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Roll out the red carpet and welcome your 96th annual Academy Awards thread (with returning host Jimmy Kimmel). The nominees - the betting odds - the late-breaking plagiarism scandal - how to watch
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For those outside the US, I found a red carpet link on youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhQwcmMVsgU
posted by signal at 2:47 PM on March 10


Heading to the theater where I watched the Oscars last year.

This was an unusually good crop of films! I saw the last of this year's Best Picture nominees yesterday and put up a review today - usually there's been one or two movies I haven't wanted to see and a couple
I have just skipped, but this year I was looking forward to all.of.them, and had in fact already SEEN three of them by the time the nominations were announced. Some races are pretty much in the bag (if you are filling out an Oscar pool, you can't go too far wrong just going with OPPENHEIMER for any category it's in), but there are still a few horse races.

And I am LOVING the fact that a guy I saw in his underwear in the dressing room of a basement theater in 2004 is nominated for Best Actor. He won't get it (Cillian Murphy has a lock in that race), but it is delightful seeing Colman get attention. (He is also just now out with another film, SING SING, that could get him a nomination next year....)
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 3:25 PM on March 10 [6 favorites]


What is with Bradley coopers pants they are terrible.
posted by St. Peepsburg at 3:35 PM on March 10


(Have we had a Colman red carpet sighting yet?)
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 3:47 PM on March 10


No Coleman yet.
Ariana Grande giant pink puff 😬
posted by St. Peepsburg at 3:50 PM on March 10


Porn and penis jokes at 4 in the afternoon?
Really?
posted by madajb at 4:13 PM on March 10


Right??? Why pick on RDJ like that come on now
Missed a tropic thunder joke
posted by St. Peepsburg at 4:13 PM on March 10 [1 favorite]


Wow, the monologue is so cringeworthy i'm not sure i can watch.
posted by OHenryPacey at 4:19 PM on March 10 [1 favorite]


Yeah, this is a really mean monologs.

Except for the teamsters shout out.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 4:20 PM on March 10 [1 favorite]


Oh dear, are we going to have long speeches to introduce each nominee?
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 4:23 PM on March 10


Intro for each person!? This will take forever
posted by St. Peepsburg at 4:23 PM on March 10


Just show a clip and hand the award omg. Some of these movies I haven’t seen.
posted by St. Peepsburg at 4:24 PM on March 10


Going for the tears already? This is really going to be a long evening.
posted by gingerbeer at 4:26 PM on March 10


Would anyone care to drop me a line about how I might watch this if I can't watch it in any of the ways it says to watch it at the top of this post?
posted by tzikeh at 4:26 PM on March 10


I DO like that it means each winner has a whole crew of people to hug them.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 4:30 PM on March 10 [1 favorite]


Free trial fubo
posted by St. Peepsburg at 4:30 PM on March 10


Yeah, you do NOT play Sean Lennon off, dammit.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 4:38 PM on March 10


Happy mother's day, Yoko!
posted by gingerbeer at 4:38 PM on March 10


I loved the intros by each of the nominees' friends for Best Supporting Actress.
And wow, Yoko Ono's son!!!
posted by seawallrunner at 4:39 PM on March 10


Yeah, you do NOT play Sean Lennon off, dammit.

Sure you do.
posted by rhymedirective at 4:40 PM on March 10 [6 favorites]


Okay, I did NOT see that best animated feature outcome.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 4:42 PM on March 10


Agreed, that was a surprise.
posted by OHenryPacey at 4:43 PM on March 10


Lost on Best Adapted Screenplay (I went with OPPENHEIMER) but I am not mad at this one.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 4:53 PM on March 10


Hey a quick question, are the Oscars shown at the same time across the US/Canada? IE are we risking giving away any spoilers here because some of us are watching in the Eastern Time Zone?
posted by seawallrunner at 4:55 PM on March 10


I am. What a milquetoast adaptation.
posted by rhymedirective at 4:56 PM on March 10


That's two *big* surprises already (Boy and the Heron, American Fiction). I wonder just how predictable tonight will be after all.

Hey a quick question, are the Oscars shown at the same time across the US/Canada?

