Sorry for the lateness, blame 3rd year stress! 🙂 Enjoy
The Oscars surprised me this year in many ways, from a disappointing host (even though I was so excited for Neil Patrick Harris, and he did get off to a good start) and the shock of Boyhood only winning for Best supporting Actress. Now I haven’t seen Richard Linklater’s incredible, 7-year spanning creation about the simple, yet complex situation of growing up, but even I feel that the prestige of an academy award would have just made his day. However, after saying that, I am exceptionally pleased that the genius that was Birdman won three major awards, best original screenplay, best director for Iñárritu, and finally the mother of all, best film.
Those epically written scenes of Edward Norton and Michael Keaton raging at each other under contexts of reaching your inner actor, whether or not their Raymond Carver revival will turn heads or not, and well just acting like a jackass, formed a twisted bromance that played on Keaton’s psychological instabilities. His moments of casual meditation in those, now highly popular and probably fastest selling retail product since the Lotso Bear from Toy Story 3, Y fronts to his illusory powers of telekinesis and dystopic frenzy all constitute for a whirlwind conception of the Birdman, deserving of Academy recognition. And well if the writing gets an Oscar, the main man behind transferring the words to the screen is as equally as worthy, especially for crazily deciding on ONE shot as sufficient for harbouring these entwining desires and anxieties of a du=dysfunctional and deluded set of individuals.
Back to Boyhood, Patricia Arquette may have given a beautiful performance in the film, but I think its safe to say, her performance as an Academy award-winning WOMAN won her more praise that night. Voicing her opinion of the equal pay act and women’s rights on the biggest, most powerful, most notable platforms in the film industry had her fellow actresses, the likes of Meryl Streep, cheering and even jumping out of their seats in agreement. After winning almost all the major awards for this performance, giving well thought out speeches every time, she waited for the ultimate mode of campaigning, and she got it, she made herself heard and earned the backing of important people close to the US Government, like Hilary Clinton.
To be honest, what are these speeches for, to suck up to the board of directors that decided you were good enough to be in these nominations, or to list every damn name in the world. I think good speeches are those that address the feelings of pride and happiness that come with achieving such heights in your career. If thanking people is a part of it then so be it, but a long list? That will have us yawning until we can down some drinks at the after party. The best Oscar speeches I have heard have been much more subtle in their long list of supporters. Arquette is up there with Meryl Streep, Daniel Day Lewis, and another great speech from the very same ceremony, John Legend and Common. They won for Best Original Song, after an emotional performance, bringing the likes of Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, and Chris Pine to tears.
To finish off, I just want to say that Neil Patrick Harris IS funny, he is his own type of comedian, but before that he is a singer, a dancer and an actor. So he may have epically failed, coming out with an all time low for ratings, but he did have to follow Ellen. I mean, come on, she was brilliant last year, she interacted with the audience, she charmed everyone at home with her unique wit and hey, and she fed them, with pizza. That was the steal. So, maybe not the Oscars Neil, you’re a Tony guy.