Let’s Talk About The Oscars
The 87th Academy Awards were handed out last night, and aside from maybe a surprise or two, things were pretty mellow. Celebs walked the carpet in fairly respectable attire, Neil Patrick Harris opened things with a bang, and John Travolta not only looked creepy, but acted creepy as well. All in all a pretty standard Oscar night.
Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel led the night with four wins apiece (Birdman took home two of the big ones in Best Picture and Best Director), while Whiplash earned three statues (including J.K. Simmons taking home Best Supporting Actor). Many people expected Richard Linklater to win Best Director for Boyhood, but the film only took home one award for Best Supporting Actress in Patricia Arquette. American Sniper, Selma, The Imitation Game, and The Theory of Everything each took home one award, with Eddie Redmayne beating Michael Keaton for Best Actor for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking.
There were a few exceptional music performances as well last night, including Common and John Legend performing their Oscar winning song “Glory”, Lady Gaga paid tribute to Julie Andrews with a medley of tunes from The Sound of Music, and Tegan and Sarah performed with The Lonely Island and friends for a rousing rendition of “Everything is Awesome” from The LEGO Movie, which somehow got snubbed from a nomination.
Interesting fact: Will Arnett was wearing the same Batsuit that Val Kilmer wore when he played the Dark Knight.
Usually the Oscars serve as a platform for winners to relay a message, whether it be political or personal, and there was no shortage of that last night. When The Imitation Game won Best Adapted Screenplay, writer Graham Moore encouraged everyone who feels out of place to realize they’re not alone, Common, John Legend, Patricia Arquette, and Alejandro González Iñárritu spoke up for equality, and Poland’s Pawel Pawlikoski ignored two rounds of wrap-up music to talk about how he made a film about silence and here he is in the epicenter of Hollywood and distractions.
The show had it’s downtime moments, including Harris’ show-long bit about his Oscar predictions, but his spoof of this Birdman scene was pretty good, and overall he did a pretty great job as host, so maybe he’ll be back next year.
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