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Billy Crystal Rocks The Oscar’s!!!

As the More is More Mom®, I’m all about….more celebrating the movies! While I may by addicted to programs like Modern Family, American Idol and anything on HGTV or the Food Network, my all-time favorite show of the year is The Academy Awards.  Even though Eddie Murphy is awesome, I couldn’t be more excited with the triumphant return of the fantastically fabulous Billy Crystal as host, and he did not disappoint!

Billy always opens with a show stopping video montage; this year included a scene from The Artist, a kiss from George Clooney and a visit from the darling Justin Bieber. The best part, however, is Billy’s signature Best Picture Nominee’s Oscar tribute song; hilarious, clever, irreverent and poignant. We were off to a great start….

The stars were certainly shining tonight. Tom Hanks was dapper and adorable, J Lo and Cameron D were bootylicious and Sandra Bullock was lovely. But the first big award of the night was presented by the very handsome, yet super intense, Christian Bale (while he may be Batman, I lean more towards the delightful camp of a Batman by another name; George Clooney). While Melissa McCarthy was fantastic in Bridesmaids (not just because she is a Chicago girl) and Jessica Chastain was charming in The Help, the night belonged to Octavia Spencer, also from The Help. Her acceptance was emotional, beautiful and sincere.

With Amanda’s life in gymnastics, we are HUGE Cirque Du Soleil fans. Their salute to going to the movies was introduced by my childhood favorites Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy, and it was incredible. To quote Billy Crystal, “I pulled a hamstring just watching that!”

The Fighter’s Melissa Leo presented the award for Best Supporting Actor. I must admit I only know Christopher Plummer from The Sound of Music (Edelweiss), so I was rooting for one of my all-time favorite’s Nick Nolte (love him in 48 Hours, North Dallas Forty and Down and Out in Beverly Hills), but Christopher Plummer won and, at 82, he was utterly charming. He and Betty White must be drinking the same Kool Aid!

On a side note, I just have to say that Angelina Jolie is a true, classic, Hollywood movie star. She is absolutely mesmerizing (Jennifer Aniston; eat your heart out!)! I’m just saying…..

Nick Charles, his wife Nora and their dog Asta

Michael (Greed is Good) Douglas is AMAZING! He presented the Best Director award to Michel Hazanavicius of The Artist (which was such a wonderful throwback picture, making me think constantly of Nick Charles (my Nick’s namesake) and his faithful companion, his darling dog Asta), though I was a little surprised that Martin Scorsese wasn’t recognized for Hugo.

The lovely Natalie Portman presented the award for Best Actor. While the competition was tough in George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Gary Oldman and Demián Bichir, Jean DuJardin was the big winner for The Artist. I was half expecting him to give a wacky acceptance speech like Roberto Benigni, but he was far too classy.

Colin Firth was wonderful last year in The Kings Speech. Tonight he presented the award for Best Actress. I adore Meryl Streep, but was really surprised that the statue didn’t go to Viola Davis, who was truly wonderful as Abilene in The Help.

Tom Cruise hasn’t aged a day since Risky Business. With nine Best Picture nominees he had the honor of announcing the winner. It was no surprise; the night belonged to The Artist, a truly delightful and entertaining film.

In just over three hours, Billy Crystal was fantastic as the host on the 84th Academy Awards!

More Billy Crystal, more Hollywood, more movie favorites, more Academy Awards…..

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Golden Globes….And the Winner Is…..

As the More is More Mom®, I’m all about……more awards shows! I suppose it’s my obsession with pop-culture, but I am absolutely smitten with Hollywood. Emmy’s (Daytime or regular), Screen Actors Guild and of course the ULTIMATE: the Academy Awards. I’ve been sooooo looking forward to Sunday night, which is the kick-off to the awards season. While I may not watch The Office, I am a Ricky Gervais fan. I totally love a guy that bucks the system. How brave is the Hollywood Foreign Press for inviting him back to host the Golden Globes!?!

Normally I like to watch these shows alone, in complete silence (so I don’t miss a thing), but my mom (my Hollywood obsessed partner in crime) was available to zip on out to watch it with me. Yay! Someone who understands that there is no talking during the show, but knows that the commercial break is the time for gossiping and comparing notes.

Ricky Gervais did not disappoint, “The Golden Globes are just like the Oscar’s except for all of the esteem.” It’s the perfect combination of the familiarity and nostalgia of television and the fantasy of the movies.

It’s so much fun to see all of the beautiful people, but we were off to a poor start. Clearly the Hollywood Foreign Press did not include my vote. While Christopher Plummer has turned in fine performances dating back to that of Captain Von Trapp, why didn’t Albert Brooks win Best Supporting Actor in a Movie for Drive (and I didn’t even see Drive….but I am waiting, with baited breathe, for it to appear On Demand)? I hate Laura Dern as Best Actress in a TV series; what about Zooey Deschanel, Tina Fey or even Amy Poehler? Puh-leeze!

You’ve got Kate Winslet sitting in the rafters as Best Actress in a Mini-Series (and she’s won the crème de la crème: an Oscar), and one of my least favorite actors ever, Kelsey Grammar (and it’s not that I like Camille Grammar, of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills fame: I don’t), in Boss. Seriously, what about Steve Buscemi? I only watch Boardwalk Empire a little bit and he’s awesome! How disappointing!

The best thing about the Golden Globes is the crisscross-applesauce of television, music and movie stars. How else do you get Jimmy Fallon, Adam Levine, Elton John and Madonna in the same breath? Or where else do you see Seth Rogen rubbing elbows with the lovely Kate Beckinsale, or Notebook heartthrob, Channing Tatum, handing off a Golden Globe to the Steven Spielberg? The inequities beg further questions, such as, “Why wasn’t Clive Owen cast as James Bond?” He’s charming, rugged and full of good humor, unlike the eternally boring Daniel Craig.

The conflicts of the night are staggering. How does, say, a Matt Le Blanc beat an Alec Baldwin of Words with Friends and 30 Rock fame?  Or Madonna beat out the music and lyrical duo Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin? I hate Bradley Cooper with a passion (because he was horrible to Vince Vaughn in The Wedding Crashers, and I really like Vince Vaughn), so I can’t help but wonder how he is even allowed to give an award to the amazing Octavia Spencer of The Help.

Because I am the queen of nostalgia, I love that the Cecil B. De Mille award was bestowed upon Morgan Freeman. While he has turned in solid performances in such films as Lean on Me, The Shawshank Redemption, Driving Miss Daisy, Unforgiven, Million Dollar Baby and March of the Penguins, to me, Morgan Freeman will always be from The Electric Company!

It’s a rapid fire good time here to the end. The other-wordly Angelina Jolie bestows the Best Picture of a Comedy or Musical to Martin Scorsese. Hot and spicy Salma Hayek and Antonio Banderas award Modern Family the very best show on television (…ever, including such greats as Cheers and M*A*S*H).

The final big awards of the night go to:

  • Michelle Williams as Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical, My Week with Marilyn
  • John Dujardin as Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical, The Artist
  • Meryl Streep as Best Actress in a Drama, The Iron Lady
  • The Best Comedy of Musical, The Artist
  • Gorgeous George Clooney in a Drama, The Descendants
  • Best Motion Picture Drama, The Descendants


All told, it makes me realize I need to see The Artist.


More Ricky Gervais, more Golden Globes, more kick-offs to the awards season……



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