So what’d ya think?
I am going to be honest and try not to be shamefully so:
First, Ellen pulled it off, and then some. I wasn’t expecting her to because I was so over her and her dance-shtick. Not only did she give a fully entertaining and satisfying opening, but also she set a relaxed tone for a lively evening that even the actors seemed to enjoy (even Bill Murray and Kevin Spacey). Her antics caught us by surprise (the pizza and the selfie for example), making them hilarious.
She was also helped by the first musical performance of the evening: that of Pherrell. I loved his dancing with Lupita, Meryl and Amy (did she not look divine?). But I have to say that after careful study of the video clips that are all over the web I would wager that it was not spontaneous. All three women were so smooth. But take a look at my girl Amy Adams: she starts to dance before he gets over to her.
The next musical performance, Karen O. singing The Moon Song from Her, was beautiful. I did see U2’s song, but meh. I like them fine, but their songs get meshed into one big Bono-shriek.
I saw a little of Idina Menzel’s performance of Let It Go. I say again: meh. She’s a great singer, but I just am not into the schmaltzy side of Broadway–you know, that histrionic, virbrato-laden ballad sung with eyes fully closed, head leaned back and then in, with arms extended, hands reaching out to you, imploring you–“Please, feel my pain. Please. feel. my. pain”: Unrequited love, nostalgic reflection, or earnest apres-murder remorse. Or those ballads of comfort or insight: the ones that recognize the darkness of a moment or foreshadow the darkness to come. Oh Idina, please stick to the stunning harmonies and performance pieces of yesteryear (Rent).
Whew. Where was I?
I looked forward to the acceptance speeches of the winners of best supporting actor and actress awards. And I was not let down. Lupita Nyong’o was as gracious as ever; and, of course, she is stunning–dazzling. She has been so from the very beginning of this award season.
But the real SHOW STOPPER was Jared Leto’s speech. WOW. His tribute to his mother was beautiful. In the near future, I will tell an interesting anecdote about one of Leto’s acceptance speeches this year.
The only presentation I thought was bizarre was that of Jim Carrey. He came off sleazy. Maybe the oily hair was a not-so-subliminal message. He has been off our radars for too long for his faux bitterness to be funny. (He acted resentful that he was not nominated for an award.) Ironically, he actually can act. See Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. We just haven’t seen him do so in a very long time.
But I didn’t know why he was onstage until today; I read that it was to introduce a tribute to animation. (Wile E. Coyote would have been a better choice.)
Please people, come out of the shadows and share your thoughts!!!!
Here’s a fun video of Jared Leto’s interview after the Oscars.