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By Jon Chattman
After presenting his third of four Oscars, Will Smith looked into the camera and the audience and said something to the effect of “yes, I’m still here.” That essentially sums up this year’s Oscar telecast, a bloated and overdone spectacle that left us bewildered, unenthusiastic and exhausted to the point where only “Randy The Ram” could have saved the show by laying the smackdown on the all-schmaltz affair. Sadly, he never entered the ring.
The 81st Academy Awards played off as a Tony Awards retread featuring painful musical numbers (love Hugh Jackman but that G-rated opening medley was a bit much and that whole “musicals are back” number seemed dated and would’ve played off better the year “Chicago” won), matched with endless and unnecessary montages (Was it really a banner year for animated flicks? “Space Chimps” got more mileage than “Doubt” – need I say more?), and forgettable (not counting Steve Martin and Tina Fey, who stole the show) and too few presenters. Continue reading