Song of the Day #2,406: ‘The Sound of Music Medley’ – Lady Gaga

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The reviews are in on the 87th Academy Awards telecast, and it ain’t pretty. Neil Patrick Harris is receiving the worst reviews of his rather charmed career and the show’s ratings dropped 6 million from the previous year, when Ellen DeGeneres snapped her famous selfie.

I think people are being a bit hard on Harris, who did his best with limited material. The modern pop culture landscape demands that everything be either a triumph or a disaster when the truth is most things fall somewhere in between.

As for the actual awards, I was generally disappointed by the slate of winners. For awhile there I thought this would be the rare year where the Academy bestowed its Best Picture honor on the actual best picture of the year — Boyhood.

But that hope faded in the weeks leading up to the ceremony, as Birdman dominated the guild awards and emerged as the front-runner. The Academy is nothing if not consistent, and they love giving trophies to movies about movies.

Also sadly predictable was a Best Actor trophy for a man playing a real-life figure with a crippling disability. Eddie Redmayne basically sewed up that win before the first day of shooting The Theory of Everything. The one Birdman victory I actually wanted to see — Michael Keaton for Best Actor — failed to materialize while the film racked up underserved awards.

I actually liked Birdman quite a bit, but not nearly as much as its toughest competition, Boyhood and The Grand Budapest Hotel, or the long shot Whiplash (not to mention the un-nominated Chef and The LEGO Movie).

That said, I was happy for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, who I would have crowned years ago for helming Amores Perros, and he proved to be a charming winner, delivering witty and insightful speeches. I particularly loved his pitch for Mexican immigrants to be treated with dignity.

In a change of pace from most Oscar ceremonies, the highlights Sunday night were the musical numbers. Neil Patrick Harris’ opening song was his high point, and the performances of ‘Everything is Awesome’ and ‘Glory’ were moving in completely different ways.

Then there was the night’s breakout star, Lady Gaga, who won over those in the audience who think she’s nothing but a pop star in a meat dress with her lovely medley from The Sound of Music. The surprise appearance of a smitten Julie Andrews was the perfect follow-up.

Finally, congratulations to my Aunt Diana for kicking ass and taking names in this year’s Oscar contest!

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6 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,406: ‘The Sound of Music Medley’ – Lady Gaga

  1. Dana says:

    I generally agree with all you have said about the show and the winners. Birdman deserved accolades, just not the awards it received.

    And congrats to Diana! I’m coming after you next year where I will not make the mistake of voting for an animated sexual….I mean sequel.😄

  2. Amy says:

    Loved Gaga’s performance, but why did you leave out Adam’s lovely rendition of “Lost Stars” (though, I admit, not nearly as powerful as the studio version)? I agree that NPH has been getting much undue criticism, though I was shocked he made a joke right after a woman dedicates her award to her son who killed himself. That was definitely a low point. 😦

  3. Clay says:

    I’d never heard that song (haven’t seen the movie) so it didn’t make as much of an impression.

  4. pegclifton says:

    I pretty much agree with your analysis of the awards show as well. I also thought another low point was NPH coming out in his underwear–so tacky. I loved Lady Gaga and it’s amusing to hear so many folks saying I didn’t know she could sing like that. I think the Academy continues to spread all the oscars around so everyone gets something, very political. Congratulations to Diana for a great win!

  5. Clay says:

    In defense of the underwear gag, it was a parody of a similar scene in Birdman.

  6. pegclifton says:

    I know that and I still didn’t like it 🙂

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