Yes.
posted by tzikeh at 4:56 PM on March 10


Hey a quick question, are the Oscars shown at the same time across the US/Canada? IE are we risking giving away any spoilers here because some of us are watching in the Eastern Time Zone?

They are shown live across the entire country.
posted by rhymedirective at 4:56 PM on March 10 [1 favorite]


What a voice Billie omg.
posted by St. Peepsburg at 4:58 PM on March 10 [4 favorites]


I just watched American Fiction the other night and I loved it. I loved the speech. Well deserved, I thought!
posted by h00py at 5:00 PM on March 10 [1 favorite]


No makeup for maestro!
posted by St. Peepsburg at 5:06 PM on March 10


That's three.... (thought I'm pettily glad Maestro ain't getting shit)
posted by tzikeh at 5:08 PM on March 10 [1 favorite]


No production design for Barbie! Robbed!
posted by St. Peepsburg at 5:08 PM on March 10 [4 favorites]


I just saw Poor Things last night and the production design was absolutely a character in the movie, as wonderful as Barbie looked, Poor Things was a trip start to finish.
posted by OHenryPacey at 5:10 PM on March 10 [5 favorites]


John Cena wins !
posted by St. Peepsburg at 5:11 PM on March 10 [3 favorites]


Weeellllllll I am worse at predictions than I thought.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 5:13 PM on March 10


Poor Things was so visually stunning; it absolutely deserved all three of those awards, although I would have hated to decide on who to give an award to because so many of the other films were just as deserving.
posted by h00py at 5:18 PM on March 10 [1 favorite]


Oppenheimer is zero for five.

(Yeah I expect it will win the rest of them, but still!)
posted by tzikeh at 5:20 PM on March 10


Wow that song for my people was amazing
posted by St. Peepsburg at 5:22 PM on March 10 [2 favorites]


Now imagine what they are gonna do for "I'm just ken".
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 5:24 PM on March 10 [2 favorites]


Ryan and Emily are adorable. The fall guy is going to be sooo funny.
posted by St. Peepsburg at 5:30 PM on March 10 [2 favorites]


No makeup award for whomever did Emily and Ryan, or is shiny the new standard.
posted by OHenryPacey at 5:31 PM on March 10 [1 favorite]


If they finally start giving out a Best Stunt Oscar and don't, at some point, give Jackie Chan a lifetime achievement award, it has no meaning.
posted by madajb at 5:31 PM on March 10 [2 favorites]


Botox shine.
posted by St. Peepsburg at 5:31 PM on March 10 [1 favorite]


Ya that shout out was hollow. Make a best stunt category.
Jackie introduces it and gets it in arrears.
posted by St. Peepsburg at 5:32 PM on March 10 [2 favorites]


Kimmel's doing a good job.
posted by signal at 5:33 PM on March 10


He’s been a touch nasty but it can’t be too bland either.
My only complaint was the nudity joke about poor things “that’s the only scenes we can show on tv”
posted by St. Peepsburg at 5:34 PM on March 10


Really satisfied with the winners so far except for International Feature — The Zone of Interest should be getting Best Picture. I'd be happy with either Jonathan Glazer or Justine Triet getting Best Director. American Fiction should sweep the Actor categories and if Sandra Hüller doesn't get Best Actress I'll be very disappointed.
posted by theory at 5:34 PM on March 10


Here we go. It’s gonna be RDJ but I want Ryan to win.
posted by St. Peepsburg at 5:35 PM on March 10 [2 favorites]


I'm finding the "personal story from a 'friend'/admirer to a nominee" for the major acting categories totally cringeworthy. I didn't see most of these films so give me a clip, dammit!
posted by TwoStride at 5:36 PM on March 10 [2 favorites]


St. Peepsburg yeah - which performance will we remember in 10 years? Ryan. He was so much better than he needed to be, and then he was even better than that.
posted by tzikeh at 5:36 PM on March 10 [5 favorites]


Okay, i am coming around on the group speech thing.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 5:39 PM on March 10


That was a great speech. I’ll thank my terrible childhood from here in too.
posted by St. Peepsburg at 5:41 PM on March 10 [3 favorites]


(Also it would have been a lovely surprise for Ruffalo to take it. Ah well.) It's all very "We should have given you an Oscar for Chaplin, but we couldn't because we had to give Al Pacino an Oscar for Scent of a Woman, because we should have given Al Pacino an Oscar for Godfather II, but we couldn't because... Art Carney, for some reason." I wish the Academy could just draw a line and say "From here, no more 'make-up' Oscars. Vote for what's on this year's list, and it goes how it goes."

