Miss: Channel Nine’s red carpet coverage. Project Runway’s Henry Roth did the fashion commentary and mangled the celebrity names. Zoe Salanda instead of Zoe Saldana? Sultana, Salada, whatevs. Unfortunately Richard Wilkins wasn’t much better. He asked boring questions and when he was interviewing Miley Cyrus, who is dating Australian Liam Hemsworth and who just had a romantic holiday Down Under, he didn't ask a single question pertaining to Australia. He needs to be knocked on the head with a boomerang. Can I start a Facebook page called “Channel Nine is Ruining the 2010 Oscars?”
Miss: The opening number with Neil Patrick Harris. I love me some NPH, but that looked like something from the Mardi Gras party last weekend. NPH is a TV star, not a movie dude. And I'm sorry, but Harold and Kumar SO does not count.
To find out what else made the hit or miss list, just keep reading.
Hit: The tribute to Brat Pack director John Hughes—Molly Ringwald, Matthew Broderick (Ferris!), John Cryer (Duckie!), Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, Anthony Michael Hall (is that really you?), a grown-up Macaulay Culkin. Sniff. It’s truly the end of an era.
Miss: The lack of serious starpower: Most of the nominated films didn’t star big box office names—Precious, The Hurt Locker, An Education, etc. Sandra Bullock and George Clooney were the rare exceptions. I missed Brangelina, Tom and Katie and Jennifer Aniston.
Miss: The lack of Aussies Anywhere. Nicole, Cate, Russell, Abbie, Naomi, Geoffrey, Mel, Hugh. Where the bloody hell were you? And there were only three Australian nominees—Luke Doolan and Drew Bailey for Best Short Film (Live Action) and Janet Patterson for Best Costume Design for Bright Star and they all went home empty handed.
Miss: Worst speech of the night went to The Young Victoria costume designer Sandy Powell who sniffed, “I’ve already won TWO of these...”
Hit: The best speech of the night came from Sandra Bullock. A true class act.
Hit: Steve and Alec watching the show backstage in snuggies.
Miss: The lack of surprises. The no upsets in the major categories. Very safe and predictable.
Hit: Last year, past winners announced the nominees in the Best Acting categories. This time around they had colleagues who had some kind of connection to the nominees. Michelle Pfeiffer talked about Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore spoke about Colin Firth and Tim Robbins shared about Morgan Freeman.
Miss: Colin Farrell speaking about nominee Jeremy Renner and reminiscing about a drunken trip to Mexico where they ended up in the same bed spooning. The connection was that they had both worked on the film S.W.A.T. together. Yes, S.W.A.T.—it felt more like a buck’s night toast than an Oscar speech.
Hit: Finally. Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win the best directing Oscar, which was especially significant because it was presented by Barbra Streisand (who has directed Yentl, The Prince of Tides and The Mirror Has Two Faces). Well done.
Miss: No tipsy celebs, no missed cues, no stumbles, no inappropriate acceptance speeches or political agendas. No one mentioned Haiti or Chile or gay marriage and everyone was on their best behaviour. There’s nothing naughty to YouTube!
Hit: The ceremony, which usually is excruciating, only ran two minutes over. The producers cut acceptance speeches, original song performances, lifetime achievement awards and other things that pad out the show ... and just got down to the business of handing out the bald guy. Yes!
Those are my thoughts on the big night. I'd love to hear what you thought worked and what didn't and don't forget to check out Fab and Bella to see who they thought were the style stars on the red carpet and who were the hot messes!