Sunday, February 22, 2009

thank you, academy

It's Sunday night and I'm watching the Oscars. Now, I normally watch the Oscars and I like to have popcorn and watch what happens. I like to see the people who win and what they say, especially if they aren't boring and reading from a list. I admit I like to see the fancy dresses and what the ladies wear, and what they shouldn't have worn.

I like it, I admit it.

But I'm a tad bit morbid.

My favorite part is the "in memoriam" sequence.

If you don't know what that is, it's a film sequence that they put together with all the Academy members that have died in the past year. And I don't know why I like it, but I think it has something to do with saying goodbye to those that have gone on from this life. And most of these people are from black and white films that we don't even watch, rent, or find anywhere but AMC. But they deserve to be honored, and I think it's a beautiful thing.

I mean, say you were in a movie in the 40s and you were considered a "beauty" for that time. But you only made three movies and then you went on to be a mom and a grandma and live your life. What a neat thing to be remembered one last time by millions of people. To have all the modern stars pause for a moment. Sure, they may take that moment to go to the bathroom, but I'd like to think that they watch and remember.

I know. It's weird.

But I'm a sap like that. I'm a sucker for sap.
Monday update: I had to stay up late to see my favorite part and it was even better that usual. They brought Queen Latifah out to sing "I'll be seeing you" and I love that song. While she sang, they showed all the pictures and a clip of Paul Newman signing off was the last one.
I also have to add that it was the most fun ceremony they have had in years. Hugh Jackman (sigh, drool) was great and that musical number was spot on. The stage was beautiful and elegant and I was impressed! Kate Winslet's speech was funny and heartfelt and I don't know how I made it through Heath Ledger's family accepting his Oscar. They are a special family.
And now, I'd like to thank my mom and dad, and my two brothers, who always believed in me. I'd like to thank my high school English teacher who always gave me an A, and liked my turn of phrase. And I'd like to think that my words have reached millions who are touched and moved and inspired.

Yeah, right.


Heather said...

I totally agree!!! I thought I was the only one who liked that segment. I think it's such a nice way to remember all of those people. And, yeah, closing with Paul Newman got me all misty. It was a really fun awards show this year. I thought Hugh did a really good job!

Rachel said...

I love that part too. sniff sniff. I'm a fan of musicals anyway so that musical tribute was awesome. I let my almost 3 year old Peanut stay up and watch it with me. Girl night. Lots of fun. I posted about it here
Love your blog by the way. :) Have a great day.