The Oscars: The Spectacle and a Quick Review
I dig the Oscars, for the pomp and circumstance that it is and for all the inside politics and the “real movies don’t get mentioned there” vibe.
It is a funny deviation from the norm, which is ogling over celebrities daily lives and inflating their worth. Huh, looks like it isn’t much of a deviation.
No surprises this year, as everything that “should” have won, won. And the items that “should not” have, didn’t. Seriously, American Hustle and Wolf of Wall Street walked away with nada.
Overall, I thought it was an average Oscars. The selfie part was funny. The pizza thing played out way too long. Bette Middler didn’t need to sing. Nor did Pink for that matter. I want to see who wins, not who gives a shit about The Wizard of Oz. Just because some of the audience remembers when it was released doesn’t mean it needs to referenced in 2014. Wait until 2039, then do a century celebration.
Ellen DeGeneres was a safe pick and delivered a safe performance as host of the Academy Awards. Out of the presenters, no one stood out as well as Jim Carrey did, even if he was over the top with his Bruce Dern impression.
Still, the awards season came and went, and another movie won best picture. This time it was 12 Years a Slave, which I have yet to see. I know, I am working on it. From what I can tell, it is a deserving victory.
But the rest of the field was pretty predictable. Gravity cleaned house in all the technical fields, Dallas Buyers Club owned the men’s acting awards. Jared Leto’s speech was what the night should have ended on, however, it was what it began on and left me wanting much more from Matthew McConaughey’s acceptance speech. Cate Blanchett and Lupita Nyong’o each took best actress and best supporting actress, respectively.
The music pieces were nice this year and it was great to hear Idina Menzel, or whatever her name is according to John Travolta. Karen O’s Moon Song was hauntingly beautiful and my personal favorite. Happy from Pharell was just too damn happy.
That should have been all the music that was played, but as I stated previously, the Academy felt the need to jam Pink and Bette in the event.
So, now an entire year of movies will go by again. And we get to have this forgettable conversation again.