So, the Oscars were last night (in the early hours of this morning for us over in the UK), and Jon Stewart took up the hosting duties for the 2nd time after having hosted the show the year before last. The Daily Show host pulled things off without a hitch and Times Online describe his hosting as “delightful, tongue-in-cheek”. Jon’s known for his satirical and sometimes risque humour. Some of his best lines of the night include “Our next presenter is either a Hollywood movie star, or an auto dealership, ladies and gentlemen Harrison Ford”, “there was a small technical glitch, so we’re going to have to restart the show” and when he said “Whoever owns the Boeing 707 parked on La Brea Avenue, your landing lights are on” with John Travolta running up on stage – a reference to Travolta’s airplane. Read more on the Times Online website. Jon Stewart also paid tribute to the WGA writers strike, saying “these past 31/2 months have been very tough. The town was torn apart by a bitter writers’ strike. I’m happy to say that the fight is over. So tonight, welcome to the makeup sex”.
When you think Jon and the Oscars writing team only had two weeks to get the show worked out, they did a heck of a good job. Also, some people have been mentioned the ceremony was shorter than normal – which is always good on these usually long-drawn-out affairs. One of the other talked-about points of the show were Marketa Irglova’s acceptance speech, when she got her speech cut short by the orchestra, only for Jon Stewart to lead her back to the stage to finish what she was saying. Highlights of the Oscars ceremony will be on Sky One tonight at 8.30pm, Sky Two tomorrow at 11pm and Sky Three on Saturday (Freeview and Sky Digital) at 4.30pm. The Oscars are also being repeated in full on Sky Movies Drama this evening at 5.30pm.
Times Online – “Jon Stewart’s best Oscar night gags”
USA Today – “Quip-smart: The best of Jon Stewart’s jokes”
The Associated Press – “Bardem, Swinton Win Supporting Oscars”
Tri-City Herald – “The Academy Awards: Short and Sweet”
Daily Mail – “THE OSCARS: Baz Bamigboye on a night of British pride”