Monday, March 5, 2018

#MicroblogMondays: Let's talk Oscar

So who watched the Oscars last night?  If you've read my blog for a while, you'll know that while my interest in other awards shows has waned over the years, Oscar night has always been (and still is)  pretty much sacred at my house, and that I haven't missed one in the 45+ years since I started staying up late (on a school night!!) to watch with my mother. I never get to see too much of the red carpet show, because it bores dh silly and we only have one TV now, but once the orchestra strikes up the music and the main show starts, it's all mine....!

I was better prepared for staying up to the end this year, since I got lots of practice over the past two weeks, staying up till midnight or later watching figure skating at the Olympics. ;)  Also, it helps to be retired and know you can sleep in the next morning, lol.  ;)  (Personally, it was worth staying up to the end to see Helen Mirren aboard a jetski, lol.)  I didn't think it was the greatest Oscar show ever, but it wasn't the worst either.  And while both the actress & supporting actress won for mom roles, and there were plenty of the usual shoutouts to Mom & the kids in the acceptance speeches, there wasn't a lot of gushing about the wonders of motherhood (as there has been in some years past), which was a relief....!

I'm not sure I would want to go to an actual Oscars party -- I love watching by myself at home, curled up on the sofa with a bowl of popcorn and a bag of chips, blank ballot at the ready to mark off the winners as the envelopes get opened.  Which is not to say I don't enjoy hearing what other people have to say. :)  I belong to an annual online Oscars pool organized on Facebook by some online friends, & there's a running winners' tally & commentary on FB during the telecast. I've actually never entered the pool (and I should -- I think I would have a pretty good chance, because even if I haven't seen the nominated movies myself, I've usually read a lot & know who all the favourites are...) but I love following the conversation. So I keep my laptop close by and check out various live blogs & Facebook for commentary while the commercials are on.

So let's have some day-after conversation here in the comments.  Did you watch? Thoughts? Favourite dress?  Dress that made you wince? Favourite speech? Moment(s) that made you cheer? Cringe?

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  1. I got a chuckle out of Mark Hamill's "Don't say LaLa Land, don't say LaLa Land..." :)

    We have, in previous years, been invited to some friends' house for an Oscar party - potluck, and usually with a heavy focus on the red-carpet fashion critique. But a) that can be a very late evening with a half-hour drive at the end of it and a work day in the morning, and b) it gets overwhelming when one's fellow guests are carrying on multiple, competing conversations in ever-increasing volume levels. I prefer to watch it your way, curled up on the couch with my husband and the cats, and able to get up and take care of some laundry during the commercials. And anyway, the party didn't happen this year as I'm sure the hosts were busy with their kid.

  2. Loved seeing Mark Hamill there -- and I got a laugh out of how short he & Oscar Isaac looked next to Kobe Bryant!! I hear you on the noise levels at viewing parties -- some people are there more for the party/socializing than the show itself, which is annoying to serious Oscar afficionados like me. ;)

  3. Gasp! I don't think I've watched the Oscars in its entirety since I was a kid.

  4. Oscar parties aren't a thing here because the show starts in the middle of the afternoon. In my self/un-employed days, I often record and watch later in the afternoon when I cam fast toward. This year we were driving north, and missed it completely.

  5. Ah, I love the Oscars! We actually went to a party this year, a gala thingie through Kodak, and I was HORRIBLY DISAPPOINTED to find that it was not a viewing party at all. That I missed the entire first two hours. We actually left early at 9:30 to go home and watch the rest in pajamas. I was real tired Monday morning. I loved Jodi Foster and Jennifer Lawrence's co-presenting. I loved how gloriously weird Frances McDormand is. I loved Maya Rudolph and Tiffany Haddish's co-presenting. I loved the video on diversity in films. There was a lot to love, and I am just so mad that I missed so much!