RDJ is very good in this role! But it's not even in his top five.
posted by tzikeh at 5:42 PM on March 10 [6 favorites]


I like the individual speeches.
RDJ is just the right kind of sleazeball.
Gosling shouldda won.
I really hope Stone wins best actress.
posted by signal at 5:42 PM on March 10


Nah, y'all, I think the right person won. His turn as Strauss was quite a thing.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 5:44 PM on March 10 [3 favorites]


For the individual speeches, I wish they'd really lean into it, then, and have the presenters each talk (briefly!) about a specific acting choice/scene of the nominee and why it impressed them, their peer.
posted by TwoStride at 5:45 PM on March 10 [1 favorite]


Keaton trying to keep a straight face.
posted by madajb at 5:47 PM on March 10 [2 favorites]


That was charming.
posted by signal at 5:48 PM on March 10


Love the model godzillas!
posted by gingerbeer at 5:48 PM on March 10 [5 favorites]


Godzilla!
posted by h00py at 5:49 PM on March 10 [3 favorites]


So stoked G Minus 1 won!
posted by OHenryPacey at 5:51 PM on March 10 [2 favorites]


Finishing that speech was heroic.
posted by signal at 5:52 PM on March 10


Coming in a bit late on this, but War is Over was easily the worst of all the nominated animated shorts. The tone was all over the place and it looked like a video game.
posted by a feather in amber at 5:53 PM on March 10 [5 favorites]


Jon Batiste is my sentimental pick for Best Song.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 5:54 PM on March 10 [1 favorite]


So, you can see THE LAST REPAIR SHOP on YouTube and it is lovely.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 6:04 PM on March 10 [5 favorites]


If SNL needs a new guy to be Biden, they could do worse than Tim Robbins.
posted by tzikeh at 6:06 PM on March 10 [1 favorite]


So the whole Don Julio toast bit was just a giant product placement?
posted by OHenryPacey at 6:12 PM on March 10


I thought the cocktail thing was just a failed bit, but then the ad came on and I was like, ooohhh.

Tacky.
posted by madajb at 6:16 PM on March 10


Someone in the crowd where I am was REALLY upset about HENRY SUGAR winning Best Short - they were shouting "NO!" At the screen, literally.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 6:19 PM on March 10 [3 favorites]


And therefore completely superfluous to the international audience. Some things never change!
posted by h00py at 6:20 PM on March 10


My google-fu is failing me.

Anyone know who has won an Oscar in the most categories?
posted by madajb at 6:21 PM on March 10


"Ben-Hur," 1959 — 11 Academy Awards
"Titanic," 1997 - 11 awards
"The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," 2003 — 11 Academy Awards
"West Side Story," 1961 — 10 Academy Awards
"Gigi," 1958 — 9 Academy Awards
"The Last Emperor," 1987 — 9 Academy Awards
"The English Patient," 1996 — 9 Academy Awards
"Gone with the Wind," 1939 — 8 Academy Awards
"From Here to Eternity," 1953 — 8 Academy Awards
"On the Waterfront," 1954 — 8 Academy Awards
"My Fair Lady," 1964 — 8 Academy Awards
"Cabaret," 1972 — 8 Academy Awards
"Gandhi," 1982 — 8 Academy Awards
"Amadeus, 1984 — 8 Academy Awards
"Slumdog Millionaire," 2008 — 8 Academy Awards
posted by Ideefixe at 6:24 PM on March 10 [1 favorite]


Someone in the crowd where I am was REALLY upset about HENRY SUGAR winning Best Short - they were shouting "NO!" At the screen, literally.

