As I was leaving work last night I realised a rather monumental occasion had passed me by: the Academy Awards!
The Oscars used to be so BIG for me, these days they mean very little.
I was far more interested in helping DD choose carpet for his new place at my brother in law’s flooring showroom – that’s Choices Flooring in St Leonard’s folks! – at lunch time.
We settled on a deep taupe. I think it will look very sophisticated with the Antique White USA walls.
While I was pondering decor, Three Billboards star Frances McDormand was giving an amazing speech after winning the Academy Award for Best Actress at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, taking out the award over fellow contenders Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water), Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird), Margot Robbie (I, Tonya), and Meryl Streep (The Post).
“So I’m hyperventilating a little bit, so if I fall over, pick me up because I’ve got some things to say,” the actress said. “We are a bunch of hooligans and anarchists, but we do clean up nice.”
She went on to thank her husband, Joel Coen, and their son Pedro, before placing her statuette on the floor and saying: “And now I want to get some perspective. If I may be so honoured to have all the female nominees in every category stand with me in this room tonight, the actors – Meryl, if you do it, everybody else will, c’mon – the filmmakers, the producers, the directors, the writers, the cinematographer, the composers, the songwriters, the designers. C’mon!
“Okay, look around everybody. Look around, ladies and gentlemen, because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed.
“Don’t talk to us about it at the parties tonight. Invite us into your office in a couple days, or you can come to ours, whatever suits you best, and we’ll tell you all about them.
“I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentlemen: inclusion rider”.
Inclusion riders — requirements for gender or racial diversity — can be stipulated by stars in their movie contracts.
It was so wonderful, positive and strong. It’s the sort of message we need to hear more during the #metoo movement – it’s not only about righting past wrongs, or wearing black to make a statement, but also looking forward and pushing for positive things to happen in addition to the lawsuits.
Anyways, that’s about all I know about the Academy Awards. I went for a walk last night with my friend Mel to let off some steam, so no tellie for me.
Well, I did notice that The Shape Of Water won Best Picture … I wouldn’t mind seeing that, especially after reading this outrageously naughty post by Jezebel about shagging the Fish Man that I found totally hilarious for some bizarre reason.
Though mainly I want to see two never-going-to-win-an-Oscar movies about older women having fun – Finding Your Feet and Book Club.
Oh, plus I do quite fancy that other cult Oscar contender – Lady Bird – so I’m not a total philistine.
Blathering … wrapping up … what’s the last movie you saw at the cinema? Was it any good?
Song of the day: Bonnie Tyler “Holding out for a hero”