- The night before the Oscars, I dreamed I was AT the Oscars -- as a presenter, no less! Hanging out with Queen & the guys from "Bohemian Rhapsody." ;) And it was five minutes to showtime, and I was struggling to put on my makeup. :p I do remember I was wearing a kickass dress, though. :) Dark metallic grey-blue with sparkles.
- Not having a host actually seemed to work out pretty well, I thought...! The pace of the show seemed much improved from recent years (under 3 hours & 20 minutes, not bad...), and they didn't seem to be quite as strict about cutting off people's speeches.
- I do think they could have given a LITTLE more time to the honorary & science/tech award winners, though...! (presented at separate banquets)
- I am glad they did not move some of the awards to the commercial breaks, as previously announced. They deserve their moment in the spotlight too. And often some of the best speeches & most memorable moments come from these "minor" award winners.
- I will admit, I didn't think "Bohemian Rhapsody" was best picture material... but it was one of my favourite movies from last year. A whole lot of fun, and I do think it deserved all the awards it got. (And it actually wound up winning more awards -- four -- than any other movie this year!)
- LOVED having Queen and Adam Lambert open the show. Just perfect and set an energetic tone for the show. Loved seeing Brian May & Roger Taylor in the audience later too. :)
- Also perfect having Mike Myers & Dana Carvey (aka Wayne & Garth :) ) introduce the movie as a Best Picture nominee. :)
- Loved Rami Malek's acceptance speech too.
- Loved Bradley Cooper & Lady Gaga's duet, and how they just walked up to the stage from the audience & started singing. They need to put a picture of these two under the dictionary definition of "chemistry." ;)
- I did not see "Mary Poppins Returns," but hearing Bette Midler sing "Where the Lost Things Go" brought me to tears. It's a song about loss & grief & comfort. (My understanding of the movie is Mary Poppins returns after Michael Banks -- now the grown-up father of three children -- loses his wife.)
- Great Poppins-esque entrance from Keegan-Michael Key to introduce the song (being lowered from the ceiling with an umbrella in hand!). I would have been terrified!! (I am sure that was WELL rehearsed!)
- I have not seen "The Favourite" either, but I loved Olivia Colman's surprise win & speech.
- Was there anything funnier than Melissa McCarthy and her rabbit-festooned dress -- a send-up of the queen Colman played in "The Favourite"?
- A friend (also living without children after loss) pointed out to me on Facebook "While Queen Anne didn't really have a rabbit for every child she lost  it was kind of cool that The Favourite addressed her losses with them." (17!!) I did not know this!
- Favourite dresses: Tina Fey, Regina King, Amy Adams, Glenn Close (obviously designed with a win in mind...!), Emma Stone, Gemma Chan (a bit frou-frou with all those ruffles, but she pulled it off), Constance Wu, Michelle Yeoh, Brie Larson, Julia Roberts.
- Just... no (re: dresses): Maya Rudolph, Kacey Musgraves, Linda Cardellini, Rachel Weisz. And Charlize Theron. Normally she looks stunning, but IMHO, her dress was drab and way too severe looking.
Did you watch? Thoughts? Favourite dress(es)? Dress(es) that made you wince? Favourite speech? Moment(s) that made you cheer? Cringe?
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