It was the odds-on favorite - any idea why someone would be that upset about it?
posted by tzikeh at 6:27 PM on March 10 [1 favorite]


Well... there's goes Oppenheimer's shot at 8....
posted by tzikeh at 6:29 PM on March 10


I got the sense the Best Short shouter was hoping for something else.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 6:29 PM on March 10


I now worry that Barbie and Oppenheimer will both be denied tonight. I hope I'm wrong.
posted by seawallrunner at 6:30 PM on March 10


IT'S HAPPENING
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 6:31 PM on March 10 [4 favorites]


Slash?!
posted by gingerbeer at 6:32 PM on March 10 [1 favorite]


This song is ... really bad.

Also, Slash was in Barbie?
posted by madajb at 6:32 PM on March 10


Ken performance did not disappoint. Instant classic. He can really work a room.
posted by St. Peepsburg at 6:34 PM on March 10 [4 favorites]


I was in my show for half of the Oscars, I'm glad "I'm Just Ken" waited for me to get home. Did not disappoint.
posted by jenfullmoon at 6:37 PM on March 10 [1 favorite]


Where are Ariana's arms in that giant dress?
posted by jenfullmoon at 6:39 PM on March 10


I didn't realize Robbie Robertson did the score for "Killers...".
posted by gingerbeer at 6:40 PM on March 10


Slash was not in Barbie, but he did help compose/play on "I'm Just Ken."

"I'm Just Ken" is the high point of the broadcast for me -- it's mostly why I tuned in. Unless something really crazy happens, I'm good now.
posted by tzikeh at 6:43 PM on March 10 [5 favorites]


Agreed, other than Barbie I have not seen anything else. I'm here for Barbie.
posted by jenfullmoon at 6:47 PM on March 10 [2 favorites]


There IS a decent chance e for a precedent-settingnwin for Best Actress.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 6:48 PM on March 10


I'm Just Ken was wonderful.
posted by signal at 6:49 PM on March 10 [1 favorite]


Ooh, montage of dead people! After this, I can switch off.
posted by TwoStride at 6:49 PM on March 10


There IS a decent chance e for a precedent-settingnwin for Best Actress.

Oh, I'm not gonna stop watching - I'm just good now. :D Best Actress is certainly the only thing left that has any heat to it. Who are you hoping for?
posted by tzikeh at 6:51 PM on March 10


They added a shout out to KENNETH ANGER in the Memoriam section? Huh.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 6:53 PM on March 10


No Treat Williams :(
posted by h00py at 6:53 PM on March 10 [2 favorites]


I like how genuinely surprised and delighted Gerwig looks. I really, really hope they win.
posted by signal at 6:53 PM on March 10


I really dislike this actor award format, i'm just muting and/or ffd through them
posted by OHenryPacey at 6:58 PM on March 10


Wow, a lot of people had the spray tan gun turned up to 11.
posted by TwoStride at 6:59 PM on March 10


I will always Love mcconaughey but daaam dude looks grungy and disheveled
posted by St. Peepsburg at 7:01 PM on March 10 [2 favorites]


Congratulations and well deserved Cillian but damn, I would have loved to have heard Paul Giamatti's speech.
posted by h00py at 7:02 PM on March 10 [5 favorites]


Cillian and Paul really were neck-and-neck for me. Two terrific performances that are so different it's almost pointless to compare.
posted by tzikeh at 7:03 PM on March 10 [1 favorite]


What....what happened to Best Actress?
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 7:04 PM on March 10


Isn't it last before best picture?
posted by tzikeh at 7:06 PM on March 10


they've clearly moved it for suspense purposes.
posted by tzikeh at 7:07 PM on March 10


Bah, Oppenheimer.
posted by madajb at 7:08 PM on March 10 [2 favorites]


Usually director comes right before picture.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 7:09 PM on March 10 [1 favorite]


"My dress is broken." Ah, that's one of the reasons why I love her, along with "My voice is a little gone, WHATEVER."
posted by jenfullmoon at 7:15 PM on March 10 [4 favorites]


Half the room I am in just went "oh crap" over Emma Stone, we were gunning for Lily Gladstone.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 7:15 PM on March 10 [5 favorites]


"Don't look at the back of my dress," she says after pointing out what's going on a lot, and I still can't see it even broken from here!
posted by jenfullmoon at 7:17 PM on March 10


"Isn't it past your jail time?"
posted by jenfullmoon at 7:18 PM on March 10 [7 favorites]


We knew this was Oppenheimer 's to win, so my question is - what was up with All Pacino, was he next to a gas leak or something?
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 7:22 PM on March 10 [1 favorite]


We knew this was Oppenheimer 's to win, so my question is - what was up with All Pacino, was he next to a gas leak or something?

