A couple of years ago, I published a brief write-up about the Oscars and it inspired some fun conversation. Since I usually watch an hour or better of the show each year – don’t ask me why because I won’t have an answer, I thought I’d do something similar this year. Of the eight films nominated for best picture, I’ve seen exactly zero. Among those numbers, there are less than half that I’ll likely see at some point. Still, I cannot seem to squash my curiosity and every year, the glamour of the show is an allure my movie-watching self doesn’t resist.
Last night, I stayed up late and watched nearly two hours this year (then had to watch an episode of a show to remind me of the reasons I do love entertainment) and read about the events that happened prior to that. In spite of the moments worthy of mocking – because they were that silly, there were some fun things. Here is a roundup of my favorite moments and those that I wasn’t wild about.
What I liked:
+ Seeing Anna Kendrick in her Into the Woods costume singing in the opening number.
+ American Sniper winning an Oscar. I’m so glad and believe it should have won more. I’ve not seen the movie however I have heard the best of things about it from people whose opinions I trust. Any time the real heroes are recognized I’m reminded of how proud I am to be an American because of these men and women who serve, protect and keep our home land safe. My gratefulness and respect for this extraordinary group of people knows no bounds.
+ I didn’t see it win nor have I watched the movie, but I’m glad Big Hero 6 got the animated win. Anything from Disney is always cute.
+ The 50th anniversary tribute to The Sound of Music. It was really lovely to see this movie honored. It might not be a film that has the most important message to teach, but it is an impacting film.
+ Eddie Redmayne’s Best Actor win. Though I’ve not seen the role for which he won this, from the promos, it looks like he deserved this in spades.
What I didn’t:
+ The PC jabs. But then, that’s present every year.
+ Birdman "cleaning up" the big awards. This film looks so odd. Not sure why it's impacting enough to win so many awards.
+ The fashion. I really didn’t see anything that wowed. Of course, I didn’t watch the pre-Oscar party (Red Carpet). I did see the various stars who presented awards and aside from maybe British actress Felicity Jones (Northanger Abbey), nothing seemed that memorable. How about you? Which were among your favorite looks…
+ Sean Penn’s awkward lull in announcing the Best picture winner. What was that!?
Overall, it was boring. As articles have stated, its length didn't help anything and the I thought the jokes were... ridiculous. Did you watch the Oscars? If so, what were some things you were glad to see or didn't like. I'd love to chat with you.