Tuesday, March 07, 2006

I know it's already Tuesday but...

I still haven't recapped the Oscars. Britton's been a pill tonight, the battery on my camera won't hold a charge anymore, and I'm exhausted. So what better way to lift my spirits than bypassing SPT and talking about the Oscars one last time. So here are my thoughts and opinions on the most wonderful night of the year.

Thoughts on John Stewart as host extraordinaire:
I loved him. I thought he was witty, on top of things, and quite entertaining. Billy Crystal will probably forever be my favorite Oscar host but if he wants to retire then I say hand the gig over to John Stewart. Last year I thought Chris Rock did a decent job but when the night was over I didn't remember thinking, "I can't wait to see him host again next year." After Sunday night I wanted more. I say bring on John Stewart.

5 Best Dressed Ladies:
1. Resse Witherspoon
2. Michelle Williams
3. Jennifer Aniston
4. Jessica Alba
5. Felicity Huffman

Best Dressed Gentlemen:
1. George Clooney
2. George Clooney
3. George Clooney
4. George Clooney
5. George Clooney

Worst Dressed:
1. Charlize Theron--what the hell was that thing on her shoulder?
2. Naomi Watts--I don't like the ripped and shredded look

Favorite Speeches:
~Reese Witherspoon's--I could relate to her speech. I too am I woman trying to be real. I too am "just trying to matter."
~Phillip Seymore Hoffman's--He paid a beautiful tribute to his mother, a single parent, who raised him and his three siblings. He ended his speech by saying how proud he was of her. *sniff, sniff*
~George Clooney--he started off making me laugh and by the end I wanted to be a voting member of the Academy.

Upset of the night:
Pretty much everyone that was expected to win did. The one surprise was Crash winning for Best Picture. Of course I'm thrilled because I loved the movie but I had really expected Brokeback Mountain to walk away with it. I will say it wasn't too much of an upset for two main reasons. One, the critics I heard talking about the awards over the weekend were all saying the rumors were flying that Crash was going to end up slipping in under Brokeback. Two, if there is an awards show that is a good predictor of the Oscars it's the SAG awards and Crash won the SAG over Brokeback.

Most shocking moment:
Three 6 Mafia winning for"It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp". That was the one song I thought was least likely to win. But even though I was surprised I couldn't help but be happy for the guys. They were so thrilled to win that their joy was contagious. I think the last winner to jump up and down with that much excitement was Roberto Benini.

Favorite moments:
~seeing Morgan Freeman in an ascot. How can you not love that man?
~the beautiful Lauren Bacall
~the "film noir" montage
~the cowboy clips--crack me up!!!
~the montage Russell Crowe introduced about real life people becoming characters for movies
~the tribute to Epics--throw a bunch of movie clips together and you'll get me every time
~and I always love the memorial tribute. There's always someone I forgot passed away during the year and the reminder never fails to bring on the tears.

Moment I could have done without:
Ben Stiller's green man bit. I just didn't think it was funny.

Although I was pleased with the outcome not all the winners were who I would have voted for. If I were a member of the Academy I would have voted as follows...

Best Picture: I saw all five best picture nominees and my personal favorite was Brokeback Mountain. That movie grabbed a hold of me, haunted me, and still has yet to let go. I'm happy for Crash (it was my second favorite movie of the year) but I would have voted for Brokeback.

Best Actor/Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger/Jake Gylenhaal. What can you say about the performances in Brokeback. They were more than extraordinary. These actors had to face their own fears and phobias in order to create stellar, believable characters. And they did it brilliantly.

I think the supporting actor category was the toughest one this year. All the actors were amazing. I was pretty certain George Clooney would win but quite honestly I couldn't have voted for him. Why? I love me some George but I just didn't get Syriana. It was the most complicated, over-your-head movie I think I've ever seen. When I walked out of the theater all I couldn't think was, "What the..."

Best Actress: I would have to vote for Reese Witherspoon because the only two movies I saw in this category were Walk the Line and Pride and Prejudice. I loved both movies but thought Reese gave a stronger performance than Kiera.

Best Supporting Actress: I figured this award was a toss up between Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz, Rachel Weisz coming out the winner. But I think I would have voted for Amy Adams. If you haven't seen Junebug try to rent it sometime. Her character will break your heart and this movie is one of the most real movies I've seen in a very long time.

