The 86th annual Academy Awards were Sunday night, and in some ways, they weren’t surprising at all: “12 Years a Slave” won in the best picture category, which most people saw coming; Matthew McConaughey snagged the award for best actor for his work in “Dallas Buyers Club,” which, despite die-hard DiCaprio fans’ “#PoorLeo” wails on Twitter, was the obvious (and I maintain correct) choice; the luminous and stunning breakout star Lupita Nyong’o won for the category of best actress in a supporting role for her part in “12 Years a Slave”; and the delightful film “Frozen” won for animated feature film.
All this is well and good. But let’s get to the juicy gossip.
Amid rumors of a divorce, Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres appeared to be as in love as ever with her wife Portia de Rossi at the Vanity Fair after-party. As reported by the Huffington Post, Ellen addressed the rumors by claiming that “the only thing we ever argue about is who loves who more. That is all.” Well, that’s settled.
Scarlett Johansson is pregnant. Very pregnant. With fiancé Romain Dauriac’s child. That’s right: the woman who less than two years ago said that she may never get married again and, according to EOnline, that she’s “not having kids any time soon” and the idea of starting a family right now is “not important to me.” I guess things changed?
The actress was the voice of the operating system in the film “Her,” which was nominated for best picture. In it, she (as the operating system) arranges for her boyfriend, Theodore, played by Joaquin Phoenix, to have sex with a “sex surrogate” since she herself does not have a body. It was a strange scene, but in some ways it represents the ways in which people (or machines) are getting creative these days (or, in the case of “Her,” in the future) with sex. More and more couples are thinking outside the box. I’m not suggesting a sex surrogate or anything… maybe just a game, which according to one reviewer at Adam & Eve, “is a nice way to bring a little variation into the bedroom.” The variation we saw Scarlett Johansson provide in “Her” might be a few years off yet…
Jennifer Lawrence fell. Again. Might she reconsider the ball gown next time? Perhaps sneakers and running shorts suit her better. As the Washington Post points out, the Oscar-winning (last year) and -nominated actress “didn’t waste any time doing something screengrab-worthy at an awards show, promptly tripping on a traffic cone almost immediately as she arrived at the red carpet.” Last year after winning for best actress, she fell on her way up the stairs to receive her trophy. Yikes. The Twitter-verse was alive with people suggesting she might fall on purpose, either to keep up the tradition, or to get attention.
After being nominated in 1986 for her work in “The Color Purple,” Oprah Winfrey was snubbed for a nomination this year for “The Butler.” So instead of taking home a trophy, Winfrey put her longtime feud with rapper Snoop to rest. Years ago, Winfrey called out Snoop’s music for being misogynistic, but at the after-party on Sunday, they posed together making peace signs in a photo. Peace, indeed.
Well, that’s a wrap. Here’s to next year, Leo.