There are few forces that engender a feel-good atmosphere as effectively as nostalgia, and thats what this years Oscars have been about. Appearing for his ninth time as host, Hollywood living legend Billy Crystal, as much an institution as the Oscars themselves, was the first of many throwbacks to yesteryear. Going by the last decade, one wouldnt be wrong in assuming that the Oscars were trying to cater to the younger generation by getting contemporary stars like Ellen DeGeneres (2006), Jon Stewart (2005, 2007), James Franco and Anne Hathaway (2011) to play host, but this years ceremony was different. The Artist, which won Best Movie, brings to the fore the bygone era of silent movies; the movie itself was almost completely silent, taking the audience back to a time before the talkies. Probably not planned to coincide with the retro feel of this years Oscars, Meryl Streep winning the Oscar for Best Actress nevertheless sealed the deal. As she claimed in her acceptance speech, she could almost hear people saying: Oh no. Come on Her, again , itself a tribute to her incredible longevity. And, of course, the tribute to Elizabeth Taylor brought to the fore all the old-school class the lady herself exemplified.
Perhaps it was because Franco and Hathaway flopped as hosts last year, or because the organisers reasoned that it was the older crowd they needed to attract, or because they recognised the need for the simplicity and charm of nostalgia in this troubled world, but this years Oscars proved to be a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of modern day Hollywoodand indeed, the world.