The 87th Academy Awards – A Glamorous Night Full of Surprises
On Oscars night we get to celebrate the great films that touch our lives. It is always a glamorous night, full of elegant and edgy fashion and many surprises. This year was no different.
Harris was the perfect host—handsome, charming and talented—and he guided us smoothly through the awards, speeches, and performances. I wasn’t crazy about seeing him in his underwear, personally, but the Birdman parody got lots of people talking. Lady Gaga knocked it out of the park. What a talent! We have to hand it go her, she changed her whole image and looks amazing, and of course the girl has a golden voice. Her tribute to The Sound of Music was fantastic, and I was moved to see Julie Andrews in tears as she joined the singer on stage after the five minute medley.
Patricia Arquette’s win for Best Supporting Actress in Boyhood gave her the perfect soapbox for a fiery speech on gender equality. She has since received both praise and backlash for her remarks, particularly those calling for “all the gay people and all the people of color that we’ve all fought for to fight for us now,” but the conviction behind them came across profoundly.
For me there were a couple surprises as far as awards go. I was disappointed that Clint Eastwood was not nominated Best Director for American Sniper. It was an amazing film that walked away with only an award for sound editing. Birdman would not have been my pick for Best Picture, but I can understand why it would appeal to the Academy.
I would be remiss if not to acknowledge the sad absence of the great Joan Rivers from the “In Memoriam” segment of the show. The Academy has been the target of much criticism for its decision to overlook her contributions to the industry, but we will remember and miss her big heart and sharp wit in our lives, on the red carpet, and at the after parties.
Speaking of after parties—wow. They were great this year. The Governors Ball was so, so beautiful and elegant. Vanity Fair always rocks, and there were dozens of other parties carrying on to all hours of the night. Elton John was huge this year as well, and while the change of some venues created a bit of a traffic jam, everyone eventually got where they were going. As usual, Norby and Richard Walters were rocking away at their own Night of 100 Stars party at the Beverly Hilton.