So how many more days until the 79th Academy Awards?


Anonymous autum said...

Oh I so often feel like you have a link to my inner self. Your posts always touch me and say things I would say if I had an ounce of your talent but we had a different view of oscar night.
Didn't like Reese Witherspoon or Felicity Huffaman's dress. Reese's too heavy for her petite body and Felicity too sheer, too low cut just didn't seem to suit her. Did love Michelle Williams and Jessica Alba.
Couldn't agree more with George Clooney.
I was saddened by whatever was going on with Lauren Bacall. So I wouldn't have chosen hers as one of my favorite speaches. She had such a hard time. Do you think it was because she couldn't see the teleprompter?
I agree with the rest. I've had "it's hard out here for a pimp" in my head since Sunday night!

9:28 PM  
Blogger snowsparkle said...

i'm in total agreement about john stewart... my friends and i were dying laughing. it's fun to get a recap from someone as into the oscars as you are. thanks!

10:09 PM  
Blogger telfair said...

I can't usually get too revved up about the Oscars because I'm easily overstimulated by the constant hype and build-up. Now that we're here in Australia, they broadcast a full 24 hours after they happen in the US anyway, so it's doubly easy to forget they're going on. I did, however, turn a cartwheel when I heard "Wallace & Gromit" won an Oscar. Richly deserved...those blokes gave such a textured performance. ;)

10:46 PM  
Blogger Lee said...

My wife and I went to see Syriana last night. "What the...?" sums it up beautifully.

1:57 AM  
Blogger acumamakiki said...

I definitely need to see more of the movies nominated ~ I did poorly in that vein this year. Dying to see Capote, Walk the Line and Junebug. I wish Michelle Williams had won for best supporting because her character portrayal broke my heart.

And yes, you did see Arbonne in my medicine cabinet. (=

3:50 AM  
Anonymous irene said...


I was so sad that I had not been able to watch the Oscars this year and this post just made me feel like I had watched with you.

great recap.

5:39 AM  
Anonymous Charmaine said...

What a wonderful re-cap of the Oscar's -- I love your witty writing and sense of humor about it all and I agree agree agree about the best/worst dressed. Seemed like a lot of people were wearing white/silver or black. Hmmmm. Must be the *new* colors in Hollywood.

I feel so ashamed that I have NOT seen Brokeback Mountain OR Crash. Will have to add to my list to rent.

p.s. Is that a clock? I love it!

6:06 AM  
Blogger The Cubicle Reverend said...

I hate to say this, but I am so tired of the academy awards it isn't funny. I love movies, given the opportunity and money I'd go every week. When Bill Murray, who gave his best performance in years, lost to Penn who gave an overly melo-dramatic at best performance, and The Triplettes of Belleville lost the best animated film I had enough, I'll stick with the Tony's.

7:39 AM  
Blogger liz elayne said...

I agree. I agree. I agree. and on and on. Jon Stewart - I just want to hug that man. I love him and am going to make it a point to try to watch The Daily Show more often. And George. Clooney. Oh my. Oh my. I fear I might faint. I have always adored him but he sure captured me Sunday. I loved his speech. And Reese was adorable. Her speech brought me to "little tears" as I say and was my favorite moment. However, 3-6-mafia (or however they write it - I have to admit to a lack of knowledge) had contagious joy. That is what some moments in life are all about - contagious joy.
Glad you enjoyed them! So much fun!
(Oh and I the only one who has had "it's hard out there for a pimp" repeating over and over in my head?)

7:50 AM  
Blogger Deb R said...

Felicity Huffman? Really?? I think she's a fabulous actress but I think you're the first person I've seen do an Oscar recap who liked her dress. I thought all the others you mentioned looked gorgeous though.

I have a lot of catching up to do as the only movie that was up for Best Picture that I've seen so far was Brokeback Mountain (which I really liked). I want to see the others though and am curious what I'll think of the outcome of she awards after I have.

8:31 AM  
Blogger Swirly said...

This was great! For the first time in years, I didn't get to see the Oscars this time around. We don't have cable TV hook-up, so we usually go to a friend's house to watch the Oscars, but this year it just didn't happen. So thank you!

8:57 AM  
Blogger gkgirl said...

thanks for the recap...
i didn't watch the oscars
(never do for some reason)
but love to hear what happened..


