Monday, February 25, 2013

2013 Oscar Observations

Awesome moments of the night:

Seth MacFarlane was great as Oscar host. He was funny, but not over the top or inappropriate funny, engaging, understanding, and who knew that he could sing, dance, and act. I'd love to see him back again as host. 

Octavia Spencer presenting the Supporting Actor Oscar to Christoph Waltz. She looked beautiful and his award was well deserved.

The "Avengers", Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, and Chris Evans reuniting on stage was so fun, but where was Scarlett Johansson and Chris Hemsworth?

How special when Halle Berry came out dressed like a "Bond" girl herself to celebrate 50 years of James Bond, and even more special when Shirley Bassey came out at the age of 76 to belt out her "Bond" song, "Goldfinger". Halle looked amazing, and Shirley sounded amazing. Just as a side note, it would have been really cool if they brought all the men who played James Bond and united them on stage.

It was very touching when Inocente won Documentary Short and it was revealed on stage that the woman in the film was poor one year ago. On such a star filled night, it really brought us back to reality, and to see her on that stage with this sense of relief and gratefulness was quite the thing.

Loved when John Travolta came out and introduced that tribute to musical movies..... Catherine Zeta Jones singing All That Jazz, Jennifer Hudson singing And I Am Telling You, and the cast of Les Miserables singing I Dreamed a Dream........Wow, they all brought down the house. That is talent!

The bit between Mark Wahlberg and Ted was hilarious.

Anne Hathaway winning was not a surprise, but clearly she needed a bra. There was a lot coming through the dress. I'm blushing. 

Everyone was waiting for it, and Adele did not disappoint singing her Bond song, Skyfall. She sparkled and it was just a magical moment. The lyrics in particular were just effortlessly phrased. Her winning with Paul Epworth just topped it all off.

Quentin Tarantino's win for Original Screenplay for Django Unchained must have shut up a lot of critics and what I loved about it was how he complimented the work of everyone writing movies today. He also thanked his cast for getting it right, and you could tell that they were touched by his acknowledgement that he had chosen exactly the right people for his movie.

Jennifer Lawrence winning and tripping on her way up the stairs, it made the moment so real, and it reinforced her realness. At the age of 22, we're going to see so much more Jen Lawrence.

Daniel Day Lewis' speech was moving. I loved how he congratulated the other nominees in the category, his sense of humor was well timed, and what topped it all off was when he thanked Steven Spielberg and Abraham Lincoln himself for being the man that he was.

Jack Nicholson, in rare form as always, partnered with an elated Michelle Obama to present the Best Picture Oscar to Argo which was accepted by a stunned Ben Affleck, and a content George Clooney. I think out of all the speeches of the night, his speech really moved me the most. He managed to bring tears to my eyes when he talked about winning 15 years ago for Good Will Hunting and what that was like. Then he talked about his wife Jen Garner and his children, and some pieces of advice that he had. He said don't hold a grudge, it's hard, but don't hold a grudge, and when in your life you fall down, it's not about falling, it's about getting back up.

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