Just in case you live under a rock or just didn’t care, the Oscars were last night. There were some great moments, some terrible moments, and some moments that had you wondering “what in the hell?” For those of you who played my Oscar Drinking Game, how badly are you hung over today? The #OscarsSoWhite jokes alone had to be your undoing.
Chris Rock coming right out and not only addressing the elephant in the room, but making it the star of his opening monologue in the best way he could. He deftly pointed out that for many, many years before the Oscars had all White nominees. POC didn’t protest about it then because “we were too busy being raped and lynched to care about who won Best Cinematographer. When your grandmother’s swinging from a tree, it’s really hard to care about Best Documentary, Foreign Short.” His burn on Jada Pinkett-Smith was pretty great. It also felt like he was reminding his fellow actors of color that right now there are bigger problems going on with POC such as unarmed black men being shot by the police and Trump wanting to deport Muslims and Mexicans from the US. The Oscars is a rich person’s issue.
Ryan Gosling and Russell Crow’s banter. The joke about the Best Adapted Screen Play is handed out for “best at adapting to whatever harsh conditions and obstacles were thrown in its way,” was all sorts of groan worthy, but the two actor’s chemistry was so on point that I didn’t care. It makes me more excited for The Nice Guys.
Leslie Jones as the bear from The Revenant during the pre-taped skit about black actors trying to get movie parts may have been the best thing ever. Tracy Morgan as “The Danish Girl” was pretty great as well.
Tina Fey’s goofy, drunken introduction along with Steve Carrell’s straight man introduction for Best Production Design.
The shot of the bear after The Revenant’s introduction.
Introducing the nominees for Best Sound Editing with the sound effects that got them nominated was great, especially when it got to Star Wars and I got the chills from hearing Chewie’s roar, the Lightsabers coming on, and BB8.
Andy Serkis’ montage of his screen capture work before he came out on stage.
Star Wars droids coming out was so great (I really want a BB8!), but Jacob Tremblay’s reaction to them may have been the second best thing ever.
Chris Rock supporting his daughter and Girl Scouts of America by selling cookies in the audience. There were a lot of people with cash to buy cookies in the audience as well. Better than pizza in my opinion.
Pete Doctor’s speech after winning Best Animated Film was so wonderfully sweet and the thank you scroll at the bottom letting his kids know that they are getting a dog was just too cute.
Kevin Hart’s mini monologue telling his fellow actors of color not to let the issues of this year keep them down and to keep working. It felt real and inspiring after Chris Rock kept going back to the #OscarsSoWhite well.
Louis C.K. talking about how those who are nominated for Best Documentary Short are not going home with all sorts of money from their work and are going to be taking their award home “in a Honda Civic.” Someone please work on getting him to host next year!
Lots of love for Mad Max Fury Road.
Dave Grohl’s touching performance of “Blackbird” during the In Memoriam segment.
Lady Gaga’s performance was poignant, but her being joined on stage with many other sexual assault survivors was a truly powerful statement.
Leo finally won! The standing ovation he got was pretty spectacular. Kate Winslet’s face was just precious.
Scrolling of the names people the winners want to thank was a nice try to cut out some of the running time and make for more spontaneous speeches, but I think it is going to be a few more years before that fully catches on and the winners won’t continue to thank the same people who just scrolled across the screen.
Sara Silverman’s introduction for “Writing on the Wall.” Just. Not. Funny.
Chris Rock constantly going back to the #OscarsSoWhite well. It was awesome in the opening monologue, but when that is pretty much all the jokes for the night, it just gets really tired quickly.
I know Sam Smith was all sorts of excited about his win for Best Song, but seriously, without even checking Google I already knew he was not even close to being the first openly gay person to win an Oscar.
No love for Carol or Star Wars!
33 minutes over time. That was three shots for those of you who played my drinking game.
Stacey Dash coming out and wishing everyone a “Happy Black History month” was all sorts of awkward and not funny.
The walking and talking introductions for the Best Costume Design and Best Makeup and Hairstyling was a little clumsy looking.
My friend asking if that was the real Suge Knight in the audience when Chris Rock was pointing out the real people some of the movies were based on.
The audience’s confusion (at the show and at home) when the telecast came back from commercials to the THX sound.
Most Surprising Wins:
Best Visual Effects to Ex-Machina – Well deserved win, but I didn’t think it had a chance.
Mark Rylance for Best Supporting Actor – I really thought it was going to be Tom Hardy or Sylvester Stallone.
“Writing on the Wall” for Best Song – I thought Lady Gaga’s “Until it Happens to You” was a MUCH better song and more deserving of a win.
Spotlight for Best Picture – After Alejandro G. Innaritu won for Best Director and Leo won for Best Actor, I thought The Revenant was a shoo in for Best Picture.
What did you think of last night’s telecast? Did it go on WAY TOO LONG again this year for you? Were you happy to see Spotlight win? Happy to see Leo finally get a win? Let me know what you think in the comments section below.