23 February 2015

And the Oscar goes to.......

The Oscars
The Oscars
I didn't watch the 87th Academy awards this year, it would have meant staying up until five o clock in the morning, owing to the time difference between Greece and America.

Besides, I more or less knew the outcome, or so I thought; “Boyhood”, the film expected to win Oscar after Oscar did not do well at all.

"Boyhood"
"Boyhood" 
I am so pleased!

It has to be the worst film I have seen, if not the worst, then, the most boring.

“Boyhood” surpassed my all time bad film: “The Singing Detective”, a 2003 film starring Robert Downey Junior.

I had watched this film with my daughter and her boyfriend Dimitris, my daughter and I gave up on it very quickly, Dimitris watched it until the bitter end and declared it brilliant!


"The Singing Detective"
"The Singing Detective"

I think there was a bit of “Ego” going on here as he was the one who chose the film!!!

The film that did take “Best film “ award, “Birdman” starring Michael Keaton, in my opinion was only marginally better!


 Michael Keaton "Birdman"
 Michael Keaton "Birdman"

I had managed to see all the films nominated for “Best Film” in the run up to the Academy Awards:

“Birdman”
“Boyhood”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“American Sniper”
“The Imitation Game”
Selma
“Whiplash”
“The Theory of Everything”


I very much liked “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and was happy to see it win four Awards:

“Best Original Score”
“Best Production Design”
“Best Achievement in Makeup and Hair-styling”
“Best Costume Design”



"Grand Budapest Hotel"
"Grand Budapest Hotel"

Ralph Fiennes played the part of M. Gustave, the Concierge, brilliantly, but, for me, Zero, the Bus Boy, played by Tony Revolori, made the whole film.

Julianne Moore, nominee together with:

 Reese Witherspoon “Wild”, Marion Cotillard, “Two Days, One Night”, Felicity Jones ”The Theory of Everything” and Rosamund Pike” Gone Girl”,

  received, and rightly so, the “Best Actress Award” (Her first Oscar) for her convincing acting in “Still Alice”


"Still Alice"
"Still Alice"


Julianne Moore"
Julianne Moore"


A harrowing story, about Alice, a woman, who, prematurely develops Alzheimer’s disease.

Eddi Redmayne, nominee along with:

Steve Carell “Foxcatcher, Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper”, Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”,

took the Oscar “Best Actor” for his portrayal of Steven Hawking in:

 “The Theory of Everything”

This is another film that I personally found rather boring.


Eddi Redmayne as Steven Hawking
Eddi Redmayne as Steven Hawking


A film I did enjoy, “The Imitation Game” Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, was nominated for eight Oscars, it only managed too take home one One:

“Best Adapted Screenplay”


Benedict Cumberbatch "The Imitation Game"
 Benedict Cumberbatch "The Imitation Game"

“Ida” by Polish Director, Pavel Pawlikowski won “Best Foreign Film", a good film, but, I was disappointed that the Greek film “Little England”, exceptionally good, was not nominated.



Ida. Best Foreign Film
Ida. Best Foreign Film


Greek Film, Little England.
Greek Film, Little England. 

Reading reviews this morning, it doesn’t seem the host of this year’s Academy Awards, Neil Patrick Harris, was much of a hit, unlike Ellen DeGeneres, who’s “Group Selfie” last year, went viral!


Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris, the host of the 87th Academy Awards.


Ellen DeGeneres' Group Selfie
Ellen DeGeneres' Group Selfie

There were a couple of good quotes that I must add to my collection (I love quotes!)

“Fear is the condom of life. It doesn’t allow you to enjoy things”

This was uttered by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, who won “Best Director” with Birdman.


Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. Best Director. Birdman.


J.K Simmons, “Best Actor in a Supporting Roll” (Whiplash), and his acceptance speech was easily the best of them all, said:

“If you’re lucky enough to have a parent or two alive on this planet, call ‘em. Don’t text. Don’t email. Call them on the phone. Tell ‘em you love ‘em, and thank them, and listen to them for as long as they want to talk to you.”


J.K.Simmons
J.K.Simmons


One highlight of the show, was Paticia Arquette’s acceptance speech, for her award “Best Actress in a Supporting Roll” for the film “Boyhood”

She wants “Equal Rights for Women”

Bit old hat Patricia!


Paticia Arquette
Paticia Arquette


Lately, The Academy Awards seems to be turning into a “soapbox” for causes!

Last but not least, which actually is the beginning of the whole show, is:

 “The Red Carpet”

This year, the ever stylish Kate Blanchette, was the best!!

Always chic and classy!


 Kate Blanchette
 Kate Blanchette


Dear Kelly Osbourne, has no one ever told you, that less is more?



Kelly Osbourne
Kelly Osbourne


Jennifer Lopez, we can forgive, after all, she is Jennifer Lopez!



Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez


”Star of The Show” must go to Lady Gaga, not just for her magnificent rendering of  “The Hills Are Alive” from “The Sound of Music” but for her bright red washing up gloves!



Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga


Lady Gaga:

 Never fails to disappoint!

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