Monday, March 03, 2014

What I Learned

For the first time in decades I watched the Oscar program from beginning to end.  We had a pending snow storm with a predicted start big time at midnight and therefore it gave me another reason to stay up.  (If you did not see the Oscar show, you can totally skip this post!)

I learned 13 things and it is not yet Thursday:

  1. Weathermen get it wrong all the time.  The real snow did not start falling until 6:00 A.M. the next day.
  2. Staying up until midnight did not change my (lack of) need for sleep, therefore, I was up by 5:30 A.M. to see the weather change.
  3. The Red Carpet segment of the program is more than sleep inducing.
  4. For the first time I saw Ellen Degeneres in a dress and know why she does not wear dresses.
  5. All that stuff one injects into ones skin does something scary to the brain and turns old actors and actresses into really scary things.  (I was terrified of both Kim Novak and Liza Minelli.)
  6. Bette Midler should not take Valium before a performance.
  7. These people love each other as there were MANY standing ovations.
  8. Jennifer Lawrence can act but she cannot walk.
  9. Keven Spacey has charisma in spades.
  10. Jared Leto can not only act but he can give a great acceptance speech.
  11. Many actors say stupid and inane things, because after all, they have no script.
  12. Idena Menzel has a huge mouth and a lovely voice.
  13. Unfortunately the show was not worth 4 hours of my life.


  1. Usually we make a deal out of it and watch with the kids in a semi party atmosphere. But since we seldom see any of the movies, we gave it a miss this year. Sue and I did watch the first hours or so and recorded the rest, which we may or may not actually watch.

  2. Arrgh! I hate having to correspond thru Comments and not thru email, but I did update my post. Haha. I neglected to mention that I was uni and in the uni cafeteria before heading to church. I am doing a facepalm over neglecting to mention that little fact, and can see why one might have interpreted the narrative differently.

  3. It was a very long show with very few surprises. There were some good acceptance speeches and lots of interesting fashions. Sure, it's a colossal waste of time, but it's also all the buzz the next day and I like being up on my cultural literacy.
    That said, having seen many of the movies this year, I really think there are some good movies worth seeing, even some important movies, and some great acting roles.

  4. Glad I didn't watch it... I used to NEVER MISS shows like that --but these days, I've just lost interest totally in Hollywood and the so-called celebrities...

    We have ICE here today so I guess Ole Man Winter is not finished with us yet.

  5. We also watched the Oscars from beginning to end... first time. But it was mainly because PBS had Pledge time and had pre-empted all our normal Sunday night shows. It was alright... a bit long. Thought Sandra Bullock looked great.

  6. I have never seen a more nervous performance than that of Idina Menzel. I blame it on John Travolta slaughtering her name as he introduced her. That was horrid.
    The musical performances were a let down for me. I so love PINK and Idina but they were both uncharacteristically flat. I wondered if there were major problems with the sound. And the orchestra was SO LOUD that I thought Idina was going to pop a chord straining to be heard. Yikes. I did love U2 though. Love them.
    Some good speeches, some pretty dresses, but overall a ho-hum show. I should have gone to bed early.

  7. I did not make it through much of the show. I tried.
    Couldn't sustain the interest.

  8. Thanks for telling me that last bit; at least I’ll never regret not having watched any of it. Not that I ever have.
    Or ever will.

  9. I got all I needed from Twitter.

  10. We don't have TV, and this is one of the reason's i'm glad we don't.

  11. Yes, I watched the whole thing. I've watched many Oscar shows that were much worse than this one.

  12. That is the absolute best analysis of that event of any I've seen. Particularly number 11.

  13. I don't watch much tv, hadn't seen any of the nominated movies or performances, but I enjoyed seeing it. Liked Ellen's casual approach to it and surprisingly my husband watched it with me which he rarely would have done but it was about creativity, networking and promoting which we have had a lot more of in our lives with the books; so on a small scale, we related to it

  14. For the first time in decades I forgot to go to TNT to watch the Oscar! Lol!
    Very witty your reflection.

  15. I didn't realize that was Liza Minnelli when the show first started. She was awfully twitchy too. But Kim was in apalling shape physically and mentally. I am so glad there was someone smart with her to guide her and take over.

    Nope, a waste of time. Ah well. It's not my industry or community.

  16. I didn't see the oscars but your post did make me laugh. Keep writing!
    Blessings from Dalamory

  17. I saw a little bit and was not really impressed. I liked watching Ellen do her thing but the stars are not for me. Some of them were amazing but I am not a fan of most.

  18. We had to go into work early, n it never even snowed before we went home! I got in early enough to see Best Actor n Best Motion Pic tho-
    N Jimmy Kimmel! I hate never seeing fun shows- Always like that one.
    Ellen was in a dress? I'll have to google it! Botox n old age are scarier in HD! Kevin Spacey wasw a riot on Jimmy Kimmel after the big show too! They're guessing Travolta has dyslexia! I'd love to recline, snack, n be bored 4 hours. My life is still too stressfull... Lucky you possessing the time!

  19. Oh but it's worth an amusing post like this. You have many fun, true observations.

  20. I love the Oscars but couldn't watch because I don't get ABC. I'd much rather watch that the Olympics. I put up a note on Facebook about it hoping I would find a TV in the neighborhood that did and be invited. I was asked why I even wanted to watch: I've loved watching the Oscars since I can remember. I love good movies and follow some actor's careers. I also like the politics and activism of some of the actors. I like to watch the latest styles too. I like the storytelling, theater and the skill of acting. I like to watch the Oscars because I get good ideas for what movies to watch and because I like to see how they are calling the game. I don't watch or care about sports and never tuned in once to the Olympics, which is not my thing but so many others like it.

    I like reading your comments.

  21. I hope you don't mind, but I am going to quote you this morning.

  22. Yep, I watched it too. It must have been predicted to snow the next day or something because I must have known that I wouldn't have to get up early to do the morning school routing with my kids. Usually, I don't watch.

    Ellen in a dress and your thought about it - yes, funny!

    Jared Leto's acting and speech. Agreed. Very good.

    And so on.


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