9:06 AM  
Blogger blackbird said...

this is just THE perfect re-cap of the Oscars.
and I don't say that just because I agree with just about everything you wrote -
even though I do!

10:45 AM  
Anonymous Kitty Kitty Peacock said...

You are so cracking me up! You are sincerely the yin to my yang. The Oscars are my most dreaded day of the year. And, this Oscar weekend, my husband lost his job. Every year, there is a monumental upset. I need to find strength in what you were saying about "friendship" in the Oscars. Because, I suppose, while something REALLY BAD ALWAYS INEVITABLY happens (and I'm talkin' REALLY BAD and ALWAYS, WITHOUT FAIL), at Oscar time, my friends and family are always there for me. So, as you were saying...how many days until the 79th Academy Awards? I may purchase one of those antique martini shakers you'd mentioned in an earlier blog entry, in anticipation! Thanks for the inspiration. I can do this.

10:49 AM  
Anonymous brenda said...

Yesterday we got 2 netfliks....Almost Heaven and Junebug...I watched them both and loved them both for very different reasons....Junebug was maybe a little tooo real, but Amy Adams was stellar!

11:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was waiting to find out what you thought about the Oscars! I missed most of them, unfortunately, but I also loved Reese Witherspoon's speech. I figure Madam was asleep then because I needed to hear it, remember that I too am just trying to matter and do good work. Aren't we all? And I also loved Phillip Seymour Hoffman's speech--loved the way he talked about his mother! I hope that I can inspire Madam in the same way. :)

Didn't see any of the movies nominated...thank goodness for DVDs (even if I am later than the rest of the country).

And I thought Michelle Williams looked beautiful.

11:53 AM  
Blogger kelly said...

oh girlie...we are so much alike!
i am in tears reading this, laughter, joy and i just cry at the oscars. you are right on with the speeches. i love the same ones. can you believe i have NOT seen these movies...i am embarrassed to say the least. i need a life outside this house!

crash is sitting up on my dresser crying out to be viewed. but i want to watch it with no one in my house but me so that i can be part of the movie. so it looks like i have a huge rainy day project ahead of me. just got to get through this site map from HELL.

and the charlize theron comment....to true.

3:03 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

Oh, I just loved hearing your thoughts and insights into the night. Oscar night is a big deal at our house too.

Wasn't Cherlize Theron's dress a shocker? She's usually so elegant and my, oh, my.

I'm also a sucker for montages and the cowboy one was too funny!

One thing I miss is the old days when the awards were treated like an event that took as long as it took. I thought it was so sad to see people not even get a chance to give their speeches. This is their moment. Let them shine!

Thanks for letting the revels continue!

3:11 PM  
Blogger Laini Taylor said...

I agree with you on most everything. Brokeback was one of the most affecting movies I've ever seen. That last scene broke my heart -- I liked Crash too, liked it a lot at the time, but now that it's one I can't help comparing it to Brokeback which was so much more real -- I mean, the performances in Crash were great, but the situations bordered on the absurd. The coincidences, I mean. I don't mind it, but it was a little, pardon the pun, "black and white" while Brokeback was so subtle, so simple, so heart-breaking and real. Oh. I was so sorry it didn't win. Also wanted Heath to win, though I thought Philip Seymour Hoffman was great too.

4:57 PM  
Blogger tara dawn said...

Thank you for this lovely recap of the Oscars. I agree with you on so many points...Reese looked stunning and her speech was very touching, so sincere. George Clooney always melts my heart. And John Stewart did a great overall job...certainly reeled me in (no pun intended).
I'm glad to get your opinion on Junebug...been wanting to rent it, and now I have a good reason.
It was a lovely night indeed...and your recent story about the ritual of Oscar night for you is still touching my heart.
Sending love,

5:54 PM  
Blogger ArtsyMama said...

Thanks for the recap and all the great links. I've been dying to hear what Reese said for her acceptance speech and was so glad to read the transcript. I love her:) Just trying to matter...what a wonderful thought to live by.

9:10 PM  
Blogger tiffinix said...

I just came across your blog - I adore your writing! I loved your re-cap! Oh and you are so right - Jon Stewart ROCKS!

9:18 AM  
Blogger Paul said...

Nice Oscar recap! I have a tribute to Brokeback and Crash on my "Freaks of Nature" blog.

5:24 PM  

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