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Poll: What was the worst part of the Oscars telecast?

February 28, 2011 |  4:00 pm

Oscars judge law robert downey jr Let's face it. There were lots of horrendous moments in the Oscars telecast. How dare the producers cut the Billy Crystal-Bob Hope segment so short to allow more time for what followed next: that witless, cringe-inducing, never-ending "banter" between Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law.

Am I the only one outraged that producers ran audio from "The King's Speech" over video of all other nine films when introducing the nominees for best picture? How insulting! It hadn't even won yet. Couldn't they have waited a few minutes before rubbing it in?

Some people may think Melissa Leo's F-bomb was cool, but my view is this: If they're dropped in a clever way, fine. If not, they're a pathetic ploy for attention.

Many other scenes from the Oscarcast can be judged both ways. What about James Franco in drag? Some viewers may have enjoyed the long, gushing and fawning intros of nominees for lead actor and actress given by last year's winners, Jeff Bridges and Sandra Bullock. They made my teeth ache.

Photo: Robert Downey Jr., left, and Jude Law. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images.


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