People who know me wonder why I haven't mentioned Jon Stewart and his Oscar show as yet, being the huge fan that I am. I do all the hard work of downloading Daily Show clips, reading the transcripts in case I missed any and then suggesting and insisting that people watch that show. Most of them like it and I'm glad that there are still people in this 'f.r.i.e.n.d.s' obsessed microcosm who can laugh when somebody else tells a joke.
So yeah, I watched the show. I haven't seen any of the movies nominated yet but I bunked a class and saw the ceremony for Jon. He was far less ruthless than on his show. The point being that he wasn't on his show, though still he managed to sneak in a few jabs. Overall though I was uncomfortable seeing him in this role, I rather like the no holes barred Jon tearing apart everyone in his Daily Show.
One of the few times he looked in prime form was when Ludacris came to present the best song in a movie oscar. 'He is very famous, you don't know him. Go upstairs where you children are downloading illegal music form the internet, they'll know him very well.' After that there was this rap song, never a fan of that genre, 'It's hard out here for a pimp' performed by 36 Mafia which finally won the award. Jon sneered and said, ' For those of you keeping scores at home, it's Martin Scorsese nil and 36 mafia 1.' That was more like it. There were some signature Daily Show spoof reports and I thought I heard Colbert in one of them though but then I recalled that he now has his own show.
The go-back-to-the-theater theme dragged on a bit. Montages after montages, a tired Jon rightly pointed out that maybe it was time for the Best Montage Oscar. One amusing thing was that when they were showing the film-noir montages I kept on shouting Double Indemnity, The Third Man, Touch of Evil, The Manchurian Candidate, Sunset Boulevard etc. when the clips came up and people around were rather perplexed by the amount of black and white movies I have managed to see. What they don't know is that it's the only thing I watch these days.
Rest I was happy that one of my favourite directors, Altman got the lifetime achievement award. I celebrated that by watching M*A*S*H once more.