The #Oscars … a final word. I always enjoy the show. A family tradition, we watched every year. We enjoyed the spectacle. We appreciated the good and the great amidst the marketing and the gamesmanship. We embraced the sense of community and the half-baked overtures at social consciousness. We lived for those odd and memorable moments that set one year apart from another. And we relished that we live in a country where this kind of goofy escapist display is celebrated.
All in all, I liked last night’s show. And I’m grateful for the arts on all levels – from shameless commerce to high-falutin’ … glad it is ALL there for our consumption.
Other than that delightfully bizarre ending (La La Land wins … oops, sorry … give those back. Moonlight wins!), I thought this year’s Oscar telecast was a good-hearted and balanced production, and, while I am not a fan of Jimmy Kimmel, I thought he did a decent job of poking fun at the right personalities without being too invasive/obtrusive. And the whole enterprise moved as efficiently as it ever does, with a high point being the musical numbers … for once.
Here are some parting shots, culled from my social media observations of the evening …
- Emma Stone! And now she has an #Oscar … so we get a little break from the relentless charm offensive? Pretty please?
- I know we are supposed to love Matt and Ben, but they seem like marginally interesting guys with whom I may have gone to high school.
- Dammit. “Both Sides Now”?!? That song makes me a puddle. Perfect choice.#SaraBareilles #JoniMitchell #InMemoriam
- “Dedicated to all the kids who sing in the rain. And all the moms who let them.” – “City of Stars” Best Song acceptance
- Oh my! John Legend singing “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” … beautiful and elegant throwback to another era. A little Sammy Davis, a little Johnny Mathis, a little Nat King Cole. A lot of gorgeous.
- Javier Bardem + Meryl Streep = swoon!
- “To save one life is to save all of humanity.” – White Helmets Oscars acceptance
- Miracle of miracles. Seth Rogen actually made me laugh. #schuylersistersbucketlist
- Audible – 1984, Zachary Quinto – commercial. For the win. #Orwell
- This tour bus thing is a pretty funny bit. And Nicole, Ryan, Denzel, Jennifer, Meryl, Jeff, etc are playing along beautifully. #Gary
- Yes. Zootopia! Most cleverly subversive film of the year. (And here comes the Moana debate again…)
- Great ad, Cadillac. Though, it would have been better as Chevrolet. #CadillacNotTheEverymanCar … Cadillac … cars for fancy people … no, wait, for the common man … no, wait. Fancy people. Yeah. Fancy people.
- Shirley MacLaine, still looking adorable, and still milking the reincarnation jokes…
- “People and words and life and forgiveness. And grace.” – Viola Davis
- “I love Lady Gaga’s grandma’s house.” – Ellen (I am not sure what the ad was for, but that line made me LOL.)
- For the first time … in, like, ever … the music on the #Oscars is (mostly) on point. But I’d like Lin-Manuel to stop rapping. For a long time.
- “We don’t discriminate based on country of origin here in Hollywood. We discriminate based on age and weight.” – Jimmy Kimmel
- Words I thought I’d never type. Suicide Squad, Oscar winner.
- John Travolta should send Warren Beatty a cookie basket. Adele Dazeem is a distant memory now. #Oscars
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