This is the first year that I think that the Oscars have done everything right in terms of the winners. All of the wins are well deserved especially Birdman for best picture. Even though I loved Whiplash, I’m not upset that Birdman got the award. It is a great movie that I would love to see again. It also has an amazing story, filming technique and acting throughout.
There were no shocks for the acting with JK Simmons winning Best Supporting actor while telling us to call our mums and dads. Patricia Arquette won Best Supporting Actress and told us about equal rights with Meryl Streep cheering her on. Julianne Moore won Best Actress for Still Alice, a film I have yet to see. Eddie Redmayne got Best Actor and showed the world why we love him more and more every day. A surprising emotional speech came from Graham Moore who got Best adapted Screenplay for the Imitation Game. He spoke about the moment when he was 16 and wanted to kill himself. He showed everyone there that you shouldn’t give up on life while giving hope to young people who are going through things that he had.
Big Hero 6 finally got the award it deserved by winning Best Animated Feature. This makes me so happy that The Lego Movie didn’t get nominated. Alejandro won Best Director and showed that foreigners are great at making films from storytelling to visuals and direction.
The award that I was most excited for was Best Original Song. We got to see the performances ranging from weird (Everything is Awesome) to boring ( sorry Adam Levine) to being emotional ( John Legend and Common who made some of the audience members cry, particularly Chris Pine and David Oyelowo). Obviously, Glory won with John Stephen and Lonnie Lynn aka Legend and Common. They both gave a powerful speech about how the march has impacted people today no matter what religion, race, gender or sexuality you may be.
I’ve always known that Lady Gaga can sing but recently, she has made me love her even more. This is because we know get to hear her voice without any gimmicks and the awards were no exception. She gave the best performance of the night singing a Sound Of Music medley to celebrate the films 50 year anniversary. To top it all of, Julie Andrews was there and cheered her on. This shows how music can make such a big impact on film.
Now, let’s get to the hosting. People have said that Neil Patrick Harris was a boring host and I agree. He started off very strong with his musical number but then, everything was not awesome afterwards. It was dull and boring. I even forgot that he was the host at times. The only good bits that he had was the Birdman and Whiplash reference, the dress joke and when he sang the theme for the commercial ad JK was in. The only thing that actually saved the show was the music.
Overall, the Oscars was average. Most of the winners were expected and the ones that weren’t still deserved it. The performances were the best part and it is what will make people remember in the future.