The Oscars were naturally painful in most segments, but I watched last night because I love a lot of the movies nominated this year. Oh yeah, and Jon Stewart was hosting.
Stewart did a wonderful job, but I am biased. Of course I am going to enjoy his humor. His opening monologue was poignant and sharp. He mentioned that if Vanity Fair really wanted to respect the writers this year they would have simply invited the writers to the Vanity Fair Oscar party, not just cancel the thing.
It didn't take long for the jokes to turn political. There were quite a few in the first five minutes, but this one was beautiful. Talking about Away With Her, starring Julie Christie (nominated this year), Stewart said, “Brilliant movie. It was a moving story of a woman who forgets her own husband. Hillary Clinton called it the feel good movie of the year.”
If the actors voted for who they wanted to host the Oscars, I am not convinced Jon Stewart would be victorious. However, I think he is one of the best hosts in recent years because he appropriately walks the fine line between respecting the actors and grounding them a bit, reminding them of how often they all get together to celebrate each other’s accomplishments.