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I loved the Oscars last night, the theme "A Return to Glamour" was great, especially for someone like me who loves old movies. I thought Jon Stewart did a good job as host. I thought I would burst out laughing when he made the "Trilogy!" comment and gesture, re: Speilburg's movies depicting Jews.

Women's dresses were very subdued this year, lots of neutrals, black of course, and some blues and greens. I don't really recall seeing lots of red and pink. Standouts included Jennifer Aniston, Rachel Weisz, and Felciity Huffman in black. Salma Hayek (who always looks stunning, even wearing a paper bag, not that I have seen her in a paper bag, but you get the idea) in a strinking blue, and Jessica Alba in a gorgeous golden gown.

I also loved Reese's dress and I was thrilled that she won an Oscar. And, oh my gosh George Clooney won an Oscar! I was really excited (there was a time not too long ago that I would have said, "George Clooney?, that George Clooney?, the one from ER?, you can't be serious???", but his film roles have really shown his range and I personally thought he deserved a nod a few years ago for "Oh Brother...").

I was not at all surprised by, nor was I dismayed by Rachel Weisz's win for The Constant Gardener, which looks to be an excellent film (I am holding out until I read the book) or Phillip Seymour Hoffman, who I am convinced deserved the win, even though as much as I wanted to, I never made it to see "Capote".

As for best picture... what can I say? I was pleased to see Crash win. I would have been okay with "Brokeback Mountain" but I like rooting for the underdog, plus it was an unwritten rule that Ang Lee would get best director, especially with Clooney's Supporting Actor win. I kind of felt that Brokeback was over hyped, admittedly I didn't see it, but I felt like it got a lot of press, not because it was a movie about gay cowboys, but because it was a movie starring two attractive heterosexual (I assume, I don't know enough about either Jake Gyllenhal or Heath Ledger to even venture a guess) stars. The academy shouldn't give awards to stars, it should give awards to actors, those who devote time and enrgy to their craft and elevate it to an art form.

Oh, and as for the presenters, the fact that the Wilson brothers appeared together and Ben Stiller appeared by himself, will only fuel further speculation that the relationship between Owen and Ben is crumbling I guess. Ben Stiller's bit with the green screen was hilarious! Jennifer Aniston was beautiful and gracious. Jack was sharp as always.

So the list of movies I want to see grows...
-Good Night and Good Luck
-The Constant Gardener
-A History of Violence
-The Squid and the Whale

still undecided about...
-Brokeback Mounttain
-Mrs. Henderson Presents

Speaking of, does anyone know what was going on with Lauren Bacall, was she just having a hard time reading the teleprompter or has she developed some sort of afflication similar to Katherine Hepburn's?

ETA: Did anyone notice Jane Seymour's purse? It was shaped like a guitar. A-dor-a-ble!

ETA 2: Oh, and Nicole Kidman looked totally washed out in ivory, but Uma looked angelic!

ETA 3: So, those were Jack Nicholson's kids!!! His daughter is very pretty. And 16!


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Mar. 6th, 2006 02:44 pm (UTC)
A History of Violence is really good. It's not the kind of movie you watch to be entertained, it's more to make you think. And it does. It's really strong, and makes you cringe now and again with all the violence, but it's good, it's very good. Powerful.

And Brokeback Mountain is really good. I saw it yesterday. I adore it. Also a very strong and powerful movie, methinks.

I dunno about Jake Gyllenhaal, but Heath Ledger is straight ;) He actually fell in love with whatshername who he marries in Brokeback Mountain, and they're married in real life now, and have a little baby together.

I must remember to watch the Oscar's reruns tonight!
Mar. 6th, 2006 03:22 pm (UTC)
Jakey was funny on Oprah: "We made out, and they had a baby." "They were making googly eyes at each other; I left for two weeks; I came back and they were in love." "There were four trailers, then all of a sudden there were three."

Jakey is definitely very straight, too.

The film is beautiful, but I have no opinions on the Oscars because of all the films this year that got actual acting nominations, I only saw BBM and Constant Gardener. CG is probably the best of the Le Carré adaptations since Tinker Tailor. I've not seen Tinker Tailor, but I've heard so many times that it's brilliant that I just have to leave it out of any discussions of the transfer of Le Carré's prose to film.
Mar. 6th, 2006 03:34 pm (UTC)
The Constant Gardener, do not miss it. It was a phenomenal film. Ralph Fiennes was bloody fantastic in it, too (and where was HIS freakin' nomination?!).
Mar. 6th, 2006 07:13 pm (UTC)
For some reason, I thought Nicole Kidman looked awesome in the ivory. Imperious, reminiscent of the White Witch in Narnia...

But Jennifer Anniston, I thought, was by far the most stunning.

I thought Bacall a) was tipsy, b) forgot her reading glasses and was half reciting from memory, or c) not feeling well. The likeliest one is "a".
Mar. 6th, 2006 08:34 pm (UTC)
I was son happy Reese won. I'm a long time fan. :)

As far as I know, both Jake and Heath are straight. Heath married(?) Michelle Williams, whom his character marries in the movie. And Jake dated Kristen Dunst for along time. No idea if they're still together. I guess not.

I liked Munich much better than Brokeback Mountain. But BM is good too. I didn't like Syriana. I haven't watched the rest of your list, though, because they didn't play them in my city. Bummer! But I really really wanna watch The Constant Gardener. The director is Brazilian, you know?
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