I must confess I have not seen the entire Oscar broadcast. I just can’t miss Columbo or The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
But I saw enough of it to conclude that Neil Patrick Harris was lamer host than I thought he would be.
I did catch the tail end of J.K. Simmons acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actor for Whiplash. Always did enjoy him in Law & Order and the Farmers Insurance commercials.
I managed to miss Patricia Arquette’s equal pay rant after she won Best Supporting Actress for Boyhood, but could not avoid John Legend’s dubious claim there are more African-American men under “correctional control” than under slavery in the 1850’s following his win for Best Original Song for Selma. Surely there is a difference for indentured servitude than serving life in prison for homicide.
I will say that Legend and Common’s interpretation of “Glory” was compelling, but I preferred Tim McGraw’s understated performance of Glen Campbell’s swan song “I’m Not Gonna Miss You”.
I was impressed with Pawel Pawlikowski’s ability to shut down the orchestra when they dared interrupt his acceptance speech for Best Foreign Film for Ida.
I was even more impressed with Lady Gaga’s medley from The Sound of Music and so was Julie Andrews.
It was cool that Idina Menzel and John Travolta buried the hatchet after he botched her name at last year’s Oscars.
Upon winning the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, Graham Moore disclosed that he attempted suicide at age 16 and that now he’s made it he advised other teens who feel weird to stay weird because they might find themselves on that stage whatever that stage might be.
American Sniper won for Best Sound Editing, but nothing more.
Alejandro Gonzalez-Inarritu won Best Director for Birdman, Eddie Redmayne won Best Actor for The Theory of Everything, Julianne Moore won Best Actress and the Best Picture Oscar went to Birdman.