In an attempt to show how edgy and hip the Academy Awards can really be, the Academy decided to hire the clever folks at Funny or Die to make a trailer for the 84th Academy Awards ceremony. And, despite being jam-packed with cameos by celebrities no one will really care about (host Billy Crystal, Robin Williams, Josh Duhamel, Megan Fox, William Fichtner, and Vinnie Jones) and loaded with horridly unfunny jokes (young people text a lot! HA!), the trailer–gosh, get this!–lands flat on its face.
Oh, the yuks just keep on coming in this clip. Honestly, the best thing I can say about it is that Robin Williams isn’t too irritating or grating or over the top. In fact, the most annoying thing about the trailer may be Crystal’s smirky, “aren’t I hilarious?” tone and facial expressions. Check it out:
Well, there you have. The Funny or Die people finally found a way to become unfunny—simply become involved with the Academy Awards, the most notoriously unamusing program in television history.
Academy Award nominations will be announced on January 24th, and the live broadcast will take place on February 24th on ABC.
What do you think of the Academy Awards trailer?