If you missed out on last nights emotional Academy Awards then I have all the things that you need know from the huge night!
Neil Patrick Harris
The opening number was one of my favourite oscar intros to date. I was already at fangirling peak BEFORE Anna Kendrick came on and then to see Jack Black do his bit just made my entire night. The performance was perfectly directed and choreographed and literally had me on the edge of my seat. Neil, Anna and Jack all gave the most flawless, professional performances and the visuals were equally as impressive. If you didn’t manage to catch it then check it out here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITqNYRpBuvo. There you also see how 12 seconds into the show NPH made his first joke of the evening with “tonight we honor hollywoods whitest – I mean brightest” – CUE CAMERA CUT TO BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH and oh wow how did I cringe and bury my head in my hands unable to watch the awkwardness. Poor Ben like he needed that following his recent lack of Political Correctness in a recent viral interview.
So obviously by this point I was fully ready for a night of witty charm, timely jokes and more of NPH and his fabulous ways. But this didn’t exactly happen. He is what I would think of the loveliest of men and his acting work can be both delightfully humorous or as we saw in Gone Girl, disturbingly intense. However, if The Academy are trying to execute humour throughout the show then employ a professional comedian. Sure, NPH has starred in his fair share of comedic roles but to be able to have that constant engagement with the audience which ultimately leads to the perfect comedic timing, I think it majorly lacked. Despite his jokes being both clever AND pretty darn funny, they just weren’t receiving as well as they could have done with the audience. I don’t wanna dwell too much on this because overall it was a grand and memorable evening which of course is always mostly down to the host. So i’ll land my opinion here; in comparison with last year, Neil Patrick Harris had the better opener but Ellen hosted a better evening purely on her capability to connect with the audience better and I believe thats down to her ability as a stand up comedian.
Let’s talk about Eddie. I didn’t necessarily WANT him to win this award as my opinion split kinda neutral, as I enjoyed all of the actors performances, but I’m actually really glad he did. He was so genuinely thankful for the award which is of course always amazing to see. He literally glowed during his red carpet interviews and said that his added excitement was due to the rain making the evening feel “beautifully british.” What was equally as beautiful was how EXCITED Cate Blanchett was reading out his name, she didn’t even attempt to withhold the slightest bit of suspense – so cute!
So I did think I was tripping’ at 4.30am when Lady Gaga floated onto the stage looking like an absolute dream and started a Sound of Music Medley. She sounded heavenly and her moment with Julie Andrews at the end oh my. How I bawled.
The Many Faces of Benedict Cumberbatch
One word – gross. Poor Poor Idina Manzel who was the subject of John Travoltas creepy face handling. Scar Jo looks less than amused with his over friendly gestures also. So grim.
The Lonely Island
another “erm what?” moment. Oh Andy Samberg why do you hurt me so. Way way way way too europop for the oscars. And not enough oscar references for such a huge performance. However Lonely Island did look absolutely stunning on the carpet with their respective partners. Also I guess without this performance then this wouldn’t have happened:
Patricia Arquette won Besst Supporting Actress for her work on Boyhood. She used her acceptance speech as an opportunity to talk about the causes that she feels strongly about. “To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights. It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all, and equal rights for women in the United States of America.” Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez were shown encouraging and praising Patricia for the words she spoke.
John Legend and Common picked up the Oscar for best original song and gave a heartfelt and poignant performance. “When people are marching with our song we want to tell you we are with you, we see you, we love you, and march on”
Upon winning the award for Best Adapted Screenplay – The Imitation Game, Grahame Moore gave on of the most memorable speeches of the night. He said that standing there accepting the award instead of Alan Turing was “the most unfair thing that i’ve ever heard” he went onto say “When I was sixteen years old, I tried to kill myself because I felt weird and I felt different and I felt like I did not belong. And now I’m standing here. And So, I would like for this moment to be for that kid out there who feels like she’s weird or she’s different or she doesn’t fit in anywhere. Yes, you do. I promise you do. Stay weird, stay different, and then when it’s your turn, and you are standing on this stage, please pass the same message to the next person who comes along.” ❤ ❤ ❤
So there we have it, a few of the most unforgettable moments of the evening. I can’t believe it’s all over now, however I’m so excited for what this year is going to bring for the film industry. Here’s to all the amazing actors, writers and moviemakers out there for bringing such joy to us all!