I thought that Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin did a fine job as hosts for Sunday night's Academy Awards. They were a bit under-utilized, but their fleeting moments were always a welcome interruption from what was arguably the most conflict-free Oscars in recent memory. As part of his usual column on The Huffington Post, Alec Baldwin recounts some of what he observed from his point-of-view backstage and onstage. He writes:
Hosting the show is an odd experience because you're out there, but it isn't about you. Steve Martin and I worked rather hard, along with the writers and producers, to make sure our contribution did not detract from the primary purpose of the evening, honoring the highest achievements in film. We tell some jokes and show some clips, but the night belongs to the great talent in that room.
I had a wonderful time at the Oscars this year, because the reality of just how many remarkably talented people work in the movie business was never more vivid to me than last night. We all have our preferences (I had to be careful to keep mine to myself in advance of the show).
Baldwin goes on to list specific memories from the evening, and praises everyone from Carey Mulligan to Lee Daniels, in the process.