A night to remember
I have seen around 10 Oscar nights so far. And believe me when I say this, all of them put together is not even half of what I have seen yesterday morning.
The 81st academy awards is the comeback of the world’s biggest movie event. For those of you who have seen the 80th academy awards would know that the event last year was dark (mainly because of the genres of the nominated films), badly produced (which of course was partly caused by the strike of the screen writers guild), not very lively and also the show’s script is nowhere close to the Oscar echelon.
But, this year the Academy of motion picture arts and sciences had hit back so hard that this night will be remembered for the rest of the lives of anyone whose seen it. To begin with,
The host – The truly charming Hugh Jackman with his intro in a musical movie way wherein he introduces the nominations for best picture will just make you clap sub consciously. The wit the whole show’s got is just as good as any Oscar winning comic film.
The stage – the Kodak theatre lit with blue, red, brown, orange and silver had brought in real vibrancy. You would just want to sit and stare at the grandeur of the arena.
The Mechanics – the way the videos of previous Oscar winners are composed, the way the nominations (especially that of lead and supporting actors) are read or brought out, the various hardware like the giant LCD, the retro stage decorations, the curtains and almost everything you see is a sheer pleasure to the eyes.
The Presenters – Ben Stiller with his old man look, Cuba Gooding Jr, the unshaven Adrien Brudy, the striking Halle Berry, the James Franco video, Will Smith, Sir Ben Kingsley, Jack Black, Steve Martin, Whoopi Goldberg, Steven Spielberg and many others have added so much to the show with their wonderful timing and charm.
The Awards – Slumdog winning 8, A R winning 2, an other Indian Resul Pookutty winning an academy for best sound mixing, the late ‘Heath Ledger’ winning the award for his portrayal of the insane ‘Joker’, unexpectedly the suited in white Mickey Rourke losing it to Sean Penn…it was all just about perfect.
The performances – A R Rahman had performed ‘O Sayo’ and then John Legend takes over to perform ‘Down to Earth’ from Wall-E, Rahman comes back with ‘Jaya Ho’ and in the end both them sing together to create fusion magic. It was blissful.
If somebody is giving away Oscars for Oscar nights, this year’s event would sweep it all away. If you have missed it, try catching up with the re-run, try getting the DVD, try downloading it, do something, WATCH IT