I look forward to our friend Karissa’s Oscar party every year. Good friends, yummy food, fun trivia, and unfiltered commentary. Plus swag bags. And this year, I was kidless, which is an automatic PARTAY and de-stressing moment. (No offense to my wonderful kids.)
I didn’t know if I was just my mindset that evening, but I found the proceedings in L.A. to be kind of lacklustre. I thought maybe I’m just getting jaded, but then my sister Em was feeling the same thing at a different Oscar party across town, so it wasn’t just me.
Perhaps it was the accumulation of awkward moments. Not just John Travolta introducing Idina Menzel with an unheard-of name, or Kim Novak appearing as the poster woman for the Not-Allowed-To-Age-In-Hollywood syndrome. There was also Jim Carrey pulling the rubberface (I love Jim Carrey, and I’ve loved his hilariousness over the years, but this throwback felt forced and out-of-place); Bette Midler singing “Wind Beneath My Wings” after the memorial slide show (again, I love her and that song, but the timing made it feel surplus); and Pink singing “Over the Rainbow” whilst sporting décolleté that completely distracted from the point of the song (AND breathing in the middle of a word at least three times, which drives me bananas).
Plus, the recited descriptions of the Best Picture nominees reminded me of high school book reports. I think montages are a much better way to titillate the audience.
Wow, I sound like a grump. I swear I wasn’t grumpy that night – I was totally stoked to be there.
I have to admit that this year, I only saw two of the Oscar-nominated movies. Well – three, if you count The Great Gatsby, which was nominated for Costumes and Production Design. (Didn’t that used to be Art Direction?) I haven’t even seen Frozen yet. Having taken in only Captain Phillips and The Wolf of Wall Street, I didn’t have much of a feeling for the odds in any category… but I am looking forward to seeing a bunch more nominees – someday. They all sound pretty awesome.
So! How ’bout those Extra Oscars?
Best Dressed: Sandra Bullock. Gah, SO GORGEOUS.
Next Best Dressed: Kerry Washington (go maternity stylists!) and Jennifer Garner (as a belly dancer, I have a total soft spot for sparkly fringe).
Worst Dressed: Whoopi Goldberg. Hated the dress but enjoyed seeing her up there – and the witchy feet were cute.
Best Musical Performance: Pharrell Williams and manic backup dancers with “Happy” – he even got some keen nominees in the front row dancing with him (although nothing beats the original video).
Best Joke (by host Ellen Degeneres, to Jennifer Lawrence): “If you win tonight, I think we should just bring you the Oscar.” (Made more funny by Jennifer’s excellent sense of humour about her own tripping incident last year.)
Best Presenter Gag: Jamie Foxx doing a Chariots of Fire impression (vocal theme song and slo-mo run) against Jessica Biel’s teleprompts.
Best Acceptance Speech: Lupita Nyong’o for Best Supporting Actress. So sincere, so humble, so filled with the weight of history and the role she played. And she might also just win Best Smile Ever.
Runner-Up: Jared Leto for Best Supporting Actor – for thanking his Mama properly, and daring to mention Venezuela and the Ukraine at a time when most mention only those in the celebratory bubble.
Best Host: Ellen Degeneres. Yes, she was the only host, but honestly, I just love her. She teases without being mean, she jokes without making you cringe, and she just seems to want folks to relax and have fun, as if they were in their living rooms with their yoga pants on (like we were). She will go down in history for those three large pizzas and the Selfie that Broke Twitter.
And on the personal side…
Best Snack Name: “Spinach and ‘I will (arti) choke if Leo gets an Oscar tonight’ Dip.”
Yummiest Snack: WHO CAN DECIDE? (I made cheese wontons – The Wontons of Wall Street. Recipe to follow.)
Best Surprise: As is tradition, pregnancy was announced… by not one, but TWO of our friends! GO OSCAR. I don’t know how you do it.
4 thoughts on “Dilovely’s Extra Oscars 2014”
I had many of the same reactions as you did. I found the Wind Beneath my Wings really inappropriate. Those people were not in her shadow.
I missed Jim Carrey and glad I did.
And the Pink song bothered me on a couple notes. The phrasing, with breaths breaking up words was deliberate. She has the breath control to sing that right through. Not a choice I applaud however. Also, there was no real connection between her performance and the original – style, age, feel. Why Pink?
The acceptance speech that bothered me was Matthew’s. It felt like the speech in the last 10 minutes of the RomCom that shows he’s grown, he understands, he’s the guy you could love. It was too rehearsed and so not real. Hated it. Liked Letho’s, loved Lupita’s.
And it took me forever to figure out who the old woman was cause I missed the intro – Kim Novak was both frightening and very sad.
Great round up.
I agree with all your extra Oscars!
By the way, if you want to know what John Travolta would have mangled your name to be, there’s a widget for that:
AND… apparently there’s a really good reason that Skye won’t be seeing her beloved Leo win an Oscar any time soon:
What Beth said :). WHY, PINK? It was like she was all “I’m gonna do this DIFFERENT – I’m gonna totally hold syllables where people don’t usually hold them, but then instead of being all impressive with my breath control, I’m just gonna breathe right in the middle of the word ‘over’ cause that is so totally bad-ass.” No no, Pink. Just bad.
I didn’t think that Bette was saying those people were in her shadow per se, I mean, I got the idea that she was singing on behalf of the industry or whatever, but it was still pretty random. Thematically, the whole night seemed like it was stretching and not quite getting there. Whoever was in charge just did not have much vision, in my opinion. Though I did actually like the set decoration, compared to some years. There was some pretty and unusual stuff.
I too love Ellen very much and wish there had been more of her. I felt like she was sort of playing it low-key maybe because she was trying to be the anti-Seth after last year went over so non-well. I like that most of the stuff she did was not really anything to do with the movies. It was all about breaking the fourth wall conventions or whatever.
And just to add some grumpiness, I was not impressed by either McConnaughey or even Leto. They both played to me like dudes who had basically been confident of having a lock on the prize, which, even if it’s true (for reasons of politics or whatever) makes you look un-humble. And though I liked that Leto mentioned the war zones and his mom, for some reason he still came across to me as too cool for school. And plugging his band, I don’t know, it’s just not on, imho.
But i LOVED Nyong’o, Cuaron, McQueen, Pitt. And Blanchett had some good things to say. Oh, and Spike Jonze! Not only completely cute, but able to buck convention and make me think, even in his Oscar speech.
Great round-up! I just watched it last night, so I had the luxury of fast-forward. Pink is the worst. I’m completely torn up about Philip Seymour Hoffman, and I think they brought Bette out JUST to pay a little extra tribute to him, which I liked. I thought Ellen was spot-on…I love how she got the movie stars to loosen up and improvise and interact. I hadn’t seen many movies this year so I was watching the Oscars for the stars, and it was a good year for that! I love that Kevin Spacey got so much face-time in the audience. (Did I mention that fast-forwarding REALLY helped?)