I heard on the radio this morning that the Oscar broadcast is going to end with a large musical tribute. That's it...
ALso, while this might not be the final #, the cast of Les Mis and members of various Les Mis productions will be performing...
I will be watching the Amazing Race and Walking Dead during the broadcast, but the Les Mis ensemble definitely has me planning to DVR the Oscar broadcast so I can watch this performance.
I always try to watch the Oscars from gavel to gavel, so to speak. I just love the atmosphere and the feeling of continuity from the earliest days of movies to now. The funny thing is that I don't generally see any of the movies by Oscar time, but it doesn't lessen my enjoyment one iota.
I'm eager to see the Les Mis performers now! Thanks for the alert. I hope they feature one of my favorite Valjeans, Tommy Korberg of Sweden. He also sings in English. Sigh, they probably won't. They did show him in the tenth anniversary production, where at the end over a dozen Valjeans from all around the world took turns singing lines of "Do You Hear the People Sing" in their own languages.
Okay, this Oscar "Les Mis" segment was gorgeous. Gorgeous. Just watching them drift out onstage, and then seeing the emotion each of them could project, both visually and vocally, was so splendid. And I just love everyone's voices. I've loved Hugh Jackman for a long time--wish the Oscar could have been a tie, because he so deserves one. Anne Hathaway has a lovely voice too, and then Eddie Redmayne and the others...well, maybe except for Russell Crowe. You could see how they all enjoy performing together.
The other music was grand as well. Jennifer Hudson is getting better and better, and to see Streisand sing in tribute to Hamlisch, and then Adele with that amazing Bond song. And Channing Tatum and Charlize Theron are good dancers! (Besides both being drop-dead stunning.) This is one of the main reasons I watch the show, because some people known for their faces or their bodies or their screen presence turn out to be talented in actual live ways.
As for the awards, I just wish that the Quentin Tarantino movie hadn't won quite so many awards. When they gave the best supporting Oscar to Waltz instead of Tommy Lee Jones or Alan Arkin or, gee, Robert De Niro!--I was in distress. Then to give it to Tarantino for screenplay! Drat.
I watched the red carpet prelude and was very impressed by Lara Spencer as an announcer. Kristin Chenoweth was so awkward (and I love her singing, mind you), but Lara was as smooth as silk. At one moment, she was interviewing Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, and Urban really has nothing to do at the Oscars this year but be arm candy (and is he ever candy! A handsome gent), and after talking to Nicole about her onstage task, Spencer shifted so naturally to a question directed specifically to Urban. That's not so easy to do.
As for the outfits, some of the fussiest ones didn't do it for me. I liked the color of Jennifer Garner's dress but not that froufrou back, but this woman will never look less than spectacular. I was wowed by Naomi Watts' outfit and Charlize Theron's short hair. I can't think of anything else, but there were some awesome gowns there.
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