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25 February 2009 @ 10:03 am
I’m baaack!  

Back into the world of the living, or at least the net-connected. I watched the Academy Awards last night and thought that actually they were mostly terribly boring. Jackman’s opening number was pretty funny, and I enjoyed the showtunes medley production number, in large part because it gave me the opportunity to discover that yes, Beyonce really can sing. Plus they did the choreography from the film of Grease for the bits they sang of “You’re The One That I Want”, which I thought was fairly awesome. :) And I was glad I hadn’t gotten spoiled for the two categories I was genuinely interested in this year (Best Supporting Actor and Best Actress), and I was disappointed but not surprised by the Best Actor.

Two days of no net did the book good. I killed off the character who needed to die, and actually it turns out I’m going to have to rewrite what’s left more significantly, because a different character reacted, er, differently, once the scene had been changed. So I’m back around 54K on the book or something (*SIGH*), and I have, let’s see. Ten days to finish the book. Gah. I’d better stop fucking around online and go work, hadn’t I.

Apropos of nothing, I thought this one turned out well:

ytd wordcount: 57,900 (great, my ytd wordcount has now exceeded the number of useful words in the book)

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Current Mood: busybusy
Current Music: grease: you're the one that i want
Kate Kirbykirbyk on February 25th, 2009 06:49 pm (UTC)
I'm glad I'm not the only one that found Jackman dull. General response seems to be overwhelmingly positive. The presentation of the big awards, with the five past winners, was nice, but I prefer my outsider comedian hosts.

It seemed like his philosophy was to get out of the way as much as possible and let the actors praise each other, but I felt like it got too self-referential, and missed the bits of perspective and wit that a Jon Stewart would inject.

But ratings were up, and ratings are king. (Never mind that they can't be based on how good he did, just how people expected he would do, and the host of other factors that determine if someone would watch.)

Also disappointed that the pseudo-Sci Fi flick Benjamin Button stole a lot of the technical awards that genre films can actually win. Like best Visual Effects. (Sniff! Iron Man, FTW.) At least Ledger won, or I'd have been truly peeved.
kit: abouttoblowmizkit on February 25th, 2009 07:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Oscars.
I didn't think Jackman was *around* enough to be any fun. I didn't much care for the presentation of the big awards, although it was neat to see all those actors up there. Mostly the problem is that there are, yep, pretty much, five awards anybody really cares about, but they hand out twenty-two or something. Also, I found Tina Fey and Steve Martin to be embarrassing and dreadful in their skit, although I thought Ben Stiller and Natalie Portman were pretty funny. :) And Queen Latifah singing was nice enough, but I didn't want to watch her sing, I wanted to watch the montage of actors who'd died, and they kept doing distance shots. WTF, over.

I was watching mostly to see if Ledger got it, yeah. I would've been really unhappy if he hadn't. He--well, it's one of those "they gave him the Oscar a couple years after he should've gotten it" things. He deserved one for Brokeback Mountain (which isn't to say his Joker *didn't* deserve one) and I think they figured there was plenty of time. But they don't usually give posthumous Oscars, so I was worried they wouldn't give him this one despite it being the last chance.

My uncle suggested perhaps they should have given him the Lifetime Achievement Award (Short Form). o.o

The FX for Benjamin Button did appear to be awfully good, but yeah, I would've liked to have seen Iron Man win *something*. Snif!