|11:33 pm - Silk gowns and snowflakes|
Went to gmdraves and auntiemisha's Academy Awards party last night.
It was a formal affair, with evening gowns and tuxedos. We also had movie-themed food for the buffet -- "Pirates of the Carri-Bean Dip", "A-guac-olypto" guacamole, "The Good German" beer (and bread too) and a delicious cherry trifle for dessert (in honour of "The Queen"). My contribution to the spread was the Trio of Critics deli platter -- "The actors were hammy", "The production was cheesy" and "This movie is a turkey!"
Pirates of the Carri-Bean Dip
8 ounce package of Monterey Jack cheese with jalepenos (AKA pepperjack cheese)
1 15-to-19 ounce can of black beans
Drain beans and cube cheese. Mix together in a container and microwave until the cheese melts. Mix again until smooth.
Serve with tortilla chips. (Serving in a container that can be kept warm, like a small dip-sized crockpot, is a good idea BTW)
We had our own Academy Awards ballots to fill out and gmdraves kept score. I did well early on, then fell behind, ending up in a tie for 6th place.
I thought Ellen Degeneres was a nice change from last year's host, Chris Rock. While he may have been funny, his style of humour had a rather nasty edge to it and it seemed at times as though Ellen was going a bit overboard in niceness in order to make up for what happened last year -- even the opening number was about celebrating all the nominees, whether they won that night or not. It was a nice change of pace for the show and I'd like that honoring of everyone to continue in future shows, although I doubt it will.
I also liked the shadow dancers during the show. I'd seen Pilobolus perform before and had enjoyed them very much -- I'm glad they had a chance to perform for a much larger audience by being such an important part of the show.
I hadn't seen most of the nominees this year, with the exception of "The Queen", which I had seen a few weeks ago with ms_redcat. I was very happy that Helen Mirren won and I liked what she said in her acceptance speech about Her Majesty, Elizabeth Windsor -- "she's had her feet planted firmly on the ground, her hat on her head, her handbag on her arm and she's weathered many, many storms. If it wasn't for her, I most certainly wouldn't be here. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Queen!" I thought that was nice of her and apparently Her Majesty concurred, since Helen Mirren will apparently be taking tea with the Queen sometime soon, according to current news reports.
I did feel rather badly for Peter O'Toole, though. He'd wanted so badly to win an Oscar for a performance of his, not just have a "lifetime achievement" one (which is kind of a sop thrown to actors, actresses and directors who never managed to win an Oscar outright). I didn't see "Venus" and therefor cannot judge the quality of that performance, but really -- would it have been that much of an injustice to have Forest Whitaker not win this particular year, just so Peter O'Toole could take home his first Oscar after having been nominated unsuccessfully so very many times in the past? It's not like O'Toole will be around much longer after all -- this is likely to be the last nomination he ever gets before he dies, since he's in his 80s. And Forest Whitaker has plenty more years in which he could take home a statuette. And that kind of thing happens all the time at the Academy Awards -- Oscars aren't necessarily handed out to the best of the year, but to those who get the most votes, including those the industry feels are "due". (Like Martin Scorsese, for example.) I felt so badly for Peter when the announcement was made -- I was watching his face on camera and I saw his jaw actually drop when he realized that he had been passed over again.
Since it was rather late and the night had turned snowy, I stayed over. This meant that I had the pleasure of hanging out with gmdraves the next day, watching "Cars" and chatting and having fun cooking together -- he made me grits for breakfast and grilled ham and cheese sandwiches for lunch while we both worked on creating swiss chard and kielbasa fried rice for him, auntiemisha and myself for dinner before I wended my way homeward through the now-white streets of New York.
Current Mood: mellow
Current Music: "Die Filmrolle" by Unheilig