Sunday, February 22, 2015

Oscars in 2015: Quite grand, and sometimes silly with Neil Patrick Harris


The 87th Academy Awards, the Oscars, is about to conclude, running longer than usual. 
Lady Gaga sang some adaptations from “The Sound of Music”, not as effective as the original film, before Julie Andrews presented the nominees for best music score.

But the high point of the evening seems to be the performance of “Glory” from Selma, with a replication of the Edmund Pettus Bridge from Selma, Alabama on the stage.
  
 Neil Patrick Harris is the host (presenters here ) and he opened by singing “Moving Pictures”.
  
  
Later, Harris went in skivvies, showing off his smooth body, as if inspired by Reid Ewing’s “Imagine Me Naked” video from “Modern Family” a few years back.  But Harris wasn’t quite up to the challenge. Leave your bod for imagination. Later, Harris made a show of showing his own "predictions". 
  
The "Je ne regrette rien" from "Inception" has been played twice in a commercial. 
  
Best director: Allejandro Gonzalez Inniratu for “Birdman”.

Best actor:  Eddie Redmayne (as Stephen Hawking): "The Theory of Everything."  I would like to have seen Miles Teller ("Whiplash") and Ellar Coltrane ("Boyhood") nominated.

Best actress:  Julianne Moore for "Still Alice".

Best picture: "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)" (Nov. 5, 2014). I would have picked "Boyhood" or "Selma". 

Graham Moore, who wrote the adapted screenplay for "The Imitation Game" gave an impassioned acceptance and pitch for those who are "different".
   
Stay tuned.  

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