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Posted at 12:05 AM ET, 03/ 1/2011

Oscars wrap-up: Obama's song pick, "Inside Job" at the SEC (not), Anne Hathaway's many dresses, and those excessive gift bags

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Anne Hathaway at the Academy Awards. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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Surprised there were so few surprises at the Oscars? We hear ya: There was hardly any morning-after gossip Monday, except for James Franco's supremely blase demeanor. (Stoned? Performance art? Didn't give two figs about the hosting gig? He looked like an iguana sunning in the desert.)

Thankfully, there were a couple of unexpected moments -- not counting Melissa Leo's acceptance speech -- that caught our eye:

  • President Obama popped up at the end of a man-on-the-street montage about favorite movie songs. In the pre-taped appearance, Obama declared his was "As Time Goes By" from "Casablanca" -- not the most original pick, but second on the American Film Institute's all-time list. (First? "Over the Rainbow.") The president didn't get to see the broadcast because he was hosting a black-tie dinner for the nation's governors. "I know some of you may be confused and think this is the Oscars," he joked. "There are some similarities. First of all, everybody looks spectacular. And the second thing is, if I speak too long, the music will start playing. So I'm going to be very brief."


    "Casablanca," home to Obama's favorite film-music moment. (MGM)

  • After "Inside Job" -- a look at the 2008 financial meltdown -- won the Oscar for Documentary Feature, director Charles Ferguson took a slap at Wall Street and regulators in his acceptance speech: "Three years after our horrific financial crisis caused by massive fraud, not a single financial executive has gone to jail, and that's wrong." Odd, then, that Sony Pictures Classics co-president Michael Barker told the New York Post that the Securities and Exchange Commission (which looks really bad in the film) "is screening it next week." Not so fast: SEC spokesman John Nester told us, "A staffer in our Los Angeles office expressed interest in a screening of the film, but no decisions have been made and nothing has been scheduled."

  • >Lost track of Anne Hathaway's costume changes? For the record, the leggy co-host wore eight different looks: Valentino red on the red carpet, Givenchy white jeweled, a Lanvin tux, Vivienne Westwood black ball gown, Oscar de la Renta silver fringe, Versace burgundy chiffon (which she put back on for the Vanity Fair party), Armani blue satin and Tom Ford grey lace.

  • Even losers are winners: The nominees in the top categories got a consolation gift bag filled with $75,000 in free luxury swag: a space flight from Virgin Galactic, a spa trip to the Maldives, use of a private island for five days, and more. (The actual Oscar winners got even more goodies.) They were delivered Monday so the nominees didn't have to schlep them to their limos.


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    Comments

    This article in the Guardian, "Oscars 2011 - 10 ways to Improve the Ceremony", was the some of he funniest writing on the Oscars. Here is one snippet:

    1. Don't let Anne Hathaway present ever again

    Let's begin, Inception style, with a list within a list: what were the worst Hathaway moments of the night? The way she cried "woop" every time someone came on stage, suggesting she had been filling her hours by watching Girls Gone Wild? When she announced that the best thing about hosting the Oscars was "getting to breathe the same air as [Oprah]"? When she bowed to Billy Crystal? Blew kisses at Kirk Douglas? Used the word "hip" with an apparent lack of irony? Her – or, to be more precise, her stylist Rachel Zoe's – desire to placate every fashion designer in the world by changing into a new dress every (by my reckoning) two seconds, thereby distracting the audience from the event by making them imagine all the ugly long gowns piling up backstage in Hathaway's wake? And the winner is . . . the shouts of "woop!" Well done, woop, you put in a sterling effort, and you couldn't have done it without Hathaway's vocal chords, her utter lack of self-awareness and the stupidity of the person who decided to hire her. Woop!


    http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2011/feb/28/10-ways-improve-oscars-ceremony

    Posted by: FoundingMother | March 2, 2011 12:39 PM | Report abuse

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