Better? In all seriousness, it was a solid awards show. There were relatively few surprises, and those few were all welcome (like “Hurt Locker” taking Best Picture AND Director over “Avatar”). The new format mostly worked. Canning the musical numbers left a lot more time for lengthy clips and classy presentations, like the previous collaborator-presenting-nominee format for the Best Actor/Actress categories.
Of course, the real bummer about watching a show like this on TV is not actually being there. It’s great to see the winners in hi-def closeups as they deliver their acceptance speeches, but actually feeling the energy in the room takes things to a whole new level. Luckily, “Toy Story 3” director and Twitter-lover Lee Unkrich came prepared with a camera. And he snapped a pic of his seated view of the stage, which wasn’t half-bad considering he wasn’t actually nominated for anything. You can see for yourself after the jump.
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