Sunday, February 9, 2020

Oscar Snapshot Thus Far ...

LOVED the opening, kicking it off old-school, with musical number to break the audience ice (and it worked) with Janelle Monae and Billy Porter! 

Though there were mixed reactions to Janelle's red-carpet gown, I actually dug the retro hood-dress (though I would've preferred a slimmer skirt to the A-line).  It's not something I would wear, or could wear and pull off, but Janelle wore it well.  Just a lil 1930s/1940s throwback glamour for ya :) 

But more on dresses later, that was just a quick aside ;)

PLUS - go Brad, finally winning an Oscar :)


Update x1  - Super excited to see Shia Labeouf back where he belongs :)

I remember saying to my daughter, while watching Even Stevens, all those years ago, "If they clean that kid up, he could be a superstar - he's unusually talented.  He has natural comedic timing you just can't teach, combined with an intensity with dramatic moments, especially for someone so young."

(Of course, I was also impressed with Amanda Bynes, back then, too - not so much her acting, but her comedic-skit-writing skills -  and that didn't turn out so well - but then again, see below on that)

Well, someone else noticed.  So he became a superstar ...

... and then he wasn't ...

Because he derailed himself by essentially telling Hollywood and the PR/press to eff off.  

He went a little cray cray, as child actors often do, but I thought it was hypocritical of Hollywood to give him so much sh*t - because most of Hollywood is cray cray, they just pay for better PR - he was just honest and upfront about it (and not a complete sociopath) lol.

What I mean is, creative people often aren't completely well mentally - and if you have any chinks in your chain at all, Hollywood and fame are gonna pull on them as hard as they can.

I actually have a theory that it's not just mental illness that causes the problem, because, as I said, creative people with mental illness comprise most of Hollywood - so why does Hollywood protect some and not others?

Besides a few telling Hollywood and their games to eff off, I also think it's the genuine ones -  the ones whose souls are intact and still have some semblance of consciences - those are the ones that break the hardest - particularly former child actors - i.e. Shia, Lindsey Lohan, Amanda Bynes, Joaquin (formerly "Leaf") Phoenix, River Phoenix.

Speaking of a big soul, very sweet to see him with his Oscar "date" - Zak Gottsagen, a young man with Downs syndrome, who Shia Labeouf cast in his two indie films "The Peanut Butter Falcon" and "Honey Boy."

Aw, what a sweetie :) 

Shia, you keep that big heart, that's okay - and I know it sucks, but ya gotta play the game their way, at least little bit, in Hollywood. Don't let them chase you off, you're much too talented ;) 

Update x2:

Not sure why Eminem was there - other than the fact that he was a no-show at the Oscars in 2003 - though his song "Lose Yourself" won, and "did NOT want to blow this opportunity" again? 

Regardless -  my Detroitian husband, Mark, (who grew up right on the 8-mile line, the Eastpointe area of Detroit) and I totally melted down when we saw him!

We squealed (okay, that was just me), bobbed our heads,  and rapped along with Eminem like it was 2003 - as did the audience :)

LOVED the audience the reaction to Eminem's surprise performance of  "Lose Yourself" from Eminem's semi-autobiographical movie "Eight-Mile" - 18 years later.  Whatevs, always a good song :)

I think at first, people were confused, like "Whaaa?" and then, "Is that really Eminem?"  - plus the music trailed behind him for just a second - but once they gelled, the audience got into it and gave him a standing ovation at the end - to include showing when everyone started rapping along, from Anthony Ramos to Gal Gadot to Kelly Marie Tran to Zazie Beets; and of course, the standing ovation) ...

Well, THAT woke everyone up lol

Update x3

Three superhero women on stage, just now - Sigourney Weaver, Gal Gadot, and Brie Larson on stage just now, the latter two showing much love for Sigourney (as they should).  

I very nearly named my daughter "Ripley" based on her character in the Aliens Trilogy :) 

Well, more the second movie - when she stopped screaming and running around in her undies, and became a mama bear with PTSD to contend with, kicking butt (but still feminine).  

Let's not even talk about the third one - I just pretend it was a hypersleep chamber dream lol). 

Update x4:

Joaquin Phoenix finally received a long overdue Oscar.

(I admit, I had a hard time putting this pic up because he looks  - and usually acts - a lot like my ex-husband.  Thus, the main reason I will not be seeing Joker at any time ;)

However, tonight, his speech was mostly and surprisingly coherent - weird, yet touching, actually -  speaking honestly and eloquently, about being given a second chance, redemption, supporting each other, and gratitude.

In fact, I'm going to pretend my ex-husband finally said that. To me.  Can I?  ;) 

"I've been a scoundrel in my life. I've been selfish. I've been cruel at times, hard to work with, and I'm grateful that so many of you in this room have given me a second chance ...And I think that's when we're at our best -- when we support each other. Not when we cancel each other out for past mistakes, but when we help each other to grow, when we educate each other, when we guide each other towards redemption. That is the best of humanity." 


He ended the speech by quoting a lyric written by his brother, River Phoenix, (also an unusually talented in his youth, before his untimely death of drug overdose at age 23): "Run into the rescue with love and peace will follow."

I'm seeing a redemption theme, here - Eminem, Joaquin, and Shia - all given second chances and showing gratitude?

Regardless, welcome back, gentlemen   :)

So next year, it's the ladies turn for redemption and second chances?

For example, how about all the actresses Harvey Weinstein blacklisted, simply because they said no? :)

And yes, maybe even Amanda Bynes?

I envisioned seeing her write for SNL one day.  

Stop the drugs, stop worrying about being a starlet, stop letting the fame, the gossip, the two-faced sociopaths get inside your head,  and just get back to the creativity, to writing skits, sweetie.  It's all still in there somewhere :)

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