Where were Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Angelina, Rob Pattinson and Kristen Stewart when we needed them most?
The Oscar is supposed to be the most aspirational event on Planet Earth — worthy of only the MOST seasoned, professional and just plain beautiful celebrities to lead the charge.
James Franco, you’re no Jimmy Stewart, no Bob Hope, Gregory Peck, George Clooney or even Alec Baldwin.
Anne Hathaway, you’re no Ingrid Bergman, Grace Kelly, Katherine Hepburn, Meryl Streep or Annette Bening.
Let me tell you, Oscar organizers. Even “young people” aspire to old-time Hollywood Glamour with a capital G.
But it wasn’t just the professionalism that wasn’t on the podium — there wasn’t enough big A-List power on the red carpet, or in the front row.
I don’t care how many times Tom Cruise jumps on a couch — he’s pure Hollywood establishment A-List. Same goes for Brad and Angelina, George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Leo DiCaprio, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Where were they?
We needed them. If they weren’t nominated, then they needed to be there as presenters or special guests.
Since when is the Oscars ONLY about the people featured in this year’s films? The show needs to be a celebration of the top Hollywood talent — on the red carpet and in the front rows.
There was a serious lack of big-time gorgeous female stars in big-time gorgeous designer dresses. As stunning as Mila Kunis was, she’s no Julia Roberts when it comes to focusing global eyesballs on the epic Hollywood event of the year.
And Anne Hathaway looked far more glamourous in her Vanity Fair cover dress than in the odd mix of random gown/costumes that she appeared in on the telecast.
Finally, it’s time for Oscar organizer to get real as in reality-show real.
Reality shows ensure they get lots of drama, which equals entertainment and ratings, by pre-planning scenerios designed to ensure that audiences will stay glued to their TV sets.
When the Oscars invited Jen Aniston to present and had her face Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in the first row — THAT was drama! Ditto for Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes walking the same carpet as Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban. Or Jennifer Lopez appearing the same year as ex-fiance Ben Affleck.
Now ex encounters are not the only kind of drama that can be “set up.” There are professional rivalries, new romances like Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart to be highlighted, and ex co-stars to be reunited.
The point is to plot out dramatic moments that will keep audiences breathless with anticipation. This is Hollywood! It’s filled with people who know how to keep audiences in their seats and talking long afterward… and not just about how bad the hosts were.
So Oscar organizers — do you get it? Bring back professional hosts like Billy Crystal and other genius comedians — even if you have to raise Bob Hope from the dead. Fill your A-List quotient to over-the-top and get smart, planning a show that sizzles, not bores from the opening montage to the final credits.
Got it? What do you think HollywoodLifers?