Academy Awards Wrap Up

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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!


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.


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!





Set up your DVR: Sunday is Academy Awards Night!


Tune in this Sunday to see who takes home the Oscar!

Looking forward to Adele and Barbra Streisand singing also.

I’ll post my “after the awards” blog no later than Monday am.

Any favorites?


This Week’s Diva Quote

“Lack of planning on YOUR part does not constitute an emergency on MY part.”


Diva of Destiny: Danica Patrick

danica-patrickIf you have been following me from day one, then this will not be news as I have been talking about this diva for years: I love Danica Patrick!

Danica is the first women in history to qualify for the Daytona 500 in the pole (first place) position. The Daytona race will be this Sunday at 1:00 pm ET. It’s the beginning of the Nascar season and considered the most prestigious race of the year.

If you are not into race cars: Patrick has been on the IRL circuit with flashy IndyCars – since 2005. She’s competed numerous times in the Indy 500, leading laps and then finishing 4th in 2005 (she was named Rookie of the Year in 2005)  and finished 3rd there in 2009, but left after the 2010 season to look at racing for NASCAR.

Indy is considered the elite of racing — very spaceship-like, fast, low to the ground race cars made famous by Mario Andretti and Helio Castanedas — while Nascar drive stock cars (think your Daddy’s old Chevy) raced mostly by the good old boys. The LAST place I ever expected Danica to race was for Nascar. They have a long tradition of being, well, pretty traditional in their thinking, in other words, “wimmin belong in the house, not the race track.” There are other women race car drivers but they are few and far between and none have the stats that Danica has.

But Danica was tired of Indy and decided to go for the challenges that Nascar would bring – forget the fact that the gal can drive with the best of them, she would have to deal with the media, the good old boys — “guys only” mentality and, oh yeah, race a stock car — not a fancy Formula One car. They listen to country, she prefers Alanis Morissette.

A big decision to make this move.

But a smart one. Not only does she obviously like to  keep challenging herself but it was time for Nascar to have a shakeup. Their media coverage was falling off dramatically, TV revenue and interest was way down. Basically the same guys were winning week after week and people were over it.  (Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch anyone?) Enter Danica to spice things up.

Nascar lets you race in it’s lesser series — Nationwide — for a year or so before you “graduate” to the “real” series, the Sprint Cup. That’s where she is racing now — as a Rookie — after being voted the Most Popular Race Car Driver for 2012 by the fans of Nascar. So she has a lot of hype to live up to.

My take on this:  Feminists want Danica to be like them. I consider myself a feminist, but I believe women’s rights and making history as a woman only goes so far. In other words, why not be respected for what you do, not the fact that you happen to be a woman too? Besides making the men in the racing community uneasy because she is a woman, Danica makes WOMEN uneasy because she refuses to be the way THEY want her to be.

She is sexy, and silly, not always politically correct (Go Daddy ads anyone?) and a kick ass driver in a business where only a handful of people –  men and women — compete. Let Danica be Danica. I don’t give a rat’s ass that she is the first woman to lead at Daytona 500. What I do care about is letting her drive the car. Let her show by her actions that she is a winner.

Today she was the fastest car out there on the track. Faster than household names like Jimmie Johnson, Clint Boyer, Dale Earnhardt Jr, and Jeff Gordon.

Diva of Destiny? I truly believe she is. Go, Danica, Go!

Q&A with Danica: here


Argo for Best Picture?

One more week from today are the Oscars.

ARGO is my pick for Best Picture, and here’s why.

It’s up against LINCOLN which was definitely a fabulous picture. No question LINCOLN will win some awards Sunday – Best Director and Best Actor most likely.

I remember when AVATAR came out a few years ago. It was a force of nature and changed the face of film making as we know it. It was an astounding picture, no question. But….it didn’t win Best Picture that year: HURT LOCKER did.

My point is that I think the Academy members are pretty smart. ARGO has been racking up a trail of awards on it’s way to the Oscars: Best Picture and Director by BAFTA , Golden Globes, Producer’s Guild  and Critics Choice. Ben Affleck was also acknowledged with awards by Directors Guild and SAG gave the entire Ensemble an award.

With 7 Oscar nominations for ARGO, they will pick up a few but I am predicting that Spielberg will win for Best Director but the Best Picture Oscar will go to ARGO.


