Despite not really caring, I watched the Oscars this year. (Thank you Wallers for a lovely evening.) I even won the Oscar Pool--that never happens! The dresses were okay but at this point in my life, the speeches are what really interest me. I used to think how glamorous that whole affair was but now just imagining how much effort goes into getting ready--aggh, no thank you.
Generally the speeches were sincere but they threatened to play folks off with the Jaws theme if they went long--rather ominous. The weirdest thing was that the Orchestra wasn't even in the auditorium; they were offsite in some studio. Whatevs.
Two things about the speeches: One, the British do it best: brief, sincere and not just rattling off names. And two, class acts showed humility and honoring their fellow noms, cast/crew and family because those people all deserve an Oscar themselves for helping any given award winner to the stage.
Question: What's with all the blond, long-haired dudes winning awards tonight?
Q Tarantino: you're a greasy, self-centered jackass. What you said sounds like a compliment to the writing pool you somehow managed to emerge from but it was really a self-congratulatory ego stroke. Done with you.
Shirley Bassey: Was the upper part of the dress supposed to look like "skin"? That was weird but I love that song Goldfinger.
Adele: I'm late to the party about appreciating you but I adore every time I see you accept an award.
Barbra Streisand: The entire gathering laughed when your light revealed you. A bit too over the top but I guess that's just your style. Shine on you crazy diamond.
Ang Lee: In all seriousness, I love how you said that you weren't going to waste time naming all the actors but you did have to mention your lawyer and your agent. You said you HAD to. Honesty--I don't think that gets lost in translation. It was funny and you didn't even mean to be.
Ben Affleck: Nice acknowledgement of not holding grudges and the fact that a good marriage takes work. You have definitely matured and I am very compelled to see your movie.
Daniel Day Lewis: Such a touching interplay with Meryl Streep. Very humble and sweet.
Jennifer Lawrence: When you tripped, I'm yelling at the TV, "Somebody help her!" Of course, Hugh Jackman, who just displaced Tom Hanks as the nicest guy in Hollywood, popped up to assist but you already were having another go at the stairs. Good for you, girlfriend. That's a really big, pouffy dress you're wearing. Glad you won. I like you and your sense of humor. Never change.
Michelle Obama: I adore you as First Lady and for mom dancing, but what were you doing at the Oscars?
Jack Nicholson: They saved the best for the end and you are still crazy.