Award Show Round Up: Oscars 2019

You know, the fact that Green Book won Best Picture, was an unpleasant surprise at the end of the night, but let’s not let that leave a bad taste in our mouths. In general, last night’s show was pleasant and fun and there were some wonderful, history making winners.

(For the record, I do not hate Green Book, but it was pretty clearly a strange choice for best movie of the year. But…at least it wasn’t Vice.) Anyway, on to better things.

For the most part I didn’t find the lack of host to be a lack at all. There are few better ways to open anything than this song:


(Also it was fun to watch which stars were really rocking out in the crowd.)

And these ladies did a great job kicking off the awards presentations:

(If we are going to return to hosts next year – not that we need to – these 3 should do that.)

Another good way to start anything: GIVE REGINA KING AN OSCAR!!!!

Everything about the costume awards presentation was epic (especially the historic winner):

Keep the good Black Panther feelings flowing for the Production Design ground breaker:

(Also I saw a tweet last night asking if the director didn’t know where Ryan Coogler was sitting or something? Why were they never cutting to him?)

I’m going to go out of order here, but like, Alfonso Cuaron got to give a lot of speeches last night, and I liked all of them. (I only wish he also got to give the final one, but we can’t everything):


(Also love how much Angela and Javier relished rolling that R.)
“There are no waves there is only the Ocean,” is also a great philosophy for looking at art.

I also LOVE that Guillermo was there to present this to Alfonso, their friendship has always made me really happy and that hug was wonderful.

Mahershela Ali is a class act who I am always happy to see get lauded, but he’s holding Richard’s Oscar:

I didn’t see Buster Scruggs but I liked our little Western moment last night:

This was a fun moment:

But my favorite duo of presenters are these awards dorks:

My first tears of the night:

And then the second:

(Sorry about the captions, the Academy was better about uploading speeches this year, but not performances for some reason…) And yes, I see all your tweets about how their chemistry is incendiary. But to quote Katey Rich, “In this house we respect Irina Shayk!”

ACADEMY AWARD WINNER SPIKE LEE LADIES AND GENTLEMAN!:

The least surprising win of the night (totally deserved of course):

And the most. Look, I love Olivia, I really really do, but what does Glenn have to do? Kill and skin a horse?

(Also – I know his speech wasn’t perfect and he should have thanked Freddie more directly, but I love Rami and I especially love that he and Lucy Boynton are in love and so this speech warmed my heart a lot):

This blog is a Peter Farrelly free zone, so I will not be posting the video of Best Picture. So, let’s move onto fashion. It was a night of a lot of fluffy pink (like a lot) of fluffy pink, but there were a lot of great gowns!

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Constance Wu in custom Versace (Photo Credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

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Yalitza Aparicio in Rodarte (Photo Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

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Regina King in Oscar de la Renta (Photo Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

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Glenn Close in Carolina Herrera (Photo Credit: Jay L. Clendenin/LA Times)

Give this woman a fucking Oscar.

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Melissa McCarthy in Brandon Maxwell (Photo Credit: Getty/Steve Granitz)

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Helen Mirren in Schiaparelli Haute Couture (Photo Credit: Getty Images/Nielson Barnard)

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Emma Stone in Louis Vuitton (Photo Credit: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

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Lucy Boynton in Rodarte (Photo Credit: Steve Granitz/WireImage)

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Danai Gurira in Brock Collection (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

 

Best Picture Baking Project: Driving Miss Daisy

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I’ve now officially seen the movie that won Best Picture the year I was born! That feels like some sort of milestone. I’m not sure what it marks except that I have actually managed to stick to a pattern of continuing this project consistently in the last few months, but I’ll take it as a win.

Had I seen this one before?

As you can guess from my intro, no I hadn’t seen it before, though, obviously, it’s joked about and referenced enough that I knew the broad outline.

Top 3 observations on this viewing? 

