Oh what an Oscars night!

Yep, stayed up for the yearly Oscar night marathon again! My friend came over, my son also stayed up and we had a great time watching it. The food wasn’t bad either…

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Frankly, my brain is a little too fuzzy today to go into a long analysis of the night. Suffice it to say that I went in hoping the 14 La La Land nominations wouldn’t all be won… I mean, I liked La La Land well enough but I really really don’t get what the fuss is all about for that movie. Heck, I even felt Amy Adams should have been nominated over Emma Stone. Emma Stone was fine but Amy Adams in Arrival was just top-notch for me!

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Jimmy Kimmel was a great host. Loved the Trump and Meryl Streep jibes, especially loved the ‘feud’ with Matt Damon, loved the tourists he brought on…

… and him lifting up kid actor Sunny Pawar from Lion in a The Lion King imitation…

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… and he was even gracious over the Best Picture snafu at the end, taking responsibility, joking that this would end his Oscar hosting career.

The Oscars for acting… I was very pleased with Mahershala Ali winning Supporting Actor for Moonlight! He was also the most dashing looking man on the red carpet, I felt.

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For me it was a tie between him winning and Dev Patel for Lion (he came to the Oscars with his mum).

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Oh, how I loved the movie Lion! I still plan to blog about that. Not only was the movie and the acting great, adoption is a theme close to my heart as well, as I have adopted brothers and sisters myself. I also loved Moonlight, however, and Mahershala Ali winning was a definite highlight!

I was also very pleased for Viola Davis winning Supporting Actress (she looked stunning in her red dress, by the way). I haven’t seen Fences yet but I think she is a phenomenal actor and deserves any win!

Mahershala Ali, Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Casey Affleck

Emma Stone winning the Best Actress award was… OK. With no Amy Adams in the running I was rooting for Meryl Streep or Ruth Negga, but in my heart I knew Emma Stone would win and I am able to reluctantly accept that. Casey Affleck I know is a good actor but I haven’t seen Manchester by the Sea and so far he doesn’t really do it for me. I was really rooting for Viggo Mortensen, who I know was an outsider choice, but still… Viggo was at the Oscars with his son.

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One day I really want to see him win one!

And then there was the whole already infamous Best Picture thing! When Best Director went to La La Land I thought I knew what Best Picture would be and my heart was sinking. There was some hesitation by Warren Beatty before Faye Dunaway then announced La La Land as winner…

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… and I was ready to throw leftover popcorn at my TV screen. I just really don’t get the La La Land fuss (and I really do enjoy a Hollywood musical, it’s not that). The La La people were doing their thank you speeches when soon it started getting chaotic on stage and before we knew it the producer was saying that Moonlight had won! We were looking at the TV screen, wondering  what the f-word was going on! Then the proof was held up, Moonlight had won!

The Moonlight people came on stage and the La La Land people graciously handed over their Oscars to the rightful winners…

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It was chaos, some sort of speech thing happened and before we knew it, it was all over! My friend, my son and I were left a little stunned, although at 6.15 am my son was admittedly more exhausted than stunned and he high-tailed it to bed instantly while my friend and I still looked at each other in amazement at this turn of events. It’s sad the win happened this way but I have got to say I was elated over the outcome in the end! I was rooting for Lion, Survival or Moonlight to win Best Picture and in the end Moonlight triumphed. Yay!

Yes, this was a memorable Oscars night.

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13 thoughts on “Oh what an Oscars night!

  1. I am SO happy that Moonlight won. Just sad that it was overshadowed by this stupidity. It was a fantastic film.

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    • I just saw it last week and yes, I absolutely loved that movie! The three actors playing different ages I thought were phenomenal too, they would have deserved nominations as well, I felt…

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      • I agree. They were all unknowns (which makes you wonder about Hollywood — I have a lot of beefs with how African American actors get cast, but that’s neither here nor there. Suffice it to say that there are many more unrecognized black actors than white ones). Although if there were a best actor category for people under fourteen I would have picked Sunny Pawar from Lion. That was an amazing performance.

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  2. I admire your stamina, Esther. No way would I be able to sit through the Oscars. Ok, and admittedly – I haven’t seen any of the movies that were nominated. Strangly, though, the first thing I did this morning, was check who had won. I guess it’s become part of the culture, everywhere. If I had friends who watch it like you do, I’d love to try out an Oscars night, too…

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  3. I’ve recorded it and I’m watching it over several nights. (It’s the only way I have time!) There’s no surprise, but on the other hand I can fast forward through the commercials.

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    • Nice.
      I stay up precisely because of the surprise element. That does mean I do have to sacrifice a working day. In the olden days I’d just go in to work after the show ended but nowadays, when I’m not unemployed, I take Mondays after the Oscars off so I can sleep. 🙂

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  4. Moonlight und lion habe ich noch nicht gesehen, kommt noch 🙂

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