2019 Academy Awards

We start in September at the Toronto Film Festival.  We take notes on the food, make our picks, start looking for prizes and wait for the official nominations.  Then the race is on.  We come up with a final menu, decide on our trivia game and send out the invitations.  After all the hub bub, the night finally comes, we have our picks, our friends, our food and a great evening of ups and downs.  Then it’s over and we wait to start again.

Last night was the 91st Academy Awards.  With no host the show only lasted 3 hours and 22 minutes.   With very little politics in the acceptance speeches, this year’s awards ceremony had 3.1 million more viewers than last year.   Maybe the secret is no host.  With all the presenters, does someone else need to come out and speak to keep the program moving?    I even thought the bit with Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph and Amy Poehler was long and unnecessary.

Oscar Ups –

Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor – Green Book is our favorite movie, so we are thrilled it won Best Picture.  Politics aside, we have recommended this movie to so many people and they have all said how much they enjoyed it.  This cannot be said about Roma or The Favourite, these were only enjoyed by our more artsy friends.

Best Documentary Short – Period. End of Sentence.  This was our pick.  This is a very timely short with an important message that all women should watch.

Oscar Downs –

Best Actress – Glenn Close should have won Best Actress for The WifeOlivia Colman won for her role in The Favourite.  As she gave her acceptance speech, I realized she may not have been acting in her role as Queen Anne.  She may have just been herself.

Best Director – Alfonso Cuarón won for Roma.  I realize this is probably a category that should be selected by the “artsy” people because it is about technique, shots, vision and tone.  I have not seen Cold War, so I can’t really speak to Paweł Pawlikowski’s style.   Yorgos Lanthimos, probably should have won because he actually directed The Favourite and had a vision for his film (even though it seemed ridiculous at times).  Roma appeared to be more cinéma verité.  We didn’t really feel like the film had any direction.

The rest of the show went well.   We had a lovely time with our friends, looking at the dresses and hair (for both the women and the men).  It would be nice if the Awards ceremony started at 7 p.m. (CST) or was on a Saturday night.  So many people had to leave by the time the big awards were being given out.

Can’t wait for next year.

Dresses – The Best

Allison Janney

Allison Janney - The GBY

Emilia Clarke

Emilia Clark - The GBY

Danai Gurira

Danai Gurira  - The GBY

Brie Larson

Brie Larson - The GBY

Dresses – The Worst

Most Likely to Sue their Stylist – Rachael Weisz & Melissa McCarthy

RACHEL WEISZ - The GBYMelissa McCarthy - The GBY

Hair & Dress Matching – Emma Stone

              Emma Stone - The GBY

Escaped from the Handmaid’s Tale – Sarah Paulsen

Sarah Paulson - the GBY

Right Out of a Frederick’s of Hollywood Catalogue – Linda Cardellini

Linda Cardellini - The GBY

Thought I was Amish, but I’m over it – Charlise Theron

Charlise Theron - The GBY

I Really, Really Wanted a Train, so They Wrapped Me in THIS – Olivia Colman

              Olivia Colman - The GBY

If I can’t Win, I will Just Be My Own Oscar – Glenn Close

                Glenn Close - The GBY

I Couldn’t Find Anything to Wear so I Borrowed Something From My Grandmother – Lucy Boynton

              Lucy Boynton - THE GBY

I wanted to Come Naked but Decided to Go With This instead – Leslie Bibb

Leslie Bibb - The GBY

My Life’s Goal Has Always Been to Be a Cake Topper – Kacey Musgraves

Kacey Musgraves - The GBY

At What Age Am I Supposed to Commit to a Gender? –  Elsie Fisher

Elsie Fisher - The GBY

Apparently, I Don’t Enjoy Being A Girl! – Amy Poehler

Amy Poehler - The GBY

At Least This Year’s Bag Has Flowers – Maya Rudolph

Maya Rudolph - The GBY

(Photo by: Getty / Jeff Kravitz)

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