This is not everyone’s cup of tea, but it is mine. I embrace award
ceremonies and enjoy seeing what the rich and famous are wearing.
This has been something that goes way back to my childhood. I
would ‘negotiate’ before I even went to kindergarten, to stay up
late to watch something.
It would go like this, “Mom and Dad, I would like to watch “The
Sound of Music” or “May I stay up and watch, the Miss America
Then, my Dad would say, “Name your ‘points.'”
This meant using adult negotiating skills and debate ‘points.’
I would promise to set the table, take a nap before dinner and I
would not be grumpy in the morning on the way to the babysitter’s.
I raised my three children in this manner, which really did not work
whenever I married. They thought parenting was a monarchy, I felt
it was a democracy, each person’s ideas and thoughts equally valid.
The Red Carpet before the Oscars, February 22, 2015:
I watched, “E!” for awhile and then switched to “Ryan Secrest and
His Crew on the Carpet.”
On “E!” Gilliana (sorry, not sure about the spelling but they called
her, “G” for short) had on a red lacy dress with her light strawberry
blonde hair looking very glamorous and off the 50’s “Society Pages.”
America Ferrrara had a gorgeous emerald green glittery sleeveless
dress. She looked beautiful.
Anna Kendricks’ caught my eye, along with many who have given
their reviews. She wore a peach dress that had a halter with a slit
in the bodice, revealing skin but no cleavage. It was tasteful and she
looked radiant in this color and her hair was swept up on her head.
Gina Rodriguez wore a royal blue dress that is from a designer,
which I apologize you may research the name but it is eco-friendly
material made of an environmentally safe material. I am not sure
if this means it will bio-degrade? ha ha!
The low cut, bejewled peach dress on Jennifer Lopez, with its full
skirt and floating, flowing train behind was so beautiful. She is just
exquisite, in her taste and ability to not age a bit. She looked like a
Princess in this flesh-colored dress.
“Common” the rapper who joined musical forces in writing and
performing the song from the movie, “Selma” named “Glory,”
was on the Red Carpet in a white shirt, white bow tie and black
tuxedo. It had soft black velvet details on the tux’s lapels. Their
collaboration was an excellent way to make their song relevant
for the times.
Reese Witherspoon wore a white dress with a black satin sash-like
stripe across her shoulders about four inches wide. It made her
look like she was from Audrey Hepburn’s period of fashion, a
real class act. There was a narrow one to two inch belt of this
black satin fabric at her waist line. Reese wore her hair down and
looked very stunning.
Dakota Johnson, who just performed in “50 Shades of Grey,” came
with her famous mother and also, knowing her last name, you may
have guessed this but she is the daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie
Griffith. She had a slicked back brunette pony tail and she wore a one
shoulder red dress with diamonds or crystals along the edge of this.
The red was a perfect compliment to her porcelain skin and dark hair.
Eddie Redmayne looked like a teenager, with his hair a little punked
or messed up. He is the actor I was rooting for from the movie, “The
Theory of Everything.” He played Stephen Hawking. Last night, he
looked handsome in a dark blue tuxedo with black details. The designer
was McQueen. His wife, Sophie, is expecting and looked radiant in her
Benedict Cumberbatch (who played Alan Turing in the movie, “The
Imitation Game”) and Eddie were saying they would be having a big
British ‘bash’ or celebration after the Oscars, including wives, along
with Sienna Miller, Keira Knightley and Felicity Jones, who was Eddie’s
costar. Ben wore a white tuxedo and llooked debonair. Both the men
were saying they felt they had brought the rain to California. A joke
since it is ‘always raining in England.’
Benedict repeated what Eddie had said, “We will all hang together
Felicity Jones wore a silver-almost pearl like eggshell colored dress.
I heard someone else call it eggshell. It had a bluish tone to it from
a distance and yet, in brighter light looked pink. She is an attractive
young woman and her dress was pretty, too.
Robert Duvall’s wife is younger than he, not sure how much but it
is noticeable. She wore a peach glittery dress with deep, low cut and
revealing cleavage displayed. He was up for his performance in the
film, “The Judge.”
Tim McGraw and his wife, Faith Hill looked stunning. Faith’s short
hair style and dress was beautiful. Tim looked like he was ready for
the military with his very short hair cut. Later, as he sang the great
song, “I’m Not Going to Miss You,” from the Glen Campbell docu-
mentary, he wore his traditional cowboy hat. This tribute filmed
Glen’s family and friends who traveled around the country giving
a final concert and tribute to Glen, before he totally forgets who he
is. It was to give recognition and public awareness of Alzheimer’s
Disease, which he has had for awhile. The film documents how his
temper and frustration comes and goes, too.
