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TV Junkie: The Oscars - Another (Badly Done) Hollywood Skeet Skeet Skeet Session

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The Oscars as TV

This is strictly opinion about the Academy Awards broadcast on ABC - not the pre- or post- shows. This isn't about who won and the merits of their winning, this is just about the nearly 4 hours of TV that was on. The Oscars are a marathon, no doubt about it, and a slow marathon at that. Most able bodied people should be able to do a marathon in about 4 hours with just a few months training which is why I have a problem with the Oscars: it's too damn long, it needs to pop some TrimSpa pills, buckle down, and drop some weight.

This year didn't start well with its opening montage of nominees and it set the tone for overly long video clips, a couple of which seemed to recreate the entire history of the medium - they're both uninformative and unnecessary and just prolong the agony of watching Hollywood congratulate itself.

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Mimes doing shadowplay - 'nuff said. What, Mummenschanz wasn't available?

The music - truly awful as usual. Everyone knows that a mediocre flick can be turned into a laughable nightmare as soon as the grandiose score builds and builds and builds and drowns out anything redeemable. The orchestration at the Oscars thrives on the principle of smarmy, John Williams-esque crescendos: knock it off. And seriously, Celine Dion singing a tribute to Ennio Morricone was one of the most painfully incongruous moments on television in years. Being a hater of the kind of music featured in Dreamgirls as well as Melissa Etheridge's entire catalog made an already overwrought segment of the show just that much worse. Thanks Academy, for your pathetic nominations in this category.

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