I’m in a post-Oscar slump. The rush of anticipated releases is over, the awards have been handed out, and we’ve settle into a winter lull when there’s nothing worth seeing. Let’s discuss some random Oscar moments then, to ease the pain.
I loved that “Falling Slowly,” the song from “Once,” won and happier still when Marketa Irglova, who did not get a chance to speak after her singing partner Glen Hansard did, was invited back by John Stewart to give her thanks. A sweet gesture for a sweet person. OK, I don’t know for sure if she’s a sweet person, but her character was completely loveable.
Tilda Swinton was a surprise for Best Supporting Actress, and I felt it was well deserved. She talked in the Q & A backstage about playing this character, who feels inadequate in the male-dominated law firm, by wearing too-small clothing, one of those details that can really reveal character. Also, there was some serious sweating, which made me nervous for her character throughout.
Javier, I love you even more after your gracious speech thanking your mother, extended family, and Spain.
Daniel Day-Lewis should be knighted for real. I resisted “There Will Be Blood” because the premise sounded so unappealing: a nearly 3-hour movie about a crazy oil man in the 1920s based on the Upton Sinclair book, “Oil!” Even that exclamation point couldn’t convince me that oil was exciting. I should have known better. Daniel Day-Lewis transformed himself into the most compelling character I’ve seen in a long time. I was a little bit in love with his evil genius.
Finally, why was Nicole Kidman wearing a chandelier around her neck?