Well... it's over. Sunday marked the close of my favorite time of year. I'm not talking about the Holidays or the winter time season; no, I am referring to.... awards season. That's right, the 87th Annual Academy Awards brought to a close the rat race that is Hollywood's biggest time of year. No more glitz, no more glam, no more red carpet shenanigans. Now all we can do is wait. Wait until next year to see who the front runners are. To see who SHOULD win, and who WILL win. The upsets, the surprises...
But for now we can just bask in the memory of what has come to pass. And in case you missed it, (or got bored of the 3 hour telecast) here are some highlights to get you through until the next go around. Enjoy.
JK Simmons win for Whiplash.
I have yet to see this film, but the trailer makes it look fantastic (and he looks terrifying). JK was the favorite to win and his speech was so touching. Not your typical, "I'd like to thank the Academy." speech. (Which he did) Instead he reminds us all to "Call your parents. Tell them you love them." Awww.
Neil Patrick Harris is no Ellen, but he still brought it.
Oh yeah, he brought it. Case in point, the huge opening number which featured my girl Anna Kendrick. (eeeekkk!) From a Birdman one shot underwear bit, to (intentionally?) mispronouncing presenters names, NPH still brought the laughs. Despite what the declining ratings may say, he was no where near a disappointment.
Go home Uncle John, you're drunk.
John Travolta was being all sorts of creepy on Sunday. It all started with his encounter with ScarJo on the red carpet, (she is clearly NOT amused...) and then it got real awkward with the face touching of Adele Dazeem (Idina Menzel) when they presented together. It was clear he was not in his element.
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It may not have won any awards, but "Everything is Awesome" from the Lego Movie sure put on a fantastic show. Nominated for Best Original Song, sister duo Tegan and Sara brought the house down with such cast of characters as break-dancing construction workers, a possum, confetti, and Batman. The entertaining musical set even gave out Lego Oscars to the crowd. (P.S. How can I get my hands on one??) Needless to say, they made it awesome.
Eddie Redmayne wins for Best Actor.
To be honest, Eddie's portrayal of Stephen Hawking in the Theory of Everything was amazing. His Oscar win was completely deserved (Sorry, Michael Keaton), even Kanye can't argue with Eddie's heartbreaking, and heartfelt performance.
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Stay weird Graham Moore. Stay weird.
The most moving speech of the night came from Graham Moore. Who is Graham Moore you ask? I didn't know until Sunday either... I had no idea the speech for Best Adapted Screenplay could be so poignant. His message was strong, his delivery was powerful, and it even garnered a standing ovation from the crowd. My hat is off to you, sir.
Lady Gaga made me want to climb ALL the mountains.
When I heard Mother Monster was going to be performing at the Academy Awards, I was skeptical. (She's not going to come on stage in a meat dress is she...?) When she emerged to sing a montage of Sound of Music songs, for a brief moment, I was mortified! That is until she opened her mouth. I know, I know, Gaga is a trained vocalist...I know, I know, she put out a great album with the one and only Tony Bennett... But I was still quite concerned she was going to butcher one of my all time favorite movies. But man oh man, that girl can SING! Like amazingly sing. If you didn't get to see her performance, you won't be disappointed.
John Legend and Common brought down the house.
Many say Selma was snubbed this award season for lack of nominations, but one nomination (and win) that was completely deserved was for Best Original Song. Glory, written and performed by John Legend and Common, is more than a song, it is an anthem. All I have to say is, this song is incredibly powerful and the performance was out of this world. It not only brought the audience to their feet, but brought tears to the eyes of many.
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In closing, I am sad it's over, but it is time to move on. I will miss you award season, but you are never too far away. Until we meet again, Oscar... until we meet again.
Once again, in case you missed it, here are some equally awesome moments from the night.
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All I have to say is, thank you!
Emma Stone's perfectly timed Lego Oscar.
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You'll always be a winner in our hearts, Emma!
Saddest Oscar moment of the night.
Michael Keaton puts away his acceptance speech when Eddie wins. You'll get them next time, Birdman.
Julianne Moore FINALLY wins an Oscar!!
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She's awesome and it's about time. End of story.
American Idol who?
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Jennifer Hudson proves she doesn't need American Idol. Just show them your Oscar JHud. You go Glen Coco.
Patricia Arquette wants equal pay for women. And who can blame her.
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Patricia Arquette's acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress was gracious, lovely, and brought to light an injustice. Meryl and Jo Lo seem to be on board.