#5: FLOTUS handing out the Best Picture Oscar
Separate church and state. Keep Clint Eastwood and his empty chairs out of political conventions. And leave the White House out of the Oscars. I didn’t think it was the right decision to have Michelle Obama presenting “alongside” Jack Nicholson at a moment of the show that’s traditionally reserved for Hollywood royalty. I thought the lag between Nicholson’s stage presence and Mrs. Obama’s on-screen bit disrupted any chemistry or flow. It was another medium-concept idea that might have sounded OK on paper but failed in the execution … which is how I’d sum up the 85th annual Academy Awards, on whole. Perhaps in some writers’ room deep in the bowels of Hollywood, everything that we witnessed Sunday night sounded like a great idea. But a lot was lost in the translation.

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