Maybe it was just having really low expectations, but I thought Rock was OK last night, though conservative bloggers seemed to have hated the broadcast. Sure some of the stuff they did flopped (the skit with Adam Sandler comes to mind) but he was moderately funny and while he made fun of a number of people, he was pretty equal-opportunity about it. And anyone who gets Sean Penn all huffy can't be all bad. Sure the show may have less gravitas than when Carson hosted it, but compare it to where shows like the Grammy's have gone and it looks like Masterpiece Theater. And if people want to talk about whether Rock was "serious" enough for the event, they should focus some attention on Al Pacino showing up looking like a homeless person or on Dustin Hoffman trying to present the Best Picture award drunk off his ass.
- Was the show producer sleeping with BeyoncÃ©, or was she the only singer available? Why did we see her three times? And did all of the songs seem to be totally unmemorable or what?
- The women's dresses were generally awsome, while their hair generally looked awful (or at least just dull, which is the same for a Hollywood-type). I loved the return of those sort-of mermaid-shaped dresses.
- Jamie Foxx was the highlight
- Seeing Clint Eastwood with his young wife was an inspiration for all of us over-40 males. Seeing his mom there was even more of an inspiration.