I almost tuned out at the beginning because I thought Rock was veering a little hard to the offensive side with the "we had worse things to deal with in the 60s" line, which kind of sounds like what non-black people would say today as a reason black people should stop complaining about insufficient representation in media, but it course-corrected by the end of the monologue and I had a pretty good time with the rest. I especially loved the sketch with Whoopi Goldberg being inserted into the background of a scene in "Joy" as an example of how to increase diversity in these films (though honestly, all of those were great). Throughout the night there were a few excessively preachy moments, but they were mostly not very bothersome and/or were easy to tune out.
As Mom noted when I got her to watch them with me, "It's not that gross/crude this year. I always expect the jokes to be more crass."
I didn't find myself getting angry at any of the awards! That is nearly always why I hate watching the Oscars, yet there was nothing where I was rolling my eyes and going, "Oh, of COURSE." I thought all the winners and nearly all the nominees seemed pretty quality.
My mom was really excited by the supporting actor winner from Bridge of Spies. She loved that movie. I thought it looked boring, to which she said, "You didn't live through the Cold War."
I am still laughing about the one Mad Max lady who swaggered up to the stage in her motorcycle jacket and Harry Potter scarf. In case you've ever wondered if the ceremony has a dress code, I guess the answer is no.
(On a serious note, Brie Larson's dress was an A+ example of how to do plunging cleavage without actually revealing anything. I think it was the gauzy strip on the inside of the neckline that provided cover without fully covering at the same time. Maybe it looked different from the side, but as far as I could see, it was perfect. Actual favorite dress was the non-title girl from The Danish Girl, though.)
Jared Leto came dressed very like a Dalton Academy Warbler. This is my favorite day.
I still can't bring myself around on the idea of watching Mad Max: Fury Road. It just looks like a bunch of dirty, grimy, gross and nasty-looking people screaming and attacking each other against a colorless backdrop. It could not look more unpleasant unless they were also involved in a bunch of explicit sex scenes.
My saddest moment was wondering why Pitch Perfect 2 didn't get in on Original Song. Couldn't "Crazy Youngsters" have qualified? Don't tell me The frigggin' Weeknd's boring song for that pile of garbage movie was more worthy of a nomination than like...anything.
(edit: apparently it was not eligible, based on a list of eligible songs I found, but "Flashlight" was. OK, that's too terrible to consider. But hey, look what else was more deserving that didn't get one -- my fave, Juanes' "Juntos"!)
I really enjoyed the aerial rope twirling antics going on during The Weeknd's boring song. It helped me completely tune them out, except when they insisted on close-ups of the lead guy's face. (they also cut to that guy's face during the regular broadcast a LOT. What exactly was so important about seeing his reactions to things?)
Speaking of song performances, the Bond song that won: is Sam Smith always that awful? I just kept staring at the screen in angry horror at this weird nasally falsetto coming out. It seemed like a good song, but sung so badly. Call Groban in here and let him shore up this mess, then I'll know for sure.
Another dud: that hella awkward and secondhand embarrassing thing with the Girl Scouts. I hate when they bother the audience and try to give them things that are awkward to hold. The only thing worse is trying to sell them things with a side of shaming for non-compliance.
I don't generally care about documentaries, but that "Price of Forgiveness" one looked really well done, even though I would never be able to watch it because of that woman's red eye squicking me the hell out, and the woman's acceptance speech was amazing. I'm really glad she got recognized.
JUSTICE4LEO!!!!!!!! I didn't realize how invested I was in his success until his name was called, and then I may have whooped without realizing why. Apparently that feeling just seeped into me via Tumblr Osmosis.
Also, it was so bizarre hearing his normal voice. He has such a nice voice! I'm so used to him affecting weird, terrible accents that sound completely unnatural that I forgot what his real one sounded like.
Movies I have come out of this wanting more strongly to see:
-The Revenant (also, I had the worst time remembering what this was called until Chris looked up what it meant -- "a person who has returned" -- and then I was like, DUH-DOI, like the French revenir. Use your all but eroded foreign language skills to improve your English comprehension, at least!)
-Spotlight (Mom said she heard it was really well done, fairly balanced, and that she would also like to see it)
-Brooklyn (what is this nice, pleasant, solid, normal-looking non-animated movie with a wonderful actress doing at the Oscars? *suspicious look* What's wrong with it.)
-Possibly The Big Short? I think the story sounds really interesting but I don't know if I can handle that much Bale and Carell, no matter how weirdly fetching Old Brad Pitt looks.
-Possibly Room? I can't make up my mind about this. On the one hand, I want it to be the extended edition of that Criminal Minds episode I fell in love with a few weeks back. On the other, I'm concerned Brie Larons' character will come out too hostile for me to sympathize with her, and/or that the child will come out too contrary for me to have any tolerance for him adjusting to the real world. There's just been a lot more yelling than crying in the gifs/clips I've seen, and I need this story to fit my preconceived notions of what it should be or go home.
Also, I'm 5 episodes into Superstore now and I'm hoping to finish the rest within a week so I'm reserving chatter until then, but I need to you know this is about the happiest I've been with a random comedy since either Raising Hope or The Middle, depending on which I started watching first.