After four-and-a-half hours of live chatting last night, and plenty of water-cooler chat this morning, here are a few last thoughts on the 2014 Academy Awards:
- Movies that won no Oscars whatsoever: “American Hustle,” “Captain Phillips,” “Nebraska,” “Philomena,” “The Wolf of Wall Street,” of the Best Picture nominees alone. Make of this what you will. I know that my hunch that the Academy would find a way to honor “Philomena” screwed up my Oscar ballot. (For the record: 18 of 24 correct; not bad, but not as good as that wonderful year that “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King won everything and I, like everyone else who predicted the Oscars, got 21 out of 24.)
- It is not remotely clear why John Travolta introduced Idina Menzel as “Adele Dazeem.” (Frankly, considering the names of some of this year’s nominees, “Idina Menzel” isn’t even a mouthful.) But Adele Dazeem, apparently, is on Twitter.
- Coolest spring break EVER: that experienced by Lupita Nyong’o’s brother, Peter, who’s on break from Stetson University and not only got to be his big sister’s date for the Oscars, he made his way into Ellen’s Twitter-breaking selfie — crowding out Angelina Jolie.
- Too many montages? Yes. That pizza thing, milked for way too long? Yes. I love Bette Midler as much as anyone, but did the world need to hear “Wind Beneath My Wings” one more time? To my mind, no. And yet — Darlene Love’s joyous “His Eye Is On the Sparrow”; the “Let It Go” couple happily accepting their award in rhyme; Jared Leto’s shout-out to his lovely mom, once an unwed pregnant teen; Lupita Nyong’o’s poise and graciousness; Steve McQueen literally jumping for joy — it was, dare I say it, a pretty good Oscar year.
This just seemed like a pretty picture to end with. Let’s hope this woman gets inundated with great scripts, NOW. (Photo: Getty Images)