The non-traditional format of this year’s Oscars will definitely be one for the history books. The Academy took a pretty big risk when they decided not to have a host, but we all know the producers were left scrambling just months before the event. Typically, we depend on an emcee to build consistency throughout the show and help navigate the ceremony, providing commentary and gelling all the pieces together. Much to my surprise, I actually liked the new, ‘no host’ model. By using the ‘voice of god’ and dividing the hosting responsibilities amongst the presenters, the show seemed to flow pretty quickly and seamlessly between the presentations and performances.
Although not my favorite this year, the stage was beautifully built with 40,000 real roses and 26,000 crystals. The dynamic movements and changes in lighting, between the presentations, were quite spectacular. I also loved the consistency of the ribbons, which echoed on the red carpet as well as the video montages.
It was the opening act by Queen and Adam Lambert that stole the show for me. It was fierce, powerful, upbeat, and emotional, which was a great start to the show. Overall, the show felt different this year but it was positively refreshing.
See this review along with what other event producers thought in the full post on Biz Bash.