Giving one’s opinion has become a national pastime now that we have the anonymity of Twitter and other social media. A good example of that was the little sketch where one of the late-night talk show hosts went through the TV screen and chastised a couple for their rudeness. It was a clever bit.
So I’m going to give my two cents’ worth about the Oscars, which will have been sliced and diced and examined from every other viewpoint.
It was nice that the Academy wanted to honor their elders, but please, please, please, leave them in their seats. Seeing Sidney Poitier totter up to the magical microphone that appeared out of the stage was frightening. I was glad that Angelina Jolie held onto him — he looked rather frail. And then he couldn’t see the teleprompter. So sad.
Kim Novak was scary, and I’m not talking about her movies. She’s scary-looking now. No one expects you to retain your youth forever. I don’t know why actresses (and actors) don’t get that. Some of us age better than others — some of it is just genetics. A plastic face that doesn’t move is just plain tragic. And her hands gave away her age anyway.
I was glad that Liza Minnelli didn’t try any harder to steal the spotlight from Ellen. That would have been sad, too. Ellen, by the way, did a fine job in hosting. The pizza bit was a little strange. I would never have taken any because I’d have been wearing tomato sauce on my dress the rest of the night. I know my limitations.
And for heaven’s sake: did some of those stars actually not know what they were going to be reading? Did they not show up for rehearsal? Did they forget their glasses or are they just illiterate? Yikes. I know a few children who could have read from the teleprompter better.
Here’s a little bit of trivia for you: Alfonso Cuaron, who won an Oscar for Gravity, directed one of the Harry Potter movies! Yep, it was Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. More than a few people wondered whether that movie would be too dark for most children, but I think it was fine. OK, back to the Oscars.
How about those musical performances? Bette Midler: outstanding. Pink: awesome. U2: divine. Idina Menzel (better known to me as the Woman Who Played Lea Michele’s Birth Mother on Glee): wildly wonderful. Just one question: Who was that little girl who sang in front of the moon with a guitar player trying to prop her up? So underwhelming. If that performance had been on American Idol, she would have been buzzed off the stage.
Now for the fashions: I missed most of the red carpet stuff, but what I did see was very classy and very well-chosen. Yes, Kate Hudson’s neckline was down to her waist — literally — but she could do it because she wasn’t falling out all over the place. The same with the black woman who won with 12 Years a Slave.
There were a couple of dresses that were less-than-great. Whoopi Goldberg’s comes to mind. It looked like a strapless dress that she put a shirt on underneath. Yes, she’s not young or thin anymore, but that dress just didn’t flatter her. Whoopi should have tried on a few more dresses. Heck, I have one in my closet that might have fit her.
As for the men: those white tuxedos were very handsome. I didn’t see any tuxedos that were a little iffy. And yes, even Ellen’s white tuxedo was very flattering. She looks good; I can’t imagine her in a dress anymore. I wonder if tuxedos for women will ever catch on for the rest of us.