Monday, March 8, 2010

My addiction to the Oscars

Why is watching the Oscars so important to me? Is it the glitz and glamour of a different time and place? Yes it is. Do I love seeing the fashion and gowns. Definitely. But it also reminds me of my childhood. The Oscars was a love of my mothers. She would look forward to it every year and gather the family around the T.V. while we chose our winners on a ballot. My mother was also addicted to reading People magazine so knowing about celebrities was something we would talk about throughout the year.

But I love watching the Oscars because I simply love movies. I love watching incredible performances of actors that take my breath away. Actors have a way of losing themselves completely into a character and I enjoy following their career. Going to the movies for me was always a treat and not just because I adore buttered popcorn. Watching a movie allows me to escape my life and be carried into someone else’s. My movie tastes range from classic to documentary, to romantic and comedy, but I still shy away from westerns and horror.

I get excited about getting a new Netflix movie and creating my very own list of gems. And then the Oscars become a reward for all of my movie dedication throughout the year. Whether I’m watching with friends and dressed up or at home snuggled under a blanket, I feel the glamour and excitement of the Oscars.

Last night I watched as Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin host the awards. I was touched by The Hurt Lockers wins, Sandra Bullocks speech, Oprah Winfrey toasting the actress of Precious, seeing Up win best score and was amazed by the incredible dancers.

But to actually be at the awards is an out of body feeling.

I’ve had some experience with this, as my stepmother is a makeup artist. She has helped prepare stars for their red carpet debut. And I can’t tell you how hard we’ve all screamed when we saw them coming down that red carpet. I guess I will always been struck by the Oscars and I hope I never lose the feeling of escaping into Hollywood royalty every year. And I hope to see you at the movies real soon! What was your favorite part of watching the Oscars?

14 comments:

Sera said...

I love those pictures - I wish more of today's actresses had that classic, glamorous look instead of trying to be so weird. I didn't get to watch the Oscars, but I'm going to try and find some of the highlights online. Last night I did see photos of some of the best dressed, and I have got to say that Demi Moore's dress was my absolute favorite of ALL. Gorgeous color, and it was just so feminine and delicate looking. She wore it so well. I heard Jesse James got all teary when Sandra Bullock won. I'm a huge fan of both of them, so I've got to track down that clip. I loved hearing about your Oscar memories. :)

Dollface said...

AhhH i watched as well... and even Jared watched with me. I love how dressy everyone gets and to see the fashion choices... great photos! xxxoo

Juliana said...

I totally agree with you! i think I am going to get all dressed up next year and watch! How fun would that be?

Laura said...

Sera: Missed you sweetie. I thought that Sandra Bullock looked like an Oscar and had so much poise and grace. Not sure of why the ballgowns were so huge and some with strange structure. Like Jlo. Classic and glamorous are my favorites.

Laura said...

Dollface: Me too and it was fab. I always feel like I should get dresses up with them. Hope you had a good weekend sweetie!

Laura said...

Juliana: What time should I be there? I'll bring the champagne and shrimp cocktail :)

AH said...

i love the dresses, as well as seeing how many of my favourite films actually won...

Namine said...

I have never watched the oscars, but I am super curious now. Everyone has been chatting about them.

Simply Luxurious said...

Enjoyed your thoughts. I agree - Sandra's speech brought me to tears - yes, I was bawling. Probably a bit of a mix of exhaustion too, but still. I love the introductions that each best actor and actress receives. That is something that should always remain.
Again, thanks for sharing. Have a beautiful week.

Allyson said...

I didn't actually watch because hubs had been drilling in Western KY all weekend and the last thing I wanted to do was to curl up in front of the TV without him. But I agree with Sera...I LOVE old Hollywood. It was obviously not "old" in the 1940's...it was modern...but I wish that look would come back - gloves to the elbows, long cigarettes and the black cocktail dress. *le sigh*

I'm so glad Sandra Bullock won, though. God bless her...she totally deserved it. I mean, I think she should have gotten it for "Speed"...but maybe that's just me...

Laura said...

AH: Me too sweetie! I thought it was a great and long show. Tres glamour...

Laura said...

Namine: Never sweetie? It's a must if you love movies like I do. Let's get dressed up together next year K?

Laura said...

Simply Luxurious: You too sweetie and loved this comment!

Jg. for FatScribe said...

Laura - you were right, The Blind Side was a fine film. Very inspiring; i was glad to see Sandy win. I've been writing scripts (and film reviews!) since undergrad. It's a very cool business (I've pitched to almost every major studio), but unless you're "in" ... it's a tough dream to finally realize! Thank you for this wonderful reminder post about the magic of the Oscar broadcast! -Jg.