Below is a short summary of the things I learned while watching this year’s Oscars Awards show.
Beards are the “in thing” for male actors. They were sported by George Clooney,
Joaquin Phoenix, Paul Rudd, Hugh Jackman, Chris Pine, Ben Affleck, and more.
Seth MacFarlane does funny bits and sketches, but his stand up comedy needs a little bit of work. The opening monologue was rough until Captain Kirk came in, but to Seth’s credit, he got better as the night went on.
The Academy implemented the Jaws music to play people off-stage when their acceptance speech is going too long. This controversial move is considered rude by some pundits. We recommend maybe going with the Keyboard Cat.
It’s awesome that the Academy supports short films, but has anyone seen any of the nominees. Where would you even go to view them if you wanted to see them before the awards?
Paul Rudd and Melissa McCarthy acted like they had never been on stage before as presenters. What happened there?
I’m terrible at predicting Academy Award winners.
There hasn’t been a major entertainment/pop culture event in the past few years where someone hasn’t made a Kardashians joke. Despite prefacing it with “I thought we cut this joke,” MacFarlane delivers and the crowd loves it. Kardashians jokes = always funny.
Even some well-traveled and one would think very learned people such as John Travolta still can’t pronounce “Les Miserables” correctly. The “les” at the end is silent.
Even at awards shows with the most talented actors in the world, “One Day More” brings people to a standing ovation. It’s a powerful song from one of the great musicals of all time. If you haven’t seen the live musical, you absolutely should see the film.
The James Bond franchise is one of the most iconic movie franchises in history and the video tribute helped prove it. Moonraker, however, was terrible. Also, they just don’t make villains like Oddjob anymore.
Even during live performances, Ted is hilarious.
And apparently, yes you can tie for an Academy Award. It has happened five times in history before tonight, the last time being in 1995 for Best Live Action Short.
Daniel Radcliffe will never EVER live down his original role of Harry Potter. He was introed with the Harry Potter theme when he walked on stage as a presenter with Kristen Stewart.
The awards start out fast, hitting us with a major category out of the gate (Best Supporting Actor) and going through some minor categories in rapid succession for about an hour. Then they slow way down and do a lot of songs and special tributes to draw out the last half of the show.
Adele is truly an amazing artist. Ok, we all knew that already, but even when performing a song live on TV, she is just riveting through the screen.
If you win a major category or you just happen to be a pretty big deal yourself, they seem to fudge the time limit on acceptance speeches and let you go longer than lesser-category winners.
That being said, in most cases, the best speeches are the short ones. The shortest one of the night clocked in at 8 seconds.
Surprisingly, Zero Dark Thirty only won one Award, and it was a tie.
Trying to perform a song for the losers as a closer is a bad idea. The audience is already prepared to be done with the show and making fun of great talent for losing close competitions, not cool.