Hollywood’s Biggest Night
The most prestigious ceremony in the film world is often remembered because of its host. If we dial back a year, more people would know about the ‘Oscar Selfie’ than the people who bagged home awards. Given his reputation as a host, the pressure was even more on Neil Patrick Harris. What we got was a rather forgettable performance. Having hosted the Tony Awards in a fantastic manner, and with a highly promising teaser we expected a lot more from NPH.
Agreed Ellen set the bar pretty high (or himself with his previous performances) but there was so much material available to him. The year saw several issues and controversies like the Sony Hack and objections about the racial divide when it comes to the Academy Awards. What we did get from him is the worst joke, a play on Reese Witherspoon’s last name. A promising start by him (“Hollywoods best and the whitest..sorry I meant brightest”) was followed by jokes that fell flat all across. So much that he was the only one laughing at them. One cannot blame him, for over 12 writers sit and work on the script, but the onus does fall on the host. The least he could have done is not appear in his ‘tighty whities’, an attempted joke on Birdman.
What was a delight, were the musical performances. Everything was awesome (Huehuehue). Be it the opening by NPH, Jack Black and Anna Kendrick or the entertaining performance by Tegan and Sara and Co. or the highly passionate performance from John Legend and Common, one has to agree that the performances were the shows highlight. Cameos by Will Arnett as Batman and Oprah in “Everything was awesome” added to the fun.
Coming to the most important part of the function, the awards. After quite some time, I personally feel that this year has been one of the best in terms of justice to the performances. Although the above mentioned controversy on this year’s nominees being highly in favour of ‘White’ people, the best amongst the nominees have been nominated. In the acting department, Eddie Redmayne wins the Best Actor Male (Though my personal favourite was Michael Keaton) and a highly deserving JK Simmons, Best Supporting Actor Male, for his fantastic performance in Whiplash. Where I did have a few qualms was the Best Actor Female category. Julianne Moore won it for Still Alice, leaving Rosamund Pike and Felicity Jones award-less for highly deserving performances. Birdman rightfully bagged Best Picture and other big awards such as Best Director for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and Best Original Screenplay. One did have to feel for Richard Linklater losing for the amount of effort he put in the emotional odyssey, Boyhood. There were no surprises in The Grand Budapest Hotel bagging awards for make up and costume and Big Hero 6 was a clear winner in the Best Animated Film category. Interstellar managed to win a sole award for Visual Effects but shockingly Zimmer lost out in the Original Score department to Alexandre Desplat( The Grand Budapest Hotel).
Politics played its part as several winners spoke about feminism, sexuality, immigration and suicide.
On the whole, the Academy did great justice when it came to the awards but this was one night that Neil Patrick Harris and his team of writers would want to forget