Lunchtime Poll

Lunchtime Poll: So The Oscars Were…?

Amazing? Spectacular? Boring? Whatever?

The Academy Awards ceremony was held on Sunday night and I’m sure it was filled with memorable highlights from host Ellen Degeneres, the presenters, award acceptance speeches, and maybe Diddy was there and said something weird like he did at the Golden Globes.

But we don’t know if Diddy said something bizarre (or if he was even there) because this post was written and submitted before we actually watched it. So tell us Persephoneers! What was your favorite highlight from the Oscars this year? Were you unhappy about any wins? Who, in your book, should’ve won for Best Actress? Who wore the best outfit? Let us know your thoughts!

By Luann

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13 replies on “Lunchtime Poll: So The Oscars Were…?”

Ellen can do no wrong as far as I’m concerned. I’ll take her over Seth McFarlane’s brand of “comedy” any day. I guess I’m one of the few people who was happy Matthew McConaughey won. I’m disappointed that the only thing most people took from his speech was that he was his own hero. Not the story about his father in heaven, not the beautiful line about appreciation and gratitude or how he strives to make his wife and children proud, how he wants to improve every 10 years, nope. Just that he’s his own hero.

I love Lupita N’yongo and wasn’t surprised when she won. She is perfection. LOVED Jared Leto’s speech. Its amazing how I’ll hear all these reports about what a dick he is when he’s performing with 30 Seconds To Mars but when it comes to acting he just switches on the charm. LOVED Cate Blanchett’s speech. I actually stood up and cheered. Loved the pizza bit. I was just overcome by feels when the Let It Go songwriters gave their acceptance speech. Sounds like their kids have the best parents in the world.

I haven’t watched an awards show in years but I’m so happy I decided to check out this one. Yes there were slow and stilted moments (Fire the teleprompter! Get Travolta to memorize his lines! Zac Efron? Jessica Biel? The heroes montage? Why?) I enjoyed the show all the way to the end.

I was extremely excited that Lupita won. She absolutely deserved it, but to be honest, I was expecting usual Oscars BS and for her not to get it. I thought Cate Blanchett’s speech would have been great in any other context besides in support of a Woody Allen movie. And, on a less serious note, I laughed my ass off at Brad Pitt handing out paper plates and napkins, because he is such a dad now that it must just be reflexive.

I’m also happy that Lupita won! And her speech was so genuine and thoughtful. AND I loved her dress. I agree with you, I also thought she wasn’t going to win because of the usual Oscar BS. Cate Blanchett’s speech was great, I liked that she chose to point out that women are capable of making phenomenal lead characters – but yeah, Woody Allen movie kinda… kills it lol. That whole thing about the pizza was just awesome. I love how Ellen makes the most mundane activities or subject-matters sooooo hilarious.

I skipped an hour of it to watch ‘The Walking Dead’ but I mostly enjoyed what I did see.

I was disappointed that there were no obvious trainwreck gowns, because I’m snarky enough to enjoy being snarky about ugly dresses. I was also disappointed that MM won Best Actor because I’m not a fan of his, although I haven’t seen any of the Best Picture nominees and I’ve heard he deserved the accolades.

The best part for me was after the show, when all the Benedict Cumberbatch gifs showed up on Tumblr. I love me some BC.

And I loved Ellen. I thought the opening monologue was a bit hit or miss but I love her gentle zingers.

There were many people who thought Ellen was amazing and while I agree that there were fun moments, it was lackluster most of the time. Some of the speeches were amazing, especially Lupita Nyong’o’s acceptance. I love everything about her. Also, Steve McQueen’s and the songwriters of “Let It Go,” which was so freaking adorable.

Also Pharrell dancing with Lupita, Meryl and Amy was fun.

I got the lackluster feeling too, but I imagine it had something to do with trying to balance between a script and “anything can happen” live tv. I did like that Ellen toned down the pageantry, and was just kind of “I like all these people. I love making friends.” I also liked that rather than just making jokes about how they were all starving, pizza was actually delivered, and it was a row of actresses just being like, “God, yes, ALL THE PIZZA.” That made me happy.

And I am in love with Lupita. She is adorbs.

I loved Lupita’s speech the best out of all of the speeches last night. Steve McQueen jumping up and down after the Best Picture win was just amazing!! Pharrell’s performance was definitely fun, that song truly makes me feel good! I don’t know if Lupita, Meryl and Amy practiced their dancing before the show or if they knew that was going to happen, but it was perfect either way! AND PHARRELL’S HAT! omg.

Maybe! I know there’s a lot of folks that feel the show this year was a little bland. I think the few parts that stood out to me, entertained me enough to hold my attention until the end. Like, I love how John Travolta just straight up messed up Idina Menzel’s name when he introduced her.

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