Yes, the original James T. Kirk.
At the opening of the show a huge screen lowered, and William Shatner as the infamous captain appeared. That was pretty awesome.
Then he and Seth MacFarlane did a bit where Kirk said he had come from the future to keep MacFarlane from bombing at the Oscars.
And then he showed a “newspaper headline” from the future, which was a website headline.
I got the joke.
The whole thing got more than a few laughs, even though it seemed to drag on a little too long.
MacFarlane did do a few old school song and dance numbers, which brought back some of the luster from Oscars yesteryear.
Overall, he did all right as the host. He’s no Steve Martin or Billy Crystal, but he did his best to make the old show new and hip, and it was mostly welcomed.
But what wasn’t as grand as I thought it should’ve been was the James Bond 50-year tribute.
All we got was a bunch of clips from all the Bond films and Shirley Bassey singing the “Goldfinger” theme.
What everyone wanted to see was the long-rumored appearance of all the Bonds on stage at the same time. That would’ve made everyone’s heads explode.
All the actors who have portrayed 007 are still alive, so it would’ve made for a memorable moment.
The actual awards section was filled with a few unforgettable moments.
Most of my picks were spot on, which is a rare feat as I got every one of my picks from last year wrong. It took me a year to recover.
It was exciting to see Anne Hathaway win Actress in a Supporting Role for “Les Misérables.” It was her second nomination, and she surely deserved it this year.
And then there was Jennifer Lawrence’s “trip” to the podium for her award as Actress in a Leading Role. Seems she had a little trouble with the stairs.
She still has a few years with “The Hunger Games,” but she’s already proven she has the acting chops to go way beyond that franchise.
I was still rooting for 9-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis in that category for her role as Hushpuppy in “Beasts of the Southern Wild” – even after the awards show was over.
The no-brainers were in the Leading Actor and Supporting Actor categories. Cristoph Waltz did an outstanding job, as usual, for his turn as the bounty hunter in “Django Unchained.”
And then there was Daniel Day-Lewis’ portrayal of Abraham Lincoln in “Lincoln.” It was clear just watching the film that he needed to make room on his shelf for one more Oscar.
And I was all but sure Steven Spielberg had the Best Director prize in the bag.
But that award went to Ang Lee for “Life of Pi,” which isn’t a bad choice. It just wasn’t my choice.
I’m sure Spielberg isn’t hurting though. He’s a master filmmaker and will likely be nominated for his next film as well.
And I believe all the Best Picture nominees deserved the statue, but it was clear that the Oscar belonged to Ben Affleck’s “Argo.” He was so thrilled and overjoyed during his speech, and the entire crowd of actors, producers and directors knew he would get it.
Even though he wasn’t nominated for Best Director, he still won at least one award he deserved.
None of the movies nominated really swept the Oscars this year. “Life of Pi” won three of the major categories, as did “Argo.”
It was a pretty exciting show this year, and it’s always interesting to watch as the new crop of Oscar contenders begins to show up.
Hopefully, the films coming this year are as good as last year’s.