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February 26, 2007



re jack nicholson - i thought a bit more lex luthor than daddy warbucks :-)

Dr. Sparky

Thank you! That whole Clint Eastwood pretending he works for the UN bit made me feel rather uncomfortable. It didn't help that it followed Celine Dion singing a song no one cared about and no one could understand.


I went with the Kingpin in Jack Nicholson comparisons. And I think if you put a scar down his right eye he'd be a dead ringer for Blofeld in You Only Live Twice...And I think we ALL know that Forest Whitaker's Oscar wasn't a make-up for THE SHIELD, but for his heartfelt portrayal of Ker, the conflicted Psychlo Lieutenant to John Travolta in the incomparable BATTLEFIELD EARTH.


Clint Eastwood made a lot of movies in Italy. Does the name Sergio Leone ring a bell? It's highly likely that he learned the language, as it would make working and living there a lot easier, and Clint's a pretty smart guy.Maybe it's just my love of music, but the names, faces, and work of Henry Mancini, Ennio Morricone, Jerry Goldsmith, Elmer Bernstein, the GREAT Bernard Herrmann, Max Steiner, Franz Waxman, Dimitri Tiomkin (Had dinner with him once) and so many others have been as familiar to me as Hitchcock, Robert Wise, Leo McCary, Frank Capra, James Whale, and of course my favorite stars, since I was a teenager. Hell, even much lesser known names like Hans Salter and Frank Skinner are part and parcel of my film love. My record collection holds far more film soundtracks than rock. I have CDs of Hans Salter's music. Maybe the public at large don't know any film composers but John Williams, but that's their loss. I loved the Morricone tribute, until they ruined it by trotting out Celine Dion.When they introduced Phillip Seymour Hoffman as "The sexiest man ever to play Truman Capote" I was embarrasssed for Toby Jones. I've seen Hoffman shirtless. My eyes still burn. Frankly, Capote himself was sexier than Hoffman. And couldn't someone have loaned him the use of a hairbrush before he went out?

jason oliver

did anyone else notice that when the departed screenwriter won for best adapted screenplay, the voiceover said that it was based on the japanese screenplay written by felix chong and alan mok. can 2 asian names sound LESS JAPANESE and MORE HONG KONGESE (if thats even a word, and it should be). that was just blatant ignorance. for a remake of a HK movie, which wasn't even up for foreign film oscar back in 2002, to win the best picture oscar, reflects the true, sad, unoriginal state of american motion pictures.


Yeah, my italian is kind of primitive (almost as much as my english) but Eastwood's translation seemed really acurate to me. Yes, Jason, "The departed" is an adaptation - remake - whatever of "Infernal affairs" a movie from Hong Kong.


Stay up past midnight? Here it didn't start till after midnight. I got into bed by 5.30am.No, I do not have anything better to do.

Tom Quigley

I agree with you about Jerry Seinfeld's segment. I think he was auditioning. He was funnier, better dressed and seemed to be more tuned in to what would make the house laugh than Ellen (or her writers)....As for the rest of the show, I only came to two conclusions: (1) Al Gore has officially launched his 2008 presidential campaign, and (2)it probably would have been more fun to watch if you were at a lesbian Oscar party....

Benton Harbor

From the Chattanoogan:"Last night, Al Gore’s global-warming documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, collected an Oscar for best documentary feature, but the Tennessee Center for Policy Research has found that Gore deserves a gold statue for hypocrisy. Gore’s mansion, located in the posh Belle Meade area of Nashville, consumes more electricity every month than the average American household uses in an entire year, according to the Nashville Electric Service (NES).In his documentary, the former Vice President calls on Americans to conserve energy by reducing electricity consumption at home.The average household in America consumes 10,656 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year, according to the Department of Energy. In 2006, Gore devoured nearly 221,000 kWh — more than 20 times the national average."So much for Leonardo's being impressed with all that Al has done.

Mr. Hollywood

Might be a good idea for the Academy to hire a producer for thier show who actually has a sense of theatrics. IN a word the show was ... boring. How about some entertainment value to go with the awards.Rob Marshall made one of the great musicals, CHICAGO, then directed one of the best TV shows I've seen in years, THE TONY BENNETT SPECIAL ... so why not let this man produce the show.

The One With The Moustache

I wonder if when Manoel de Oliveira dies the Academy is going to include him in the Im Memorium segment, after all he is the oldest active director alive, and the one with the longest career.

Patrick Walsh

Thanks for the shout-out Ken, you made my week! Love this site...