  1. The score – recorded all on synthesizers by composer Hans Zimmer – is so 1989 and insane, but also bouncy and kind of fun.

2. I was on edge the whole time waiting for this uncomfortable premise (old Southern white lady hires an African American man to be her driver) to veer somewhere really offensive. (I watched Cimarron, Crashand Dances With Wolves all in a row I don’t trust the Academy very much on race right now.) But, despite the deferential language Morgan Freeman uses, which would have been true to the period I’m sure, this was much more nuanced that I was expecting.

3. The fact that Dan Ackroyd was nominated for a Supporting Actor Oscar for this is insane. I mean, he’s fine, nothing wrong with his performances, but it’s literally just “affable guy with an accent.” They should’ve nominated Patti LuPone as his wife for her side eye alone.

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What did it beat? Did it deserve to win? 

Born on the Fourth of July I have a lot of issues with Oliver Stone, but his is a great film

Dead Poets Society – As I am a former prep school girl obsessed with poetry, it will surprise no one that this movie is burned into my brain. it was the first time a move made me cry until I shook.

Field of Dreams – I’ll admit I’ve never seen this all the way through, but it’s great as far as I’ve seen

My Left Foot – Great. Classic. Large Irish Family, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jim Sheridan, what more could you ask for?

Wow, what a stacked year! I’m not mad Daisy won, but I’d give it to either Born or Poets. 

Bechdel Test pass?

Um, off the top of my head, yes I think this passes. (Note: The Bechdel site confirms it does!) Daisy and her maid – Idella – both have names and talk to each other. Though their conversations are in passing and their relationship is clearly a depiction of an uncomfortable power imbalance.

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But enough about all of that, I made a cake with Coca Cola (because the movie is set in Atlanta.) I modified the recipe by leaving the coca cola syrup off (it was supposed to have an entire box of powdered sugar in it, and as you can see the cake itself already had more than enough sugar in it.

Coca-Cola Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Coca-Cola
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cup miniature marshmallows

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Grease and flour 13 x 9 in pan (Or be lazy like me and just line it with parchment paper.)
  3. Combine Coca-Cola and buttermilk and set aside
  4. Beat butter at low speed until creamy
  5. Gradually add sugar, beat until blended
  6. Combine flour, cocoa and soda
  7. Add flour mixture to butter alternately with cola mixture (beginning and ending with flour)
  8. Beat at low speed until just blended
  9. Stir in marshmallows
  10. Pour batter into cake pan*
  11. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes

* This step broke my spatula (full disclosure, it was old):

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2018 Live Highlights Playlist (pt. 7)

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I Did Something Bad – Taylor Swift

Sorry about the weird cropping, I’m posting this version specifically for the way the editing turned the lyric from “if a man talks shit” to “if a man talks…then I owe him nothing” which I think most women in the world can appreciate.

(I kid, I know, #NotAllMen. Not even all the ones I know.)

Dance For You – Dirty Projectors

Burn It – Sunflower Bean

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The rare, semi-decent concert shot taken by me

Brunswick Stew – Kacy & Clayton 

This is a real, old-fashioned folk song, which means it’s really fucking dark. You’ve been warned.

Seven Nation Army – Jack White 

Spaceman – The Killers 

Hip Hop Kids – Portugal. The Man 

Calling Cards – Neko Case 

(This version includes my love Kelly Hogan, who unfortunately was not on this Neko tour – though I have seen them sing together live and it’s magic.)

Wonder Woman – Kacey Musgraves 

Shiny One – Belly 

As always, if you have Apple Music, you can listen to the full playlist here.

