By Markus Robinson, Edited by Nicole I. Ashland
Jimmy Kimmel said it best when he stated during his post-Oscar special that “This was the most predictable Oscars in recent years”, though one could reply that this same proclamation is made every year. So allow me to amend Kimmel’s statement. While there were a few surprises, this year’s Oscars may have been the most disappointing in quite some time; I’m overlooking the Franco/Hathaway year simply because for them I had no expectations. But with Neil Patrick Harris, aka Mr. Tony himself hosting the Oscars this year, I was really looking forward to the show (a four hour show) more so than ever before. But when all was said and done, I think I said it best when I stated that “Neil Patrick Harris is a great performer and all, but I have to say, I was a pretty underwhelmed.” Yeah, I just quoted myself.
Anyway, the big winners of the night were “The Grand Budapest Hotel”, taking home four Oscars including Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Best Original Score and Best Makeup and Hairstyling (for some reason), “Whiplash” who took home three Oscars (Best Supporting Actor, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Mixing), “Big Hero 6” winning for Best Animated Feature, and “Birdman” with four wins including Best Cinematography (well deserved) Best Original Screenplay (also, well deserved) Best Director, Alejandro Inarritu (also, well deserved) and Best Picture, beating out “Boyhood”, a movie that will soon enough be read about in textbooks as a watershed film, changing the way directors tell stories.
Oh, and I called it; the Academy is a spiteful group. After the hordes of Lego movie fans angrily took to social media after the nominations were announced and the blatant disregard of “The Lego Movie” as a nominee in the Best Animated Feature category became all too apparent (and to add insult to injury, the song “Everything Is Awesome” drew a nomination) I KNEW that the Academy members were not going to be made to look a fool. And thus, I was right, as the award for the Best Original Song went to that Oscar-bait duet, “Glory”.
Side Note: What was going on with Terrence Howard?! Did he have a stroke on stage? Readers, let me know what you think. Email me your thoughts at email@example.com
Final Thought: Other than the winners and losers, there wasn’t much to take away from last night’s event as far as Neil Patrick Harris is concerned; a host whose highlights included a magic trick that fell miserably flat, an opening that while well choreographed, felt a bit hollow, and an ill-timed joke directed at a woman who’d accepted an award in an unfortunate outfit, right after she’d openly spoken out about her son’s suicide. But, unlike Harris, I will end on a high note and say that during a tribute to the 50th anniversary of “The Sound of Music”, Lady Gaga absolutely stole the show, not only putting Carrie Underwood to shame, but also waking me up during a star studded event that had (up to that point) been slowly rocking me to sleep. So, here’s a phrase I’d never thought I’d say: Thank you, Lady Gaga!
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