* Really, I’m glad that Alan Arkin was honored. The guy cracks me up usually just on sight alone. That said, he had no business winning Best Supporting Actor. And yes, I’m still upset that Adam Beach did not even get nominated. What a joke there.
* I still haven’t figured out what the purpose of the Cirque du Soleil-type “figure shapers” were. They shape-shifted into things from various movies, but what the common thread between those films were, I still have no idea. The Devil Wears Prada and…Casino Royale???
* Likewise, I’m not sure what the point was of the Will Ferrell/Jack Black/John C. Reilly song number, but I’m glad as hell that it was there, because it was probably the funniest thing of the night (next to Jack Nicholson’s shaved head, of course).
* Speaking of Jack Nicholson’s shaved head, Jack Nicholson had a shaved head. Wasn’t sure if you had heard that or not. (It was a bit surreal.)
* Gossip hounds J-Lo, Benaflek, and Tom Cruise were all presenters at one point or another during the telecast. Mysteriously absent? Crossroads star Britney Spears, though word is that she was getting the 411 on Nicholson’s haristylist. (Thank you! Thank you! That was this week’s “Bad Bald Britney Joke of the Week!”, brought to you by Head & Shoulders Shampoo. Thanks – you’ve been great!)
* The Chris Connelly “start filming while standing next to the “paparrazi,” then walk out to the Oscars china cabinet and stop” bits were the worst segues I had seen at the Academy Awards since the “Peter Coyote at the MC desk” they had a few years back. Just embarrassing – and I even like Connelly, on occasion.
* Is that George Clooney? Wow, he must be seeing Nichole Richie’s dietician! (Yes, that’s the limit on my bad jokes. I hope.)
* Though overall she would get a solid B+ from me, Ellen DeGeneres was the most MIA host I’ve ever (not) seen at the Oscars. Odd considering how hard she kept saying it was. Show up more - it’s probably even harder then!
* Where was her brother (and former Daily Show commentator) Vance? I miss that guy. (Along with Brian Unger, Beth Littleford, Craig Kilborn and all of the other “former Daily Show” employees whose careers apparently end when they leave the show.
* Pan’s Labyrinth was robbed. Granted, I have not yet seen The Lives of Others, but I’m pretty sure I’m right on this one.
* Good for Marty. Though 2006 will probably go down as a weak year for films (in general – see previous posts about this topic), The Departed deserved to win amidst the competition it was up against. Though I’m still not sure why Mark Wahlberg was nominated. Bizarre. I guess that’s Hollywood.