HOLLYWOOD—Last year, the Oscars actually went up with the ratings with 43.7 million people tuning in. Everyone seemed to love the host Ellen DeGeneres, especially with her creativity of taking the infamous selfie, which even crashed Twitter. This year, the Oscars which aired on February 22, averaged 36.6 million viewers, down 16 percent from last year, according to Nielsen reports.
While, I thought Neil Patrick Harris, 41, came out swinging, he just missed the mass appeal of Ellen DeGeneres. Two years ago the host was Seth MacFarlane, mixed opinions with critics. Back in 2012, Billy Crystal was well received, with his nine-time Oscars hosting gig. In 2011, it was Anne Hathaway and James Franco, they just didn’t seem to mesh. In 2010, Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin were quite funny with their humorous monologue. From the look of things, if I was in charge I would go with Ellen DeGeneres. Everyone loves Ellen.
I was thrilled that they actually prepped for acceptance speeches. Some speeches stressed on women’s rights, racial issues and some very moving indeed. Actor J.K. Simmons mentioned some great advice. “Call your mom or call your dad,” he said. “Don’t text. Don’t email. Tell them you love them. Thank them. And listen to them for as long as they want to talk to you.” The most emotional speech went to Graham Moore, which captivated everyone with his #stayweird speech- that went viral on Twitter. Acceptance speeches were moving, touching, sincere and very emotional.
Of course, I must mention the most awkward red carpet moment has to go to Melanie Griffith and her lovely daughter Dakota Johnson. It was more like “Fifty Shades of Awkwardness.” I don’t think they were prepared for the most obvious question, that they were going to be asked. Her grandmother Tippi Hedren, who I met years ago and still keep in touch with because of her active role with Shambala Preserve, would have probably laughed it off with class and dignity. It’s all good. It’s not going to stop Dakota from attending the exclusive Met Gala in May, according to published reports.
Rumors that Jamie Dornan will not reprise his role as Christian Grey in the franchise of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” have been dismissed by his representative. Universal Studios hasn’t confirmed as of yet if they will make more Fifty Shades films, but it is understood Dornan and his co-star Dakota Johnson have signed up to appear again. The film has received mixed reviews, with Dakota Johnson’s performance receiving wider plaudits than Dornan’s.
The gowns at the Oscars were eccentric and on point. Jennifer Lopez looked incredible in a deep-plunging Elie Saab rose gold sequined tulle gown, her makeup had a peachy tone and bronzes around her eye, paired with a cool toned glossy pink. It worked for her, it didn’t clash at all. Everyone is contouring now in Hollywood.
So what’s in store for the 2016 Academy Awards show? Will there be biopics, a “Star Wars?” George Lucas’ first “Star Wars” film was nominated back in 1977 for a Best Picture Oscar, which lost to “Annie Hall.” Will Oscar-winner Ron Howard get a nod for director “In the Heart of the Sea?” The Oscar campaign usually begins in May, picks up speed gear in September, takes a break for the holidays in December and reaches the plateau in February. It’s all about commitment and patience starting with the red-carpet arrivals to the teary-thank-yous.
Light bulbs are going off in Hollywood. Edison, the genius of Menlo Park and recently the subject of a PBS “American Experience” documentary, will be the subject of a biopic developed by J.J. Abrams production company, TheWrap.com reports. Though no one has officially confirmed the film, sources tell the website the film will depict Edison, who invented the electric light bulb, the phonograph and the motion picture camera from his New Jersey laboratories.
Rose’s Scoop: So far 2015, has been a great start for the film industry with several mega-hits such as “American Sniper,” and “Fifty Shades of Grey.” “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” even beat projections, when it opened with $56 million. Sony Pictures names Fox film chief Tom Rothman to replace Amy Pascal.