Well...that was long....
It wasn't the strongest year for the Academy and the show, while conjurring up a few laughs from the host, was a little on the bland side.
First off, let me get the WTHs out fo the way:
Congrats to Gustavo Santaolalla, but WTH? That was the nominee that I would have picked last to win. Thomas Newman's little clip before the award show turned out to be right on. In a year with some pretty weak co-nominees, Thomas had a good shot.
WTH? A little too much Al Gore on Oscar night for me. But all fine fine...we're all green. I get it.
Now for the good stuff...
As much of a dud as I thought this particular show was, the tribute to composer Ennio Morricone was fantastic! It was likely the best tribute of the night and he sure did get from his balcony to the stage in a hurry. The foreign film tribute was also also enjoyable.
Congrats to Martin Scorcese. Even more than the Oscar win...it was great to see George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Francis Coppola and Scorcese on the stage together.
The best acceptance speech of the night has to go to Forest Whitaker. He was so grateful...yet looked like he was just about ready to fight someone as he walked off-stage!
And with that, the award season is pretty much over. Now, we can all sit back and anticipate what wonders will be displayed at the very special 80th Academy Awards in 2008....provided that there are some decent flicks this year...and that the Academy has enough clarity to nominate them.