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Like It, Love It, Gotta Have It: 2012 Academy Awards Edition

February 29, 2012

Here’s a new thing for the blog: The Like It, Love It, Gotta Have It game.  In this, I will say something I liked about a certain thing (This year’s Oscars for example), something I loved about that thing, and something I had to have about that thing.

Like It: Billy Crystal being back to host.

I have to say, I had very high expectations for this given his hosting prowess in the past.  He hadn’t hosted the show since Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King went 11 for 11 all the way back in 2004.  Other than Bob Hope, no person has hosted the Oscars more than Billy, and while there had been some good hosts in his absence (Jon Stewart, Hugh Jackman, the Steve Martin/Alec Baldwin co-hosting job), there were also some poor ones (I’m looking at you, James Franco and Anne Hathaway.  Also Chris Rock, and that sucks because I generally like all three of them).

This is not to say that Billy’s outing this time was his strongest, or without controversy, considering that he wore blackface to play Sammy Davis, Jr. in the show’s opening skit.  However, I knew that he had been doing a Sammy impression since his SNL days, so I didn’t mind the skit as much as some other people did.

All in all though, I liked Billy being back, and maybe next year we can have the host that most people seem to be clamoring for: NEIL PATRICK HARRIS!

Love It: Meryl Streep and Christopher Plummer’s wins

First off, I have to admit, I never thought Meryl Streep would win another Oscar.  She had lost with great roles, and I thought they would just keep nominating her, as if to say “We get it, you’re the  best, but we want to give other people a chance to win.”  She hadn’t won an Oscar since 1983.  To put that in perspective, Michael Jordan was still in college.  She had lost 12 times in a row and 14 times overall.  Only two other actors (Jack Nicholson and Katherine Hepburn) have even been nominated 12 times, but you have to put their longest losing streaks together to equal Meryl’s streak (Jack’s longest streak was 4, Hepburn’s was 8).  I will also admit, I thought Viola Davis was going to take this award, and I wish her luck in the future, but I’m very excited that Meryl finally won an Oscar in my lifetime, because she is one of the (if not the single) greatest actresses of all time.

Now, on to Mr. Plummer.  He had only been nominated once prior to this year, which is also a shame, but the fact he did not win an Oscar until the age of 82 is a travesty.  From The Sound of Music to A Beautiful Mind to Up, he has been acting for the past 60 years, and giving great performances all through that time.  As the saying goes, it’s better late than never, and that is certainly the case here.  I’m very excited that he was finally recognized for a lifetime of great work.

Gotta Have It: Jim Rash and Bret McKenzie winning Oscars.

This was a big year for comedic actors at the Oscars, and I couldn’t be happier about that.  Jonah Hill was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Moneyball, Melissa McCarthy was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Bridesmaids, and Kristen Wiig was nominated for Best Original Screenplay for Bridesmaids.  However, it was Jim Rash who stole the show following his win for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Descendants.  After accepting the award, he mocked Angelina Jolie’s stance and worked his way into America’s heart.  Of course, for those of us familiar with his work on Community, it came as no surprise that he would steal the show, because his character (Dean Craig Pelton) had been stealing that show for the past 3 seasons.  A well earned win for him, and maybe now people will want to watch what he does on Community so they can see if he will mock other female celebrities (hint: OF COURSE HE WILL! He’s already done Tina Turner, Halle Berry as Catwoman, & Scarlett O’Hara from Gone With The Wind. The man is hilarious, as is the show).

However, my biggest Gotta Have It moment came when Bret McKenzie (of Flight of the Conchords fame) won for Best Original Song for “Man or Muppet” from my personal favorite movie of 2011 The Muppets.  I thought this movie was generally snubbed, and this was the only nomination for the film.  He had a great chance, because due to some strange Academy rule, there were only two nominees this year, but when they called his name, I was genuinely thrilled.  The movie was great, and the music was a big reason why.  Now, Bret is also halfway to EGOT status (he should be 3/4 of the way, but sadly, Flight of the Conchords never won an Emmy), and hopefully he will do some more things in front of the camera like his band-mate, Jermaine Clement.

So, there you have it, the inaugural “Like It, Love It, Gotta Have It” post.  Not a bad first post, as it worked in Meryl Streep, Community, and the Muppets.

Hope you liked this post, and I hope you like what else I have to say.

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