Monday, February 28, 2005

Oscar Wrap-up

It was the Wild Banshee herself who voted that she would "maybe" watch the Academy awards on Sunday night. Of course, in the end, I did watch the entire broadcast, including red carpet coverage on both E! and ABC. Why? Well, partly because FOX didn't air its usual Sunday night lineup. But mostly because I can't resist a spectacle. And, love 'em or hate 'em, the Hollywood elite certainly know how to put on a spectacle.

If you want a run-down of who won what award, check out This post is gonna focus on the more bizarre aspects of the 2005 Academy Awards.

First up on the hit parade has to be the Academy's choice of Chris Rock as host. Rock opened the show by mocking several actors for their lack of star power, including Jude Law. Then Rock mocked Tim Robbins' incessant political whining. Rock also did a taped segment where he visited an urban theater in L.A. and asked movie goers what films they had seen this year. The Best Picture nominees seemed totally foreign to these real people while White Chicks and The Chronicles of Riddick were favorites. The only thing that Rock did to fit in with the Academy was deride the President.

When talking about weird sights, Hilary Swank's dress cannot go unmentioned. It really looked to me like she had a Hefty bag tied around her neck. I know she doesn't earn Julia Roberts' kind of coin, but I would think that she could still afford real clothes. In all seriousness, what on earth is this thing? Is it on backwards?


Another head-scratching moment at the Oscars came when Dustin Hoffman took the stage with Barbara Streisand to announce the award for Best Picture. This is the pinacle of the night. And yet, I'm pretty sure that Hoffman was drunk as a skunk. He didn't seem to have any idea what he was doing. He was not articulate and needed Babs to prod him into every single line. Not cool, if you ask me. I was pretty sure that Annette Bening was also toasted when she made her way up the red carpet early in the evening. But she seemed pretty solid when she spoke from the podium during the show.

But, the king of the bizarre has to be Johnny Depp. He was a spectacle unto himself, and he wasn't even doing anything. Depp was wearing perhaps the most outlandish conglomeration of fashion accessories ever assembled. I don't even know what some parts of this outfit are called. E! Online summed it up best when they said, "He looks like a deranged Buddy Holly." And, as if Depp doesn't look weird enough in this photo, there is even more that is hidden here. Baby Sister told me that Johnny Depp was actually wearing his craggy, Pirates of the Caribean teeth.


And that, my friends, wraps up the Banshee's coverage of the 2005 Academy Awards.