Now that I have staggered my way towards the end of an incredibly busy week, I can take a few deep breaths and briefly pontificate about the 2009 Academy Awards.
I thought Hugh Jackson did a superb job as the host; he was fetching, entertaining and charming.
The production numbers were well-staged and thoroughly enjoyable. Watching the boffo Beyonce-centric number (how long are her gorgeous gams, I wondered...) I thought a time warp took us back to THE HOLLYWOOD PALACE or the ED SULLIVAN SHOW.
It appears that the Academy finally deduced that with Hope and Carson gone and Billy Crystal on hiatus, the stand-up comic-host approach had become beyond stale. At least we did not have to suffer through another Jon Stewart or even worse, David Letterman extravaganza that requires East Coast viewers to reach for the No-Doz.
I also dug the interactive way that the nominees were made...