Terence Howard, who awhile ago performed in an Academy Award
nominated movie, “Crash,” and is presently working in the t.v. series,
“Empire,” looked great and discussed with Ryan Secrest his interest
in getting the recently ‘kicked off’ American Idol singer Rachel to
sing on “Empire.” He was saying his character, “Lucius wants to have
Rachel as part of his group of new singers. Lucius would like to be her
producer.” I enjoyed this exchange, since I not only enjoy American
Idol, I do often watch, “Empire.” Ryan said, “That won’t be a problem,
I will see what I can do. . .”
Zoe Saldana, who I will always picture her from the movie, “Avatar,”
but is a beautiful woman without any blue makeup on. (In the film
she wears a prosthetic that alters her nasal appearance and her face
is a lovely shade of blue.) She wore a pink rose-colored dress and had
her thick hair in a loose up-do, with curling tendrils around her pretty
Rosamund Pike, the actress from “Gone Girl,” wore a red dress that
was appropriate for her venomous character. In reality, she probably
is the sweetest person, as she portrayed in “Pride and Prejudice,” the
older sister to the main character, Elizabeth. The dress was a fantastic
one, which had a long slit and she posed with her one leg forward,
revealing a lovely leg. Her hair was up in a tight bun. She looked
very attractive with her smile making her whole face light up.
Sienna Miller, (another Brit), was wearing all black and glittery gown
with a train. She looked like a beautiful porcelain Barbie doll. Her hair
was golden. She was a presenter.
Keira Knightley, from the movie, “Begin Again,” (the last of the Brits)
wore a cream colored dress with sprinkles of pastel flowers, violets and
pink Spring Beauties among them.
Julianne Moore, from “Still Alice,” was wearing an off the shoulders
white dress. She looked beautiful with her hair up. I really loved the
way she looked in green with her auburn hair worn down at the Golden
Globes. She is a fabulous actress, who can perform many different parts.
She demonstrated classical beauty in her all white attire.
Viola Davis wore a pink satin gown and announced the four people
who were given lifetime achievement awards, shown on another day.
The one I recognized was, Harry Belafonte. I wished they had shown
more of this program but the time element always runs long, so they
have to ‘pick and choose’ which parts to show the audience. Another
famous woman/actress who I believe was in a wheelchair during the
awards, was Maureen O’Hara. My Mom really adored this actress of
the past. She was ‘feisty’ and showed ‘character,’ I can just hear her
Kevin Hart, the black comedian, wore a handsome black shirt and
tie, white tuxedo with black lapels. He made me smile, as he said the
person he wished he could get a “Selfie” with was Meryl Streep. It
is always nice to hear famous people being humble and not expecting
to be the center of attention. He cracks me up, whatever films he is
in. I realize describing him as a man of color, may be inappropriate,
but it is hard to tell you who he is, since he is in so many different
movies. He is usually a ‘side kick’ character…
Anna Faris and her husband, Chris Pratt, are in movies, but more
known for her role in the television show, “Mom.” Chris is known
more as his character in the television show, “Community.” They
were making jokes that they had a sitter or family member watching
their toddler and were going to use the chance of tonight’s plans to
carry on and have some partying later on, too. Anna had a silver dress
that clung to her in ‘all the right places,’ she is stunning while fixed up
in formal wear. Chris looks like the ‘leading man’ role he is growing
into. The two grew up and have been together for years, coming from
the state of Washington. He wore a traditional black tuxedo with a
white shirt and bow tie.
THE MAIN EVENT: THE OSCARS
This is a set of random observations along with the awards that
were given out, with some reactions included.
“Everything is Awesome,” song from the “Lego Movie,” had the
silly guys from the t.v. cop situation comedy, “Brooklyn 99” in
the huge production accompanying this repetitive song. It was
upbeat and I have heard from my oldest daughter and my two
grandsons that it has a great message about accepting everyone
as they are. It was a fun and funny song in a positive performance.
“Whiplash” is about a cruel and demanding musical director.
This was the first award given out,
**Best Supporting Actor to J.K. Simmons.
“American Sniper” won,
**Best Sound Editing” award.
Adam Levine with Maroon 5 sang a wonderful song,
He and his wife looked beautiful but nothing sticks
out in their wardrobe to note.
This did not win the award for “Best Song.”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” won two awards right off the bat:
**Best Costume Design
(My opinion was, to tell you the truth, shocked. I felt that “Into
the Woods” and/or the three historically accurate films should
have been given a ‘bone.’ (“Unbroken,” “The Theory of Everything,”
and “The Imitation Game.” I have not seen, but have heard the
film, “Mr. Turner,” has lavish costumes and I need to see this since
my artist brother says he is a fantastic artist of his time.)
