Oh. The Oscars. What a wonderful love/hate relationship we have. There’s so much to say, and so little time. But I am going to try and do my BEST to fit everything in, and to hopefully, be nowhere near as boring as the actual show. Here goes!
First things first. Neil Patrick Harris. God bless you for opening the show with this quote:
1. “Tonight We Honor Hollywood’s Best and Whitest”
I laughed. Hard. But I guess we have to laugh to keep from crying when it comes to the lack of inclusion in Hollywood. A lot of people are giving him a hard time, saying that he failed as the host. I disagree. I think he did pretty well. Whatever the case, thank you Neil for actually SAYING what everybody was thinking.
2. Immigration Joke that pissed us all off. Sean Penn thought it would be a good idea to say “Who gave this son of a bitch his green card?” before presenting Director Alejandro González Iñarritú his award for Birdman last night. “Joke among friends” or not, it struck a cord for me and viewers everywhere. Not really that funny of a joke given the context and the Oscar’s longstanding history of erasure…but hey. Alejandro followed up with a profound message:
“I want to dedicate this award for my fellow Mexicans, the ones who live in Mexico,” Inarritu said. “I pray that we can find and build the government that we deserve. And the ones that live in this country who are part of the latest generation of immigrants in this country, I just pray that they can be treated with the same dignity and the respect of the ones who came before and (built) this incredible immigrant nation.”
3. Patricia Arquette gives a hell of a speech. Patricia Arquette went on stage to accept her award for best Supporting Actress in the movie Boyhood and before we knew it, we all had front row seats to a women’s suffragists meeting, and I was perfectly OK with that. Before exiting, Patricia had something she wanted to let the people know:
“To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights. It’s our time to have equal rights and equal wages for the women of the United States of America!”
Meryl Streep and J Lo couldn’t contain themselves, giving Ms. Arquette ALL of the praise. Quite enjoyable to watch.
4. Lupita’s Brother, Peter being everywhere and doing ALL the things. Can I just say that I love Lupita’s brother? Ever since he made his way into Ellen’s epic Oscar selfie, I knew I liked the kid. THIS year, I think we saw him more times than we saw Lupita. Hanging out on the red carpet, smiling…and THEN he made it on camera during the actual show. He was sitting right beside Jack Black, who helped Neil do the opening. What a wonderful thing it must be to be Lupita Nyong’o’s brother. Oh, and he even got a pic with Beyonce.
5. John Legend and Common performed “Glory”, won an Oscar, and everybody cried.
Listen. This almost took me out. I was yelling at the TV and being all kinds of crazy when these men performed this song, and even more so when they won for BEST Original Song for “Glory.” And when these two young Black men, oozing EXCELLENCE, took to those microphones to give their speeches, I shouted “GLORY” to the heavens. They spoke nothing but truth, and I appreciate their poise and their willingness to use their platform for change!
Also, David Oyelowo and Chris Pine shed tears and that almost took me out as well.
6. David Oyelowo Made to Mock Annie. Among other things that made me uncomfortable last night: Neil Patrick Harris asked Selma star David Oyelowo to read a cue card that read:
“We saw the last ever Hobbit movie, the last ever Night at the Museum movie, and the last ever attempt to remake Annie.” The most recent version of Annie, starring Quvenzhane Wallis and Jamie Foxx, who are of course…Black stirred up a lot of controversy. Making David mock Annie’s perceived failure just didn’t sit well with me…at all. And it was very obvious that David didn’t think it was too funny either.
7. Graham Moore’s Acceptance Speech. Talk about a thoughtful and impactful speech! Graham Moore’s speech tackled the issue of suicide. He revealed to the audience that he had tried to commit suicide at the age of 16, and he wanted to let everyone around the world know that no matter what, they MATTERED. He urged people to “stay weird.” Bravo!
“So in this brief time here, what I wanted to do was say this: When I was 16 years old, I tried to kill myself because I felt weird and I felt different, and I felt like I did not belong. And now I’m standing here…and so I would like this moment to be for this kid out there who feels like she’s weird or she’s different or she doesn’t fit in anywhere. Yes, you do. I promise you do. Stay weird, stay different and then, when it’s your turn, and you are standing on this stage, please pass the same message to the next person who comes along. Thank you so much!”
8. Eddie Murphy making it clear that the jig was up.
LOL! I must say, when I saw Eddie’s face, I laughed SO hard! Listen, Eddie is not here for any of it. He was OBVIOUSLY fed up with Hollywood and their shenanigans, and all he really wanted to know was where the cocktails and white women were. Eddie was like: You people disrespect ME, you’ve asked me to mock Bill Cosby, and now THIS. The whitest Oscars in years. This is the best side eye I’ve seen in a long time. Thank you, Eddie for all that you do.
Before I leave, let’s get into these FASHIONS! Best dressed goes to Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo. Each of them were FLAWLESS and they both looked ethereal and amazing in all of their chocolatey excellence.