What a difference a year makes huh? My little corner of film Twitter is ecstatic with the results last night, instead of declaring the end of the Academy’s relevance over Green Book. Also, it was a fun show! Bogged down a bit by a ho-hum original song crop, but with enough genuine surprises and moments of emotion to keep me engaged through the whole thing.
The opening was so weird and I loved it:
Sincere Brad Pitt is so much better than the schtick he had been doing this whole season up to this point:
So excited that “Hair Love” won!
There were a lot of great Bong Joon Ho moments last night (and I’ll be sharing more) but I think my favorite is how much of a dork he was as his cowriter was accepting for Best Original Screenplay:
(Also Diane’s excitement for them is adorable!)
ACADEMY AWARD WINNER JACQUELINE DURRAN!
(I know she had won before, but it also means we can say Academy Award winning Little Women so that’s worth celebrating to me.
And my first tears of the night were from watching Dianne Ladd watch Laura Dern win an Oscar:
Also – I know I don’t recap the Independent Spirit Awards but you need to see this:
OK, back to last night, there were lots of montages, which I’m a huge fan of, particularly, when for no given reason they end with an Eminem performance that clearly thrilled people exactly my age and confused everyone else:
(Sorry about the poor quality – ABC hasn’t posted the full performance yet?)
A well deserved second Oscar for Sir Roger Deakins:
While we’re talking about 1917 I feel terrible about how hilarious it is that these three men won an Oscar and forever there will be two adults dressed as cats in the frame with them in every picture of the moment:
Cynthia Erivo can sing:
But…Bernie and Elton Forever:
I have no idea if the score for Joker is good, but I do know that this moment was important:
Bong Joon Ho’s Directing speech was one of the most gracious moments I can remember at an awards show:
Look, I know that thing about the cow is a bit much, but the moment when Joaquin tries to talk about River at the end of this speech is heartbreaking and I love him and I’m just really glad he has an Oscar and a fiancée and seems happy:
Renée rambled and I love her for it, since it also means its the Oscar speech in my memory to randomly thank firefighters (shoutout to Kathryn Bigelow):
THEN PARASITE WON BEST PICTURE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jane Fonda did a great job presenting that award, and the cheer from the crowd was thrilling. Love Cynthia’s nod and Joaquin’s extra large clap, just everything about this. And Tom and Charlene’s fight to being the lights back up.
Fashion-wise it was a night of fun sparkle and strange volume, but generally lovely glitzy.
Also her cape is embroidered with the names of non-nominated female directors and I love that!
Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Vera Wang (Photo Credit: Getty Images)