Chris Rock was good enough. Sean Penn ... who would have thought the guy who was so funny as Spicoli would turn out to be such a fucking sourpuss? Hilary Swank ... who would have thought a 90210 alumnus would already have two acting Oscars? Jamie Foxx ... good speech. Salmita, you looked great as always.
Clint Eastwood as best director for the second time? I said my piece about Clint's directing a couple of days ago. I'll just add that tonight we saw evidence of the two best things you can say about him as a director: two of his actors won Oscars, and, as Clint himself noted in his acceptance speech, he shot the whole thing in 37 days.
Technical notes: I started watching a little after 6:00, so I gave it a 35 minute head start. There were more commercials than I expected, but what I really forgot about were the songs, which are the worst part of any Oscar telecast unless they cook up a big production number, which they didn't this time. I fast-forwarded through the first four songs, and all of a sudden it was 7:23 and I was caught up. So I had to sit through that godawful Josh Groban and a bunch of commercials. Next year I'm starting at 7:00.
It looked ok in hi-def, that's all.
And thanks to Taylor Hackford for directing Ray, because that meant I got half-a-dozen shots of Helen Mirren.