The show begins with clips from the 10 best picture nominees, proving yet again that montages are orgasms for the eye. Meanwhile, having James Franco and Anne Hathaway jump into scenes from a few of the nominated movies, courtesy of "Inception" and Alec Baldwin's brain, might be more interesting than it is good. But it is filmmaking paying tribute to movies in a way that seems more appropriate than live television often does. Then they take the stage, and one wonders why Anne Hathaway didn't wear that dress on the red carpet.
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ContributorsTy Burr is a film critic with The Boston Globe.
Mark Feeney is an arts writer for The Boston Globe.
Janice Page is movies editor for The Boston Globe.
Tom Russo is a regular correspondent for the Movies section and writes a weekly column on DVD releases.
Katie McLeod is Boston.com's features editor.
Rachel Raczka is a producer for Lifestyle and Arts & Entertainment at Boston.com.
Emily Wright is an Arts & Entertainment producer for Boston.com.
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