http://youtu.be/5AhmH0gp-a0 The 86th Annual Academy Awards were once again held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA and broadcast live around the world on ABC-TV. Diversity was the theme of the evening from its host Ellen DeGeneres, 1st time A.M.P.A.S. (C) President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, with wins by African Americans and a Mexican in three of the top major categories (Best Director, Best Picture & Best Supporting Actress).
2013 was an exceptionally stellar year in film grossing more than 5 billion dollars in ticket sales and the telecast on ABC-TV was the most popular since the finale of "Friends" on NBC-TV in 2004. Telecast popularity was largely due to Ellen DeGeneres and her antics that included Liza Minnelli drag queen jokes, dressing as Glinda The Good Witch, a star-studded selfie, and last , but not least...ordering pizza and collecting tips for the delivery guy from the likes of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, Sandra Bullock and Brad Pitt.
The heartfelt "In Memoriam" segment reminded the industry of those who we lost and loved, ranging from the Golden Age of Hollywood to the 60', 70's and the 21st Century.
Gravity was the big winner of the night nabbing 7 Oscars in total and the popular documentary chronicling the journey of background singers in "20 Feet From Stardom" had singer Darlene Love proudly praising God in song with a short rendition of "His Eyes Are On The Sparrow" during their acceptance speech.
From a ceremony held earlier in the week hosted by Kevin Spacey, honorary Oscars were given to Steve Martin, Angelina Jolie, Angela Lansbury and Piero Tosi for their contribution in the industry.
The "queen of the night" and first time Oscar Nominee Lupita Nyong'o gave a very inspiring acceptance speech, which has become the most quoted on the internet in the last few days...“When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you’re from your dreams are valid.”
Jared Leto gave a most lengthy speech, but tugged at the heartstrings with professing his love for his Mom,
“In 1971, Bossier City, Louisiana, there was a teenage girl who was pregnant with her second child. She was a high school dropout and a single mom, but somehow she managed to make a better life for herself and her children. She encouraged her kids to be creative, to work hard and to do something special. That girl is my mother and she’s here tonight. And I just want to say, I love you, Mom. Thank you for teaching me to dream…this for the 36 million people who have lost the battle to AIDS and to those of you out there who have ever felt injustice because of who you are or who you love, tonight I stand here in front of the world with you and for you. “
Matthew McConaughey ended his speech with his catch phrase, “Alright, alright, alright ” and Cate Blanchett proudly proclaimed, “…thank you to Sony Classics, to Michael and Tom for their extraordinary support. For so bravely and intelligently distributing the film and to the audiences who went to see it and perhaps those of us in the industry who are still foolishly clinging to the idea that female films with women at the center are niche experiences. They are not. Audiences want to see them and, in fact, they earn money. The world is round, people.”
Most entertaining speech hands down goes to Kristin Anderson Lopez and Bobby Lopez as they grabbed the prize for Best Original Song, "Let It Go" by thanking everyone in song. Speaking of which, when Tony winner Idina Menzel was introduced by John Travolta, he butchered her name to pieces calling her "Adela Nazeem"...poor baby! On the flip side, it was the best public relations Idina could have ever wished for. Especially, since she has a new show opening on Broadway soon called "IF/THEN".
The much talked about and controversial film "12 Years A Slave", which chronicles the real-life of free man Solomon Northrup's journey of being kidnapped back into slavery won Best Picture. A "jumping for joy" Director/Producer Steve McQueen emotionally conveyed,
“…Everyone deserves not just to survive, but to live. This is the most important legacy of Solomon Northrup. I dedicate this award to all the people who have endured slavery. And the 21 million people who still suffer slavery today.” It's screenwriter John Ridley won for Adapted Screenplay and said, “I started writing in sitcoms a long time ago. And at that time I was very fortunate to meet a script coordinator who was gracious enough to read everything I wrote. And when she thought it was ready, she put a smiling face at the end and I knew that it was job done. And, Gayle, seeing you here tonight, smiling, you take away all that soul-crushing inadequacy"
It was a great evening and everyone ran off to the Governor's Ball catered by Wolfgang Puck, where they were serenaded to a concert by Grammy winner John Legend.
I decided to debut this event for my first VLOG on Carla's Corner, which in addition to being read here, can also be heard weekly on www.UBNRadio.com/tonysweet on Weds. & Friday from 4-6pm.
This video is our first official video launch of the blog...Enjoy Like Erykah Badu says "Be kind cause I'm an artist and I am sensitive about my sh%t...LOL"