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Oscar quick takes: Tweets share best jokes, speech and insult

Well, it was about as long as a Bruce Springsteen concert.

But host Chris Rock exceeded expectations at the start of the Oscar telecast, and the naming of “Spotlight” as best picture at the end made waiting past a newspaper’s deadline all worth the tedium in the middle.

I cried watching “Spotlight” both times I saw it. And cried again Sunday night when it upset “The Revenant.” The print media industry needed the victory more than the film industry.

Now let’s move on to my best tweets of the night about Rock, Lady Gaga, the speeches and my nomination for host next year – Louis C.K.

I’ve seen a lot of Oscar polls so here’s mine: What will be longer? A) A terrific Springsteen concert or B) tonight’s Oscars?

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Charlize Theron on favorite part of Oscars: “The hamburgers.” Who knew she eats anything?

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The last time Chris Rock was the Oscar host there was no Twitter. I’m not sure if there was inane 90 minute preshow.

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Well at least there are black actors in film clips to start program.

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Rock on Rocky: “It really is a science-fiction movie.”

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Rock is hitting a perfect balance of being funny and explaining Hollywood racism. Home run.

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One of Rock’s best lines was explaining all-white Oscars of past that weren’t protested: “We had real things to protest then.”

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Loved short film with Whoopi, Tracy, SNL’s Leslie Jones and Rock dealing with racism black actors face. Best part had Jones in “Revenant.”

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The less said about or by Stacey Dash the better. Her appearance fell flat.

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“The Revenant” was nominated for best costume design? That’s almost as funny as Rock’s monologue.

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I understand why film scholars loved “The Revenant” but I couldn’t bear watching it.

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With the first hour over, I want to thank my girlfriend for going to so many movies with me, my children, my editor and my Regal card.

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You just knew there would be criticism of Rock’s joke about having “real things to protest” before even tho he was only comparing it to Oscars.

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Rock’s first misstep: Selling his kids’ girl scout cookies. Love the cookies, not the bit.

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Loved “Inside Out” as much as any animated film in decade.

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One big award in an hour and 45 minutes. These are the times I wish I lived on the West Coast. Even if it is 60 degrees out in Buffalo.

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Rock’s Compton interviews show racial divide in movie attendance, funny joke on Pitt-Jolie movie and smart diversity comment.

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When I heard “Mark” I thought it was Ruffalo. But Rylance was terrific, too, in “Bridge of Spies.”

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Mark Ruffalo was laughing before – and after – he lost to Mark Rylance. Classy.

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Louis C.K.’s great intro for best doc short: “This award is going home in A Honda Civic.” That’s my car.

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I nominate Louis CK to host the 2017 Oscars.

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Best Speech so far: Mark Rylance. But no surprise. He is British.

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Rock is having such a good night that he can insult Harvey Weinstein. But at least Weinstein, the UB guy, was laughing.

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Something is fishy about Abe Vigoda missing from In Memoriam. Did they really forget his role in “The Godfather”?

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Joe Biden to Standing O: “I am the least qualified man here tonight.” He looks and sounds presidential. Especially compared to others.

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Lady Gaga makes us almost forget Grammys. She sings as well as she did at Super Bowl. Good comeback.

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This is sort of like watching a St. Bona game this season. Everything is decided in last 2 minutes.

email: apergament@buffnews.com

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