He's like 90 years old, he probably had to pee
posted by rhymedirective at 7:25 PM on March 10 [1 favorite]


I have not seen all of the nominated Best Pictures but it is hard to imagine that they were worse than Oppenheimer.
posted by madajb at 7:25 PM on March 10 [4 favorites]


...what was up with All Pacino, was he next to a gas leak or something?

That’s pretty much Al these days. I was shocked they had him give an award. I kind of got the feeling he was supposed to at least repeat the nominees before opening the envelope.
posted by Thorzdad at 7:25 PM on March 10 [1 favorite]


Y'know, I liked the actor shoutouts. It gave all the nominees some praise.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 7:26 PM on March 10 [2 favorites]


Pacino told the story about taking popping Valium the first time he attended the Oscars, and I don’t think he’s ever come down from that.

Did he just plow through and not let them run the list of nominees?
posted by jimw at 7:27 PM on March 10 [2 favorites]


It feels so weird to have the Oscars over before 10:30.
posted by rhymedirective at 7:27 PM on March 10 [1 favorite]


End with a Matt Damon joke, nice.
posted by St. Peepsburg at 7:27 PM on March 10 [3 favorites]


Miyazaki and Anderson both can't even be bothered.
posted by jeoc at 7:33 PM on March 10


"I'm Just Ken" is the high point of the broadcast for me

I watch this every year with a ballot and bets. And "I'm Just Ken" was also the high point for me. Just chills.

In 20 years, no one will watch Oppenheimer, but Barbie was not only a massive commercial success, but is destined to be a movie people watch over and over. "I'm Just Ken" is goofy on the surface, but is speaking to fears and insecurities that everyone has. Which is also the Barbie movie.

The Best Actress award was weird and surprising. Not that Emma Stone's performance wasn't good, but I have A Lot of issues with Poor Things. Her initial reaction seemed horrified.
posted by jeoc at 7:41 PM on March 10 [7 favorites]


Surprised at the Oppenheimer hate in here. What's up with that?
posted by tzikeh at 7:42 PM on March 10 [1 favorite]


Yeah, I disagree about "no one will remember OPPENHEIMER in 20 years" claim. It earned its place.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 7:49 PM on March 10 [2 favorites]


She was not expecting to win a second best actress. Lily won the BAFTA and I think the SAG and globes. So I think Emma was genuinely stunned.
posted by St. Peepsburg at 7:51 PM on March 10 [6 favorites]


It was an incredible crop of nominees for Best Picture this year.

To tzikeh's coment, OPPENHEIMER is fine, but this year had PAST LIVES, THE ZONE OF INTEREST, ANATOMY OF A FALL, POOR THINGS and KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON. OPPENHEIMER is a traditional, "Oscar Worthy" pic, but THE ZONE OF INTEREST is arguably the most important film made about the events of World War II, ANATOMY is clearly one of the greatest trial, (if not the greatest), movies ever made, and PAST THINGS is so beautiful, life affirming and intelligent it would win in any other year. In this context OPPENHEIMER feels quaint, (like what the 90's deemed an Oscar winner to be - same as AMERICAN FICTION).
posted by jettloe at 7:53 PM on March 10 [2 favorites]


I said people won’t watch Oppenheimer in 20 years, not that they won’t remember it. It felt like a movie 20-30 years past its date of salience to me as a person born in the mid 70s. It’s very loud and impressive, but like it was having a conversation from my parents’ generation.

