Truth be told, I didn’t watch (not really my thing). If you didn’t either, here’s a short summary:
Best: Billie Eilish Sings “Yesterday”
Billie Eilish sang the classic Beatles song while her brother Finneas accompanied her on piano, as a montage of all the stars we’ve lost this year played behind them.
Best: Cynthia Erivo Performing “Stand Up” from “Harriet”
A chillingly beautiful performance by the twice-nominated “Harriet” actress, complete with high notes that could break glass and desert-colored backup dancers swaying in front of a sunset — emblazoned with a photo of Harriet Tubman herself.
Worst: Diane Keaton and Keanu Reeves
Though they were in “Something’s Gotta Give” together, that doesn’t make them a good Oscar-presenter duo. Keaton babbled incomprehensibly while standing directly in front of the mic, forcing Reeves to stand awkwardly to the side and barely get a word in edgewise. Then Keaton almost dropped the envelope when announcing “Parasite” as the winner for best original screenplay. The only thing that salvaged the moment was Bong Joon Ho staring lovingly at his Oscar.
Worst: “The Conners” Crash the Oscars
After a commercial break, the camera went behind the couch of the family from the “Roseanne” spinoff series to capture their reactions to “Parasite’s” big win, at which point they realize they’re watching themselves on TV. Too bad literally all of their jokes fell flat. Here’s one of Sara Gilbert’s lamest quips: “Oh yeah, can’t wait to watch how to elect a millionaire while I superglue the sole back on my shoe.”
Best/Worst: James Corden and Rebel Wilson in Cat Suits
This could be the best or the worst, depending on how you feel about “Cats.” The pair came out dressed in furry cat-suits and poorly-done makeup to make fun of themselves before announcing the winner for the best visual effects award. “As cast members of the motion picture cats,” Wilson said, “Nobody more than us understands the importance of good visual effects,” finished Corden. Then they batted around the mic stand in true feline fashion.
There you have it, the best, worst and best/worst for 2020. See you next year !
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