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Did Anyone Else Notice…

Did Anyone Else Notice...


Last night during the “revamped Oscars” that felt not unlike the old Oscars, the show employed an oddly cluttered nominee graphic that cropped up during the mushy five-way best performance presentations. The graphic had two configurations, both made up of a number of different screens showing little loops of clips pulled from other nominees playing around the main “screen” which showed the nominee, or presenter. For whatever reason, during the right-side configuration graphics, and prominently displayed at the bottom-center of the TV every few seconds, there was Kung Fu Panda, jumping into the frame, eyes all a-googly, mouth open, huge tongue lapping at some flying object. The group I watched the show with laughed at it throughout, but when it ran underneath Sophia Loren’s tribute to Meryl Streep (did the Academy let them write those things themselves?), we all disintegrated. I imagine this was unintentional, though it certainly went further than anything else in the show towards deflating the event’s pomposity. Hugh Jackman’s The Reader bit comes a close second.

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