This year’s Oscars were just okay – Neil Patrick Harris was a decent host but definitely not firing on all cylinders. Â Go back to the Tonys, buddy. Â 🙂 Â I kid, I kid. Â But his jokes definitely fell on the bad side more than the good. Â Yet there were quite a few redeeming parts of the show:
- Patricia Arquette’s acceptance speech was awesome, as were the reactions from Meryl Streep and JLo.
- The Adapted Screenplay winner forÂ Birdman and his emotional plea to “stay yourself, stay weird” after admitting he attempted suicide. Â That was devastating.
- The good spread of awards to quite a few different winners – I absolutely loved that bothÂ Whiplash andÂ The Grand Budapest Hotel walked away with a few high-profile wins. Â Those movies deserved it.
- I’m a little surprised Michael Keaton didn’t win but I have to give Eddie Redmayne proper credit: Â he disappeared into the role of Stephen Hawking. He WAS Stephen Hawking inÂ The Theory of Everything.
- The performance of “Glory” was exhilarating.
- But let’s be real….for me, once it was clear that the Oscars were about to honorÂ The Sound of Music and that Lady fucking Gaga was going to be the one doing the tribute performance? Â I nearly lost my mind.
I’ve linked to the official Oscars performance if you click on the screenshot below…..please, if you haven’t watched it, get blown away by how talented Lady Gaga is. Â I’ve always been a fan and always appreciated she was more than the “pop star” that so many are nowadays. Â The girl has got major talent, and it’s not only singing, as she can play the hell out of a piano too. Â But even after enjoying her duet album with Tony Bennett, I never would have guessed she could put on a show as Julie Andrews and FUCKING NAIL IT. Â God damn, it was amazing.
And then to have JULIE ANDREWS come out herself and hug Lady Gaga and thank her for the wonderful tribute….tears, I tell ya, tears! Â It was thrilling and I can’t get over how much I still love that movie, even after seeing it billions of times. Â And to have Lady Gaga be a forever part of those memories is quite a new thing to marvel over.
Alright, I’ll fanboy my way out of this post now. Â I’ll say one more thing about the Oscars – I admit I’m surprisedÂ Birdman won the Best Picture award overÂ Boyhood. Â I’ll write up about seeing bothÂ Boyhood andÂ The Kingsman in a post coming shortly (I do recognize they’re not in the same league) as we have recently seen them but I’ve been preoccupied with other things. Â Boyhood was quite a feat of moviemaking and the human story it told, over an actual 12 years, was quite amazing. Â Those few scenes with his mother, father, and then that scene at the high school graduation and then when he goes to college? Â YEESH – way too close to my reality. Â Anyway, I still saluteÂ Birdman. Â All of it up to that very last moment – then I have to leave the praises behind.