Today’s bonus, not available on that platform track is:

Roll On Slow/Gloria – Glen Hansard

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I promise this blog will not only be this playlist from here on out (awards season is coming…) but for now…

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Delicate – Taylor Swift

Beautiful Mother – Dirty Projectors

Little of Your Love- HAIM

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From my view in Radio City Music Hall (!) they were blurry, little rock stars

House on a Hill – Olivia Chaney

Funeral Pyre – Julien Baker

(Sorry, shuffle went kind of sad on me this week…)

Feel It Still – Portugal. The Man

Confession: I didn’t actually love the rest of their set at all. But this song is great…so…

Mr. November – The National

Up the Wolves – The Mountain Goats

Never Look Back – Field Report

Go Farther in Lightness – Gang of Youths

As always you can access the whole list here.

And this week’s not on Apple Music bonus is:

Bad Blood/Should’ve Said No (mashup) – Taylor Swift

2018 Live Highlights Playlist (pt. 2)

Yay round 2! You can read a description of what this is in last week’s post.

Runaways – The Killers

You should know there are certain artists (these guys, Taylor, Harry, The Decemberists) who are going to show up on A LOT of these lists, I would apologize, but they’re all really fun live, so you’re welcome?

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SO FUN

End Game – Taylor Swift ft. Ed Sheeran & Future

(For better or worse – probably better? – Ed was not at our show.)

Falling Slowly – Glen Hansard

I Was a Fool – Sunflower Bean

The Question – Anna Tivel

Hotel Yorba – Jack White

Woke Up New – The Mountain Goats

If I Knew – Field Report

Woman – Harry Styles

Down By The Water – The Decemberists

And today’s not available on Apple Music bonus song is:

Present Tense – Glen Hansard covering Pearl Jam

(And this was recorded the night I saw it! (Not by me.)

As always you can listen to the whole playlist here on Apple Music.

2018 Live Highlights Playlist (pt. 1)

I mentioned in my Emmy’s post that I’ve been absent for awhile. I’m not sure exactly why, but although I’ve been on plenty of adventures this year, but I just haven’t felt terribly motivated to write about them. Maybe that will change again in the future (I definitely think theater reviews will return at the very least), but I wanted to find a way to share some of the fun I’ve been having.

So…I’m starting a new series. Throughout this year I’ve been to a lot of concerts, and I’ve started to make a playlist of the songs I’ve enjoyed on my phone. It’s really long now, and grouped roughly chronologically by show, so I mostly just listen to it on shuffle. Every week or so I’ll put it on shuffle and post the first 10 songs that play here (live versions where I can find them, no repeats from the same artist within a week) with some photos I took.

If you’re interested in following my adventures in real time – I suggest my Instagram. And don’t worry, I fully intend to be here for Awards Season madness.

Way Back In The Way Back When – Glen Hansard

Decision Day – Field Report

For Reasons Unknown – The Killers

I know this video isn’t great (also it was at Boston Calling – the music festival – not Boston College?), but I wanted to capture the one I actually saw for this one, because they called a fan up to drum (which they usually do for this song according to the internet) but our guy was good. (And as this project goes on you will see a lot of Brandon Flowers so don’t worry.)

New Year’s Day – Taylor Swift

No, I wasn’t at this secret party. Our Taylor party looked more like this:

Once In My Life – The Decemberists

Spent Gladiator 2 – The Mountain Goats

(We did not have this dramatic of an interaction with John Darnielle as an audience, but it’s hard to find a live video of this song…)

Cruel – St. Vincent

Truth Hurts – Lizzo

The Deepest Sighs, The Frankest Shadows – Gang of Youths

From The Dining Table – Harry Styles

In addition to the massive Apple Music playlist (which if you want to follow it, is publicly available here), I have a Note in my phone titled “Songs That Would Be On Mu 2018 Live Highlights Playlist But Aren’t on Apple Music,” which is too long for a title, I know. But through the wonders of YouTube I can find a lot of these songs online to still share them with you. Here is this week’s randomly chosen bonus:

I Need My Girl – The National featuring Maggie Rogers 

Mid Afternoon Pick Me Up Playlist

I have a really fun weekend planned (I’m going to see Lizzo and HAIM at Radio City Music Hall tomorrow!) but that combined with our mini-summer temperatures and gray clouds is making it very hard for me to focus on bibliographies right now. Here are some upbeat songs I’m listening to keep my eyes open at the very least.

