The Oscars are over for another year. And if I were giving out Oscars (or Julias as it may be), I would give this year the Oscar for Best Oscars.
It wasn’t because of the moments, even though there were some awesome ones.
Like Harrison Ford taking pizza from the delivery guy that Ellen called, and then asking Ellen for napkins:
Or Meryl Streep shimmying with Pharrell Williams:
Or even the photo that broke Twitter:
It was the fact that I got to spend the night with four fabulous gals: Andrea (cousin-in-law-but-really-in-life), Kim (sister-in-law-but-really-forever), and two Weather Vane sisters, Toni and Jacqui. Usually I watch the Oscars alone on the couch in my pyjamas, with Ben on the computer behind me, poking his head into my bubble of alone time every now and then to find out how I’m doing, or what’s happening on the TV, or why a particular moment is special. But tonight, he went downstairs to play video games and I hung out with four women who love snark and gossip and movies and snacks (oh, the snacks!) as much as me.
Here’s a run-down of the Julias (my own personal Oscars, dontchaknow) I would hand out, if I could:
I love fashion. Love. It. I don’t have any money to purchase it, my day job doesn’t require me to wear any, and I’ll probably never make it to the Oscars, but boy do I love me some haute couture. And tonight the ladies brought it. (I would mention the men, but in truth they kind of all look the same to me (except for the hair, of course)).
The Julia for Best Dressed would go to Anna Kendrick. She was stunning in a black dress with red accents by J. Mendel:
I love the clutch, the detail, and I love her. It’s a win!
Runner-up, but definitely not a loser, is Cate Blanchett. She is always stunning. Always. And Oscar night was no exception. Wearing Armani Prive, she was a vision, as usual.
Best Acceptance Speech
The very first award to be given out was for Best Supporting Actor, which Jared Leto won. His speech was pretty great, touching on his single mother, AIDS, which his movie was about, and even the situation in Ukraine. But for me the most eloquent and heart-some (like toothsome, but different) speech was Lupita Nyong’o’s, who won for Best Supporting Actress.
Here is her speech:
Thank you to the Academy for this incredible recognition. It doesn’t escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is thanks to so much pain in someone else’s. And so I want to salute the spirit of Patsey for her guidance. And for Solomon, thank you for telling her story and your own.
Steve McQueen, you charge everything you fashion with a breath of your own spirit. Thank you so much for putting me in this position, it’s been the joy of my life. [Tears, applause.] I’m certain that the dead are standing about you and watching and they are grateful and so am I.
Chiwetel, thank you for your fearlessness and how deeply you went into Solomon, telling Solomon’s story. Michael Fassbender, thank you so much. You were my rock. Alfre and Sarah, it was a thrill to work with you. Joe Walker, the invisible performer in the editing room, thank you. Sean Bobbitt, Kalaadevi, Adruitha, Patty Norris, thank you, thank you, thank you — I could not be here without your work.
I want to thank my family, for your training [laughs] and the Yale School of Drama as well, for your training. My friends the Wilsons, this one’s for you. My brother Junior sitting by my side, thank you so much, you’re my best friend and then my other best friend, my chosen family.
When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid. Thank you.
So, so perfect. Can’t wait to see where her career will take her.
Hosting the Oscars is a tough gig. You’re in front of an audience of professionals who need to be entertained, yet not offended, and an audience of viewers that are expecting the magic that Hollywood is famous for. If your performance bombs, you’ll never live it down. And if you’re awesome, you might become Billy Crystal. Tough, tough gig.
It’s always exciting when the host nails it, and Ellen did a great job. She was funny, pushed the envelope but not too far (Hi, Seth.), and rocked her wardrobe changes (“I added a scarf!”). Loved her.
Best of the Snark
There is always so much to be catty about when it comes to Hollywood. The best of the night, though, is more of a PSA than an actual snarkiness:
Dear John Travolta,
You are a bagillionaire. Please, please, please look into different hair options. This one is just not working for you.
Love, The Julias Academy (so official!).
Before this year, I never had snacks for the Oscars. This year, thanks to my super fabulous guests, we had lots to choose from – homemade chocolate chip cookies, three different types of popcorn, veggies, pretzels, pitas, dips, Doritos, Rolos, pop, and peanut M&Ms. My absolute favourite was the butter and salt popcorn – a classic that never seems to get old and is so linked to the movies (sorry, Toni – your carrots were delicious, but I love me some popcorn!).
Next Year’s Julias
Will Leo win next year? Will Ben Affleck stop throwing a hissy-fit and come back? Who will host? Who will sing (let it be P!nk again!)? Who will we remember? What will we be eating? What new starlet or star will we be excited to watch? What dress will make us swoon? What hair will make us wonder?
One thing’s for sure: I’m having another Oscar party. It was by far the best thing to happen to the Oscars and the Julias this year! So, congrats to the winners, a hug to the ones who didn’t make it, and sweet dreams to everyone living in the wrong time zone for the longest show of nonsense in the world (it’s so late!).
~ Julia and The Julias Academy