Unlike last year’s extremely uncomfortable Oscar® telecast, with its poorly-matched, inexperienced hosts, this year was as comfy as a cup of warm borscht, as Billy Crystal busted out venerable schtik and timing. Other than that, it was all a parade of white dresses, sequins, and very, very predictable wins. But a few moments stood out for Our Kind:
#1– HUGO CABRET represents that mysterious grey area between comics and not-comics. It definitely isn’t a comic, but author Brian Selznick was definitely influenced by comics in telling a story with pictures as well as text. So let’s go with comics hybrid and state that with its five wins (all in the craft areas) Martin Scorsese’s HUGO is the most Oscars-winning film based on a semi-comic ever. HUGO won for Visual Effects, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Art Direction, and Cinematography.
#2 — Figwit won an Oscar! Bret McKenzie, best known as part of Flight of the Conchords and now Oscar-winning songwriter for THE MUPPET MOVIE, was once known as a background Elf in THE LORD OF THE RINGS.
Was he a background Sylvan Elf, or a background Noldor? Unknown.
#3 — Saruman also won!
#3.a — Somewhere during the Oscar telecast, as shots of Bumblebee transforming were shown, the voice of Michael Bay was heard explaining how you had to do things right to make art. I wish I were making that up.
And here is what you really were waiting for:
Immediately after the telecast, Angelina Jolie ate a sandwich, and an anxious nation heaved a sigh of relief.
And SEPARATED AT BIRTH?
Finally, as we CORRECTLY predicted, the Best Animated Short category was won by William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg for THE FANTASTIC FLYING BOOKS OF MR. MORRIS LESSMORE, and they were DEFINITELY the happiest winners of the night.