#Oscars in the Blackout

I’m sitting here scanning the hinternets for updates on the #Oscars, and thinking about last year.

Last year, when FROZEN was nominated, Idina Menzel’s performance was up on the ‘nets almost before the song was done.
I just realized WHY – that was an ABCDisney product they were hawking, so they gave up the clip to promote their own movie.

They have no such tie-in this year, I guess, so they’re not as friendly with the snippets of the broadcast this time around.

18:45 Neil Patrick Harris is flying around the hall in his tighty-whiteys in a tribute to BIRDMAN, not HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH.  Same thing with James Franco in his year; they couldn’t have him come out without his arm, a la 27 HOURS, but he never even put in an appearance with the Ginsberg glasses, another outstanding performance from Jimmy that year, in HOWL.  A bit too edgy for the old coots in the Academy?  Or the old coots at ABCDisney?

18:49 And now we’re off into the technical realm, with

  • Sound Mixing – Whiplash

Congratulations to Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley.

  • Sound Editing – American Sniper

Congratulations to Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman on their achievement.

It’s always gratifying when you make a prediction and it comes true.  It’s always gratifying to see 12 years of work pay off THIS big.  Congratulations!

  • Best Supporting Actress – Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

19:04 and we’re moving right along

  • Visual Effects – Interstellar

Felicitations, congratulations and a hearty “that’s great” to Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher

Current Standings:
The Great Budapest Hotel – 2
Whiplash – 2
Interstellar – 1
American Sniper – got its first one

  • Animated Short Feature – Feast

Hearty congratulations go out to Patrick Osbirne and Kristina Reed.

  • Animated Feature FilmBig Hero 6 – Winner

A certain Hollywood mother (who hadn’t been out to see any movies except with her kids) got her wish.
Neil Patrick Harris said, “If you’re at the Oscar party with the people who made The Lego Movie, now would be a good time to distract them.”

Congratulations go out to Don Hall, Chris Williams and Roy Conli.

And we’re back to the feature film awards, with

  • Production Design – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Production Design: Adam Stockhausen and Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock.  You did a lovely job.  Thank you.

  • Cinematography – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

19:27 And Birdman gets its first award of the night.  Congratulations, Emmanuel Lubezki,

Updated Current Standings, as of 7:30pm PST, 2 hours into the broadcast:
The Great Budapest Hotel – 3 (and a half, splitting Production/Set)
Whiplash – 2
Birdman – 1
Boyhood – 1
Interstellar – 1
American Sniper – got its first one

19:45 and WHIPLASH wins its third award of the night, as we get on to the more “prestigious” awards

  • Film Editing – Whiplash

Our next shout-out goes to Laura Poitras, Dirk Wilutzky and Mathilde Bonnefoy for

  • Documentary Feature – Citizenfour

After Laura Poitras received encrypted emails from someone with information on the government’s massive covert-surveillance programs, she and reporter Glenn Greenwald flew to Hong Kong to meet the sender, who turned out to be Edward Snowden.

I didn’t know much about this one going into tonight’s awards, either.   I know I’d heard about it, I know my friends must have spoken to me about it repeatedly, but it didn’t register, until now.  That’s one of the things about these non-feature films, an award can put a spotlight that wouldn’t be there otherwise.

20:08 I just gained access to Oscars Backstage livestream from ABCDisney.  Unexpected, but appreciated.  I suppose.

John Legend just won, I hear.

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