visually-oriented flicks never get there.

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