Last night was a very interesting evening of TV with the 87th Oscars and the second to last episode of the season of Downton Abbey.
We watched both and enjoyed both thoroughly. We thought Neil Patrick Harris did a great job of hosting and many of the speeches were relevent.
There was lots of laughs too and many interesting moments. The winners of the major awards were largely predictable.
Birdman won best movie. We saw this and were not crazy about it but the academy does enjoy a move about themselves.
Eddie Redmayne won Best Actor in a leading role for The Theory of Everything which was a story about Stephen Hawking’s life. Again a very good movie which I enjoyed.
Julianne Moore won Best Actress in a leading role for Still Alice which was a story about Alzheimers Disease.
J.K. Simmons won Best Supporting Actor in Whiplash.
Patricia Arquette won Best Supporting Actress in Boyhood.
Best Screenplay went to the screenwriter for The Imitation Game. Graham Moore gave a wonderful acceptance speech citing the inspiration of Alan Turing as the person on which The Imitation Game was based who suffered when it was exposed he was gay, however, prior to that he did safe thousands of lives by cracking the Nazi code during the ward.
Best Director went to Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu from Mexico for Birdman. Many people were very upset when Sean Penn, the presenter for this award, said “Who gave this guy his green card” but, as it turns out it was an inside joke between Inarritu and Penn. Everyone here in Ajijic, Lake Chapala were thrilled with this win. The second year in a row a Mexican has won best director.
Lady Gaga did certainly not disappoint with her medley of songs from The Sound of Music which left surprise present Julie Andrews in tears. We all knew she could sing but to garner a standing ovation from fellow musicians was spectacular.
Probably the highlight of the night was when Neil Patrick Harris came on stage in “tighty whities” as Michael Keaton had worm in Birdman.
There were many other memorable moments which you can Google but we enjoyed the relevance of this year’s subjects and responses. All in all a jolly good show.