Sunday laff

So I’m taking a break from choreography this morning (one number down, 17752346 to go) to read today’s news. Came across some Oscar talk, and found the best quote of the day.

In an article rating Oscar show hosts from worst to best, #57 (out of 59) was the horrible quartet of Walter Matthau, Liza Minnelli, Dudley Moore and Richard Pryor, who tag-teamed as hosts in 1983. Of their muck-up, producer Buz Kohan said:

I had written the opening number, called ‘It All Comes Down to This.’ They were all scared stiff, but ordinarily if you’re scared, then you put in the time and rehearse. They took the opposite approach. So Liza was forced to carry the number, Walter was singing in his own zone somewhere, Dudley was just trying to walk down these steps without falling, and Richard Pryor, well, I think they told him the next day that he was there.”


And of course, I’ve been saying this for years. Nothing new under the sun.

So are you watching the Oscars tonight? I’m sure our pal Will is, Academy hound that he be. If I can stay awake for the whole thing, I’d like to see Hugo and Midnight in Paris do well, but I don’t hold out much hope, when they’re pitted against anything with George Clooney or Steven Spielberg attached. I dunno…maybe Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese will get lucky again after all.

My weekend was busy, but great — filled with work, Downton Abbey, the Js, and an upcoming new post on The Comfort Foodie. Can’t believe Monday’s upon us again. Rats………. :-(

8 thoughts on “Sunday laff

    1. Rat Fink Post author

      Ahhh, for Tree of Life. Well, knowing the Oscars, whaddaya wanna bet Hazanavicius gets it because silent film is just so, so nouveau riche?

      1. Rat Fink Post author

        Well can I call it or can I CALL it??? (It’s probably a great film, and I do want to see it. Have you yet? If not, let’s go.)

  1. Will

    I kinda watched. This year seemed like it was going to be boring so I ended up playing D&D with some friends instead while I would occasionally glance at my lappy where I had a muted show running. I recorded to watch it tomorrow sometime. Next year, hopefully there’s a chance at excitement. Maybe they’ll finally hire Neil Patrick Harris who at least doesn’t look like he’s had half a pound of Botox put in his face prior to the show like Billy Crystal did.

    Also, The Artist is supposed to be good. As good as Midnight in Paris? Doubt it but I’ll probably go to see it shortly.

  2. Tom Hanks

    Yeah good call Jaxy. I figured as much once that guy won for director. Just like the academy. Go for nostalgia and things that remind them of their more golden past. Guess they didn’t really get the message of “Midnight in Paris”.

    “Tree of Life” should have at least won for cinematography…you know I love “Hugo” but I found “tree” better.

    Malick not winning for direction removes the last bit of meaning the academy awards had for me. I’ll still watch it…like I watch politicians win elections and people randomly win the lottery.

  3. Tom Hanks

    Ohhh also I was thinking….lets send our former “Seven Brides” doc to Harvey Weinstein…maybe he can buy us an Oscar next year.


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