Six Lessons from Brad Pitt and the 92ND Oscars
I love the Oscars. Actually I love the potential of the Oscars. I love the potential that the next acceptance speech could be a great one or the next dress could be the best ever.
I am usually disappointed. The potential for greatness keeps me hooked and positioned on the couch early in the day so I have a front row seat.
Regina King in that phenomenal dress did not disappoint. Jane Fonda looked regal even though I am not a fan of going gray. Billy Porter chose the Oscars to disappoint, and Joaquin Phoenix proved that just because I don’t care for you doesn’t mean I can’t admire you.
People still wince when I say you need to watch the Oscars. I hold even more strongly to the belief that there are so many lessons to be learned. So what lessons did we learn from the 92nd Oscars?
- Last year they did away with an Oscar host. The ratings went up so the powers-that-be saw a connection between no host and better ratings. Maybe there is a connection and maybe not. What they did this year was have two FAUX hosts open the ceremonies: Steve Martin and Chris Rock. Lesson learned: sometimes there is a reason for a tradition. Someone or something has to open the ceremonies or your party.
- Brad Pitt is my new hero for two reasons. One: although let’s face it he is THE Brad Pitt, he was nominated and won this year for a supporting role. My guess is that many “stars” would not accept a supporting role offer. He did and he won the Oscar. Two: he made a political statement in about ten seconds. I always admire the use of the scalpel of clarity and he wielded it magnificently with his comment about the Senate and John Bolton. Lesson learned: say YES to all opportunities.
- Billy Porter rocked the Oscars last year in his fluid ball gown. He rocked the SAG awards and Golden Globes too. The NYT had a big article about his stylist and what they were planning for the Oscars. I mean it’s the Oscars. Billy Porter’s ensemble fell flat. That’s a problem with raising the bar. Lesson learned: you have to keep raising it.
- I am not a fan of Joaquin Phoenix. Not a fan of the roles he has selected and his comments in real life. Didn’t he say he was retiring from acting a couple of years ago? He won the Best Actor Award. He was so humble that he won me over. He stood there and said he had been a scoundrel, selfish, and difficult to work with. Yet people gave him a second chance. Lesson learned: it’s never too late to be gracious.
- No one looks bad anymore. I mean really bad. I miss the dead swan dress, Bette Midler’s looks that missed, I miss Cher’s over the top approach to life and dress. Some look better than others but no one seems to look terrible. I miss that. When Fashion Police was on TV, often times hosts and guests got in trouble for being “mean”. People must have been listening. Lesson learned: Like the honest mirror or not, it works. There were less badly dressed attendees. In fact no badly dressed attendees.
- Chanel lives. Chanel will live because Billie Eilish wore Chanel to the Oscars. So did Penelope Cruz. 19-year old Eilish wore Chanel along with figuratively her ten Grammy awards. How great for Chanel that this young icon came in the double C. Lesson learned: even if you are one of the most famous brands in the world, you need youth if you want to have a future.