Ok, I think we can all agree there were some huge mistakes this year in terms of the acutal ceremony (The winners were acutally pretty good all around). Here are some ideas for next year to make the ceremony itself and much more enjoyable experience:
1) In Memoriam - If you are going to do a huge section for those that have died, you might want to double check to make sure you got everybody. Even though Farrah Fawcett and Bea Arthur were more TV stars, they definitely deserved a spot if MJ, a musician, got one.
2) Tributes to Oscar winners/nominees only - I like John Hughes, but if they had time for a 15 min. tribute to him, why didn't they have time for Lauren Bacall, or the other more talented and more prestigious Honorary Oscar recepients, but time for a guy who was never even close to an Oscar, let alone a nomination?
3) Get rid of teen presenters - I'm was okay with all of the presenters, except for the smathering of teen stars like Zac Efron, Miley Cyrus, and Taylor Lautner. Neither of them have even gotten close to an Oscar nomination (and considering the projects they have chosen, won't for many years). These are the Academy Awards, not the Teen Choice Awards or MTV Movie Awards.
4) Go back to performing the songs - If your going to have street dancers dance out of step to the original scores, then the songs should be performed, plus I would have loved to have heard Marion Cotillard, Ryan Bingham or Jeff Bridges or Colin Farrell (or all three), and Anika Noni Rose live.
5) If you are going to have comedians host, they need to do more than just stand there and insult the nominees. I like Martin and Baldwin, and some of their jokes were hilarious, but overall it was kinda plain.
6) Get rid of friends, and go back to previous winners - I loved the idea last year of having 5 previous winners, but this year they went to friends of the nominees, and to be honest it was a waste of my time. Furthermore the supporting categories got backburnered in the process which is not cool.
7) Shorter - Get rid of the fluff and present awards, it is still WAY too long.