Truth Hurts – Lizzo 

Crisis Fest – Sunflower Bean

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I saw them play Bowery Ballroom last week and they were really fun, and I still really suck at taking show photos

Homemade Dynamite – Lorde

Alfie’s Song (Not So Typical Love Song) – Bleachers

Finesse (Remix) – Bruno Mars feat. Cardi B

Anna – Harry Styles

(For some reason he left this song off his album, even though it’s super fun and includes a George Michael sample, which you should all know by now makes it automatically my new favorite song.)

California – Grimes

Little of Your Love – HAIM

Let Me Down Easy – Gang of Youths

I was going to apologize for the quality of this video, but it also really captures how fun this song is live.  (Here’s a link to the album version of the song.) Also – I really suck at concert shots:

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Long Live –Taylor Swift

You thought you were getting a Friday playlist with no Taylor? Have we not met?

Award Show Round Up: Oscars 2018

Well another awards season has come to a close, and while there were some great moments (and some important statements made) none of my personal favorites managed wins. (Except, of course, my role model Ms. McDormand – but more on that later).

Jimmy Kimmel did a good job last night of being charming, relatively inoffensive, and didn’t dwell on hatred of Matt Damon or the envelope snafu from last year.

I liked the jet ski for shortest speech gimmick (though honestly they could have played people off, that was a looooooong show.)

Mark Bridges, is living his best life up there. (Also, his costumes for Phantom Thread were so gorgeous.

Other than best picture, which I was sure was going to go to Three Billboards there weren’t many surprises with the winners. (Including unfortunately, Timothée Chalamet’s award going to a man in old age makeup yelling.)

I like Sam Rockwell a lot (though Willem DaFoe was robbed):

(Side note: Did we all know that Martin McDonagh and Phoebe Waller-Bridge were a thing? Because that’s awesome.)

I also really like Allison Janney (though Laurie and Lesley were also so amazing this year):

Kobe Bryant has an Oscar now. That’s not one I would have predicted!

Best presenters of the evening:

Though these two were pretty great too:

Jordan Peele deserved this:

I’m not sure if Guillermo deserved this or not, but I he gives good speech:

I love a good Meryl bit:

And most importantly: Frances. McDormand.

Fashion wise there was a lot of sparkle and bright bold colors, which I loved. Here were my favs:

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Sally Hawkins in Armani Privé (Photo Credit: WireImage)

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Jennifer Lawrence in Dior (Photo Credit: David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock)

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Kumail Nanjiani in Ermenegildo Zenga Couture and Emily V. Gordon in J. Mendel (Photo Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty)

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Allison Williams in Armani Privé Couture (Photo Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images) 

She looks beautiful, and I love that fairy-gossamer dress, but I am still not convinced she’s not going to murder someone.

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Allison Janney in Reem Acra (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge in Vionnet (Photo Credit: Getty/Mike Stobe)

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Jane Fonda in Balmain (Photo Credit: Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

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Ashley Judd in Zameer Kassam and Mira Sorvino in Romona Keveža (Photo Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

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Greta Gerwig in my favorite Oscars dress of all time which was designed by Rodarte (Photo Credit: David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock)

Award Show Round Up: BAFTAs 2018

Sorry this post is a day late. I was out of traveling yesterday and I kind of completely forgot that I hadn’t done this. As far as BAFTAs go this one was a little strange. This may have been because it was first time since I started watching that Stephen Fry wasn’t the host, though Joanna Lumley was lovely. And it may have been because it was the British Time’s Up moment, but it didn’t feel quite as galvanized and united as the Golden Globes to me (is it possible that it’s just because the room was bigger?)

