Did anyone besides Wesley and me watch this?
There are still too many categories, but it was more slickly produced than previous presentations. There were no self-congratulatory speeches by any of the critics. Host Michael Strahan was actually quite funny, coming out in different costumes throughout the evening, He moved abut in the audience, too, but the only table he spent time at was the one with Emily Blunt and John Kraskinski. Most of the presenters were good. The speeches were mostly good. Michael Keaton, Julianne Moore and Patricia Arquette were all quite polished and gave different speeches than they did at the Globes. Jessica Chastain set the tone for most of the speeches when she accepted her MVP award, saying movies were a collaborative effort and everyone connected with her four films this year were MVPs. She ended with a heartfelt PC speech about diversity. Chris Pratt, who introduced her, revealed a fun fact I hadn't known, that she and co-star Oscar Isaac went to school together at Julliard.
Worst speech was Kevin Costner's. He was self-deprecating accepting his career achievement award, saying he felt he was a substitute for Sean Connery, Gene Hackman and other, better actors who weren't available and then thanked everyone who ever worked on a film with him. Fine, but he just kept going on, more or less repeating the same thing over and over, saying he didn't know how to make a two-minute speech anymore than he knew how to make a two-hour movie. Eventually he thanked his wife and got off the stage.
I couldn't figure out who the annoying woman was who co-presented with Josh Gad until the equally annoying Judd Appatow came on and it clicked that it was his wife, Leslie Mann. I pity anyone who has to be around those two all the time. I get the clear impression that neither one ever shuts up.
“Life is a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.” - Voltaire