Monday, February 28, 2005

The 77th Annual Academy Awards

US 2005. ABC transmission from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Hosted by Chris Rock. P: Gilbert Cates. D: Louis B. Horvitz. SC: Hal Kanter, Buz Kohan, Rita Cash. M: Bill Conti.
On the Red Carpet, ca 2 hrs
Entering the Kodak Theatre, ca 30 min
Opening Sequence ("What Is Cinema"), D: Chuck Workman, narrator: Dustin Hoffman
Johnny Carson Remembered, D: June Beallor
Special Tribute to Sidney Lumet, D: Michael Shapiro
Jean Hersholt Award to Roger Mayer, D: Jon Bloom, host: Martin Scorsese
In Memoriam, D: Jon Bloom, M: Yo-Yo Ma playing Bach live
The whole transmission ca 5 hrs 45 min, transmitted in Finland by Nelonen. EET 28 Feb 2005. I taped it to watch in the evening. A wonderful show, great entertainment, musical numbers could have been better, excellent special sequences, but not one of the very best Oscar galas. Johnny Carson was the best Oscar host I have seen, and Billy Crystal has been very close. Chris Rock was good. - So now we know that Charlie Kaufman exists. Other sympathetic winners: Jamie Foxx, Mar adentro, The Incredibles, Sideways. ***

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