Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Oscar Recap

Congratulations to Leila who won our Oscar Prediction contest! And a big thank you to all who left comments and participated---definitely makes the whole Oscar night more fun for me!

The best moment of the night? Easy:

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Congratulations, Mary Alice! Our boys were thrilled----we were all living vicariously through Mary Alice who was at the Oscars. I watched the Oscars with Mary Alice back in the early 1990s. Even back then, Mary Alice knew what she wanted to do and here she was, not only doing it but having her work recognized at the OSCARS!

As for the rest of the show….I doubt readers of this blog want to know my thoughts on the specific form of misogyny that Craig Zaden and Neil Meron’s production epitomized (think the first season of “Sex and the City”----before they brought in any women writers). Or the self-aggrandizing (okay “Chicago” but “Hairspray”?). To include “The Accused” and “Boys Don’t Cry” in a bit that was satirizing the abundance of boob-showing in movies? I could take the Jaws music cutting people off IF they had used it on big names as well as the non-celebrity winners.

Despite the bad-taste of Seth MacFarlene’s jokes, there were high points. When Christoph Waltz won for Inglorious Bastards in 2009, I said it was another case of the Best Supporting category becoming an award for Best Casting (eg: Harold Russel for The Best Years of Our Lives, Linda Hunt for The Year of Living Dangerously, Jaye Davidson for The Crying Game [ETA: my mistake---she was nominated but didn’t win], Mo’Nique for Precious). How wrong I was. Waltz was the best thing about Django Unchained (when he exited the story, I exited the theater).

I was also surprised and thrilled that Ang Lee won for The Life of Pi. Daniel Day Lewis had the funniest line of the night, and I enjoyed most of the acceptance speeches. Here’s hoping for a great mix of movies in 2013---and hoping Tina and Amy host in 2014!

Past Oscar Recaps: 2009 and 2008




4 comments:

  1. I heard a fantastic interview with Christoph Waltz on maybe... Fresh Air? a while ago and I really, really like him. What a story he has. He was so good (and awful) in Water for Elephants. I am not really familiar at all with Seth McFarlane but I followed the trepidation about him a little... guy can sing, and I wish he had astounded everyone with classiness the whole time instead of alternating back and forth. I did think the dance with Channing Tatum and Charlize Theron was awesome--one of the high points of the "other stuff." And of course, you know I couldn't have been happier about the best documentary win!

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    1. I'm sure when hiring Seth the producers thought "here's the whole package" he looks like Peter Brady and loves to sing/dance and is known for pushing the envelope with his humor. But a great host makes it about the movies, not about him (ie: the whole first part of the show being about reviews of himself). Obviously not an easy gig, but it was my least favorite overall-show in a long time. Movie montages are my ♥ and the only one was Bond...

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  2. Oh! And if you haven't watched the little clip of Jennifer Lawrence answering questions after make sure to go look it up... funny, funny girl : )

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    1. Thanks again for pointing us to Sugar Man:)

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