Monday, February 23, 2015

About Those Oscars...........

I am not a huge fan of awards shows.  The only one I would stay home to see are the Tony Awards because of the music and the fact that they often have full scenes of plays as part of the show.  That said, for the past few years I have gotten more involved in watching the awards-if only as background.  They've taken out much of the time bloat that was in the shows for a few years there, and have, for the most part streamlined the system.

For the past few years, I have also not been particularly surprised by the results. While I rarely even attempt to see all the movies prior to the awards, I have a family member who does see those movies, even the hard hitting, hard to take movies-and has called it right in most of the major categories for the all of those years.

Tonight, temporarily snowed in, I did watch the Academy Awards. Here are my slightly off kilter thoughts on what I saw and heard:
  • No one but Neal Patrick Harris should ever be allowed to host an awards show again. Nothing personal as to Billy Crystal or anyone else, but the guy has this thing down!
  • I don't get the Wes Anderson thing (admittedly I have not seen this current movie). I find his movies for the most part "off" and slow and well, they just don't hook me in. I do plan to see the Grand Budapest Hotel, once it is on my small screen.
  • Two of my favorite actors are Michael Keaton and Bill Murray.  They act when they feel like it and they are unafraid to play kooky, kinky, unique characters.  They  don't require starring roles. They act for the fun of it. However, Birdman must be a very strange movie.  All those awards and at least half the people I know hated it-but the other half loved it.
  • Julie Andrews looked absolutely stunning at seventy, and the tribute to the Sound of Music was wonderful. Nothing to make you feel past middle age than realizing it's the fiftieth anniversary of that film.
  • They really should divide the categories up further at the Oscars, like other awards shows do-although I always wonder if comedy/musical is a proper category
  • I was happy to see that a non-Disney song for real adults won best song.  I had no doubt that the Selma song would win, and in that regard I got one right.  I do love John Legend and can listen to him sing nursery rhymes, however.
  • Unless I missed it, we managed to get away without see through dresses or bottom showing skirts, although Jennifer Lopez came pretty darn close.
  • Julianne Moore is always so real and I love her speeches. She is a great actress, although I will probably never see Still Alice.
  • I think Sean Penn is one of the greatest actors of our time, but I do remember when he shunned awards, shows, journalists and anything else. Now he's the grey haired guy giving out the big award.  Check out the trailer of his new film by the way.  Sean Penn as action hero.
  • Idris Elba could read the phone book to me.  Enough said. 
  • I personally am not turned off as such because a movie has violence, swearing, sex, or anything else. All of those are appropriate and can enhance a movie. I would say that from my perspective, American Sniper, Selma, and Gone Girl all require the level of violence they have-and I say that as a woman who screamed and turned her head last night when I finally watched the film version of Gone Girl. Sure, you can wallow in violence but real stories about real people with real problems have real violence and real sex, and swearing.  
  • The same is true as far as "like ability".  Without any spoilers, at the end of Gone Girl, you really, really, really, really hate almost every single character. It is still an excellent novel and excellent book.  I'd say if you can hate Ben Affleck, he and the others have done their jobs.
  • Last but not least, I'm thinking about those poor guys off camera at the separate awards.  These days, movies are about technology and science. I'm not sure that the scientists who invent the technology should be sent off to the back room.  Then again, I'm not sure we can take a longer ceremony.
And so it goes, on a frigid Sunday night in Denver.  While we're not the midwest or the northeast, we do have single digit temperatures and three days of solid snow, which has kept me in the house. On the other hand it will be fifty if not sixty by the end of the week, so I'll not complain.

What Oscar movies have you seen, and what did you think?

11 comments:

  1. I wasn't able to see the show last night because I am overseas, so I appreciate your description of it. The movies I was able to get to were Imitation Game, Gone Girl, Selma, and Boyhood. I want to see Still Alice and Ida. I read the book "Still Alice" and was astonished at its realism. Highly recommend it.

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    1. I may well see it, I tend to avoid those kinds of movies. I really want to see the imitation game and Selma

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  2. Good wrap up. I forgot about "Gone Girl" -- good movie; great book. If you'll indulge a plug (but that's what the movie industry is all about, isn't it?) check out my take on the movies at http://sightingsat60.blogspot.com/2015/02/not-oscars.html

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    1. Great, I'll jump over and see what everyone things on that one!



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  3. I like your comments about the Oscars as background. 3+ hrs of coverage and all the anticipation and this morning I'm quizzing myself as to the winners. Oh, yeah, Julianne Moore, Eddie Redmayne, Birdman. I thought Ellen DeGeneres did a bang-up job last year. The Sound of Music was the first movie I saw in a theatre. Still Alice was a great read. What would keep you from seeing it? Although after seeing Gone Girl and the tv miniseries, The Book of Negroes, I questioned whether I should be watching the film after reading the book. I like what you said about the real stories about real people and Meryl Streep in Osage County and Nicholas Cage in Leaving Las Vegas come to mind. NE Alberta is experiencing erratic weather. Yesterday morning we awoke to -28C; today it's 0C.

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    1. Oh my goodness. Yes, In Denver it's that, if you don like the temperature wait a few hours and it will change twenty degree thing. My daughter actually often does it the other way. If she has not already read the book then she deliberately waits until after the movie to read it.

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  4. Not to quibble, but Julie Andrews is 79 not 70. -- Big difference in that decade.

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  5. Of the list, I've only seen 'The Imitation Game' ... sorry it didn't win more awards. Will have to see 'The Theory of Everything."

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  6. I have a looong list to see, plus some really good movies coming out soon.

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  7. Enjoyed your take on the Oscars. I will write about it tomorrow on my blog http://rosythereviewer.blogspot.com. I have seen all of the films and have definite opinions because that is what I mostly write about -- the movies. Just so you know that wasn't Idris Elba who did the British bit with Neil Patrick Harris. It was David Oyelowo. And speaking of NPH - I thought he fell flat. He's great at the Tonys but this wasn't good. And one of the most bittersweet moments for me was Julie Andrews following Gaga's tribute to The Sound of Music because as we all know, Julie can no longer sing. But so glad she is still with us and looks so good. I hope you will check out my blog tomorrow because I would love to hear what you think. I am inviting everyone to "dish" on the dresses and the show.

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  8. Hi there Rosie. Idris Elba made a presentation on stage-and he brought his daughter to the Oscars. I know who both he and Daniel are. I watch mainly British TV and have watched David in MI5 for years.

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