March 1, 2004
Post Oscar Awards
Posted by James at March 1, 2004 1:24 AM
I think James summed up the oscars perfectly above, at least for me. I had never seen this before, but I watched this year because we had seen so many of the movies that had nominations. (Well, really, you'd only have to have seen ROTK...)
I was most amazed by what he calls the "demi-hosts." These people must be the worst part of show business for celebrities. They don't have any of the sincerity of a fan, but they have obnoxious persistence, they don't have any (apparent) intelligence, but they ask questions, and they have a camera following them around and they're in public, so the celebrities really have to be polite. Very trying people. The jerk inside harassed Alec Baldwin and Ben Kingsley and then pulled liitle Keisha Castle-Hughes out of her seat to introduce her to Johnny Depp just as the show was beginning.
This is just another chapter in the "wake up, it's the real world" phase of my life which began when George Bush won the Republican nomination and has been going strong ever since...
_OPRAH-UMA REDUX: Not only did Billy Bush on the ABC pre-show reprise David Letterman's ill-advised 1995 introduction of Oprah Winfrey to Uma Thurman, but he earnestly attempted a stagey, awkward intro of young "Whale Rider" nominee Keisha Castle-Hughes to fellow nominee Johnny Depp of "Pirates of the Caribbean."
An Associated Press reporter watching Crystal prepare for the real show overheard him offer a review of Bush to no one in particular, "This is the most annoying man in show business."_