Having had a somewhat strenuous afternoon working on broken plumbing, I sat down to spend some time with my wife watching the Oscar's, and it was a pretty good show, except when stupid Verizon screwed up and lost half of it. We took a break to get something to eat and I pushed the pause button on the remote control for the Verizon/Motorola DVR, and it dutifully paused. However, when we came back after dinner, the stupid, ignorant piece of junk was playing. What happened to pause? Dad burn incompetent, misguided, ....
The show was pretty good. It was kind of fun to see some of our old favorites from the silver screen live on TV. Some of the thank-you's were, er, interesting. The gay man getting an award for Milk and making a political statement. One Indian dude calling Mumbai Bombay, which made my imperialist heart glad. Another Indian dude closing with "God Is Great". DHS probably has him on their watch list now. Heath Ledgers parents and sister accepting his award.
Hugh Jackman hosted and he was very entertaining. For some of bigger awards they would bring out five former winners to announce the contenders, and before that they would show a montage of clips from their films. Man, I have seen a lot of great films. So many I can't remember them all.
The also had a memorial for the famous who had fallen in the last year. Some of them were surprising because I didn't expect them to be dead (Bernie Mac for one). Some were surprising because I thought they had died longer ago than last year (several). Paul Newman died. But his picture is still on the salad dressing at the grocery store and he's the picture of health. He can't be dead.
Jerry Lewis showed up for a special award. Haven't seen him lately. He was walking and talking, though it seemed like it might have been difficult for him. He didn't stay long.
Halle Berry was another person who showed up who I hadn't seen lately. She is still easy on the eyes.
We didn't get to see the last three (and most important!?!) awards because the show ran over, and the stupid DVR stopped recording! We got to the end of the recording right as Sophia Loren was speaking, and we get dumped back to broadcast and the show is over! It's enough to make you want to seek revenge. Death to Verizon! Allah Akbar!