Yet another boring Oscar party

Again if it wasn’t for Twitter and the fact that I had money riding on it, the Oscars could’ve easily been missed in my books.

Of the ten films nominated for Best Picture, I saw four of them (UP, Up in the Air, Inglourious Basterds and The Hurt Locker). While in a perfect world UP should’ve probably won, but I knew that wasn’t going to happen. The other three were good movies, but nothing spectacular so I wasn’t rooting for any one in particular (just as long as Pocha- er, Dances wi- um, Fern Gu- ee, ah yes, Avatar didn’t win).

The biggest part of the Oscars, and really all award shows, is the length. I think it all started around 7pm and didn’t finish til after midnight. That’s just insane. No wonder less and less people are watching it each year; it’s not that they don’t want to know who wins, it’s just one long, boring self-pat on the back. This is just one more reason why Twitter is great I guess, because it made it all bearable with the hilarious commentary.

Here’s a complete list of the winners from last night.

What did you think of the whole thing?

My favourite Superbowl XLIV Ads

Congratulations go out to the New Orleans Saints on their first Superbowl win last night against the Indianapolis Colts. The win means a lot for the city and the state of Louisiana I’m sure.

Many people watch the game just for the ads as well. They probably get just as much, if not more coverage than the game on the news the next day. Thanks to Adweek I got to watch some if not all of them. Here are my 5 (in no particular order):

1.Snickers Celebrity Sack ft. Betty White

2. Doritos Child Slap

3. Hyundai “Brett Favre” (extended version)

4 . Audi Green Car

5. Vizio

Which one was your favourite?

LOST is back!

It’s been so long since LOST last aired on TV and I forgot the fanatical feel of watching the show, but after last night it’s back in full force (and non-LOST fans following me on Twitter collectively groan). I won’t be blogging about the show until season’s end, so before everything really gets going: Are you excited for the final season? Are you not a fan and happy to see it go so people like me will shut up about it? What are you looking forward to being answered the most? Here are a few of my major “need to know” questions coming into the season:

  1. The numbers – What do they mean?!
  2. Babies –  Why is there such an issue with them on the island? And how did Aaron survive?
  3. Dead people – Why are do so many of them keep making appearances? Does the island emit some kind of trippy acid that stays with you even if you leave it?
  4. Island’s beginnings –  Will Jacob’s story continue and tell us how this all began?
  5. Locke – Is he.. Jesus? Kind of answered in the first episode.. and no, he’s not Jesus, heh, but I’m still curious to see his “new” role expand and be explained.

Has The Office pulled a Fonzie and “jumped the shark”?

YES.

I think any fan of this show in their right mind will agree that this season it’s gone downhill. What I’d like to know is when did the show jump that proverbial shark? I have a few possibilities:

  1. The merger of the two branches, introducing Andy Bernard to the main office gang. I liked the Jim, Pam, Dwight, Michael + others feel. Around this time we began to see more and more of the other cast having a bigger role. With the expanded characters, there were too many personalities to deal with. It lost its simplicity.
  2. The 1-hour episodes. At first I was all for it, as any addicted fan would be. After a few weeks, 1-hour was clearly too much for this kind of show. I felt story lines drag out far too long and it became stale humour, not the quick, awkward witty humour I enjoy.
  3. Pam and Jim’s wedding. It’s something everyone wanted. It’s something we were teased with pretty much from episode one. It was that carrot that kept us watching, waiting, anticipating its eventual arrival. When they gave it to us it was great. Now they’re just a couple… a happy couple… a happy couple with a baby on the way… How is that funny?

Those are my three potential shark jump moments in the show’s history. If I had to pick I’d say the wedding is one I’m leaning to the most, but the other two have equally strong cases for me.

What do you think made The Office jump the shark? Or do you think it has even done so?

For those who’d like to know the origin of the term, “Jump the Shark”, watch this:

Short recap of the Golden Globes

While Dexter will have to settle with being my top TV show for 2009, it’s much deserving star Michael C. Hall won his first Golden Globe last night, along with John Lithgow who snagged his 2nd. Following the twitter stream last night, it looked as though many didn’t know why Hall was sporting his cap last night. For those not in the loop, he’s in remission from battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. I’d only found out about it earlier in the afternoon and while sad, it’s great to see he’s recovering. Hall and Lithgow gave tremendous performances this past season on Dexter, vaulting it way past the mess that was season four (sorry Jimmy Smits). Hopefully this marks the beginning of further recognition for the show, which failed to win the award for Best TV Drama (went to MadMen, my 2nd favourite show of the year, for the 3rd year in a row). I can’t wait to see Trinity return for a second season. It’s just too bad that’s so many months away…

Other notable congrats go out to:

The Hangover – Best Comedy/Musical (My #1 movie of 2009)

UP – Best Animated Film (My #2 movie of 2009)

Glee – Best TV Comedy/Musical

Jason Reitman – Best Screenplay for Up in the Air

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