The other strange thing was that the show started with Best British Film going to Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri which is of course an incredibly American story. (It was also presented by Jennifer Lawrence, an American actress.) That movie went on to win basically everything, which didn’t bother me as much as it does some other people, but it’s not super exciting to me either. (Except it means lots of love for Frances McDormand, which I am never going to be mad about.)

EE Rising Star did go to a Brit, and yes, I promise I will see Get Out very soon. (Or before the Oscars at least.)

Legend!

(Side note: shout out to Timmy for walking him up the stairs. And though I knew it was going to happen last night, please stop giving Mr. Chalamet’s awards to Gary Oldman. Especially on nights when you are supposed to be lifting up the voices of women who have spoken out against their abusers. Thanks!)

We’re at that point in awards season where I begin to sound like a broken record, but I would’ve given this to Laurie, but I love Ms. Janney (and her strange space age shrug):

Speaking of women I love and their strange fashion choices:

And that speech is a good one to end on!

The all black dress code led to some unusual embellishment choices fashion wise, but there were a few looks I liked:

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Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior Haute Couture (Photo Credit: Getty)

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw in vintage Cardinali (Photo Credit: Lipstick Alley)

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Lily James in Burberry (Photo Credit: Getty/Mike Marsland)

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Lupita Nyong’o in Elie Saab (Photo Credit: David M. Benett/Getty Images)

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Natalie Dormer in custom Alberta Ferretti (Photo Credit: Mike Marsland/WireImage)

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Jamie Bell and Kate Mara in Dior (Photo Credit: Getty/Dav J. Hogan)

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Helena Bonham Carter (Photo Credit: Mike Marsland/WireImage)

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Florence Pugh in Miu Miu (Photo Credit: Getty)

Awards Show Round Up: SAG Awards 2018

So, none of my favorites seem to be winning this season. But, it was still a pretty great night. And I have always loved the “I’m an actor” opening:

I’ve seen I, Tonya finally (a new nominees post is coming tomorrow I promise!) and Allison Janey is great! I still would give the award to Laurie Metcalf I think. But this category is really stacked this year.

Apparently, Sam Rockwell is going to win an Oscar this year. I like him a lot, so I’m not mad in principle, except I feel like shouting into some sort of abyss, “WILLEM DAFOE WAS ROBBED!!!!!”

Unsurprisingly, this was one of my favorite moments of the night:

I know there’s a lot of jokes to be made about how long Nicole Kidman’s speeches are, but she gave this speech with the flu. As you may recall, when I had the flu, I couldn’t keep my eyes open to watch a speech. She’s amazing.

Speaking of good speeches, Sterling…always the best:

Also, I’m happy for the whole This Is Us crew. I know everyone thought it would go to Handmaid’s but I love how SAG always throws a curveball in this category. Remember how many times they gave it to Downton? And Sterling’s face at the announcement was pretty priceless:

(Go to 0:40 for his reaction.)

For the record: STOP GIVING GARY OLDMAN TIMOTHÉE CHALAMET’S PRIZES.

I would give this award to Saoirse as you know. (Let’s be real I’d give every prize ever to Saoirse.) But Frances is pretty wonderful:

So with this cast win it looks like our Best Picture race is between Three Billboards and Shape of Water which I’m…sort of unenthused about…but I guess I’m team Billboards:

Fashion wise, it was a night of strangely aggressive sequins and bows, but here were my standouts:

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Mandy Moore in Ralph Lauren (Photo Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

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Trcee Ellis Ross in Ralph & Russo (Photo Credit: Rex Shutterstock)

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Sarah Silverman in Romona Keveza

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Sam Rockwell and Leslie Bibb (Photo Credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

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Saoirse Ronan in Louis Vuitton (Photo Credit: Stewart Cook.WWD/Rex/Shutterstock)

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Odeya Rush in Dior Haute Couture (Photo Credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

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Dakota Fanning in Prada (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

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Zoe Kazan in Miu Miu (Photo Credit: Frederick M. Brown/Gett Images)