Magazine article Variety

The (Not So) Greatest Show on Earth

Magazine article Variety

The (Not So) Greatest Show on Earth

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It's no accident, and certainly no surprise, that Sunday night's Oscar telecast turned in the lowest ratings in the history of the Academy Awards. The show was way too long, gave audiences (live and at home) no big surprises or twists and didn't come anywhere close to being must-see TV or having the pizzazz and kinetic energy of the Tonys or the Grammys. Come on, people.

The red-carpet walk-ins by glamorous stars galore - most dressed to kill - is super exciting and fun, with all those hundreds of camera bulbs flashing and the screams of joy from the lucky fans who scored seats on the inner bleachers every time a Lupita Nyong'o, Meryl Streep or Common passes by It always gets my adrenaline flowing, no matter how many times I've been to the Oscars. Plus the red carpet is a great time to schmooze the Bob Igers of the world, as they're in a good mood heading into the night's festivities and prone to be more chatty and loose-lipped than usual.

By the time I get to my seat, I'm pumped. Ready for Hollywood's annual greatest show on earth.

This year's ceremony got off to a solid start with a clever opening monologue by host Jimmy Kimmel and his hysterical bit about giving a Jet Ski to the person who delivered the shortest acceptance speech.

With few exceptions, however, it was pretty much downhill from there. And judging from the length of the winners' speeches, it was obvious that a shiny new environmentally challenged Jet Ski wasn't enough to dissuade most from thanking every single person in his or her personal and professional life. …

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