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TV Bites – 20th Annual Oskerbites

TV Bites

20th Annual Oskerbites

by Neena Louise


Worst Dressed Female

Gemma Chan
I’ve never seen so many pink dresses in Oscar night. Most of them were frightful (those ginormous bows gave me the willies), but Chan appeared to be sporting her comforter.

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Worst Dressed Male

Spike Lee
Sporting a demented purple chauffeur uniform, Lee looked all ready to drive the stars around.

Best Dressed Female

Melissa McCarthy
Not for her red carpet attire, but that get-up as presenter for costumes was hysterical. The bunny puppet was especially funny.

Best Dressed Male

Trevor Hall
With his classic tux, Hall was the epitome of “dapper”.

Worst Accessory

Spike Lee’s rings
I actually thought they were brass knuckles.

Best Accessory

Henry Golding’s white tie
I think that’s the first white tie I’ve ever seen at the Oscars. Very classy.

Worst Hair

Amy Poehler
It seems Poeler neither shampooed nor combed her hair.

Best Hair

Amy Adams
Simple, flowing and natural-looking.

Worst Acceptance Speech

Greg CanonKate Bisco and Patricia Dehaney (Makeup and Hairstyling, Vice)
Reading off a piece of paper, they either couldn’t read the writing or couldn’t see it without glasses. Whatever it was, their bumbling, stumbling blah blah was very awkward.

Best Acceptance Speech

Olivia Colman (Actress, The Favourite)
Colman’s speech was the only one I laughed out loud at and didn’t invoke the urge to change the channel.

Worst Song Presentation

None of them were especially bad. I was surprised that powerhouses like Bette Midler and Jennifer Hudson didn’t sound all that great, however.

Best Song Presentation

“Shallow” (Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, A Star is Born)
Bradley Cooper actually sounded better than Lady Gaga. Who knew he could sing like that?

Worst Shout-Out

I didn’t notice any bad shout-outs.

Best Shout-Out

Tyler Perry saying “It is a true honor for me to present this next award live on camera, not during the commercial break”, alluding to the Academy’s [quickly-retracted] threat of presenting awards during commercials in order to shorten the broadcast. 

Least Deserving of an Oscar Nomination

For once, there wasn’t a single nomination that I thought didn’t deserve one.

Most Deserving of an Oscar Nomination

Roma(all 10 nominations)
Considering it’s a black and white movie from Mexico starring an unknown, its multiple nominations (and wins) say something. There’s hope for quality movies yet.

Least Deserving of an Oscar

Once again, everyone who got one deserved it.

Most Deserving of an Oscar

Period. End of Sentence(Documentary, Short Subject)As Melissa Berton said during her acceptance speech, it was “hard to believe a film about menstruation” won an Oscar.  Yes, it is.

Least Surprising Winners

There weren’t any shoe-ins this year. The genres and performances were all good and varied, it could’ve been anyone for anything.

Most Surprising Winner

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Animated Feature)
What?!? A Pixar movie didn’t win? Not that Spider didn’t deserve it, but I thought Incredibles 2 was a foregone conclusion.

Worst Presenters

Maya RudolphAmy PoehlerTina Fey
They just went on and on about how the Oscars didn’t have a host and that they weren’t the hosts and blah, blah, blah. The only thing they got right was “we’ll be here too long”.

Best Presenter

Melissa McCarthy

Not only for her hilarious costume, but she was also cute and charming.

Worst Reaction of a Winner

No bad reactions that I noticed.

Best Reaction of a Winner

Rami Malek (Actor in a Leading Role, Bohemian Rhapsody)Looking truly honored and utterly charming during his speech. Bonus points for being the only one in the preshow to face the camera and genuinely thank everyone.

Biggest Loser

Glenn Close (Actress in a Leading Role, The Wife)
Six nominations and not a single win. Can’t take it away from Olivia Colman’s well-deserved win in the category, but c’mon! Close is a very accomplished actress and deserves a win.

The shortest broadcast in recent memory, I found the lack of a host rather refreshing. There was no inane blathering about nothing, for one thing. And did I mention it was short? That was a huge plus.

The stage was decidedly odd. Not only did it look like a giant golden cave, but the Oscars that adorned the stage were either made of roses, or looked like those paper decorations that you open to make 3D at Hallowe’en and Christmas.

Bottom line, though, these were pretty mundane. There were few surprises, fewer funny moments and…well, nothing special, except that they were short.

For those who missed them:

Picture: Green Book, Jim Burke, Charles B. Wessler, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga

Director: Alfonso Cuarón, Roma

Actor in a Leading Role: Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody

Actress in a Leading Role: Olivia Colman, The Favourite

Actor in a Supporting Role: Mahershala Ali, Green Book

Actress in a Supporting Role: Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk

Foreign Language Film: Roma, Mexico, Alfonso Cuarón (director)

Cinematography: Roma, Alfonso Cuarón

Original Screenplay: Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly, Green Book

Adapted Screenplay: Charlie Wactel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman

Documentary Feature: Free Solo, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhely, Jimmy Chin, Evan Hayes, Shannon Dill

Documentary Short Period. End of Sentence, Rayka Zehtabchi, Melissa Berton

Live Action Short Film: Skin, Guy Nattiv, Jaime Ray Newman

Film Editing: John Ottman, Bohemian Rhapsody

Makeup and Hairstyling: Mary Queen of Scots, Greg Cannon, Kate Bisco, Patricia Dehaney

Production Design: Black Panther, Hannah Beachler, Jay Hart

Sound Mixing: Bohemian Rhapsody, Paul Massey, Tim Cavagin, John Casali

Sound Editing: Bohemian Rhapsody, John Warhurst, Nina Harstoe

Visual Effects: First Man, Paul Lambert, Ian Hunter, Tristan Myles, J.D. Schwalm

Costume Design: Black Panther, Ruth Carter

Original Score: Ludwig Goransson, Black Panther

Original Song: “Shallow”, A Star is Born, Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, Andrew Wyatt

Animated Feature Film: Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse, Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsay, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller

Animated Short Film: Bao, Domee Shi, Becky Nieman-Cobb

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