Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Let's Dish About the 2018 Oscars!

"Alright, Mr. DeMille, I am ready for my close-up!"

OK, well Gloria probably did it better than I did, but, you see, I always wanted to be an actress which explains my interest in the movies.  But I wasn't just going to be an actress, I was going to win an Academy Award, which also explains my obsession with the Oscars. This was the 90th anniversary of the Oscars and I think I have watched 65 of them!  Even as a little girl, I would beg my mother to let me stay up and watch. 

However, my face also shows how I felt after losing the family Oscar pool to my daughter!

I have had a night to settle down after losing the family Oscar pool after a winning streak.  I "only" got 20 out of 24 correct this year. My daughter got 21. That would be OK if it weren't for the fact that I don't think she has even seen any of the nine movies AND I HAVE SEEN THEM ALL!!!  And by myself.  And I went rain or shine.  And some days I was all alone in the theatre except for some guy behind me drooling and chewing his popcorn loudly.  I am a committed movie-goer and I even write reviews for all of them!!!  Could I beat family members who hadn't even seen any of these films?  NOOOO!

But, OK, like I said, I am over it.  It's a new day, so let's get this over with and do some dishing.

Let's start with the shallow stuff.

I am not even going to comment on the vapid crap that goes on with the interviews on the Red Carpet.  Let's just get to the clothes.

Best Dressed

Jane Fonda rocked it!

I mean, c'mon. She's 80 and representing for us old folks.  Not only is her dress to die for but her hair, the length of the dress, accessories, everything is perfect.

But then Nicole...she always brings 100%.  I call her "Miss Fashion Forward."

And I have to give props to Mary J. Blige.  White dresses were all over the place this year.

I may not have been as impressed with her performance in "Mudbound" as the Academy, but I loved her dress and give her props for being the only woman to be nominated for an acting award AND a songwriting award in the same year.

Of the men, I thought Chadwick Boseman rocked it!

And for Best Shoulders, I nominate Diane Warren!

And then there were the not so good choices:

There is bad...

Jennifer seems to be sporting a sort of "I don't care" attitude here.

there is worse...

Emily Blunt's dress looks like baby doll nightgown meets bridesmaid!

And finally there is god-awful...

It may be Chanel but it's still god-awful.

Salma, what were you thinking?

As for the show itself, here's what I liked:

Jimmy Kimmel:

I haven't really been a fan of Jimmy in the past but he has grown on me and I think he does a great job hosting the Oscars. He paid homage to the fiasco last year when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were giving the wrong card for Best Picture by saying, "When you hear your name, don't get up right away.  Give us a moment."  Also offering a jet ski and a trip to Lake Havasu as an incentive for the winners to keep their speeches short was hilarious.

He also humorously handled the issue of sexual harassment and the #metoo movment in the movie industry by pointing out that "Oscar" was the most beloved and respected man in Hollywood because he keeps his hands where you can see them at all times, doesn't say the wrong things (because he can't speak) and doesn't have a penis!

It was a great night for women and the older women stole the show!  

Jane Fonda (who amazingly is 80) and Helen Mirren both looked gorgeous; Rita Moreno wore the same dress she wore 56 years ago when she won her Oscar for "West Side Story;" but it was the 93 year old Eva Marie Saint who stole the show.  She looked fantastic and elegant and not a modicum of old lady could be seen.  I hope I am still going strong like she is when I'm in my 90's!

Can you believe she is 93?

Jordan Peele winning Best Original Screenplay!
The first African-American to EVER win in this category.

Favorite speech - Frances McDormand's!

Inclusion Rider!

Now on to what I didn't like:

Though I think Kimmel does a great job hosting, I'm not a fan of the big "events" during the show such as trooping over to the theatre next door.  These sorts of  shenanigans are starting to be a "thing" at the Oscars and are supposed to be funny and show us that the stars are just regular folks like us.  I think Ellen started it with passing out pizza and taking group selfies.  If they want the Oscars to be shorter, why do those sorts of things? 

And what was with the sparkly set?  It looked like the set for a production of "Frozen."

Or a monster movie.  I expected the Abominable Snowman to come out.

And I was not a fan of Gael Garcia Bernal singing the opening to "Remember Me," the Oscar winning song from "Coco."  

I know he was in the film but he can't sing. Why put us through that?

But all in all, I thought it was a good show.  It's something I look forward to every year and I know it's going to be long so I break out the snacks and the champagne.  

I thought Sam Rockwell summed it up in one of the best acceptance speeches of the night. 

It's all about a love for the movies!

Speaking of which...

See you Friday 

for my review of 

"Fifty Shades Freed"


The Week in Reviews
(What to See or Read and What to Avoid)

 and the latest on

"My 1001 Movies I Must See Before 
I Die Project." 

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