Weeks before the 2011 Academy Awards hit the air, the producers warned everyone in pre-show interviews that their young hosts weren’t comedians, so we shouldn’t expect jokes.
Anne and James weren’t bringing the funny.
Anne did bring an overly energetic brightness to the stage that became grating. Her big number went well, but I’m sure Hugh Jackman is even happier today that he dodged that bullet.
James, on the other hand, was quiet and appeared stoned. He even had trouble reading the teleprompter. (Hey, it’s a skill not all people can master.) I think he regretted taking job #1,714 as soon as he stepped on stage, and his partnership with perky Anne even more so.
Oil and water, those two.
It made me even more grateful for the moments to come in the Oscar acceptance speeches.
Moments of wonderful self-deprecation from Best Actor winner Colin Firth:
“I have a feeling my career’s just peaked.”
Entertaining shout-outs to family members, including Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin for The Social Network:
“Roxy Sorkin, your father just won the Academy Award, I’m going to insist on some respect from your guinea pig.”
…and Tom Hooper, giving credit to his mother for finding The King’s Speech during his Best Director Oscar acceptance:
“The moral of the story is, listen to your mother.”
“My father always said to me I would be a late bloomer. I believe I am the oldest person to win this particular award. I hope that record is broken quickly and often.”
Now, that’s what we needed to hear.