All You Need is Love

Talk about love, whether we discuss being in relationship with each other or just loving ourselves, is a subject covered from the beginning of time. I have no desire to compete with the great art, poetry, music and literature out there on this subject.      My little contribution won’t even scratch the surface of all that has been said about love, but here goes: We’ve all heard the lyrics to the song, All You Need is Love. Pretty much it’s just the following on endless repeat: 

All you need is love.
All you need is love.
All you need is love, love.
Love is all you need.

And it goes on and on and on. That may be the “hook” that we all remember, but the verses are actually quite interesting in their simplicity:

There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done.
Nothing you can sing that can’t be sung.
Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game.
It’s easy.

Nothing you can make that can’t be made.
No one you can save that can’t be saved.
Nothing you can do but you can learn how to be you in time.
It’s easy.

Nothing you can know that isn’t known.
Nothing you can see that isn’t shown.
Nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be.
It’s easy.

The verses are my favorite and I think the most profound of the song. Maybe Lennon and McCartney were on to something. Love doesn’t have to be hard. Life doesn’t have to be hard. You do have control. There’s nothing you can’t do. You can learn how to be you in time. Nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be.

A wise man once said: Wherever you go, there you are.

Be love. Be kindness. Be yourself no matter what and love and kindness will find you. Of that I have no doubt.


This Week’s Quote

Don’t cry because it’s over.

Smile because it happened.


Grammys Winners: My Thoughts

My diva thoughts about the show tonight (in order of appearance) (have any thoughts, please comment!):

Too many commercials. Ugh.

The Taylor Swift opening was cute, but too long. I bet she gets slammed in the press tomorrow. Remember the Beach Blanket Babylon/Rob Lowe/Snow White fiasco? It was a bit of a flash back to that opening in 1989. Not.good.folks. Google it if you’re too young to remember that opening. Oy.

Love Host LL Cool J! He had to handle Whitney Houston’s untimely passing last year under a lot of pressure. Props again to him tonight. It’s a thankless job.

Elton John still has it in spades. Hunter Hayes is a cutie.

Adele! Of course she won for Pop Solo Artist (sorry Kelly Clarkson). DUH!

Fun. are…well, FUN!

What the hell was John Mayer wearing? Blue velvet? Was he on his way to someone’s high school (1955) prom?

Miranda Lambert.  I like her voice but she was looking a but chunky. The crosses on her dress were not in the best places to help her figure look slimming.Who is dressing this gal. Dierks Bentley is usually interesting, but I found his duet with Miranda just plain boring. Zzzzz.

Best Country Solo Artist, no surprise: Carrie Underwood. Amazingly she is only 29. I loved that black lace dress she was wearing, also, with a tinge of pink crinoline. Very classy.

Faith Hill: Honey, eat something. Wow she was thin. Tim McGraw, on the other hand,  was looking mighty fine.

Song of the Year: We Are Young (by f.u.n.) won! Wow! I was sure Stronger by Kelly Clarkson was going to win this one.

Johnny Depp. Swoon. Mumford and Sons. Love these guys.

Ellen Degeneres and Beyonce were cute together introducing Justin Timberlake. Jay Z on stage now? Ok then! Well that was too short. More Jay Z please! I’ve always liked Justin well enough but this medley is making me miss Bruno Mars. He would do it sooooo much better.

Urban Contemporary Album (new category) : Channel Orange by Frank Ocean! Whoo hoo! I was hoping he would win a few Grammys!

Rock Performance: Black Keys for Lonely Boy! Hmmm could this start a sweep? We shall see.

Maroon 5! I’ve loved these guys forever! Songs for Jane is their best album hands down (from forever ago).  Alicia Keys. Girl on Fire is a fabulous song and what a surprise to see her play the drums as she is usually behind a piano. Alicia darling. It’s obvious you have lost a lot of weight. Looking great, BUT I hated the cutouts on your dress. JMHO Not.flatt.er.ing.

Pop Vocal Album: YES! I predicted Kelly Clarkson would win for Best Song, but Pop album (Stronger) is terrific!

Rhianna just turned 30 last month. I thought she looked grown up maybe for the very first time. Simple long black dress. Serious song. Still, she needs auto tuning. Sorry Rhi.

