The 86th Academy Awards were the best I’ve ever seen and I am so pleasantly surprised. Could this be the beginning of the end of the snoozefest tradition? Let’s hope so.
I said I was only watching the Oscars to see if Lupita won and to see some of Ellen’s monologues. I was not planning on watching the whole show because I had work to do and its typically not enough to keep my attention for 3 hours. Well, shut my mouth WIDE open because not only did I watch the entire thing but I actually enjoyed it.
Everyone’s speeches were super dope and memorable, Ellen Degeneres killed it as host and had us laughing every time she was on stage (and even when she wasn’t) and the right people won awards. It was hilarious, engaging and RIGHT.
So let me get into why this Oscars was like no other before it.
Hosting an awards show is no easy task and we know this because many do it and many suck at it. So when someone can take the helm of one of the most historically boring shows and make it fun, they get ALL the props.
Ellen Degeneres not only made the Oscars a pleasure to watch but she made the three hour telecast go by quick. I tuned in just to watch her opening monologue but I couldn’t change the channel because I was afraid of missing more funnies.
In her opening monologue, she had me cracking up when she looked at Liza Minnelli and said “One of the most amazing Liza Minnelli impersonators I have ever seen in my life. Good job, sir.” Some folks felt that it was transphobic and I disagree. I think it was more of a jab about how many drag queens impersonate Liza, than it was about Liza looking like a dude. I really do.
Off topic but somewhat related: why does Liza Minnelli always look like someone just woke her up from her nap 15 minutes too soon? She perpetually has that “WHHAAA?” look that most of us get rid of right after we yawn and stretch. Bless her.
Everything about Lupita Nyong’o at the Oscars was a complete win and she continues to slay effortlessly. First of all, she had the nerve to show up in cotton candy blue, looking like a fairy tale and putting Cinderella’s dress to shame. I lived IMMEJATELY!
She stole the show and looked like the prettiest princess Disney never had. I swooned! Her inability to flaw is just admirable. So flaw deficient that the word flaw has to move out her way when she’s coming.
Then she won for “Best Supporting Actress” for her role in “12 Years a Slave” as Patsey.
And my soul sang and my eyes leaked as if I knew her personally. *lays on the floor rolling on the altar* LOOK AT GAWD WORK IN LUPITA’S LIFE!!! LOOK AT HIM WERKKKKK!!! I needed to call the plumber for my eyes because LUPITA WONNNNNNN!!!
She got on stage and gave another gracious speech that made us all fall in love with her all over again and I couldn’t help but grin. I could not be more proud to see a mirror of myself on the world’s stage, showing brown and black girls everywhere that their wildest dreams can come true and they have a right to them. Her mere existence on that stage is enough to inspire the hell out of anyone.
HOW CAN YOU NOT LOVE HER LONG TIME?!?! I’ve signed a multi-year contract to be a member of the Lupettes/Lupistas/Lupitians. Our love is gonna go for a while and I am here for her.
Jared Leto’s AIDS epidemic tribute.
Y’all know the issue of HIV/AIDS is one I hold dear to my heart and I work on with The Red Pump Project. So when Jared ended his speech with “And this for the 36 million people who have lost the battle to AIDS” I literally fist pumped. Salute, sir. His entire speech was so thoughtful and I was all “Look at Acting White Jesus win me over.” I loved it. Mashable has the video and transcript.
Best Selfie Ever.
During the show, Ellen decided to get in the audience, gather all the celebrities she could into a picture and get Bradley Cooper to take THE BEST SELFIE IN THE HISTORY OF SELFIES!
I stalked Ellen’s Twitter timeline for minutes until I finally saw the picture and I squealed. I mean, there cannot be one to beat this one, unless you include the Dalai Lama, President Obama and the Queen of England in it.
We should all stop doing selfies now because none of us can ever have one this epic. It was so awesome that it broke Twitter, with over 1 million retweets.
Jared Leto’s eyeball, Jennifer Lawrence, Channing Tatum, Meryl Streep, Ellen, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey, Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyong’o, Angelina Jolie, Bradley Cooper. ALL THE WINS THAT EVER WINNED IN THE HISTORY OF WINLAND!
I love that Lupita’s brother, Junior, got prime spot in the front. Also, he’s adorable and I wonder if he’s single. I’m asking. For a friend. *coughs*
This selfie is about to be my desktop background. Seriously.
Matthew McConaughey’s speech.
Everyone came to the Oscars prepped with these super reflective speeches penned and I really enjoyed it. There’s few times in your life where you’ll have 1 billion captive listeners so saying something meaningful is needed. Matthew McConaughey has been FOREVER FAHN! I’ve always loved him as that surfer boy with the chiseled face. But after last night, I am a fan of the person underneath the segzy.
He talked about how he needs just three things in life: “something to look up to, something to look forward to and something to chase.” So God, his family and himself in 10 years. Well DAMB! That’s deeper than rap. And so poignant. “Every day of my life, my hero is always 10 years away. It gives me something to keep chasing.”
About God: “First of, I wanna thank God who is who I look up to. He’s graced my life with opportunities that I know are not of my hand or any other human hand. He has shown me that it’s a scientific FACT that gratitude reciprocates.”
