TOP 10 OSCAR MOMENTS 2014 – This was one was for the WOMEN and the DREAMERS!
A magical night it was!
We were worried after viewing last year’s performance by Seth Mcfarland (which prompted a lot of people to send backlash letters about the Academy and its respect for women, who could forget the opening number “We saw your boobs!”) that we would be cringing at our seats for another moment that would take the OSCARS into a night of unpleasant statements. BUT WE WERE WRONG.
This year, change was in the air. From the dresses that showed elegance of powerful women, to the tributes to loved ones and a nod to the dreamers – these are our favorite TOP TEN moments from OSCARS 2014.
1) Ellen, a woman hosts the OSCARS! She is not tempted to insult any of the women nominated or play on their sexuality. She acknowledged the talent in the room, even humbled us by feeding them pizza and shared the night with us with a group tweet of Hollywood talent. We love her grace and wit!
2) Lupita Nyong’o wins for Best Supporting Actress for 12 Years A Slave
She thanked the Academy, Director Steve McQueen, the storytellers. But most of all, she gave a salute to women around the globe “No matter where you are from, your dreams are valid.” Beautiful.
3) In an industry favoring youth and sexuality, Oscar Winner Cate Blanchett took a moment in her acceptance speech for winning Best Actress for portraying New York socialite ‘Jasmine’ to acknowledge Judi Dench – an actress ending her seventies as an icon of talent. “At the age of 79, her film was so successful she is India because she is doing a sequel. What a career!” We love Cate for reminding the world that age being an obstacle in Hollywood is a myth – that should be kicked in the gut!
4) Jennifer Lawrence is a darling yes we know. But what was amazing was her boldness and frank attitude as she stepped out to announce the best actor category. She saw somebody laughing as she walked across the stage ( after she laughed about falling last year) and said right out loud
“Why are you laughing? Is this funny?” Jennifer does not follow Hollywood etiquette or any form of pretense and to us she is freeing.
5) “Frozen” wins for best animated feature! A Disney movie with a female at the center who fights to mend her relationship with her sister, save her kingdom and her life. She is strong and courageous that Elsa. We could not be more pleased that Disney got recognized for showing a girl as a carver of her destiny, rather than a damsel waiting for her prince. We hope we never go back to sweeping chimneys and waiting for rescues. We love this way more!
6) Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson win best song for “Let it Go” for Frozen and sing a creative rhyming song to break traditions and end the speech with a dedication to their daughters “ Katie and Annie, this song is inspired by our love for you. May you never let fear or shame stop you from celebrating the unique people you are. We love you!”
And that is why we love Frozen even more!
7) Cate Blanchett wins an Oscar for best actress and gives an extraordinary speech! We know she is an empowered, talented person comfortable in her skin. But we loved her salute to women and their power in the market. She stated “ Thank you to Sony Classics for intelligently distributing the film ( “Blue Jasmine”) and to those in the industry who foolishly thought that female films with women at the center are for niche audiences. They are not. People want to see them. And in fact they make MONEY! THE WORLD IS ROUND PEOPLE.” And we loved that the audience burst into applause. It’s about time!
8) Jared Leto wins best supporting actor for his portray of Rayon in “Dallas Buyers Club.” And his date, his beautiful silver haired mother. He makes an incredible speech of gratitude and thanks the most important person to him – his mother.
He told us she was a single mom in 1971, pregnant with her second child and a high school drop out. “But somehow she managed to make a better life for herself and encouraged her children to be creative, work hard and do something special. Thank you mom for teaching me how to dream.” Leto saluted the foundation of his dreams and we could not be more inspired.
He went on to spread the inspiration of his dream.
“To all the dreamers out there around the world watching this tonight, in places like the Ukraine and Venezuela, I want to say we are here, and as you struggle to make your dreams happen, to live the impossible, we’re thinking of you tonight,” Leto said.
We are always impressed when Hollywood remembers the world outside itself. We are grateful.
9) Mathew McConaughey wins Best Actor in “Dallas Buyers Club,” for his portrayal of Ron Woodroof and in his acceptance speech he thanks GOD, his father his mother and his wife . “She taught me and my two older brothers, demanded that we respect ourselves and in turn we will be able to respect others. Thank you Mom”
To his wife he stated “ The encouragement you give me is unparallel. You are the four people
( including his children) are the people I want to make most proud of me, thank you. “
Yes, is it obvious that we love it when wives and mothers are recognized for successes?
10) “12 Years A Slave,” wins best picture and director Steve McQueen gives an acceptance speech that we are thrilled about.
He thanks the cast, team , his inspiration and states:
“My publicist Paula Woods, I’m sorry about this, for her hard work. April Lamb, and my magnificent agents. I have to say this to all these women, I have all the women in my life and they’re all the most powerful. And my mother, obviously. Maha Dakhil ”
Yes we could not think of a more proud way to conclude the night!