This was a really rich year for film, and my opinion about Oppenheimer is just, like, my opinion man. I thought a lot of other things worked better on an emotional, human level.
posted by jeoc at 8:52 PM on March 10 [6 favorites]


"From here, no more 'make-up' Oscars. Vote for what's on this year's list, and it goes how it goes."
They should start a separate hindsight award for each major category so they could say "Sorry, we should have given you something by 19xx/20xx, but we didn't, so here it is now. Not to take anything away from past winners, but, looking back, you were robbed."
posted by pracowity at 10:45 PM on March 10 [4 favorites]


They should start a separate hindsight award

YES what should we call it

The Peter O'Toole/Glenn Close Sorry About That Oscar

I love it.
posted by tzikeh at 11:16 PM on March 10 [5 favorites]


I hope Emma Stone is proud of herself for winning over an indigenous actress.
posted by pxe2000 at 2:38 AM on March 11


I agree with Stone winning, but it's ridiculous that Robbie wasn't even nominated.
Oppenheimer didn't appeal to me enough to watch it. Sounds like I didn't miss anything. I say this as a Nolan fan. Loved Tenet, for example.
posted by signal at 3:39 AM on March 11 [1 favorite]


I hope Emma Stone is proud of herself for winning over an indigenous actress.

oh good lord
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 3:53 AM on March 11 [40 favorites]


I hope Emma Stone is proud of herself for winning over an indigenous actress

I like you, pxe2000, but that isn't a good take. Stone acted, as did Gladstone; the Academy members voted the award for her.
posted by wenestvedt at 4:01 AM on March 11 [29 favorites]


I hope Emma Stone is proud of herself for winning over an indigenous actress.

There's like eight kinds of wrong in this sentence.
posted by tzikeh at 4:13 AM on March 11 [20 favorites]


Stone acted, as did Gladstone; the Academy members voted the award for her.

And it is very likely that the reason they voted for her was because Stone's performance was Big And Weird and she did a lot of things, as opposed to Gladstone's excellent-but-subtle performance. Unfortunately a lot of people seem to default to "big = good" or "loud = good" when it comes to judging acting quality (that's likely why Sean Penn has a Best Actor Oscar from 2003 and Bill Murray doesn't).
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 4:35 AM on March 11 [8 favorites]


Yeah I wanted Gladstone to get it but hopefully this season was enough to bring her more opportunities. Not that she doesn't have a significant body of work already. If you haven't seen her in Certain Women, do.
posted by BibiRose at 5:26 AM on March 11 [6 favorites]


I hope Emma Stone is proud of herself for winning over an indigenous actress

This take is exactly why one might think Emma looked “horrified” when her name was announced. Winning put a big target on her back for arrows like this, sure to come her way from the more-progressive-than-thou crowd. I can’t imagine any of the nominees wanted to be known as the woman who got the prize over Lily, given the build-up and press.
posted by Thorzdad at 5:29 AM on March 11 [11 favorites]


I sure as heck want to see Lily Gladstone in more movies now. She deserved all the hardware she got this year, and will doubtless pick up more.

I agree that a quiet, subtle performance will certainly be overshadowed by a showy one. (It's why Johnny Depp *spit* keeps getting work, I suspect....)
posted by wenestvedt at 6:19 AM on March 11 [2 favorites]


I didn't realize this until someone else pointed it out, but the "I'm Just Ken" costumes & choreography referenced Marilyn Monroe's "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend"

Nice!
posted by cheshyre at 7:35 AM on March 11 [10 favorites]


I wanted Gladstone to get it but hopefully this season was enough to bring her more opportunities. Not that she doesn't have a significant body of work already.

Same too with Colman (my man!) Domingo. He seemed pretty resigned to Cillian Murphy getting the trophy (if you look at his Instagram feed from yesterday morning, he says as much), but that huge cheer when Forest Whittaker introduced him just before the award got handed out suggests that the rest of the crowd was thinking "yeah, dang, we wanna see more from this guy too". And he already has something lined up - a couple days before the Oscars he was at SXSW premiering his newest film Sing Sing.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:05 AM on March 11 [2 favorites]


A small moment I noticed that's been growing on me came with Jon Batiste performing his own Best Song nominee.

"It Never Went Away" was from his documentary American Symphony. It was a sort of slice-of-life chronicle that looked at his life immediately following the slew of Grammies he won for his album We Are - because at the same time, his then-girlfriend Suleika Jaoud had just learned she had leukemia. So he had this huge achievement on the one hand - and he'd been tapped to write a symphony with a Carnegie Hall premiere, just after the Grammies - and on the other hand he was supporting Suleika through her chemo. And that's what American Symphony, the film, was about.

