Monday, March 03, 2014

My Post-Oscars Post

I thoroughly enjoyed the Oscar broadcast last night. The montages were a little much, but overall I thought the program was really fun. First of all, Ellen did a great job. Her opening monologue was funny, with just enough, but not too much, celebrity bashing (although calling Liza Minnelli a man may have gone a little too far). Ellen is self-depricating in a way that allows her to pull just about anything off, and her style reminds me a lot of Billy Crystal (fantastic!!). I honestly felt relieved when her opening was over, and I knew that the Anne Hathaway/James Franco debacle would NOT be repeating itself this year.  And her selfies: wow!! So fun!!

I love the years when the awards are spread out among many films, and this was that type of year!

Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave
Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity)
Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave)

I feel very satisfied with which people/movies won awards, and the only performance I didn't see was Cate Blanchett. I'm also happy, because I picked all of the above on the ballot I completed! (And those of you who know me well know that I am very competitive and I like to be right!! lol)

The acceptance speeches this year were outstanding (with the possible exception of Cate Blanchett's speech, which I found very uninspiring and hard to follow, but the awkwardness may have been partly because of all the controversy surrounding Woody Allen these days, and the way she thanked him in this speech!). I, of course, appreciated that Jared Leto thanked his mother, and Lupita Nyong'o gave a very emotional speech that was gracious, paid tribute to the trials of those who came before her, and inspired hope for those who are to follow. (For more on her speech go here!). I got a little lost during Matthew McConaughey's speech (mostly at the end), but he seemed genuinely happy and humbled by the award, and I just like him.

Other random thoughts:

I was thankful that in the description of Nebraska, they included the part about how things are not black and white, but many shades of gray. I hadn't been able to figure out why that movie was not in color. Now I know.

At first glance, Sandra Bullock's hair looked A LOT like the color of my new hair. Upon further examination, I realized it wasn't. I'm still adjusting to having dark brown/reddish hair, and for whatever reason, having the same hair as Sandy made me very, very excited. Oh well.

I absolutely loved that Ellen ordered pizza and had it delivered - especially for the sake of the pregnant Kerry Washington!

John Travolta missed the mark on many, many levels. I'll just leave it at that!

So, there you go. I would love to hear your thoughts!! Another Oscar season behind us!

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