I’m still rubbing my eyes in disbelief at what happened at Sundays’ Academy Awards. Where was the thrill in guessing who would go home with the gold, the witty writing for the host and overall brevity of the whole shebang. The night was just too full of predictability compared to last years awards show. Here’s hoping there’s worthy films coming out next season that bring back the Oscars I know and love. Still, I did click off my TV at the end of the night inspired, despite Billy’s blackface.
If anything, I’ve learned this Oscars season is that America likes convention. Good for them. Knowing this, I can charge into my own scripts refreshed. What Gabby Sidibe said in the “Movie Reflections” segment really stung my heart (“But if I can see myself I know I exist.”). I mean that’s precisely why I’m driving myself to write feature scripts. I know convention says I should become proficient in short films. Master the small circuit before I go to the big leagues, but I grew up on the features. I have long loved the 2 hours in the dark theater, hoping to get lost in someone’s elses journey. However 9 times out of ten that someone did not look me. So, with the truth finally being revealed to whole world about just who deems one film, one actor, one actress the best of the best, I press forward. Because I do exist. Convention be damned.
Of course, the Twitter feed doesn’t lie. Here’s what I remember happening during the telecast. *Cue dream sequence wavy lines*
9:09 PM “Respect all cultures and despise hostility and resentment.”
9:13 PM Standing ovation for Octavia…this means something, folks!
9:28 PM Marty’s dedication to working with the same production team on each film is inspiring. Thelma’s edited all of his films.
9:30 PM Is it really surprising that the Academy loves HUGO and THE ARTIST? Reminds them of a simpler time, considering their demo.
9:44 PM Did the ‘Undefeated’ film team JUST graduate film school? So young.
9:45 PM Chris Rock is the closest thing we’re going to get to Eddie Murphy tonight. Sad face.
9:49 PM Agreed. They were sooo close. RT
@shadowandact: “Chico & Rita” got robbed.
9:55 PM Emma Stone is killing it! Her and Chris Rock are saving the
10:05 PM “You’re only 2 years older than me.” – Christopher Plummer says to
#Oscar statue. That’s called class, folks.
10:15 PM The composer has no formal training and wins an
#Oscar. Seriously? Best score goes to THE ARTIST.
10:18 PM Zack’s shout-out to “It’s Hard out Here for a Pimp” as previous
#Oscar Best Song winner. Hilarious.
11:20 PM Dang, Jean Dujardin’s speech is so charming. “Thank you! I love your country.”
11:30 PM “I could hear half of America going AWW C’MON why her again!” Meryl knows what’s up!
11:41 PM First ‘King’s Speech’, now ‘The Artist’. Academy, make up your mind: movies about overcoming speech difficulties or miming?