If you think I’m being hard on the singers, remember I sang live for a living and worked in the music biz for a long time. Some people can sing live and some can’t. It’s that simple. Rhianna is no Christina Aguilera.

Rap Duo Song: No Church in the Wild: Jay Z & Frank Ocean. Way to go again Frank!

Lifetime Achievement Awards went to: Glenn Gould, Charlie Haden, Lighting Hopkins, Carole King, Patti Page, Ravi Shankar, and the Temptations (not shown on TV — they used to be show back in the day.)

Preservation Hall Jazz Band with Black Keys/Dr John. Cool collaboration. Best #1 of two best performance of the night!

Kelly Clarkson sang a lovely tribute to Patti Page and Carole King.

Country Album: Of course, Zac Brown Band. Lots of folks were rooting for Hunter. He’s young, got lots of time.

Commercial break…..so, want to attend the Grammys? Fork out $5,000 and you MIGHT get a decent seat…maybe.

Bob Marley tribute: Bruno Mars and Sting! Best #2 of the best tonight.  The audience was loving this and singing along. Gosh I miss Sting’s voice! Rhi and Ziggy.  (I LOL-ed when the camera panned to Adele and she’s dancing with everyone else but didn’t miss a minute chewing her gum in rhythm).

I don’t get the Lumineers. I know they are the big thing right now.  They made Jack White sound amazing. Just saying. And not everyone likes Jack White. Different strokes for different folks.  That’s the music business.

Best New Artist is always an interesting category: Fun. (I was rooting for Frank Ocean).

Carrie Underwood doing what she does. No doubt she is talented. Didn’t get the dress being drawn on and all the lights and all of that. Just let the girl sing.

Prince! Wish he had sung. Anyway he gave away Record of the Year: Somebody that I Used to Know by Goyte. Upset of the night.

So they could’ve ended right then, don’t you think?

Ryan Seacrest? Why? More Chick Corea instead! I like the Music Educator Award idea. Niiiiiiice.

The In Memoriam is always so sad. Wow, the actual inventor of the vinyl record died this year. End of an era.

Tribute to Levon and Sandy Hook Elementary School by Elton John and others. (Mavis, T Bone, Brittany Howard, Mumford).

Oh, and I meant to mention Katy Perry. She cracked me up when she said I never was nominated for Best New Artist and I have my own eyelash line. You rock girl.

Oh dear. I know this is supposed to be a tribute to Elton but so strange to hear someone cover it on the Grammys. Just feels odd.

FRANK OCEAN!!! Can you tell I like this guy?

ADELE! Album of the Year:  Babel by Mumford and Sons.


Okay, so thoughts??? It went on too long. Was a bit jumbled. Didn’t seem to have a theme. I have watched EVERY GRAMMY show but ONE. This wasn’t one for the record books with regards to flow and theme and quality.

That said: So happy for Frank Ocean, nice that the top awards were split (Record/Album/Song often all go to the same person)  and off camera were these winners: Skrillex, Jay Z (too many to count anymore), Pat Metheny, BEST MUSICAL THEATER ALBUM: Once (I called this one!).


























Grammys this Sunday!

grammylogoI am leaving for a week long meditation retreat but will be returning literally as the Grammys are airing! Whew. That will be a close one.

Here are some of my predictions.

Record and Album of the Year - this can go either way. Will it be Taylor Swift again or Black Keys? Dark horse is Frank Ocean.

Song of the Year – I will be truly shocked if Kelly Clarkson doesn’t walk away with this for Stronger, although Carly Rae Jepsen has her fans too.

Pop Group: Maroon 5 or LMFAO.

Pop Album: would love to see Pink win this one.

Will Best Rock Song go to Mumford and Sons or Bruce Springsteen? Hmmm. Mumford SHOULD win it but Grammys usually skew traditional.

Broadway battles it out for show album. It’s between Follies and Once. Porgy & Bess could be the upset but I doubt it.

Possible scenario: Mumford and Sons OR Frank Ocean could sweep and take a bunch of awards rendering all my predictions usless!

See you Sunday night for the winners. Oh and Adele should win again. Just because.




This Week’s Diva Quote

“I believe if you wear enough pretty lipstick,

sparkly jewelry, and great shoes,

no one will even notice the size of your ass.”

- Anonymous