Well, better late than never and against all odds, here is my Post Oscars Post!!
I have to say it was a clockwork, ordinary Oscars with no real amazing highpoint. Not to say it was bad, it just wasn’t a great one. It seemed perfunctory and robotic.
Chris Rock’s opening piece was great and on pointe! It walked the fine line of not being too offensive, but still pushing the boundaries and addressing the issues.
I did like the line, “we have better things to protest!”
His interviews at the Compton theatre were hilarious, and the Girl Guide cookies worked a treat.
I liked the banter between Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe – they should take that on the road, hilarious!
Sarah Silverman also was great and funny in her usual way with her James Bond shtick.
As always Tina Fey and Steve Carell were great.
The black actors adding their touch to Oscar movie scenes.
Best dressed without a shadow of a doubt was Cate Blanchett, with Jared Leto coming in second!
I liked the sentiment and emotional section of Lady Gaga’s performance although I did not think she sounded very good, it was almost forced, too operatic like. But the ending made up for that. Amazing. Oh and Joe Biden’s introduction.
Dave Grohl singing Blackbird for the In Memorium.
Ali G was weird and as great as it was to see the droids from Star Wars it didn’t really work.
And the Ugly
But then there was the 50 Shades of Grey song and dance thing...WTAF!? Will that awful monstrosity ever die!?
And so the winners
The big winner was Mad Max; Fury Road winning 6 technical awards.
Amy for Documentary and Inside Out for Animation – both favourites of mine.
Ex Machine upsetting in the Special Effects category – also loved that film.
Back to back wins for the sublime Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.
The surprise/upset of Mark Rylance winning Best Supporting Actor.
The lovely speeches from Alicia Vikander and Brie Larson.
And of course Leo and that magnificent speech.
The great Ennio Morricone finally winning after all these years.
And Spotlight – my pick and favourite – winning Best Film. It was a really important film with a serious story to tell by a fabulous ensemble cast.
So how did I go?
I got 17 correct out of a possible 24 categories. This is equal to last year. I got caught out with the Best Supporting Actor, the three shorts, Original Song, Visual Effects, and Original Screenplay.