Monday, March 3, 2014

5 Ways Women Rocked the Oscars

Last night I got home, pulled on my cozy sweatpants and snuggled in to watch...Twitter.

You see, the fact that I don't have cable was not going to keep me from experiencing the Academy Awards. Just as I expected, my Twitter feed was as "Live" as the national broadcast, keeping me up to date on everything from winners to losers and selfies to flubbed names.

While I wouldn't consider myself to be a huge fan of the Oscars, (I tend to be a Tony Awards kind of gal) I found myself extremely enamored with last night's performances and speeches. The reason for this is that with every passing award, one thing kept ringing true.

Women. Are. AWESOME. So without further ado, I bring you:

5 Ways Women Rocked the Oscars:


1. Ellen DeGeneres hosted. Nuff said. 




Besides Whoopi Goldberg, Ellen DeGeneres is only the second woman to host the Oscars solo in all of Academy Awards history. Ellen's second performance as host was full of her usual spunk and genuine desire to have a good time. This included taking "selfies" with her Hollywood friends and even ordering pizza for the audience. Needless to say, Ellen did a phenomenal job at making her viewers and audience feel happy and comfortable. I am not sure the same could be said for last year's host, Seth MacFarlane, who opened the show with the musical number, "We saw your boobs." Really?


Is it just me or does Meryl Streep look like Mrs. Doubtfire?


2. Pink Gave a glittering performance, as well as some other ladies. 





What may have first seemed like an odd choice, turned out to be a beautiful rainbow. Pink gave a stunning performance singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," as a tribute to the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz film. Pink, an artist who gave a jaw-dropping performance at this year's Grammy Awards, showed the Academy Award audience that her strength lies not only in her physic, but in her voice. Check out her gorgeous performance here. I should also mention that Idina Menzel and Bette Midler gave stunning performances as well.

3. Lupita Nyong'o won Best Supporting Actress.





Having not yet seen 12 Years a Slave, this was the first time I was introduced to this beautiful actress. I watched as she gave a genuinely thankful speech for her award, but what she said last is what really moved me. She held up her award and said, "No matter where you're from, your dreams are valid." Nyong'o, who is originally from Kenya, has won numerous awards for her performance in the film, including a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress. Watch her full acceptance speech here.


4. Disney's Frozen walked away with two Oscars.





After winning the Best Animated Feature Oscar for Brave last year, Walt Disney Pictures is back again with a woman-centered film for the win. Frozen, which also walked away with Best Original Song, is hopefully another stepping stone along the path of strong female-focused story lines to come from Disney in the future.


5. Cate Blanchett reminded Hollywood that women can do more than "support."





The beautiful Ms. Blanchet has won her second Oscar and the first as a leading lady. At the podium, Blanchet gave praise to all of the women she was nominated against, including Amy Adams, Sandra Bullock and Julia Roberts, but the greatest thing she said was in her closing. Blanchett powerfully and not-so-subtly chastised Hollywood standards by saying, "those of us in the industry who are still foolishly clinging to the idea that female films with women at the center are niche experiences. They are not. Audiences wanna see them, and, in fact, they make money." Watch her full acceptance speech here.

All in all, this year's Academy Award going ladies were a true inspiration. Their strength, humor, passion and heart shone brighter than a shiny, little, golden man ever could.


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