Posted by Wesley Morris
March 7, 2010 08:31 PM
Having the best actor and actress nominees take the stage first is
smart: Creating a little bit of drama while suggesting that the night
is about them -- or, at least, Gabourey Sidibe, who's working the
moment. Then it's Neil Patrick Harris doing an opening number in a
dominatrix-shiny tuxedo jacket. He's good, but you miss the hardworking
showmanship of Hollywood robot Hugh Jackman. The producers don't seem
to know that the stars for cutaways aren't lit. This isn't bad
but where are Baldwin and Martin? Oh, there they are
prancing toward us. The back-and-forth is charming but awkward. Martin
tells a "Jerk
"/"Precious" joke, about how, he, too, was born poor and black.
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