This has been a subdued Oscar week. Post writers strike a bunch of big parties were canceled. It has been rainy and chilly all week adding to the blah mood. One of the highlights of the week for me was the first Essence Magazine Luncheon honoring Black Women in Hollywood. Ruby Dee was one of the honorees and her speech was so moving, as was Jada Pinkett Smith's. Tom Terrific and Katie were there. Their body language was weird. Tom presented Jada with her award. Will came up first and was hilarious and charming.
I saw a bunch of people I have seen in a while. Many of the actresses looked stunning. Kerry Washington and Paula Patton really stood out. Both of them have such great energy. I wish there were more interesting roles for actresses.
A jazz singer signed to Verve/Universal named Ledisi performed. She was amazing! Ledisi sang one original song (she had a pianist with her) and then did a cover of "Yesterday". Okay how many times have we heard that song covered? However, when she starting singing, it was as if I was hearing the lyrics for the first time. I looked around and saw quite a few execs tearing up. I think we sometimes forget how powerful these songs are and the musicianship involved because we hear them so often. Something about her vocal choices just kicked me in the gut. I almost started sobbing but I pulled it together. Phew.
Some random thoughts about the Oscars:
I actually laughed a couple of times during the opening monologue.
Javier Bardem - You sir are too f*cking talented and sexy. Love the suit.
John Travolta - I'm scared!! Lay off the Botox.
Why did they show that Cuba "acting a fool" Gooding clip?
Yeah! Ratatouille won best Animated movie.
I changed the channel when Jessica "I have no talent" Alba walked out on stage. Yes she is pretty but her ass does not belong at the Oscars.
Best Actress award goes to Marion Cotillard! Yes. She was just amazing in La Vie En Rose.
Once - Yeah, they won best song. This was one of my favorite movies last year. Made in Ireland for under 100k in a couple of weeks, this is a really sweet romantic movie. It's out on DVD.
Cameron Diaz presenting - Time to hit the mute button.
Diablo Cody is now an Oscar winning screenwriter.
Daniel Day Lewis - You are a bad ass. No American actors won awards this year.
The Coen Brothers win for best directing - yes. I used to see Ethan when I lived in NYC. He lived near the original Kiehl's store on 3rd Avenue (a place I spent too much money in).
Denzel - You are looking f*cking fine at 53!
Best Picture - No Country for Old Men!!! I am very happy about that.