The Greatest Show

It’s Oscar time! I’ve had a long day with the kid who won’t eat, so I’ve settled into the couch in sweats with my dinner in hand. That would be an orange cow, otherwise known as an ice cream float with orange soda. Yes, that’s my dinner. Come to think of it, I might top it off with some popcorn. It is a night at the movies after all.

The initial montage was fun. I like seeing Billy Crystal back at the helm. It just works. Already, Hugo is making its mark. Guess I’ll have to check that one out. Moving on, J Lo and Cameron Diaz are presenting the costume design and makeup awards and mentioned the line about a dress being tight enough to show you’re a woman but loose enough to show you’re a lady. One of them clearly wasn’t going along with that line, given that her girls appear to want to explode out the sparkly contraption “containing” them.

It’s not necessarily surprising, but I am glad to see that ‘A Separation’ (from Iran) won for Best Foreign Film. Again, I’ll have to see that. I should mention that I haven’t seen most of the films up for awards tonight. Another film I definitely want to see (and book to read) is The Help. Octavia Spencer was adorable during her acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress.

The guys who won for Film Editing (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) cracked me up with their speech – or lack thereof. And there goes Hugo again for Sound Editing. Everybody with that movie gives all the credit back to Scorcese. That man breathes and brilliant cinematography just happens. Cue Hugo again for Sound Mixing. According to various tweets, that’s 4/9 awards for Hugo thus far. Can you say sweeping?

The Cirque du Soleil feature was fantastically fun. It’s incredible what the human body can do with training and discipline. I would like to see any and all of the documentaries being nominated. I’m a nerd like that. When we had Netflix streaming, the hubs and I would get random documentaries and odd films. Freakonomics and Food, Inc. were two of interest that I can recall.

Doh! Dudes accepting for the Documentary (Undefeated) got the axe. And yet they kept talking as they were being ushered off the stage. Rango wins for animation. I’ve seen parts of that one. Does that count for anything?

Emma Stone looks stunning and yet super cute and hilarious. Well played, Jonah Hill with the rejection to dance on stage. Now you’re telling me Hugo won again?! I kind of thought with the end of an era, good old Harry Potter might take that one. Apparently so did many peeps on Twitter because the feed is blowing up.

Christopher Plummer set the bar high. He just won an Oscar at the ripe old age of 82, and his acceptance speech was phenomenal. That’s all there is to it. His wife who has been “suffering” for so long looks lovely and beaming with pride.

Penelope Cruz went for something different with this elegant, understated dress and necklace. I rather like it. Other fashionistas I’ve enjoyed thus far include Gwyneth Paltrow (she’s kind of a genius at this dressing for the occasion stuff), Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain – not a love at first sight for me but appreciate the attention to detail and fit, and during red carpet coverage Giuliana Rancic. Fabulous frock. Also George didn’t have to win because he already had a golden trophy. She nailed the look with simple hair and accessories.

How about that? The guy winning for Original Song (The Muppets) is from the Flight of the Concords. That’s funny. As was the presentation by Ferrell and GalafIcan’tspellhisname. Switching gears completely, Angelina is not that impressive tonight. The hair is just a blah mess, and she’s all dramatic like “Oooh, look at me, look at my leg slithering out of this grandiose black frock.” Pffft.

Yay for Saving Face winning for Documentary Feature. It’s great when a light can be shone on a story or message that impacts lives and can educate or gain support from people around the world. Again switching gears, I don’t know who some of these female presenters are. Is that bad?

Let’s talk about Meryl Streep. I love her. She’s brilliant. But this crazy gold, drapey number is not her best look. Ah well, you can’t win them all. On another note, the chick singing the memorial piece has a fro the size of a small nation and her voice is dreamy and ethereal. Well done.

Best Actor goes to Jean Dujardin for the Artist. Good for you, Francey-pants. Now I’d like to see that one. Best Acress – Meryl! What a way to go out. And The Artist takes the big one. Clearly I need to watch more movies. I’m always behind on these things because I’m too cheap to go to the theater very often and wait for stuff to go to Netflix and Redbox.

Overall, it was a good show. Some of Billy’s jokes fell flat, but I think that happens to some degree with any host.

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