Did your favorite picks win? Any thoughts on the Oscars tonight in general?cn_image.size.oscars-ology-the-winners-envelope

Here are my thoughts as the show was airing:

Loved the set! Sparkly!

SETH MACFARLANE! I thought he did a great job. The William Shatner/Gay Men’s Chorus bit was funny. Loved that Sean sang. Who knew Channing Tatum could dance? OMG the sock puppets are cute! Harry Potter dances and sings! Sally Field was a good sport. (Have you seen SOAP DISH? Great movie where Sally plays a soap actress – very funny.)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Christoph Waltz. Upset! Wow. It was between Tommy Lee Jones and Alan Arkin.

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM: Paperman. That was win predicted by everyone. BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM: Brave won. Interesting, as Wreck it Ralph had won a few leading up to this.

THE AVENGERS as presenters. BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Life of Pi, Claudio Miranda VISUAL EFFECTS: Life of Pi

COSTUME DESIGN: Anna Karenina (Jacqueline Durran)        MAKEUP/HAIR: Les Miserables (Westcott & Dartnell)

TRIBUTE TO JAMES BOND brought back lots of great memories. Those are terrific movies. Very classy to bring on Shirley Bassey to sing Goldfinger. Proof, by the way, that one can be 76 and still SING!

LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM: Curfew    DOCUMENTARY SHORT: Inocente

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: Searching for Sugar Man — an amazing story of a musician who became famous in So Africa & Australia but didn’t know it; he eventually agreed to do the documentary and now is touring and singing again

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE: Amour. Not a surprise. It’s also nominated for Best Picture.

capitol-records-01Aw. The Orchestra is playing live from my old work place: Capitol Records!  The tribute to movies and music was AWESOME! Such talented folks: Catherine Zeta Jones, Jennifer Hudson, the cast of Les Miz. THIS is why I love LIVE theatre. They proved they could sing live (and did so in the film). Please support your local theatre. Please go see a show this year! If you live in NYC, you have no excuse to not support Broadway and off-Broadway works! Okay, off my soapbox.

SOUND MIXING: Les Miserables   SOUND EDITING: A tie! Zero Dark Thirty and Skyfall.

I (heart) Christopher Plummer.  BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:  Anne Hathaway. Beautiful acceptance speech.

BEST FILM EDITING:    Argo, William Goldenberg (he was also nominated for Zero Dark Thirty in the same category)

ADELE!  How can she only be 24? Orchestra was too loud though.        PRODUCTION (AKA SET) DESIGN: Lincoln

Oh Kristin Stewart. God bless your little heart, but why were you even there presenting with Daniel Radcliffe? Ugh.

Barbra Streisand was Barbara Streisand. Lovely tribute to Marvin Hamlisch. Barbra. How the hell is she 70? Wow.

ORIGINAL SCORE:  Life of Pi, Mychael Danna              SONG FOR A MOVIE:  Skyfall, written by Adele! Her acceptance speech was adorable and that long dress was just right.

SCREENPLAY:    Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino            ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: ARGO!

       FINAL 4. Meanwhile I just have to say Seth MacFarlane is adorable.

Okay here we go:

BEST ACTRESS:    Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook

BEST ACTOR:   Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln (of course)

DIRECTOR: Ang Lee for Life of Pi.

PICTURE:  A R G O! WHOO HOO!

Final thoughts: These are always long – this was 3 plus hours which is usual. But tonight, it didn’t feel long. I thought it ran very smoothly. Loved the set, loved Seth, loved the nods to music and film and James Bond which was more music. It was a terrific night for movie goers and I think for live theatre goers too.  Kristin Chenoweth and Seth at the end = cute!

Here’s to 2014! Bring Seth back!