Someone announced that 47 years ago, the Academy Awards were
postponed in honor and respect for the assasination of Martin Luther
King, Jr. It happened only four days before the program/awards
ceremony was scheduled. This set the tone for the song, “Glory,”
that had John Legend singing in a soulful and lovely tone, while
playing the piano. Then, Common came out and added his powerful
and staccato rapped words. I felt the idea of juxtapositioning Jim
Crow laws (preventing blacks from voting) with the bald eagle
in the lyrics was powerful. Every time I hear this song, it has been
on three awards ceremonies, I always find something ‘new’ to focus
“Glory” from the movie, “Selma” won,
** Best Song.
“Whiplash” won an award for,
**Best Picture (or Film) Editing.
Patricia Arquette gave a fantastic and inspiring speech as she
accepted the award for,
**Best Supporting Actress for her performance in “Boyhood.”
(She spoke up about the need for Clean Water, she mentioned
a specific company that her family supports and also, exclaimed
about “Women who have stood up for so many other peoples’
rights, need to finally, once and for all, be given equal pay for
I liked, Rita Ora’s song, “Grateful,” which was lovely and simple.
This song did not win any awards.
**I wrote a post about “Big Hero 6” and declaring it deserving to
win Best Animated Children’s Film and it did!
I had taken Skyler and Micah to see this when it first came out.
There is a special school in the movie, where young people or
teenagers can attend to work on future inventions. The big, white
puffy robot with the film’s name captures your heart. It is empathetic
and caring, there is a time when it has to have this amazing quality
‘turned off’ to help fight in a situation. In the end, everyone realizes
the gift and magic of a ‘feeling robot.’
Two who weren’t nominated in this Academy Awards Ceremony,
Jennifer Anniston who was nominated for a SAG and Golden
Globe for her work in “Cake.” And David Oyelolo who performed
the character of Martin Luther King, Jr. in “Selma” who had been
given nominations in the other awards shows, they got up to give
out an award together. Neil Patrick Harris pointed out more than
once about the controversy of ‘lack of color’ in the Oscars this year,
as well as saying something funny about the two ‘rejects’ giving out
awards. (Not using the word, ‘rejects,’ though but the meaning was
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” took another two awards,
**Best Production and Set Design
(Now, adding put to four awards.)
Lady Gaga was, for me, one of the major exciting highlights of the
whole entire evening. You may wish to google or find her on Youtube,
singing the songs from the 50th Anniversary of “Sound of Music.”
If you have not been watching her or listening to her singing in an
enchanting voice, accompanying Tony Bennett on their collaboration
album, you will be amazed. Simply amazed.
When Julie Andrews came out and thanked her enthusiastically and
with such praise, you know that Lady Gaga will never forget this night.
Meryl Streep was weeping, had a hard time keeping her voice from
faltering as she introduced the people in all aspects of entertainment
who had died in 2014. Here are the names I recognized and decided
to list for you to sample and you will be surprised at the few who may
have slipped by last year. Also, a few who were not recognized or
Lauren Bacall, plus many more directors, animators, film editing and
makeup, costumes, along with movie reviewers from all around the world.
When the names were finished being listed and their painted in watercolor
faces displayed, Jennifer Hudson sang a beautiful song for those who have
gone on. It was, “I Cannot Let It Go, my forever love. . .”
“Selma” got only the Best Song Award.
“The Imitation Game” only got one award.
“The Theory of Everything” actor who portrayed Stephen Hawking,
Eddie Redmayne won,
“Still Alice,” actress, Julianne Moore who portrayed a woman with
Alzheimer’s Disease won,
**Best Picture of the Year
Funniest moments were Neil Patrick Harris pointing out the seat
keepers, while the ones were up accepting awards, going to use
the bathroom or at the bar, along with ones who were giving out
awards. Octavia Spencer was asked to ‘keep her eyes’ on a clear
box which had N. P. H’s predictions in it. He also came out in
his ‘tidy whities’ to show solidarity for the “Birdman” cast,
who apparently one of them feels it is ‘lucky’ to wear them,
mentioned on another awards show or interview. The most
funny moment that was to ‘fix’ the mistake John Travolta
made by mispronouncing Idina Menzel’s name on the awards
ceremony last year. She read John’s name in the most goofy
way, he came out and they hugged and were smiling at the joke.
I did not feel it was funny, but I hope he doesn’t get in trouble
for this comment, but Sean Penn mentioned something about
the Mexicans who directed, “Birdman” may need to get their
“Green Cards.” (Awkward moment, I felt.)
Did you see any of the awards, replayed or in actual real
performance and appearance time?
What was your favorite part or parts?
If you don’t watch, which film were you hoping to win,