Here we are, the day after the Oscars. Awards have been given out. Lives have been changed. Media channels issue recaps: about fashion, the stars, the winners and their speeches. Hollywood itself wakes up, ready to start a new movie-making year.
I always have enjoyed the Oscars. It is a celebration of storytelling, plain and simple. As Cheryl Boone Issacs (President of the Academy) stated:
“At the Oscars, we celebrate our love of movies, and in doing so, we honor filmmakers who cross borders and test boundaries, … [those] who encourage us to see the world and those around us in new ways”
She went on to talk about how the Freedom of Storytelling is important. She praised the filmmakers who traverse the globe, into danger, to tell stories that change the world.
And, really, isn’t that the point of storytelling? To inspire, to push?
That’s what I was trying to get across in my most recent YouTube video. The Oscars tend to celebrate the movies that make the most waves. The ones that push boundaries. Whether it be Big Hero 6 — an animated movie about a boy who inadvertently avenges his brother’s death — or Boyhood — a movie filmed over several years to chronicle the growth of a child to a man. They all push the way storytelling is presented.
And each storyteller has their personal lives, the ones that push them to do greater things.
One of the most inspiring moments of the night was when Graham Moore won Best Adapted Screenplay for The Imitation Game. His speech was simple, yet important:
I immediately followed him on Twitter, inspired myself.
However, what I was really, really looking forward to was Neil Patrick Harris’s hosting. It had been a long time coming. NPH has hosted two Emmy’s and a Tony’s but no Oscars. That changed last night. Ellen Degeneres’s 86th Oscars were quirky, comedic, and integrating. However, NPH’s Oscars were… more fluid. He didn’t dwell on different gimmicks. Instead, he followed, with ease, the format that the Academy Awards follow: presenting the awards. He added very good jokes, and a magic trick at the end, but didn’t linger in his hosting duties. Which I think was very good.
It seems in recent years that the hosts of the Academy Awards (minus Ellen, because she did a FANTASTIC job) seem to linger on their duties as Emcees. With the awards show already so long, it draws out the duration of the event and makes everyone wish it was over that much sooner.
However, Neil did what he was supposed to do: he put the audience at ease, making the awards show move quickly but efficiently.
My favorite part was his opening number, “Moving Pictures”.