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:
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!