If you missed the live broadcast of Oscar Night On The Red Carpet “OTRC”, or “On The Red Carpet” fashion breakdown, I am sure you’ll have plenty of opportunities to catch a rebroadcast or perhaps a distilled sound bite of the best dressed and the not so best dressed. Oprah presented at the Oscars and has special coverage on her own show. Jimmy Kimmel delivers his own brand of humor to the Oscars after the fact. This was the first year I watched most of it. I must admit there is a lot to like about the show this year. The red carpet was a highly polished and only moderately annoying at times glitz-fest with a bevy of hosts, interviewers and “exclusive access” with maps showing the various important red carpet spots and what we are told is the first time ever inside the famous “green room” where presenters and nominees get to mingle during the show. It is mostly about the fashion but to be honest, this year the interviews were varied and along with the designer and jewelry accoutrement, the Q&A with the stars was more personal and I liked that.
That being said, and all things being equal, the boo-boos were minimal and the successes quite enjoyable. I missed the fashion no-no’s and the harsh criticism which I recommend. I am glad the shaky-cam in the crowd did not last long. Usually good ideas like that get by some producers and go on far too long before the real world chaos makes a shambles of the best made plans. I for one noticed some audio issues that started on the red carpet and at times during the actual award show. I am not sure if it was a big problem but worth noting for the note takers. It was also refreshing that redundancy was kept to a minimum, unlike years past, where films and filmmakers, actresses and actors were showcased ad infinitum while someone, presumably talented but no less disappointing host rambled on about the color of so-and-so’s dress or the bejeweled necks of some other as they passed by. I think it helped to have so many hosts to cut back and forth from, and ABC’s Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts was notably the best host of the evening.
Of particular merit was the segment of interview’s with the mother’s of various filmmakers and performers. It was interesting to make the connection with say Mark Wahlberg’s mom or cinematographer Matthew Libatique. The inside personal stories keep the big stars human, they give us a connection to them because we all have moms and we want to do our best for them, because of them. I was also drawn to several commercials and more importantly their brevity. I expected to be nauseated by the same commercial over and over, which was not the case, and actually enjoyed some of the more inventive ones – like the Best Buy commercial with “Ozzy” Osbourne and Justin Bieber, the talking dog for Petco, and a random moment advertising Charlie Sheen and an upcoming interview on 20/20 where he states, “I’m on a drug. It’s called Charlie Sheen.”
All in all OTRC was a successful and enjoyable preface to the awards show, an opportunity to view the chaos and atmosphere of the throngs of fans and others without leaving your house. I’m not sure if there were different producers from last year or the year before that or if the same producers stepped it up a notch – no matter, this was a well produced show that was about the fashion, as it has been, but also a stylistic preparation for the 83rd Academy Awards show to follow.