The 2012 Oscars were on last night and I have to say I didn't enjoy the show as much as I usually do. It was good to see Billy Crystal host again but his performance was pretty uneven with really no memorable one liners. I thought Christopher Guest's focus group sketch was painfully unfunny. The Cirque du Soleil performance seemed out of place.
Angelina Jolie's presentation of the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay provided some entertainment as she struck a pose with her right leg flashing which prompted one of the winners to copy her move.
Octavia Spencer and Christopher Plummer were widely expected to win and I'm happy for both of them. I haven't seen Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady but I did see Viola Davis in The Help and was expecting her to win. But I was happy for Meryl and she did give a good acceptance speech. I was also pleased that Woody Allen won for Best Original Screenplay for Midnight in Paris even though he wasn't there to pick up his Oscar. I haven't seen The Artist or The Descendants yet.
As far as fashion goes, one of my favorite gowns was worn by Jessica Chastain (black with gold embroidery). Gwyneth Paltrow also wore a unique white gown with a cape that she wore on the red carpet. Penelope Cruz wore a beautiful blue dress but one of my favorites was Viola Davis who wore a gorgeous emerald green Vera Wang with her hair short and natural in a reddish shade. Natalie Portman also looked great in a red polka dot gown as did Michelle Williams in a bright coral number and darling short haircut.
As for those gowns that didn't shine as much, Rooney Mara's was a misstep and her severe hairstyle didn't help. Bérénice Bejo also was not a favorite of mine and Meryl Streep's dress although pretty, didn't seem like it fit really well on top.
Well, another Oscar season has come and gone and I still have plenty of nominated movies to catch up on. I can't help but wonder how Eddie Murphy would have been as the host. Maybe they'll ask him again someday.