The Oscars are the gay Super Bowl
The Oscars are the gay Super Bowl. so what self-respecting queer wouldn’t be watching? Just for you, I didn’t fast-forward thru the acceptance speeches for the shorts and tech awards, just in case someone said something gay. Alas, there was no queer love from the stage, unless you count Christoph Waltz, who gushed about his “Django Unchained” director.
Speaking of Tarantino. When he won his Best Screenplay (all disheveled and sloppily stuffed into his tux), he was the only winner who thanked nobody…but himself.
Seth MacFarlane made a dashing host and brought his brand of twisted humor to the comic bits. His song, “We Saw Your Boobs,” listed many female stars and the movie(s) that exposed their breasts. Pretty hetero…until the curtains parted and the Gay Men’s Chorus of LA chimed in.
Two more gay gags: The visit from the future by William Shatner’s Captain Kirk revealed that Seth would be coming out in 2015. When Seth introduced the stars of “Chicago” he commented, “Because they (the producers) were concerned that show wasn’t gay enough yet.” The only out appearance was Sally Field, who was in the audience with her gay son, Sam.
One thing that surely WASN’T gay was the set. Looks like they collected all the candles from every production of “Phantom of the Opera” and plopped them onstage. For accents somebody’s child made a bunch of roulette wheels using Oscars and bowling pins and for musical numbers they flew a wall of Swarsovski crystals. They could just as easily have used an old disco curtain.
There was nothing innovative or especially exciting about the staging of any of the musical numbers (or anything else for that matter). The producers seemed to be picking up on Justin Timberlake’s new classic crooner, big-band vibe by bringing out tux-clad young bloods like Channing Tatum (who danced with the intensity of “Magic Mike”), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (effortless and charismatic) and Daniel Radcliff (short).
There were some amazing performances: Jennifer Hudson (less chunky than in the movie montage and still full of soul), Dame Shirley Bassey (a bit pitchy, but hey, she’s 100 years old), Adele (down to earth and wonderful as always), Kristin Chenoweth (great fun in her closing duet with Seth, “Here’s to the Losers”). The “Les Miz” moment was simply staged, but the energy and voices were powerful. Catherine Zeta-Jones needs to take lip sync lessons from Brittany. Guess it was all that dancing that kept her canned.
As for fashion: Kerry Washington looked like she rolled around in cherry rock candy, Anne Hathaway’s Prada had an unflattering boxy neckline but the knockout necklace helped, Salma Hayek sported a shiny dickey and Jane Fonda was simply fabulous in yellow. As she walked onstage, Meryl looked like she was pulling her dress out of her ass. Kristen Stewart, appeared and sounded horrible, probably because she was doped up on painkillers. She hobbled down the red carpet on crutches, but chose to limp awkwardly and look loopy for her onstage moment.
The “In Memoriam” tribute didn’t end with the traditionally quiet fade to a commercial, but with Streisand (in a choker AND a cascade of gold chains) singing a tribute to Marvin Hamlish. Don’t kill me boys, but for the first time on camera Babs looked old.
Everyone expected our own Daniel Day Lewis to win for his iconic portrayal on Lincoln, but his speech may have been the funniest of the night. He joked that he was originally supposed to play Meryl’s part in “Thacher.” The only real surprise of the night was Michelle Obama, in her bangs and a deco dress, who announced the Best Picture. She was as classy as any actor who presented, but what was the deal with all those soldiers behind her?
Overall, the evening was a yawn and I LOVE the Oscars. Every predicted award won. There were no memorable moments or major gaffs, except Jennifer Lawrence’s tumble up the stairs in her big pink funnel. But she’s just so cool and real, it worked. Frankly, the irreverent and sassy Independent Spirit Awards (broadcast Saturday night on IFC) is fast becoming my new favorite awards show.
Jerry Williams reviewed movies for WTVR-TV for 14 years and for Style Weekly for 10 years. When he launched his own website in 1998 at TVJerry.com, he took his reviews to the Internet. Through those hundreds of reviews, Jerry kept his sexual orientation muted. So, he's excited to be adding "gay angles" to his postings for GayRVA.com.
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