Let me begin by throwing it out there that I am not a huge fan of award shows. Generally, I only watch them for their live performances. The only awards show I do love is the Tony Awards, and I love it because the people being awarded are earning an award based on their raw, unedited talent. Live on a stage for every performance, no editing, no retakes—just raw talent.
I’m not saying that actresses and actors in TV and movies aren't talented, because there are some who truly are, but much of talent you see has taken multiple “takes” and editing to get it right, or to at least get to what you see.
So needless to say, I’m not a fan of Hollywood performing fellatio on itself for hours on end. Period.
When I do watch awards shows, I’m disappointed by poor performances, poor editing/mixing, etc. I LOVED last night’s performance of “One Day More” by the cast of Les Miserables. “All That Jazz” is a such a great musical number—but not when lip-synced at a live show. I’m pretty sure Catherine Zeta Jones was lip-syncing last night, and I feel cheated. To all those Adele haters out there: she rocked “Skyfall” and kudos to her for having co-written the music and lyrics to the Best Original Song of the night.
I never watch movies because they have been nominated or won an award. I only watch movies I want to watch because they interest me. I was happy to see Brave won Best Animated Feature. Brave is my favorite Disney movie. The message to young girls about being a princess and conforming to the institution is wonderful: you can do and be anything you set your mind to, even if you are destined or slated for something else.
Silver Linings Playbook was an incredible movie. Well done and surprising at every turn. I was happy to see this film nominated, and although it didn't win Best Picture, I was so pleased that Jennifer Lawrence won Best Actress. She did a phenomenal job portraying the role she did. Oh, and the fact that she tripped while going to accept her award, just made her all that much more real (but she should have spent a minute or two milking that fact that Hugh Jackman came to her rescue). She’s sweet, funny, and a down-to-earth person.
A lot of people don’t like Anne Hathaway. I don’t understand why. She’s a talented, versatile actress. I was happy to see her win best Supporting Actress for her role in Les Miserables.
I watched Argo on the plane last week. Great flick. It deserved Best Picture, although I would have been happy with Argo, Les Miserables, or Silver Linings Playbook winning Best Picture. They all deserved it. But I’m glad they didn't have a tie. Seriously people, ties are for preschoolers, not Oscar award winners. Ben Affleck’s acceptance speech was touching and hysterical. “Thank you I thank you everyone in the movie, on the movie, worked on the movie, did anything with this movie gets thanked. I want to thank Canada. I want to thank our friends in Iran living in terrible circumstances right now. I want to thank my wife, who I don't usually associate with Iran. I want to thank you for working on our marriage for 10 Christmases. It's good. It is work but it's the best kind of work and there's no one I'd rather work.”
Hahahaha . “I want to thank my wife, who I don't usually associate with Iran.” Classic. I hope my husband doesn't usually associate me with Iran, either.