Oscar Telecast

There once was a little boy who was not very little. A majority of the people around him all looked the same which made him more self-concsious about his size. Not finding many places to fit in, to be like one of the others around him, he found a safe place in a palace. It looked like a palace to him with stained glass windows, smooth white colored brick walls, aged statues and a massive awning filled with colored lights perched above sets of pure glass doors with brass oversized handles. He not only felt safe inside but found a whole different world to the one he was living in. The first spot he would stop at once inside was the glass cases that were pieced together like a kid’s fort. Walking around he saw more types of candy than he had ever seen before. From there he would walk through a set of polished black doors that opened into a huge auditorium filled with row upon row of red velvet seats. He spent as much time as he could in this place because he discovered different worlds and experienced things he only saw in his imagination. Every week there would be a new movie that proved to him there were all types of people from all different places. He laughed, he cried, he yearned, he wished; and most importantly discovered he was okay just the way he was.    FROM that point in time he has paid his respects to the magic of movies by watching the Oscar telecast every year. This year the show started out on a high note with the host Neil Patrick Harris doing what he does best, being a song and dance man. With the special effects around him that placed him into classic movie clips, things took a fun turn with Anna Kendrick and Jack Black. As the evening progressed Neil had more misses than hits as a host. The schtick with Octavia Spencer got old fast, though I give him points for honoring the film Birdman by walking out on stage in his underwear. One of my favorite moments was Lady Gaga’s tribute to the 50th anniversary of the movie The Sound of Music. Having seen her in concert where she sang live, she already had extra points in my book. Using a higher register of voice without losing her power; she did the movie proud. And if that was not enough to have Julie Andrews walk on stage was perfect for me. I wanted Mary Poppins to come to my house when I was a kid. For the best song from the movie Selma I thought the staging, the message and the vocals all contributed to the power a song has not only in a movie but in our hearts.    THIS year the speeches took on a more personal aspect. The one everyone is talking about and deservedly so was the one given by Graham Moore for best adapted screenplay for The Imitation Game. Coming from the heart, his speech was the most inspiring in my opinion. Julianne Moore and Patricia Arquette both had strong speeches delivered in two distinctly different styles, yet each had potency in their words. Reese Witherspoon may not have given an acceptance speech but her #askhermore campaign is a wonderful idea. I understand all the designers are expecting shout outs for their handy work with the gowns the actresses are wearing, but is that all people want to hear about? Reese’s idea is for journalists to start asking more questions besides, “Who are you wearing?”    OVERALL I am pleased with who received the Oscar award. To tell you the truth on one level I find it odd to place movies into a race with each other. My thing has always been if a movie can move you then it did its job. Just like there has to be someone who graduates at the top of their class and others from the bottom, some movies are phenomenal and others are awful. No matter what movie I am seeing, to this day there is a certain comfort and safety that comes over me when I sit down in a movie theater seat.  So with the Oscars now given out the past year of movies has come to a close.  May the new year of films stir something in our hearts and give us something to talk about.

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About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on February 23, 2015, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Wonderful post, and you hit the nail on the head! It is the splendor we find within ourselves when we enter into that magical world. It is what we gain, what we feel, that tells the greatest truth. Each of us comes in to view from a world we escaped, if only for a few hours. What we take, savor and delight within is ours to keep. The Oscars are a celebration, carved by the craft of many imaginations, but each of us holds our own bit of magic, the splendor of knowing how WE felt when we occupied our seat in that dark theatre, right here at home.

    • What lovely words and thoughts you have left here, thank you so much. We are on the same path when it comes to watching movies; it is a pleasure to meet you. May the next Oscar season bring us continued joy, surprise and good health.

  2. While I somewhat agree with your take on this years Oscars I still feel that all these awards shows amount to is patting one’s self on the back for a job well done. I covered this today on my MisfitWisdom blog.

  3. You are preaching to the choir with this blog post. I pretty much agree with everything you wrote (I remain a Gaga skeptic) but overall I felt pretty “meh” about this year’s Academy Awards ceremony. The jokes were tired, fell flat and/or were flogged like a dead horse. With the exception of the Lego song performance, there was a really low energy to the whole production too. I look forward to the Oscars every year but I was disappointed this year.

  4. Thank you for your honest review. I have friends who “didn’t get” the underwear skit and thought it was in bad taste, but I have no taste or decor when it comes to humor, as I thought it quite funny. On the other hand, all my friends (even Lady Gaga haters) loved her performance, as did I. And I loved seeing Jack Black at the beginning. I had high hopes for Neil Patrick after that throughout the rest, but he just didn’t cut it after the opening.

    • It is funny, a couple of co-workers did not understand why NPH came out in his underwear. I assume everyone sees a trailer or ad at some point in time lol Thanks for the comments.

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