Random thoughts about the Academy Awards is something I've been thinking about since watching the show last night. Rather than just a big block of a paragraph. I've decided to jot down some random thoughts about the show and winners last night, much like the random thoughts in my preview post. So before I get going, thanks to anyone who happens to be reading this!
Neil Patrick Harris was very good last night. From the opening musical number with Anna Kendrick and Jack Black, to the one liners and audience bits he was doing all night, NPH was on-point the whole show. Not only was he entertaining and funny, he was apart of the show every step of the way and always felt like he was involved in things.
The LEGO Oscars Statues are awesome, I want one.
The musical performances throughout the night were alright. "Everything is Awesome" and the Will Arnett as Batman cameo was great. The performance of "Glory" was powerful. All while Lady Gaga's tribute to 'The Sound of Music' was astounding.
John Travolta is still creepy as hell.
The awards themselves were fine. I loved that 'The Grand Budest Hotel' and 'Whiplash' got a ton of love. 'Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)' winning best picture was cool. I don't like that they snubbed 'Boyhood' outside of the Patricia Arquette win for Best Supporting Actress. Disney is never gonna lose in the animated category are they?
Nice immigration joke, Sean Penn. Why were you even presenting this award?
I get that speeches are often about the personal politics and a platform to voice personal opinions. I get thanking God and family and crew, but a millionaire telling us about the wage-gap doesn't resonate as highly as it should. I loved the speeches, but rich and/or famous people, touting all this in a room full of other rich and/or famous people, kind of brute forces any issue upon the viewing audience, even if the topic is a very important one.
Jared Leto is a gorgeous man, even when he's out of focus in the background.
Three hours and thirty eight minutes was how long this chore of a show was to watch. It wasn't even about the show itself, it was fine. It felt long cause they took too long to do everything, took 9,000,000 commercial breaks and made a three hour show feel like an eternity. Hell, on the East Coast this show ran into Monday. It's absurd and I hope next year they don't start at thirty past the hour, purely because of Red Carpet fashion shows.
It was a fun (long) show this year, I'd love Neil Patrick Harris to host again. Just with less about 200% less commercials during the broadcast.
Best Picture: 'Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)'
Best Actor: Eddie Redmayne, 'The Theory of Everything'
Best Actress: Julianne Moore, 'Still Alice'
Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons, 'Whiplash'
Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette, 'Boyhood'
Best Director: Alejandro G. Inarritu, 'Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)'
Best Foreign Language Film: 'Ida'
Best Adapted Screenplay: Graham Moore, 'The Imitation Game'
Best Original Screenplay: Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr. and Armando Bo, 'Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)'
Best Animated Feature Film: 'Big Hero 6'
Best Production Design: 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'
Best Cinematography: 'Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)'
Best Sound Mixing: 'Whiplash'
Best Sound Editing: 'American Sniper'
Best Original Score: 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'
Best Original Song: "Glory" from 'Selma'
Best Costume Design: 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'
Best Documentary Feature: 'CitizenFour'
Best Documentary (Short Subject): 'Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1'
Best Film editing: 'Whiplash'
Best Makeup and Hairstyling: 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'
Best Animated short film: 'Feast'
Best Live action short film: 'The Phone Call'
Best Visual effects: 'Interstellar'