*church scoots* YOU BETTER COME THROUGH AND SAY THAT!!! A man who loves God and gives HIM glory is a man I am here for. Look, Matthew. I will fall in love with you and you will deal! GOSH! That speech had me looking at him in a new light. Give praise to Jehovah Jahreh on the world’s stage! I love it!
Such an awesome speech. Vulture has the video.
But ummm… Matthew won “Best Actor” meaning Leonardo DiCaprio lost (again). Y’all. This man has been Keith Sweat begging for an Oscar for over a decade and they hang the string over his head but as he almost reaches it, they snatch it back. I have the same amount of Oscars as LeoDiCap. Aawwwwww. Can the world give him a group pat on the back? He’s the Susan Lucci of film. Maybe he’ll win in 2035.
BuzzFeed’s The Internet Has A Lot Of Emotions About Leonardo DiCaprio Not Winning An Oscar has me howling right now.
12 Years a Slave’s “Best Picture” win.
Slavery was ugly, inhumane, cruel and one of the worst atrocities ever committed to a people on this Earth. And we’re prone to painting it with softer brushes when talking about it to make it more digestable. 12 Years a Slave does not try to make it easier to swallow, as the camera lingers on the strange fruit hanging from the tree by a rope. Look at it. Hate it. Let your insides turn over as it slaps you in the face.
Solomon Northup was one man and his story is just as valid as any. I’m so glad “12 Years” won the “Best Picture” award because our stories need to be told, in ugliness, in beauty, in controversy, in chuckles and in their full scope. Our stories matter. Even without the award, we should know that.
Also, I get it. I know some of us are bothered that a movie about slavery won an Oscar, and a Black woman won an Oscar for playing a slave. But just for ONE second, I want us to celebrate this moment with the purest motives and joy. I want us to be able to lay these burdens down even for a hot millisecond because we carry this complex so close to the chest that it gives me heartburn.
Let us keep telling our stories from “12 Years a Slave” to “Best Man Holiday.” We need both and for now, if this award is for Patsey, maybe the next will be for Shelby. But for a moment, revel in these wins.
Pharrell’s “Happy” Performance.
Although Pharrell’s “Happy” didn’t win the Oscar it was nominated for, the performance won in my books! There’s no way you can hear that song and not start doing a shimmy. I don’t care if you’re a guy or a girl. “Happy” makes me bust out into the Carlton dance with reckless abandon. It is such a feel-good song and instant picker-upper.
Meryl Streep is about that shimmy life and I love it!
It brings me joy to see Whoopi Goldberg because she’s the kind of aged lady I want to be when I grow up. I’m talmbout the kind who is so fresh out of dambs to give that I have a Damb Famine in my house. Whoopi ain’t replenished her supply of dambs since about 1989 and I love it. What makes her even more awesome is that she’s an accomplished entertainer and an EGOT. If I had an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony, I wouldn’t care about folks’ feelings or dress codes either.
Miss Goldberg showed up rocking a strapless maxi dress with a wrinkled white button up underneath, daring people to check her. Spoiler alert: no one did. She truly won my heart when she hiked up her dress to show her homage to the Wizard of Oz, as she rocked striped tights and SHINY RED SHOES! You know how I feel about Red Pumps.
Auntie Whoopi and these random strong of pearls, doe. Bless her entire heart. I love her so. “Whoopi is like everybody’s favorite auntie. Maybe a little high, maybe a little drunk, definitely don’t give one bit of a damn, tells it like it T.I-is, and always a whole lot of fun. Auntie Whoopi is always invited to dinner at my house. Always.” – my girl Kellee (@KHough09)
Whoopi was there introducing Pink, and that was another highlight of the evening. Pink got on that stage, sang “Somewhere over the rainbow” and brought the house down effortlessly in tribute to Wizard of Oz’s 75th anniversary. Her voice, man. It’s like her vocal cords were wept on by newborn unicorns. Them baby magical tears… Just watch here:
Ellen is a whole fool and when she went in the audience asking if anyone was hungry, I didn’t think she’d really get pizza delivered to the auditorium! She even had Brad Pitt handing out paper plates and everything.
Hilarious. That was a real pizza delivery dude too. Well, he probably wants to be an actor one day but HA! I loved it.
John Travolta showed up looking like a real life Ken doll, plastic included. He did have on his special occasion wig so we can clap for him for that. And then he butchered Idina Menzel’s name so bad that it came out as “Adela Dazeem.” Sir WUT?!? O__o How did you get here? Nobody’s s’posed to be here.
FAIL. There’s now a @AdelaDazeem Twitter account and I am cracking up.
Bless Idina’s heart, though. Her performance was not good and it’s not because she lacks talent. The woman can SING (I know, because GLEE) but she had an off night. When she was belting out “Let It Go,” she went so far off key that she had to call a locksmith.
Even still, I had good feelings after the 2014 Oscars and I am giving major props to Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the Academy and the best host EVER, Ellen!
Having a woman of color at the helm (Cheryl) at the Academy is starting to show. This telecast wasn’t the monochromatic parade it usually is. And it had a light-heartedness to it that past years have sorely needed but missed. Hoping for some REAL CHANGE to begin in Hollywood and that next year, color remains in the room.
Did you watch these Oscars? What were your thoughts?