The Oscars are an industry event. They didn't used to be televised because they were about the insiders of Hollywood recognizing their fellow insiders' work. I think it's become that again. An insider event that really has no bearing on reality or the public's interest.
No one SAW those movies for the most part. That doesn't mean they're not the most artistic. Fewer people read Pulitzer winners compared to "50 Shades of Grey" -- it does NOT make 50 shades a better book. Just more popular.
So I understand on some level, but then again, I don't. Because I am an arthouse movie kind of chick. I would MUCH rather see an artsy film of quality than say, "Guardians of the Galaxy" -- though I was surprised, I actually enjoyed GOTG. However, Neil's joke in his tighty-whities referencing both "Whiplash" and "Birdman" fell short because no one saw the films! I only knew them because most of the movies I see are in the arthouse theater so I'd seen the trailers many times.
If you're going to televise the event, you have to make it relevant to your audience. That doesn't mean your artsy movies can't win, it only means you need more moments that the audience can identify with -- like Lady Gaga singing "The Sound of Music." She stole the night! And then when Julie Andrews came out? I'm farklempt! That was a perfect Oscar moment.
When you don't have a dog in the race, no one cares to stick around to the end. And there was nothing nominated that made people want to stay for best director/best film. I was happy to see Eddie Redmayne win, but I saw that film and because I'm a nerd, I've known of Eddie forever from Masterpiece. So I had a dog in the race, you might say. Many only know him as Marius and now, Dr. Stephen Hawking. Plus, they would have to be rooting for an Englishman over an American, so not likely to keep people watching.
I feel like the winners of these films are telling America what we should believe rather than giving us a show. You're entertainers. Get over yourselves. No one wants to be preached at -- and how many sermons did we get during this night? Shut up and take your Oscar.
Here's the main problem with the Oscars today for me. I will NEVER see these movies -- mostly because of the violence. They are not entertainment. They are meant to teach. And that's fine, but it doesn't bring people together like say, the Super Bowl because for the most part, these movies are watchable ONCE, not a million times, like former winners. Here are the winners for the last five years:
2015 Birdman (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest for today? Doesn't seem like it because that is a movie you can watch over again.)
2014 -- 12 Years a Slave (Maybe you will watch it again, I can't watch it once because I hate that any human being was ever treated like that.)
2013 Argo -- it was okay. I will never watch it again.
2012 -- The Artist -- I saw this as soon as it came out. It's an homage to silent movies and I LOVE Hollywood and though I really liked the film, it wasn't good enough for me to watch again.
2011 -- The King's Speech -- LOVED it. Saw it twice in the theater and bought it for home. And NOT just because Colin is in it! But who did not love seeing Mr. Collins and Elizabeth Bennet on screen again with our beloved Mr. Darcy? But I will admit, only one of my sons made it through.
2010 The Hurt Locker -- won't see it because of the violence. But it very well may have been the best.
In defense of Neil, that was a cold, heartless crowd who never smiled. They are SO full of themselves in Hollywood, Lord forbid they support a poor guy trying to entertain them. Granted, he had some really bad moments: The awkward underwear scene. Dude, just no. The making fun of the Westminster poodle dress after the woman has just announced she lost her son to suicide. And worst of all, that sorry magic trick. NPH, no one LIKES magic. Except when they're in Vegas and tossed back a few.
So Academy, if you're going to make your winners irrelevant to America, you MUST make the show more mainstream. We loved the Lego movie. Sue us. (By the way, I saw that one twice. LOL) And by the end of the night, I would have rather left with a Lego statue than a real one. There is nothing wrong with entertaining the masses. It's sort of your job, Hollywood.