Those who know me know that I get very excited about Oscar night every year since I’m a huge movie buff. Last night’s event had me glued to the television as well and here are my thoughts. First, I may as well talk about the biggest shocker…the award mix-up. Moonlight won the Best picture award but Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced La La Land as the winner instead. Sadly, a few speeches were given before it was corrected and then the Moonlight group was brought on stage to accept. Everyone handled it pretty well considering this is not something that has happened before. People were looking for answers and had things to say about the presenters. However, it seems that PWC who handles the award tallying, keeps two sets of cards for each category and the presenters received a card for Emma Stone who won Best actress for La La Land. Beatty did look confused but then Dunaway saw the movie name and just announced it. Oh well…it all worked out and I think Moonlight deserved it. I enjoyed La La Land and haven’t yet seen Moonlight but from what I’ve seen and heard, it seems like Moonlight was a more powerful movie.
I was also happy to see Viola Davis win and give a beautiful speech. She seems to do everything well, and even looked great in her red gown. I thought most of the awards were well deserved and didn’t have any major disagreement with the choices. The only one I wasn’t sure about was Casey Affleck. I heard he did a great job in Manchester by the Sea but there’s a scandal looming over him sexually harassing women. I don’t know to what level this was proven but if it is true then I don’t think he deserved the recognition.
As for hosting, Jimmy Kimmel did a good job. He was funny and even his political jabs were pretty light and funny. He used some of his traditional shtick, like the Mean Tweets as well as his ongoing feud with Matt Damon. The only part I wasn’t crazy about was when he brought in some tourists and surprised them. It was a cute idea but went on too long as the tourists took their time meeting the stars. It was already a long show and we could have done without that whole part.
As for the fashion, there was good and bad as always. I won’t go into details but overall I don’t think it was the best year for Oscar fashion. I did like that many of the men donned blue or white tuxedos and there was even some velvet. It was a nice change while still looking dressy and appropriate. Many of the ladies wore gorgeous diamond jewelry. I really loved Taraji’s necklace!
It was a fun night overall and now I’ll have to catch up on some of the nominated movies that I missed. It’s hard to make time to watch the serious dramas when you have kids though. Now I know which movies to prioritize. I wish the awards were not on a Sunday so I could do Oscar parties more often. It’s fun to celebrate the event with some friends, drinks, glitz and glamour but not when you have to get to work the next morning. Til next year…