One of the things he did to support Suleika was to write soothing music for her to listen to during her chemo treatments (he called them "lullabies"). And one of those songs became "It Never Went Away". It doesn't address any of their troubles specifically - it's more of a statement about enduring love. And so during his performance, the Academy screened clips of famous love scenes on a screen behind him - scenes from Breakfast at Tiffany's, Shakespeare in Love, Brokeback Mountain, and others. But the very last clip they showed was a scene from American Symphony - showing Jon and Suleika's wedding. Because she was his then-girlfriend, but now is his wife, and is doing fine now.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:17 AM on March 11 [16 favorites]


Okay, I've just learned something else now and this is adorable:

Apparently Emma Stone and Lily Gladstone have become fast friends in real life, and have even given themselves a Secret Club Name: they are "The Infinity Stones".
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 9:15 AM on March 11 [12 favorites]


I didn't realize this until someone else pointed it out, but the "I'm Just Ken" costumes & choreography referenced Marilyn Monroe's "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend"


From the movie “Gentleman Prefer Blondes”

And one day later I’m realizing that when he held the hand of the cameraman he was reverse-breaking the 4th wall.

I’m dyin. That performance was genius.
posted by St. Peepsburg at 9:42 AM on March 11 [8 favorites]


I laughed out loud when I saw Gosling holding that hand, and then I double-taked and thought, "Wait, that's a guy's hand....which matches the stage full of dudes, but subverts the Astaire-and-Rogers-dancing visual." So great!
posted by wenestvedt at 11:28 AM on March 11 [3 favorites]


I bought snack food, planned to watch, but my over-the-air reception said Nope. I wish a local bar showed it, it's as much a sporting and betting event as anything else. I enjoy the who pageantry of it, but I'm not going to join a streaming service just for that event. The move to digital broadcasting means you can't watch a fuzzy picture; you might get a pixelated mess with audio so choppy it's useless. The Broaoadcast networks could serve the large population that doesn't have lots of streaming by using 2ndary channels to broadcast a lower-fi signal; I can often get those, and I think their advertisers would be pleased.
posted by theora55 at 12:55 PM on March 11 [3 favorites]


I hope Emma Stone is proud of herself for winning over an indigenous actress.

lmao ok
posted by Sebmojo at 5:21 PM on March 11 [1 favorite]


Went to a friend's Oscar party for the first time since the pandemic.

A rare year where I'd seen six of the ten best picture noms, and the first time I've done anything like that and loved every one of them. Oppenheimer isn't really my style of movie and normally I'd shrug after I'd watched it, instead it still blew me away.

Emma Stone did a phenomenal job, as did Gladstone. People tend to lack respect the physicality of that sort of performance; "clowning around" is not a compliment despite the difficulty and talent it takes to pull off. It's controversial any time something like that edges

But my take to piss everyone else off is that the performance of the year was Sandra Hueller in Anatomy of a Fall. I wouldn't have thought a court room drama had much life left in it but she made it impossible to look away.

Glad American Fiction grabbed an Oscar for screenplay; the satire part didn't work super well for me but it was OK because the family drama utterly compelling. I could have lived with Jeffrey Wright edging out Cillian Murphy, not that it had a chance of happening.

The show itself was OK; I'm on a fan of Kimmel but he kept the show moving.
posted by mark k at 6:09 PM on March 11


The move to digital broadcasting means you can't watch a fuzzy picture; you might get a pixelated mess with audio so choppy it's useless.

Oh, that pisses me off so much. I don't want to pay for cable and I'm only home to watch live TV maybe 2-3 times a year, but if you use over the air, I can only get ONE channel at a time and I have to completely, drastically rearrange the positioning of one of my three antennas to get it to work on that channel (I want to change from 5 to 10? Better totally rebuild the antenna pyramid!), and it still scrambles off and on. Also, don't you love all those "how to watch this live show" articles that all boil down to "pay for cable and THEN you can watch it online?"
posted by jenfullmoon at 10:37 AM on March 12


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