The show was tedious, the "not enough black representation in Hollywood" guilt trip tested my patience, Chris Rock's nervous laugh after each of his quips was annoying, and Lady Gaga's overwrought performance of the song from the movie about campus rape (which few saw) had me rolling my eyes. However, despite this litany of annoyances, there were bright spots. And, the world demands gay commentary about our Super Bowl (even if it's a week late - but a true connoisseur of the Oscars needs time for contemplation).
THE AUDIENCE REACTS REACTS TO CHRIS ROCK ...
It appears Brie Larson might be reacting to a photo of puppies, but this was her reaction to the the opening monologue.
Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra
Leo, laughing and scrubbed clean.
It was refreshing to catch Mark Ruffalo laughing (something his onscreen roles rarely call for). Meanwhile, Priyanka Chopra was still giggling in the background.
Not everyone was amused. Chadwick Boseman (who's portrayed Jackie Robinson and Jesse Owens) was shown on camera a number of times and he was never smiling.
CHRIS ROCK CONDUCTS 'MAN ON THE STREETS' WITH SEXY BLACK MOVIEGOERS ...
AND THE NOMINEES FOR MOST CRINGE WORTHY MOMENT AT THE PODIUM ...
This was a great bit of acting by Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe, who kept their humiliation over the idiotic patter they had to read from the cue cards undetected.
Sarah Silverman looked like linebacker ... or Margaret Dumont. Never a class act, what she talked about was on par with the maturity level of recent Republican debates.
I'm sure the movie studio that distributed "Room" was thrilled by Sacha Baron Cohen's crass commentary (thru his 'Ali G' character) that had nothing to do with the movie clip that followed.
In a sweet moment, Bree Larson immediately turned around and hugged her co-star upon winning the Oscar for Best Actress for "Room"
As Brie Larson pointed out in her acceptance speech, Jacob was her partner in the movie and Alex Greenfeld (who reminds me of Adam Scott) is her partner in real life.
AND THE NOMINEES FOR CUTEST COUPLE AT THE PODIUM ...
Jacob Tremblay and Abraham Attah
Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith
Pato Escala and Gabriel Osorio Vargas from Chile were winners of Best Animated Short for "Bear Story".
Perhaps more sexy than cute were South Korean movie star, Lee Byung-hun, and Sofia Vergara, who announced the winner of Best Foreign Film.
THERE'S ALWAYS ONE ..
Kate Winslet looked more like a weary housewife from Tarzana than Hollywood royalty.
One the male side, Dev Patel was the most unkempt at the podium.
HOLLYWOOD ROYALTY (WHEN BRAD & ANGELINA, GEORGE CLOONEY, MERYL STREEP AND TOM HANKS AREN'T IN ATTENDANCE)
TOM HARDY, TAMED
In announcing "Son of Saul" as winner of Best Foreign Film, Sofia Vergara pronounced Saul as "Sa-ool". (Just like she'd do on "Modern Family".)
THIS YEAR VERSUS LAST YEAR
Chris Evans - 2016 Academy Awards
And, I kid you not, at 2015's ceremony
LADY GAGA AND HER GENTLEMEN FRIENDS
AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST ADVERTISING DURING THE OSCARS GOES TO ....
Kohl's aired at least four different commercials, each depicting a pleasant family moment (in this one big brother lets little sister have the front seat) and the grateful reaction, in which the family member reacts as if they've just won an Oscar, with an actual past Oscar acceptance speech dubbed in.
THE WEEKND VS. SAM SMITH
Although I liked Sam Smith's nominated song, I was hoping "Earned It" by The Weeknd would win the Oscar for Best Song.
Sam Smith has a great voice, but he needs to work on his tentative stage presence. His new hairstyle brought to mind George Michael, which is what Chris Rock alluded to when he commented that the George Michael hit "Father Figure" was a favorite of his.
SEPARATED AT BIRTH ...
Best Costume Design Oscar winner - Jenny Bevan for "Mad Max: Fury Road"
Mrs. Patmore from "Downton Abbey"
And for recaps from previous Academy Awards ...