This year I saw several of the nominated films, including Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Zero Dark Thirty, Silver Linings Playbook, Pitch Perfect (wait, that wasn't nominated? Well it should have been) and Lincoln. I haven't seen Argo or Flight yet, although I intend to at some point. Here are my observations from this year's
- I think it is ridiculous to give the Oscars a musical theme, and then not allow all of the songs nominated for Best Original Song to be performed live. If I were Scarlet Johannsen and my nominated song wasn't being sung live but I had to suffer through yet another rendition of Jennifer Hudson belt "And I Am Telling You," I would be ticked.
- Seth MacFarlane- no Stewy impersonations, the jokes were neither funny nor offensive, just boring. Seems to me like he played it safe.
- Also not funny- what was up with Paul Rudd and Melissa McCartney? Something didn't translate well tonight because I do think they are both great comedic actors.
- What WAS funny: Jennifer Lawrence tripping up the stairs, Christopher Plummer's "Von Trapp Family Singers" intro, and Meryl Streep scratching her behind (she clarified and said she was stepping on her dress, but I still choose to believe she was working on a wedgie).
|Poor girl! Has this ever happened to anyone before?|
- How classy and gracious was George Clooney for not trying to get some camera time during Argo's Best Picture win? He let Ben Affleck (and the third most-sexy producer in Hollywood) have their time to shine.
- Ben's rambling speech-on-speed was endearing. I supposed he had to cram in a Best Picture and Best Director speech into one since the Academy snubbed him on the latter.
- Charlize Theron must have one heck of a publicist- she danced and presented, but has been fairly absent in films lately. She certainly is beautiful. Guess this screen time was her way of reminding the directors that she's still out there looking for work!
- Anne Hathaway is beautiful and classy and her speech, while it seemed rehearsed, still came off as sincere and poised.
- Barbara Streisand, while no one questions that you can still sing the pants off of most anyone, can we all agree that your long, straight, platinum blonde hair is unnatural looking on a 75 year old woman?!
- My favorite dresses were Jennifer Anniston's, Amy Adams', and Jennifer Hudson's.
- Kristen Stewart looked high. And perhaps the ladies who won the Oscar for Best Hair & Makeup got a hold of her tresses before the show.
- The 9 year old girl nominated for best actress was the epitome of not-humble when she whooped it up every time the camera caught her.
- I was pleased that Quentin Tarantino won for best original script for Django Unchained, and that Christoph Waltz won for Best Supporting Actor and felt both were deserving.
- The orchestra was so loud that they drowned out the singers all evening. It was annoying to not be able to hear or understand the vocalists while the glorious music swelled
behindin front of them.
|Because we needed to hear Russell Crowe sing one more time|
- Though you couldn't always hear Adele (see above comment... and with a powerful belting instrument such as hers, it is a shame she wasn't heard over the music), she looked and sounded good. I'm choosing to ignore the pitchiness at the end of Skyfall. You would be flat too if you were being blasted by an orchestra and trying to be heard (or pushing, just trying to hear yourself!). Real women have curves. It's refreshing to see a woman on stage who looks beautiful but isn't stick-thin. Kudos to her Oscar win for best song.
- I was disappointed that Hugh Jackman didn't win for Best Actor, but my second personal favorite nominee was Daniel Day Lewis, so I could handle the win. Much better than Mama B anyways who threw a small Bradley-esque fit when Meryl Streep announced the winner.
- I love an excuse to say Jean Dujardin's name!