I think the Oscars are always worth watching, but this year it was especially true because I actually got to see some of the nominated films and winners.
I also really like Ellen Degeneris and think she was way cool as host with remarks on how everyone should feel sorry for their weather in L.A. because it actually rained (meanwhile, back on the east coast we were once again flirting with zero temperatures in a seemingly never ending winter!)
I actually predicted the best picture and best actor winners, having seen both "12 Years a Slave" and "Dallas Buyers Club" with the outstanding performance by Matthew McConaughey and his character's unlikely transgender pal played by Jared Leto winning best supporting actor status.
I also had no problem seeing best supporting actress nod going to Lupita Nyong’o from "12 Years a Slave."
Some of the other wins I can't really comment on, not having seen the movies. I thought Meryl Streep was great in "August: Osage County" and could well have taken home the gold statue, but didn't see "Blue Jasmine" so I can't say if Cate Blanchett was really "better." It was nice to see my old pal Julia Roberts still doing well with a supporting actress nomination for "August."
I'm not sure the prize always goes to the best performance anyway. And the movie with the most Oscars, "Gravity" I didn't see and I'm not sure I have any particular interest in seeing in spite of liking Sandra Bullock. It's the whole outer space thing. Not my bag.
I did see "Philomena" which I thought was well worth the time, but it didn't get any big wins.
The Tom Hanks film "Captain Phillips" also got a pass and I'm not sure I want to see it either, although, once again, I am a fan of Hanks. And of course the story of the chauffer turned actor with a nomination for best supporting actor in his very first role was a great story.
Anyway, it was a different experience watching the show with having seen so many of the nominated films for a change. Whether or not you agree with all the winners, we are all winners this year with such a great group of films out there.
By the way, it was nice to see the group “selfie” with Julia Roberts and Kevin Spacey top center at the gig. I knew them both in New York and later in L.A. Spacey actually tried to get his agent to represent me back in the day--good people. It was good to see they are both still doing well.