E: Gee, it’s kind boring being right. I like it a little better when I get surprised. BUT. I liked every single one of the winners, and though they were all deserving (even if they weren’t all my favorites), and that does not happen all that often, and so I’m really pretty darn pleased. Also, I got unwind at a lovely little party thrown by my friend R. Huzzah for girls night and The King’s Speech!
Who wants to talk about the winners, the speeches and the hosts? I do!
Alright. Let’s get down to it! I was stunned that they were able to finish the show before midnight. Amazing! I can’t think when the last time that happened was. I appreciated the extended red carpet, too, as well as the presence of Tim Gunn and the absence of Billy Bush. I thought Anne Hathaway was very daffy and appealing; why hasn’t someone put this girl in a musical? She’s gorgeous, she sings, she’s funny… I loved her faux-bitter little song to Hugh Jackman. I know not everyone out there enjoyed her, but I did, and that’s all I can say. James Franco made an occasionally amusing straight man, but you have to wonder where he was for so much of the night. Is he trying to do too many things at once and so had no time to rehearse? Did he pay too much attention to live tweeting the show? Or was he just as stoned as he looked? (For the record, I don’t think he was baked. I think he’s just a crisp little cookie on his own.)
While the producers cut out a lot of filler, they included one bit I really loved – the autotuned musicalizing of some enormously popular films. The ode to Jacob Black’s shirtlessness of course struck a personal note considering my sister’s warnings on the subject.
Speaking of my beloved sister C, we were both completely thrilled to see Zachary Levi, and to hear him sing! Woot, even if they didn’t win. The shortened versions of the nominated songs made them even less memorable, but I still think it was preposterous that they could only come up with 4 of them.
Best presenters were very clearly Kirk Douglas, agonizingly drawing out Supporting Actress. Did you know that was Omar Sharif’s grandson with the cane? It was. Also, Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. Those two should always work together. Finally, there’s Sandra Bullock. Jeff Bridges personal tributes to each actress were nice, but Sandra was a riot.
Best speech for me was clearly Colin Firth. Sigh. The man is so delicious. Also liked Natalie and golly sakes Melissa, funny Randy Newman and Tom Hooper thanking his mom. And 73 year old David Seidler (“my father told me I would be a late bloomer”), who wrote The King’s Speech and couldn’t see it produced until the Queen Mum died? And the Napoleon Dynamite guy who won best short? Something tells me that Luke Matheny got more than an obscure Oscar last night; he may have just gotten a career out of his acceptance speech.
My favorite dress – I don’t know if this sounds weird, but Hailee Steinfeld (who apparently helped design her own dress) might have been my favorite because she just looked so perfectly appropriate, such a princess… I can’t even say. Jennifer Lawrence, on the other hand, wore an extended Baywatch swimsuit, and while it wouldn’t be my favorite dress on its own, she looked completely amazing. We were fans of Marissa Tomei’s royal blue old Hollywood glam, and of most of Anne Hathaway’s dresses – particularly the silver fringed one, the red, the shiny blue vinyl looking one, and the tux. We were all in love with the top of Halle Berry’s dress but unsure about the bottom. We loved Reese Witherspoon as retro 60s Barbie. And we were all awed by Helen Mirren, who looks regal and sexy. Amazing, right?
How does Cate Blanchette manage to look gorgeous even when covered with pustules? Also, Christian Bale should donate his beard to Geoffrey Rush’s shaved head, and then we would all sleep better.
Those are my muddled, sleep deprived thoughts. Later in the week I’ll give you my own personal Oscar list – who I would have nominated, and who would have won. But for now, I need a rest and a break from all the dark stuff. Comedies all around!