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83d Oscars 9:56 p.m.

Posted by Wesley Morris  February 27, 2011 09:56 PM

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James Franco already really looks stoned and peaked, liked he has a paper to write when this all over. They bring out Cate Blanchett to present makeup and costume design. Her dress needs an Oscar. In a welcome bit of spontaneity, she gets a look at the "Wolfman" clip and says, "That's gross." I think we're all a bit desperate, at this point, for a Moment. Oh, here it might be. People on the street and one POTUS mention their favorite songs. Oh, never mind, it last 90 seconds and ends with Kevin Spacey singing something from "Top Hat" before rhwy bring out Randy Newman to sing. Someone needs to turn his mic up. Can you hear him? Actually, he's introducing two of the song nominees. Now it's Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi singing from "Tangled," and suddenly we're at some weird talent show-prom-bar mitzvah combo.

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