There were no winners in the peneflix competition but once again all contestants fared better than I.
Fighting the lethal and overwhelming tide of jet lag, Seth MacFarlane proved to be the perfect antibiotic, remedy for sleep starvation; his poise, charm, impeccable timing, dancing dexterity gifted the evening a refreshing splash of class, long missing in the presentation; reminiscent of the inimitable Bob Hope or Johnny Carson, yet to be replaced as the masters, kings of Hollywood’s most iconic night of the year.
The evening, lathered in the style of the 40’s, shimmered in song and dance numbers performed stunningly by Hollywood’s consummate, beautiful stars: leggy, lithesome Charlize Theron, Channing “Magic Mike” Tatum, Joseph Gordon- Levitt, Daniel Radcliff, Catherine Zeta Jones and the thrilling, nostalgic “The Way We Were” sung by Barbra Streisand as a tribute to deceased songwriter, Marvin Hamlisch, added frosting and panache to a memorable spectacle.
Interestingly, my usual groans as my selections were felled, were absent; genuinely satisfied with the academy’s choices; surprised as Jennifer Lawrence won the coveted Oscar for Best Actress (“Silver Linings Playbook”); many of you were wiser; “Argo” besting “Lincoln” as the favorite movie of the year; “Life of Pi’ garnishing the Best Director prize for Ang Lee; happiness, humility graced all the acceptance speeches.
A major disappointment: Anne Hathaway, stealing the statue from Helen Hunt (“The Sessions”); a celestial performance worthy of the gold.
A pervasive defect was the interminable, saccharine “Red Carpet”; ninety minutes of stupid, sputtering sycophancy; gagging, gushing, grueling inanity.
A friend recently told me that I “vote with my heart, instead of my gut”, the legitimate reason why my “win” record is so anemic; unfortunately, unable to separate the two, doubtful that the therapeutic process can cure my handicap, I will forge ahead, relishing the glory, uniqueness of actors imbued with the ability to entertain, hypnotize; vanquishing blinders, educating viewers in the wonders, enchantments, even the deviousness of the human condition.
Those of you who entered the contest enhanced, added depth to the ceremony; my gratitude belongs to you.