Let’s talk about last night, shall we?
I don’t know about you, but I was totally blown away by Lupita Nyong’o. I have to admit that I haven’t yet seen 12 Years a Slave and I didn’t know much about the actress other than her current reputation for killing it on the red carpet during this awards season. And last night was no exception. She was my “Best Dressed” pick by far. That pale blue Prada gown popped beautifully against her skin tone, and the Fred Leighton headband added a whimsical touch for the girl whose first acting job out of school landed her an Oscar nomination. I especially loved that she chose the pastel blue because it reminded her of Nairobi, and she wanted to have a little bit of home with her.
And then she won for Best Supporting Actress and her inspiring acceptance speech only made me love her more. Stunning (and stunned) and full of joy and grace, she nailed it.
“When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.”
Cate Blanchett, whose dress and styling I also loved, took home the Oscar for Best Actress for Blue Jasmine (another film I’ve yet to see), and delivered an inspiring speech of her own.
“…And to 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 want to see them and, in fact, they earn money. The world is round, people.”
And then there was Matthew McConaughey. I was a little surprised to find this morning that some media outlets were calling his speech for Best Actor for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club “bizarre” and felt the need to interpret it. Some even twisted his words and message to claim that he was “thanking himself in his acceptance speech”.
At the beginning of his speech, McConaughey said that there are three things he needs each day: someone to look up to, something to look forward to, and someone to chase. The someone he looks up to is God (“He’s shown me that it’s a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates.”). The something he looks forward to is his family (“You are the four people in my life that I want to make the most proud of me.”). The someone he chases is a hero who he sees as himself ten years into the future. He knows he’ll never attain “hero” status, but it gives him something for which to keep striving, someone to keep chasing.
Seems pretty clear to me.
“So, to any of us, whatever those things are, whatever it is we look up to, whatever it is we look forward to, and whoever it is we’re chasing, to that I say, ‘Amen’. To that I say, ‘Alright, alright, alright’. To that I say. ‘Just keep livin’. Thank you.”
Did you watch the show? What moments stood out to you? Who was your “best dressed” pick? Did you find McConaughey’s speech bizarre?