Oscars’ Opening Crawls to a Slow Death with Billy Crystal

by Bags Hooper on February 26, 2012 · 4 comments

in Academy Awards, Film & Movies

The Academy Awards opened up with a brilliant montage, featuring scenes from The Descendants, Midnight in Paris, The Help, Bridesmaids, Mission Impossible, The Adventures of Tintin and Hugo. Even Justin Bieber showed up to bring in the younger demographic.

However, after host Billy Crystal shifted from the film world to the real world, viewers got a sense of how “really” outdated this celebrity host was. Instead of a humorous opening monologue, Crystal decided to sink back into archaic show tunes ripped from the great musicals of yesteryear.

Whereas The Artist and Hugo were smart tributea to film history, Crystal’s opening just felt a little too awkward to stomach. Jokes about Jonah Hill’s recent weight loss (and suggesting that there were cupcakes in the back) fell flat. Nothing said awkward more than the expression on the face of the young girl sitting to Martin Scorsese’s right (my guess is that it was his granddaughter). As Crystal serenaded Scorcese, the audience was smiling more at an opening that was crawling to a slow death.

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It was a valiant attempt at humor, but it would have worked better 20 years ago.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

older mom February 27, 2012 at 2:30 am

Children should be left at home for the Oscars..obviously she is bord and would rather be home…and yes Billy is boring..and shouldn’t dye his hair…at least the clothing looks good…

older mom February 27, 2012 at 2:30 am

Children should be left at home for the Oscars..obviously she is bord and would rather be home…and yes Billy is boring..and shouldn’t dye his hair…at least the clothing looks good…

Brian Patrick87 February 27, 2012 at 4:58 am

Couldn’t agree more. ┬áHe had a few good one-liners, but it overall was pretty flat to me, and dated.

Sgabrec February 27, 2012 at 5:19 am

The scripted repartees for the presenters were horrific. Embarassing. Someone should fire the writers!

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