The Oscars happened. And people responded. A lot of them not too kindly.
James Franco, who was so casual as to appear as if he'd stepped out of a stoner comedy like "Pineapple Express," draws scathing reviews. "Rather than underplaying," writes Tim Greierson, "he seemed like he was hardly there … Franco was lifeless, dragging Hathaway's showmanship down with him." (The Projector)
Caryn James kicks it up a notch: "Sluggish, badly-written, a near-disaster from start to finish, the Oscar show was the best evidence yet that even if the Academy thinks it want to be younger and hipper, it has no idea how to do that." (indieWIRE)
The AP gives a rundown on Oscar behind-the-scenes: Anne Hathaway raffled off a plate of sushi during a commercial break, the announcer told the crowd not to applaud during the In Memoriam segment, and Francis Ford Coppola bragged about tying his bow tie: "No one ties their own ties anymore." Not true, Mr. Coppola. (AP via Yahoo! Movies)
Much of the response to the show came in real time on Twitter, so here's a sampling:
Oscar-winning composer @trent_reznor: "HOLY S*** doesn't seem enough…."
The New York Times' David Carr: @carr2n: "so james franco twitters abt the Oscars, mom twitters, he makes movies abt the Oscars, and then is a no show … at the actual Oscars."
"Dustin," aka @sidecarsally: "NOBODY thanked God tonight at the Academy Awards. Take that, God!"
Huge "Social Network" fan Sasha Stone, @awardsdaily: "Just call it a day. They are lame and the Oscars blow. What else is new."
Documentary filmmaker and writer AJ Schnack, @ajschnack: "Did James Franco direct this show? Oscars as performance art."