heber-argumedo:

Oscars 2014: Bette Midler Performs ‘The Wind Beneath My Wings’ Following ‘In Memoriam’

Standing ovation, motherfuckers.

moviehousehusband:

Both of Bette’s dresses were stunning.

The Divine Miss M, ladies and gentlemen.

Lupita and Cate KILLED IT with their speeches.
Jared seems to have learned since his last few speeches. I did really like that he thanked Calpernia Addams.

Fun Fact: Oscar-nominee June Squibb (Nebraska) is a convert to Judaism.

buzzfeed:

The many beautiful dress of Lupita Nyong’o.

Congrats on your amazing self.

buzzfeed:

Envelopes are tough.

buzzfeed:

Envelopes are tough.

Goddess.

She also doesn’t speak English, which means you are pretty hardcore to be in your 80’s, have never been to L.A. before, don’t speak the language, and go to the Oscars anyway…And be classy as all hell.

I posted this a couple times on Facebook in months leading up to the Oscars, but never here. But, since Argo won Best Picture and I am bitter about that, it should be posted here.

Instead of keeping its eye on the big picture of revolutionary Iran, the film settles into a retrograde “white Americans in peril” storyline. It recasts those oppressed Iranians as a raging, zombie-like horde, the same dark-faced demons from countless other movies— still a surefire dramatic device for instilling fear in an American audience. After the opening makes a big fuss about how Iranians were victimized for decades, the film marginalizes them from their own story, shunting them into the role of villains. Yet this irony is overshadowed by a larger one: The heroes of the film, the CIA, helped create this mess in the first place. And their triumph is executed through one more ruse at the expense of the ever-dupable Iranians to cap off three decades of deception and manipulation.

Argo makes the Iran hostage crisis, one of the most cataclysmic episodes in U.S. foreign affairs in the last 50 years, a mere backdrop to a silver-lining subplot—one that even Robert Anders, one of the Argo hostages, admitted was a “footnote.” The film thus distorts and belittles an event that transformed U.S. history. Ironically, the larger narrative of the hostage crisis would make for a more compelling movie from both a plot and action standpoint: A great filmmaker could make an amazing sequence of Operation Eagle Claw, a failed rescue mission that resulted in two helicopter crashes, several dead U.S. soldiers, and a subsequent overhaul of U.S. military operations. Imagine the last act of Zero Dark Thirty, but with an unhappy ending.

vanityfair:

Ang Lee juggles two very precious items at our #VFOscars bash. #Regram from .@emenicheschi.

I mean, that’s pretty much what I would do after getting an Oscar, honestly.

vanityfair:

Ang Lee juggles two very precious items at our #VFOscars bash. #Regram from .@emenicheschi.

I mean, that’s pretty much what I would do after getting an Oscar, honestly.

Winner of the night is Fake Michael Haneke.

Winner of the night is Fake Michael Haneke.

Emmanuelle Riva at the Academy Awards (which was also on her 86th birthday).

She looks great, and I am still extremely disappointed that she didn’t win Best Actress.

And Seth MacFarlane makes a “Hollywood is controlled by Jews” joke.
Among all his other distasteful jokes…Including the Rihanna and Chris Brown one.

Amour won Best Foreign!

If that’s the only thing it wins tonight, I won’t be happy, but I won’t be completely infuriated.

bbook:


David Lynch at the nominees luncheon for the 59th Annual Academy Awards, 1987

Cinema’s Best Directors to Never Win the Best Director Academy Award

I concur.
Also, Michael Haneke. Because the Oscars rarely recognize foreign directors in the main awards. The White Ribbon, man…

bbook:

David Lynch at the nominees luncheon for the 59th Annual Academy Awards, 1987

Cinema’s Best Directors to Never Win the Best Director Academy Award

I concur.

Also, Michael Haneke. Because the Oscars rarely recognize foreign directors in the main awards. The White Ribbon, man…

brucebaled:

Amour (2012) directed by Michael Haneke.

Things will go on, and then one day it will all be over. 

If this doesn’t win stuff on Sunday, I will BURN things.