Thoughts on the Oscar Telecast 2017

PACKING up my homemade treats, looking over my predictions with the list of winners, using eyes that were strained and tired from staring at the television screen for hours; I was ready to go to bed. Another year is now in the record books for a lot of reasons. Of course the biggest surprise was the mixup for the last category, best picture. Reading and hearing about the different theories on the how and why it happened did not provide me with answers to a couple of simple questions. Assuming Warren Beatty has all of his mental faculties, I just do not understand why he did not say he had the wrong card. It was obvious to me he was flustered, looking back to the side stage and around; he did not know what to do. Of all things then why would he throw Faye Dunaway under the bus. He could have whispered in her ear to see if she agreed, but since the surveys said La La Land was going to win, Faye possibly saw that on the card first instead of Emma Stone’s name when he showed her. The two of them knew they were giving out the best picture award, wouldn’t seeing Emma Stone’s name on the card be the first clue something was wrong and it would be perfectly okay to say so? This is just my opinion.

 

THE opening was refreshing to me. Since host Jimmy Kimmel is not a song and dance type of comedian like Billy Crystal, I liked the way Justin Timberlake sang his Oscar nominated song which loosened up the audience. Because of this, I felt the crowd gave off less of “aren’t we great, idolize us” vibe and more of an earthiness if you will. In fact, I thought Jimmy did a wonderful job in being down to earth. He avoided the mean spiritedness that some jokes could have taken on while he kept things moving on. The candy drop and the busload of tourists were my favorite segments, though the Matt Damon feud thing was more outrageous on the big stage. My favorite part was when Jimmy was conducting the orchestra to drown out Matt during his presentation.

 

MAYBE it is me but I thought the speeches were shorter this year and surprisingly were more personal when politics was brought into them. My favorite speeches of the night came from Viola Davis and the reading of writer and director Asghar Farhadi’s acceptance speech. Viola was so passionate and sincere, I loved how she talked about actors taking on the lives for those who no longer can speak. I laughed at Jimmy’s comment that she would be nominated for an Emmy with her speech. As for Asghar’s speech, I had just seen his winning film The Salesman the afternoon prior to the show and appreciated his thoughtfulness and heartfelt words. Gael Garcia Bernal was one of the presenters that touched the perfect balance of personal without the hate. Speaking of presenters I felt Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson and Janelle Monae were lovely while on stage as they brought out Katherine G. Johnson, the NASA mathematician that Taraji portrayed on screen. It was such a touching moment.

 

EVEN with the long telecast, as I reclined across my sofa my desire to be a seat filler was just as strong today as it has been all the past years. Just once I want to be part of the red carpet pre show activities, the ceremony and just be able to walk around and soak up the whole atmosphere of the event. With that said it has been a year of ups and downs with movies. I feel I saw more poorly done films than wonderful ones; but I would not trade a minute of it since I still love the whole movie watching experience and the ability to write down my thoughts to share with you. So tomorrow we will start all over for the new Oscar year in search of that 4 star picture. I look forward to another year talking and commenting on the movies with you. Thank you for all of your support, I deeply appreciate it.

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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 27, 2017, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 22 Comments.

  1. I didn’t have a chance to watch the entire telecast except about the last half hour. You need to post a side-by-side comparison of what you predicted and what really won!

  2. Aw, I wish I could have watched with you. It would have been fun to hear your take on things!
    I didn’t have TV reception and somehow missed it – I did try getting it online and wasn’t able to. Next year, I’m bugging all my friends to find me a sofa spot. I used to watch the Oscars every year and this year I saw most of the movies. I won’t let this happen again.
    I enjoy your blog very much and especially this post. Great job!

    • Judy darn, after seeing so many of the movies a friend of yours could not get even a folding chair for you? lol Thank you for your ind words and comments. I do hope you have the center seat for the Oscar telecast. What are your friends’ names; I will contact them. lol

      • You are so sweet. I asked three friends and could have tried harder! They all had other things going on. If you could have seen me trying to get it on my computer – even signing up for pay services and then it didn’t work. Ugh. I will be sure next year to see it. But reading your reviews are the next best thing!

      • Talk about being sweet, thank you for your kind words. I will do my best to always keep you informed. Thank you.

  3. Jimmy was great. Hacksaw should have won best picture. Was glad Casey got his Oscar and the constant fued between Kimmel and Damon is always great. Would love your review on Eaten an Eskimo. There is talks of a screen play, would love your input pal, thanks for the Oscar buzz

  4. It was a complete fiasco, gone are the days when it was The Real Oscars, now its just supposed comics who get cheap laughs at the expense of the American President, never heard of Respect? So called actors too in love with themselves. I no longer look at it, but was unable to avoid seeing it on the news and newspapers.

    • I guess you remember the old days of the Oscars when politics were not a topic. I was surprised that the politic talks were less than I expected. Thank you for your comments, I appreciate it.

  5. I watched the opening and a little here and there. I thought Justin Timberlake was wonderful in the opening.

  6. I agree with your first point: by all accounts, Warren Beatty is a smart man, and I can’t figure out why he did not simply say, “Excuse me, would someone check to see if this is the correct card?”

    Granted he did not cause the problem but he could have kept it a small problem and spared a lot of grief. I am sad the “Moonlight” people did not get a proper announcement and their moment in the spotlight.

    • I agree with you 100%, those poor people from Moonlight and the ones from La La Land who gave their speeches in the 2 1/2 minutes before the correction was done.

  7. Christine Kois

    Love your account of the show! This was my favorite Oscars of all time! Well, since I have been paying attention (1992)

  8. Cannot understand how The Salesman could have won an Oscar …..unless. Anyway the Oscars have become irrelevant.

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