The ceremony has begun, and I’m not there.

17:53 Here is the link to the list of winners, as they are announced.  So far, there are none.  23 minutes and counting.

http://www.slashfilm.com/2015-oscar-winners/

17:56 First winner of the year, first one out of the gate is J.K. Simmons, for WHIPLASH.

18:08 And the first big winner among the films is THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, winning for Costume and Make-up.

Congratulations to Milena Canonero for Costume Design, and Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier for their make-up and hairstyling.  I was not enamored of THE GRAND BUDAPESH HOTEL, I avoided it once, snubbed it once and then went on in, the third time around.  Word of mouth had been not been as good as I’d originally thought, it was pretty to look at, but insubstantial as a dance, lovely to engage in, enchanting while it’s going on, but nothing left to hang on to when it’s over.  So it’s entirely appropriate that the look and feel of the film should get the first awards tonight.

So far, it’s THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL two, WHIPLASH one.  AMERICAN SNIPER, none.

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