I said that Patricia Arquette would give a heartfelt speech that would make everyone want to call their mum.
In fact, it was J.K. Simmons who ended up telling everyone to call their parents.
There were no surprises in the acting categories.
Birdman took the big prize but I really thought Linklater would be given Best Director. So although everyone knows that Boyhood is by far the better film, they still chose the shallow showbiz story.
And Best Original Screenplay for Birdman as well? Did not see that coming. That choice was a huge error, I think.
I’m happy The Grand Budapest Hotel won so many Oscars (including Alexandre Desplat, who was competing with himself). But it would have been nice if Anderson had got something personally.
Foxcatcher was shut out, which is a shame; it might end up the forgotten film of 2014. And it shouldn’t be. Go see it.
As for the show itself, it was a bit meh.
A Sound of Music tribute from a very restrained, almost respectable looking Lady Gaga? She looked like a tacky porn star who’s had to try to look presentable because she’s going to someone’s debs.
Lady Gaga followed the Common / John Legend duet: From “Glory” to Whore-y?
But listen, Goodfellas is 25 years old this year? How come she didn’t sing a song honouring that? She could have sung “Do you think I’m funny?” to the tune of Rod Stewart’s “Do you think I’m sexy?”
Neil Patrick Harris seemed to relax more as the evening went on, and he really needs to ad-lib more.
NPH in his tighty whites; okay, it was funny, but it seems like a cheap way to get a laugh.
John Travolta looks like a Ken doll … a really creepy Ken doll.
Jared Leto looked like Jesus if Jesus went to a 1970s debs.
There weren’t that many speeches thanking God … but there was one that mentioned the family dog.
I loved the fact that Ida‘s director Pawel Pawlikowski carried on with his speech in spite of the orchestra trying to play him off. Twice.
I knew Neil Patrick Harris would do a magic trick.
Clint Eastwood looked very confused, like he just woke up from a nap and didn’t know where he was.
Nice burn of the Academy from NPH introducing Oscar-snubbed Jennifer Anistion and David Oyelowo.
Also, a great Edward Snowden joke. “He can’t be here tonight for some treason.”
Political/Social Agendas of the Evening
Prison Reform and/or Face the Racial Issue Around Crime
Emergency Call-Centre Volunteers are Heroes
Immigrants Need Respect
Call Your Mum
Thank Your Dog