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Lights, Camera, Awkward


So, the Academy Awards have wrapped up for yet another year. In amongst all the tears, laughter and general celebration, plenty of things happened that were interesting/weird enough to warrant a big Twitter reaction. It wasn't quite the pizza-ordering/Twitter-crashing/photobombing extravaganza of last year, but it wasn't far off. Neil Patrick Harris provided one of the most divisive hosting performances in recent memory, with his close-to-the-mark jibes about diversity and wealth splitting audiences down the middle.

The musical numbers were similarly hit-and-miss, with Lady Gaga blowing everyone’s minds with her Sound of Music medley, whilst Adam Levine was met with a much colder response when he went on stage to sing the theme from Begin Again. Common and John Legend’s performance of Glory from the MLK biopic Selma got the warmest reception, with the pair eventually walking away with the award for best original song and providing an inspiring speech about racial equality and freedom of speech when they stepped up to accept it.

The winners were largely predictable, Eddie Redmayne walked away with best actor for his turn as Professor Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. The response was largely congratulatory, barring some mild rumblings about Michael Keaton being equally deserving. Birdman’s win for best picture was comparatively met with a bit more scorn, with an even split between those championing the film and those that branded it unworthy of the award, comparing the win to the controversial ‘Crash’ best picture win in 2006.

Of course, as is often the way, general weirdness had a big role to play in the proceedings. John Travolta’s general manner (and refusal to stop touching Idina Menzel’s face) was met with a lot of perplexity, especially considering that they'd only been paired in reference to Travolta's failure to pronounce her name last year, and NPH’s decision to pay tribute to Birdman by walking onto the stage in his underwear went down like a led balloon.

On the upside, the decision by the Lego Movie performers to scuttle down into the stalls to hand out Lego Oscars went over very, very well. Expect to see Oprah Winfrey’s elated reaction circulating on Twitter and Facebook at least until the end of the week.
Callum Davies

Callum is a film school graduate who is now making a name for himself as a journalist and content writer. His vices include flat whites and 90s hip-hop. Follow him @CallumAtSMF

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