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Oscar Talk: Final Edition, Oscar Wrap

Oscar Talk: Final Edition, Oscar Wrap

Thompson on Hollywood

It’s a wrap, as In Contention‘s Kris Tapley and I analyze Sunday night’s Oscar show winners and losers (below). Co-host Anne Hathaway came out ahead of James Franco, who seemed to be either too tired or too bored to do more than phone it in between tweets. (Caryn James’ review is here.) Maybe he really was more comfortable at the Spirit Awards.

Franco and Hathaway both shined–along with Alec Baldwin and Morgan Freeman–in the hilarious opening short directed by Troy Miller, including Hathaway’s shedding brown duck outfit by costume designer Jane Ruhm.

Kris and I also cover the Oscar party circuit, and both vote the Weinsteins’ Saturday night Soho House bash the best of the lot, although the Governor’s Ball came close.

We’ll be taking a hiatus until the Cannes Film Fest in May.

Life has a great Oscar night photo gallery. The Guardian has some good Oscar video.

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Anne, I think your suggestion for Sandra Bullock to host is interesting. I never found her to be funny or entertaining for that matter but anything is better than over eager Anne and semi-stoned Franco. My vote goes for Conan or Joel McHale… comedians who are actually funny and can do the job. They don’t need to be scripted… but Sandra, I don’t know if she could do it on her own without a genius script backing her up (which I think we can agree that the writers of the show lack any semblance of skill and/or comic relief). I hope they make some BIG changes next year because after such a lackluster show, the ratings are doomed.


Sandra Bullock may be a good host, but if the writing and production is bad , no host can save the Oscar telecast.


Sandra Bullock is a great rec for Host. I second that.

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