35 Thoughts During the 91st Academy Awards

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The day we all have been waiting for finally arrived!!

No host? No problem! I’m here to give you a play by play of what went down, what will be talked about, and what I thought of it all!

  • JT’s opening of the Oscars was way better.

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  • A movie montage gets me every time! I’ll take one over a host; I forgot how many fantastic movies came out this year!
  • Having Maya, Tina, and Amy open the show is the smartest move ever!
  • “God is good all the time!” Congrats Regina! (I wasn’t really pulling for anyone here, so yay her!).
  • Obviously Vice deserves to win for Makeup and Hairstyling! Christian Bale was UNRECOGNIZABLE!
  • Sam Rockwell’s face at Melissa McCarthy’s presenting is me … although the bunnies are funny.
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Not the exact face from the show … but you get the idea.

  • Forty minutes in and I’m bored … can you give me a performance or another montage or something?
  • Is Roma going to win everything tonight? I don’t want to watch it and only will if it wins Best Picture.
  • “If you ever want to borrow the dragons, ring me!” XOXO Emilia Clarke!
  • Love Jennifer Hudson; hated the performance.

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  • Crying all over again hearing “I’ll Never Love Again.”

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  • Bohemian Rhapsody wins for sound editing and sound mixing; too obvious that a film about music would win all the sound awards?
  • Wait a minute! Roma is nominated for Best Foreign Language AND Best Picture?? Can you do that? Someone less lazy than me research this.
  • Is Bette Midler in Mary Poppins Returns? I’m not upset to see her; just curious as to why she’s singing this song.Image result for bette midler singing oscars 2019
  • The songs seem to be getting cut short; Bradley and Gaga BETTER NOT get cut off.
  • CONGRATS MAHERSHALA! I am OBSESSED with him! I loved Green Book and I love the current season of True Detective, but I don’t think I would have enjoyed them as much as I did if not for Mahershala Ali. Then he goes and dedicates his award to his grandmother, thanks his wife and daughter?? HE IS THE BEST!!!
  • I don’t really care that a Spiderman movie won, but I did hear many kids loved it, so cool.
  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, which this country couuuuuntrrrrry song is from, was surprisingly entertaining. Sad, but entertaining. Try it out one night.
  • I’ve never seen Wayne’s World; am I a pop culture failure?

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  • Cue the Awkwaina and John Mulaney for host next year tweets! So funny! “They gave us one of the big ones!”
  • “I can’t believe a film about ministration just won an Oscar!” Do I need to watch??
  • First Man wins for visual effects; too obvious that a film about space would win the visual award?
  • NO INTRODUCTION NEEDED FOR THIS!!!
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LITERALLY EV-ERY-THINGGGGG!!

  • Wow. I’m shocked to see Green Book win for Best Screenplay, only because there was so much controversy around the story. BUT, I loved the movie and I think it’s so awesome the main character’s real life son wrote it, and now won an Oscar for it!
  • Wow! Congrats Spike Lee on your first Academy Award!
  • I play different movie scores while my students do independent work. Some of my favorites to hear include Forrest Gump & La La Land. The students get so excited when the Star Wars score comes on. The presenters were exactly right; a certain movie score takes you to a particular feeling you had when watching a film.
  • Gaga on her way to an EGOT!
  • Also I had no idea about her necklace! It’s Over 100 carrots and Audrey Hepburn has been the only other star to wear it. QUEEN! (Fact check this, though)
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  • If you’ve seen A Star is Born than you know Bradley Cooper deserved Best Actor more than any others nominated … but congrats Rami Malek anyway (sigh).
  • Oh gosh I didn’t realize Rami is dating his costar from Bohemian Rhapsody !!! I had no idea that was her!
  • Yay Olivia Colman, I guess? I wanted Gaga, but figured Glen Close would win, so meh, whatever.
  • Okay, I take it back. Colman just provided us with one of those great Oscar moments with her speech; a rare occasion when an actor proves to be a actual person with real emotions.
  • JULIAAAAA! That pink!! I’m deceased!
  • In a shocking turn of events …. Green Book wins! Now we don’t have to watch Roma.Image result for green book gif

In closing this award season, I realized nothing makes me happier than sitting with my husband, cuddling with my puppies, and watching a good ass movie. I love a well told story & I love when a film brings people together. Regardless of the snobbery and stuffiness of Hollywood, I will always appreciate the Academy Awards for celebrating each year of great films.

Movie of the Week: A Star is Born

“I’m off the deep end, watch as I dive in…”

I realize this movie has been out for what seems like forever, and MHH had yet to review it. Honestly, I wasn’t even sure I was going to because I had so many mixed emotions regarding the film. It took me a couple weeks to process what I watched, but I think I’m ready to discuss now!

The Good

1. Bradley Cooper’s acting.

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I like Bradley Cooper as an actor, but I don’t think I like like him as an actor. I don’t run to the theater to see a Bradley Cooper film, but Star is Born may have changed that. Not only did I believe him as a singer (and don’t mind listening to him on the soundtrack), but I completely bought into the fact that he was a troubled addict. He made his character seem so sloppy and in constant need of a bath with that greasy hair. He absolutely committed to the part, brought pain to the story, and should without a doubt win all the awards for his role.

2. The music.

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Whether you’re a fan of rock, country, or pop music there is something for you in this film. Whether you love “Born This Way” Gaga or Joanne Gaga, she’ll give you something in this film (I more prefer Joanne to be honest). Fun fact: if you didn’t know, many of those festival performances were real, including an actual Coachella performance. Don’t believe me? Click here to read about it!

My favorite Gaga solo songs included “Look What We’ve Found” and “Always Remember Us This Way;” oh! and if “I’ll Never Love Again” doesn’t win every Best Song category during award season, the whole system is SERIOUSLY DISTURBED! I loved all the Cooper/Gaga collabs too, including “Music to My Eyes,” “Diggin’ My Grave,” and OBVIOUSLY “Shallow.” Even if you don’t think the film will be your cup of tea, watch it just for the music!

The Not So Good

1. Lady Gaga as Ally

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I don’t blame her acting and I’m not here to announce that she is a bad actress. This happens with some of my favorite actors/actresses and Lady Gaga falls into it. I simply could not suspend my disbelief with her while watching. I never bought into the Ally/ Jackson love story because I just kept seeing Lady Gaga next to Bradley Cooper. I did mention how great BC acted and yes, he became his character, but honestly I think he needed a different lead (albeit I have no idea who could have played the part … so maybe I should just shut up now).

2. Sadness

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Warning ** spoilers ahead  **so maybe stop reading now if you haven’t seen the film.

I had no idea prior to watching that Bradley Cooper’s character was an alcoholic and drug addict (come to find out this is the case in all three films). Not only that, but his demons with his father and his brother were hard to watch too. While his ending was ruined for me by a friend, everything leading up to it, especially the scene where he called her ugly and the Grammy speech, were torture to watch. I had a really really hard time being emotional at the end of the movie while she was singing “I’ll Never Love Again.” If anything, I felt anger. I was angry at Cooper’s character for leaving Ally. If she was his absolute, one true love, he should have got clean for her … regardless of what that dweeb manager of hers said. I was so pissed at him for leaving her in the end and honestly, it ruined the movie for me and that’s why I can’t love it as much as the rest of the world.

All in all, see the movie. In fact, see it twice (I think I need to re-watch it myself) and see the Babs version as well as the Judy Garland version. The music is too too good for you not to see it. Bradley Cooper is too too good for you not to see it. And I’ll always love Gaga, she can do no wrong (Can we please talk about Lady Gaga?), so there is the third and final reason to see the film.

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Then come find me and let’s discuss!