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Monday, February 23, 2015

Oscars Post Mortem: Mostly Predictable with a Few Genuinely Moving Moments (and Two Major Upsets)

So guys, the Boyhood best picture Oscar loss is hitting me pretty deeply right now. (And the fact that Eddie Redmayne somehow won over Michael Keaton literally has me in a fit of rage). But can we get another amen for Oscar winners John Legend and Common's stirring performance of "Glory" (with a full choir), followed by their equally moving acceptance speeches? From John Legend:

"When people are marching with our song, we want to tell you we are with you and march on."

And speaking of church praise, let's hear for Oscar winner Patricia Arquette's randomly amazing speech? In case you missed it:

"To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everyone else's civil rights. It's our time to have wage equality for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America." (Here here!)

One of the few pleasant surprises of the evening was when director and co-writer Mat Kirby won for the fabulous short film, The Phone Call (which I really hope you have seen by now). He brought attention to a genre I still think is considered somehow less important than others:

"Short films are not made with money, but incredible tenacity."

And can we talk about screenwriter Graham Moore's hugely unexpected (yet well deserved) win for The Imitation Game? No one was predicting this film to win anything (in fact, I've recently seen a lot of vitriol thrown at this movie lately), so it was nice to see him not only win but say this:

"I would like this moment to be for that kid out there who feels she's weird or she's different and she doesn't fit in anywhere. Yes, you do. I promise you: You do. Stay weird. Stay different. And when you're on this stage, please pass the same message along."

Lastly, I wasn't even looking forward to this moment during the ceremony but, guys, Lady Gaga singing "The Hills are Alive" from The Sound of Music (as part of a tribute to the film and Julie Andrews) kinda blew me away. Why or why was she trying so hard all those years to look crazy when she is clearly talented? More of this Lady Gaga, please.

For the complete list of Oscar winners, click here.

What was your favorite moment from the Oscars?


Dan Heaton said...

You hit on most of the big moments from last night. Loved the performance of "Glory" and the speech. Patricia Arquette was my favorite part of Boyhood, and her speech just made the win even better for me. This is nothing against Lady Gaga, who did a great job. I just had lost interest by the time we got to the Sound of Music tribute. Why have that so late in the show?

Emmanuel Lopez - Motivatorman said...

I too was surprised that Boyhood didn't win Best Picture! Highlight for me was the powerful speech by Graham Moore for The Imitation Game win. Really touched me!

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