I liken the 84th Academy Awards to watching paint dry while tiny drips of water smack me in the same spot on my forehead over and over and over again. The show was boring and redundant and tortuous. We heard the same jokes we always hear. We saw the same people we always see (most with the same face as one another). And as much as I love Billy Crystal, we watched the exact opening monologue we thought we would see. All in all, the show was one giant yawn factory.
So thank God for Sacha Baron Cohen. His stunt of spilling "Kim Jong-II's ashes" onto Ryan Seacrest may not have been the most eloquently-executed of jokes, but dude, it was the only unexpected thing of the evening.
I did feel sort of bad for the usually calm Seacrest, who was visibly irritated. He seems like a nice guy. But I kind of enjoyed Cohen's prank at the same time. It didn't crack me up or anything, but it was the only portion of the evening that left me kind of bewildered. I was like, "Wait, was that real? Was Ryan in on the joke? Are those security people legit or in on this?"
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It's a bummer that "Admiral General Aladeen's" joke had to be at somebody's expense. But I guess if it had to be at anybody's, Ryan was the best person. His reaction was calm enough to not make things too awkward and uncomfortable. But the little bit of awkwardness that was there was pretty much the most interesting part of the night.
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