Dear, Internet. If the Academy themselves understand that we just watched the 2013 Oscars, so can you! - Love, Nathaniel R
The Dolby Theater was quick about getting 12 Years a Slave up in their awesome atrium of Best Picture winners in Hollywood. I stared at that so much while I was in LA, trust. But naturally it must prompt my annual outrage again.
Calling the Oscars by the wrong year is really all the IMDb's fault and then Google, too. Now virtually everyone except the Oscars and The Film Experience calls the Oscars by the wrong year, which will wreak so much havoc at future trivia nights and in every way of documenting film history. I have a friend who did really great work on several Wikipedia pages and people kept trying to change his dates to the wrong year so now it's a mess of conflicting pages. This madness must stop. Cate Blanchett is not the Best Actress of 2014... (at least not yet. Will Carol be ready in time?). She's the Best Actress of 2013. The Oscars aren't like a Beauty Pageant where you get a title andtour the country for the following year before you pass on the tiara. It's not like that. It's for a movie you did. Pretending that Cate is the Best Actress of 2014 puts you in People's Choice territory where people just win prizes even if they sat at home that year but are still popular. It's not really territory you want to be in.
Five completely random links (more time to catch up what's happening elsewhere tomorrow)
- Vanity Fair on their Oscar Party
- Daily Mail on that pizza guy and the tipping situation at the Oscars
- Buzz Feed if John Travolta had to pronounced other people's names at the Oscars
- Vulture Pharrell's Happy performance gifs of the stars joining in. This was SO smart to include so early in the show. The energy was perfect.
- Vanity Fair [LONG READ] I bookmarked this story about trying to find out what happened to the real "Patsey" from 12 Years a Slave and I haven't had time to finish it yet but it's totally an interesting subject. I WILL carve out time to read it this week and so should you.
- And if you're just joining us here at THE FILM EXPERIENCE make sure to check out "best tweets of Oscar night", the broader picture of Oscar night in review, our favorite post-show game those rewindable winning/losing moments and more tomorrow.
After the jump my favorite blurry photos I took of my TV last night. But why blurry photos, you ask?
Who wants to look at blurry photos besides me? I'm not sure why but I actually love blurry photos that are unsuitable for publication. Sometimes I used them for desktop wallpaper. They capture for me something like the ephemeral nature of an image and also they allow you to project more on to it emotionally since it's not too concrete; the moment becomes partially yours.
I'm still sort of floating from happiness that 12 Years a Slave won. It's quite rare for my favorite film of the year to win the big prize. I love that Brad Pitt and Alfre Woodard exited the stage long before the others, all snuggly. The After Parties await.