Jerry Seinfeld was funny, but it was all old material. Strange thing to do in that venue.Clint Eastwood is looking old and sounding it, too. In the pre-show BS he sounded positively addled.All the "produced" bits went on too long - and you're right, Ken (as usual), the opening "Nominees" piece was a bloated "GAP commercial." Ellen was OK overall. Her bit with Eastwood and Spielberg was pretty funny, though. Telling Speilberg to "reframe" the photo was priceless.

Mary Stella

I was thrilled for Jennifer Hudson. She won her Oscar and gave a gracious, sincere, heartfelt acceptance speech within 45 seconds. The musical number rocked.Most of all, since the Grammy fashion error, her stylist found her a decent bra.


Is anyone surprised the Michael Mann montage was long, lugubrious, and indulgent? I bet it was over budget too.*LOL* It probably was, too! Classic.As for Jack Nicholson, I was wondering if his new look had anything to do with showing support to Britney, because, you know, he may sorta see a lof of himself in her recent drug and booze fuelled insanity. ;-)As for HD, yeah, well... I watched the show from across the apartment in the kitchen, preferring to make cookies during the pre-show for the main event, and let me tell you, even on our dinky 32" LCD screen I could see all of the pinned pupils *cough*TomKat*cough* and every plastic surgery scar *cough*J.Lo*cough* on most of the stars that did show up, and it was NOT pretty, so yeah, I understand who so many stayed away from the red carpet.And how is it that Sally Crazier Than Batshit Kirkland keeps getting a ticket year after year? What was the last thing she put on film?! Oh, wait! I don't think I want to know the answer to that if you're going to call her the original Night In Paris, Ken. Eww. Ick. *wretch*Stacey


Forget Eastwood looking and sounding addled, what about Peter O'Toole? When I saw him on the red carpet and how he seemed to propped up by his wife and someone else, my only thought was that he was going to die at the telecast. I was genuinely scared for him. I had fears of his winning and instead of standing up to accept, slumping down in his seat with his eyes still wide open with that stupid grin of his on his face. He looked just like Katharine Hepburn and Henry Fonda in the days before their deaths. I tell ya, that man is not long for this world.Stacey


My favorite "Ryan Seacrest has no clothes moment" in the pregame was when he was interviewing Kate Winslet and asking her about her friend "Ricky Jarvis". Kate just looked at him like he had three heads (though that would have been three too many for Mr. S) Kate finally offered "Gervais" as the proper surname, Ryan didn't get that either, but that thankfully led into a hilarious video clip to Kate from Ricky, which redeemed the whole thing.


Anyone else think that in her red suit Ellen looked like Owen Wilson attending an Austin Powers party?

Michael Zand

Ellen was okay but still think that Jon Stewart did a great job last year. They were idiots not bring him back. I guess the thinking was a mildly funny, tuxedoed lesbian was more appealing to the red states than a very funny east coast jew.


And how is it that Sally Crazier Than Batshit Kirkland keeps getting a ticket year after year?Sally was nominated for Best Actress in "Anna" 20 years ago, which I suppose gives her a lifetime invitation. I've met her, and while she may be a bit crazy, she's charmingly so.


HD was very kind to Jessica Biel. And Ms. Biel was even MORE kind to those of us with HD, if you get the picture. (pun intended)Enjoy the blog.

Tom Dougherty

It's not out the realm of possibility to think that Clint Eastwood picked up some Italian over the years. He worked in Italy a lot early on, and wasn't he living with an Italian woman not so long ago? I don't know.And I agree with everyone who said it: Ellen was the best host this outfit has had in years.



Eric Weinstein

I think Forest's Oscar was a make-up for Fast Times at Ridgemont High or Vision Quest...You want to see Helen Mirren, then rent Caligola; she's a real RILF (Roman I'd like to ...)


Never mind, benton harbor, that the Tennessee Center for Policy Research is a right-wing funded organization designed to smear Al Gore personally because they lost the battle on global warming. It was deliberately timed and coordinated to correspond with his movie's Oscar win. Read a thorough debunking here.The president of the "non-partisan" Tennessee Center for Policy Research has a history of working for right wing organizations like the Exxon-funded American Enterprise Institute and the right wing funded National Taxpayers Union.The right cannot stand that Gore is more successful having "lost" his election bid in 2000 than Bush is having "won" it.

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    Ken Levine is an Emmy winning writer/director/producer/major league baseball announcer. In a career that has spanned over 30 years Ken has worked on MASH, CHEERS, FRASIER, THE SIMPSONS, WINGS, EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, BECKER, DHARMA & GREG, and has co-created his own series including ALMOST PERFECT starring Nancy Travis. He and his partner wrote the feature VOLUNTEERS. Ken has also been the radio/TV play-by-play voice of the Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres.
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