1) The ode to movie music: As a lover of Broadway musicals, movie soundtracks, and just anything vaguely melodic sounding, I was really pleased with this. Apparently this was the first year for the Oscars to have a theme and I'd kind of like to see them keep this up. The shout-out to the orchestra that plays was really wonderful too. As a former pit musician for musicals, playing music live around a show is not easy. So this was really, really lovely.
2) Multi-talented, awesome people: I got to hear Daniel Radcliffe and Joseph Gordon-Levitt sing, see Charlize Theron and Channing Tatum dance, and learned that Scarlett Johansson sings (which means Avengers: The Musical should really happen pronto. Seriously, the entire cast sings. Why the hell not?). Basically, I got to see awesome people be awesome. And that is always a plus.
3) Students working backstage: So this year, instead of having models help present the awards this year, six college students who are aspiring filmmakers assisted backstage. (Here's a short article on it, if you're curious about it.) This was the best moment of the Oscars for me, it really was. This was the closest the Academy has ever come, as far as I know, to acknowledging in the flesh the fans and those who yearn to be working in Hollywood. The Academy has disappointed me many times over but this nice little reflection on those who support them was a wonderful touch (and made me feel like my ranting about needing this was somehow abated a bit).
That's that; just some quick live-blogged thoughts. So while Seth Macfarlane and Kristen Chenoweth sing for the losers tonight (rock on, losers - you're in good company), I'm going to leave you here and bid you all adieu.