Oscar 2014 Highlights

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Best Movie: 12 Years a Slave
Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey of Dallas Buyers Club
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett of Blue Jasmine
Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto of Dallas Buyers Club
Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave

The 86th Academy Awards, or the Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres was actually not so boring as other years. I enjoyed watching Ellen’s antics and maybe her deadpan delivery was more amusing to me than what others may desire to see from an Oscar host or hostess. The best lines delivered by Ellen were:

“Between all of the nominees here, you’ve made over 1,400 films. And you’ve gone to a total of six years of college. I’m kidding. Kids, stay in school.” (Then she goes on to ask Amy Adams if she went to college and she shakes her said to say “No”).

“Jennifer, by the way, I’m not going to bring up what happened last year when  you were… you  know. It’s ridiculous, something like that happens, and it’s embarrassing,  and people just talk about it. It’s just… you know. [then she goes onto talking about the tripping in detail and her tripping AGAIN this year!] If you win this year, I think we should bring you the OSCAR”.

“Anything can happen, so many different possibilities. Possibility number one, 12  Years A Slave wins Best Picture. Possibility number two, you’re all  racists.”

To Liza Minelli she says: “One of the most amazing Liza Minnelli impersonators I have ever seen in my  entire life. Just really, seriously. Good job, sir. Really.”

But I think she redeemed herself by being the “nice guy” and buying pizza for the audience since they looked hungry and tweeted a few “selfies” in the audience to make up for her risque lines. She has 25 million followers and this was the most retweeted segment. WOW! I didn’t actually think she would get pizza, but there they were, several pies being handed out to the audience. That was something novel. You can warm anyone’s heart with food!

The gowns were just ok. I really did not get WOWed by any one gown. I think many of the starlets looked elegant and well put together. My favorite for style has always been Charlize Theron. I think she always looks statuesque and reminds me of old Hollywood glamour with that perfect hair and body.The best looking couple were Matthew McConaughey and Camilla Alves. Lupita Nyongo looked like a doll and Kate Hudson looked adorable and as cute as ever. Something was very wrong about Angelina Jolie’s dress. It didn’t look right on her.  Amy Adams and Sandra Bullock always remind me of the girl next door, so I love both of them both no matter what they wear. Amy Adams also tried to emulate the 50s era with her Kim Novak style French twist. However, most everyone opted for less color this year wearing creams and whites with the exception of a few. The gowns were pretty humdrum this year. I did like the necklace worn backwards by Jennifer Lawrence. I will have to try that sometime.

I loved Lupita’s doll-like appearance and sweetness when she said her joy comes from the pain of others. I liked that Jared Leto paid tribute to his beautiful mother. However, Matthew McConaughey’s speech was wonderful. He thanked his late father who he said was celebrating in heaven with “a big pot of jumbo and a can of Miller Lite”. He talked about someone to look up to (God or the Almighty), something to look forward to (going home to his wife and family who inspire him to do all that he does) and someone to chase. He then explained that when he was asked who was his hero and what he was chasing, he said that he was chasing his future self who he knows he will never catch up to, but wants to find out who that guy will be. Aren’t we all chasing the heroes that we have the potential to be? That was so beautifully said.

The songs were wonderful too: Idina Menzel has some lungs on her! She belted out Frozen’s “Let it Go” with such emotion and passion. It was wonderful. U2  never disappoints and remains great in my eyes. U2 sang “Ordinary Love”, a tribute to Mandela. Also, Pharrell really got everyone singing and dancing with his “Happy” from “Despicable Me, 2”.

On a disappointing note to my readers, I have not seen many of the movies that were up for the Oscars so I can’t review them with an honest opinion. On a positive note, I have many new movies on my list now to watch. Amongst them, “12 Years a Slave” looks poignant and powerful, “Gravity” looks mesmerizing for its novel storyline and special effects, “Her” looks bizarre in its plot line, but for the mere fact that it’s bizarre I it requires viewing, and “Frozen” looks like another animated great from Disney. “Captain Phillips” has Tom Hanks which is reason enough to watch the movie. “Wolf on Wall Street” looks as if the triumvirate of Leonardo diCaprio , Martin Scorcese and Jonah Hill will prove to have us entertained. I have only seen Woody Allen’s,  “Blue Jasmine”. Cate Blanchett is unarguably a versatile actress who can play the surreal, ethereal beauty,Galadriel in Lord of the Rings and then move onto the role of a neurotic, self obsessed socialite in Blue Jasmine.

What was sad to see is how awful Kim Novak appeared. She was the blonde beauty in Hitchcock’s Vertigo. The amount of plastic surgery done to her numbed her so much, she could barely speak. On the other hand, the handsome Sidney Poitier seemed as elegant and as charming as ever.

All in all, the glamor, the fun, the music, the lights, and all that we expect from the Oscars were present and made for another memorable Academy Awards ceremony.


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