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