I was able to see the movies I cared about and should probably brush up on the rest of it, but I'm pretty okay with the results -- just because I wasn't rooting for any specific movie or actor or actress in general. I was just happy for everyone who was there? Which made it all the more fun to watch this season.
The Red Carpet: This is basically why I watch awards shows because people look so good so I'm glad that things were pretty good (For me). For the people I liked, at least.
I thought Jennifer Lopez in Elie Saab looked really good (even with the boobs hanging there). She looks amazing and I can't believe she's as old as she is. I feel like I need to work out right now. Contrasting the sexiness, I thought Oprah in Vera Wang looked really elegant and I want to have the dress copied (not that anyone could recreate a Vera Wang). And hello, Anna Faris in Zuhair Murad. Mrs. Pratt always looks so pretty.
I know a lot of folks aren't fans but I really loved Dakota Johnson in Saint Laurent. She looked very elegant, red carpet fight with her mom aside. I thought it was so simple but A+. And I don't think I'll ever look as gorgeous as Rosamund Pike in Givenchy. She gave birth just a couple months ago. This is too much.
Though she wasn't an awawrdee, Cate Blanchett in John Galiano for Maison Margiela killed it. It's not her usual out of the box dressing, but she looked so freaking elegant. She wins at everything. And I really liked Reese Witherspoon in Tom Ford and how simple it was.
It wasn't everyone's cup of tea, but I heart colour on Emma Stone in Elie Saab. She just killed it and pulled it off so well. Anna Kendrick in Thakoon wasn't everyone's fave either but I thought she looked amazing and the colour was brilliant on her.
The boys weren't left behind and i loved how Eddie Redmayne in Alexander McQueen and David Oyelowo in Dolce & Gabbana did not shy from colour. David moreso, but Eddie just looks so good. Like kill me with hotness handsome.
I really liked Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston in Versace (and their VF after party photo was just so cute). Also, one can not mention Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter in Lanvin because these newlyweds were also just so adorable. I can watch them all day.
The Vanity Fair After Party: This seems to be the after party to be at and it is still a dream to be at this party. And their Instagram was A+ I really liked Emma Stone in Altuzarra. Even her second outfit was just glorious. I thought Hailee Steinfeld in Andrew GN was so pretty. She just pulled it off so well even with all the pattern.
I love pants on anyone and seeing Diane Kruger in Donna Karan Atelier was just wow! She can pull anything off and in red at that. And Naomi Watts in Giorgio Armani was in pants, too and just pretty all around. I wish I had seen more of her but seeing Natalie Portman in Dior was just gorgeous. Just so beautiful. I miss her in general.
Though I liked her first dress, too. I liked her second dress more. Lupita Nyong'o in Calvin Klein was flawless. This girl can do no wrong. I also liked Felicity Jones in Saint Laurent more than her first dress. She looks so elegant. And for second over first dress trifecta, Chloe Grace Moretz in Alexander McQueen went short but I felt it looked prettier and more youthful on her.
The Show: People weren't as impressed (or critics at least) and though the locked box bit went on a bit too long and thus not making the pay-off as impressive, I thought he did a pretty good job. I loved his opening performance and I'm so glad he had Anna Kendrick join him. But I do want to see Amy Poehler and Tina Fey take a stab at this. That would be fun.
Still, he was fun to watch and I think he did well interacting with folks and just generally keeping me entertained. Then again, it was morning where I was watching, so it wasn't like I wanted to sleep already or anything.
I was pretty much in favour of everyone winning -- given they were all front runners. And though I would have been happy if either Eddie or Michael Keaton won, I'm definitely happy it's Eddie because he is the most adorable Brit ever and his speech really was a starlet meltdown which was absolutely adorable to watch. I literally found myself staking him and his beautiful wife afterwards and just gushing. I then proceeded to watch him in The Theory of everything TWICE last night. The second time I watched it with the director's commentary and he gushed about Eddie and it was gush-able. So yes, I'm happy for him.
I haven't seen either Patricia Arquette in Boyhood (I will) or Julianne Moore in Still Alice (I definitely will) but my sister did and she loved their performances and I'm sure I'll love it as well. I did love their speeches. Patricia Arquette, though. You could feel her passion and obviously it's an important subject so I'm glad she brought it up and had Meryl Streep whooping for her. So shit better get done. And I'm just so glad Julianne Moore FINALLY WON AN OSCAR. It's definitely a long time coming. She was just flawless.
My favourite speech among the acting awards though goes to JK Simmons and I loved him in Whiplash and he swept the season so I was happy this sealed it. His speech was priceless and I literally wanted to call my parents if only they weren't a couple timezones away right now (and i just spoke to them before the telecast) but still... His speech, my heart, forever.
I was shocked Birdman swept the original script, director and movie awards. I was thinking 2 out of 3 or 1 out of 3. I kind of feel bad for Richard Linklater because he should have gotten at least 1 out of 3 from those awards. Still. I AM NOT COMPLAINING. Because seeing Alejandro Gonzalez Iñaritu go up the stage THREE TIMES is a privilege. There's something about him (other than the talent, obviouslY) that really gets me going. HE IS HOT. And the accent! And the hotness. But yes, I won't complain. It was funny, cause his director speech felt like his movie speech, too just because he probably didn't think he'd win it. Amaze.
The other speeches that got me going (and the entire world), were Common & John Legend killed it. Not just performance-wise (which had everyone crying) but their speech. Who knew these two were so incredibly eloquent? AND SO INCREDIBLY HOT. So yes, I was definitely slow clapping all around.
Also, Graham Moore's speech for his Best Adapted Screenplay win was just all sorts of awesome. And come on, he got it from Orpah. He wins all around. I want to be his friend and give him a hug.
Do I wish The Lego Movie was nominated? Yes. But I'm happy for Big Hero 6 because I loved it. And it was so nice to see The Grand Budapest Hotel and Whiplash sweep the technical awards just because. And, really, the biggest lesson of the NIGHT...
The lesson so far from this year's Oscar acceptance speeches is that the orchestra CAN be beaten— Vulture (@vulture) February 23, 2015