New Experience #5: Watch the Entire Oscar Awards Ceremony

As far back as I can remember, I have watched the Oscars. In previous years, I usually caught most of the Red Carpet arrivals, and maybe a bit of the opening blah blah. In a really good year, I’d watch the handing out of the first couple of awards. Then I’d go to bed and read about the results in the morning…and catch Entertainment Tonight the Monday eve for the gossip on fashion and post-awards parties.

I thought it would make for a funny New Experience to set myself the challenge of watching the entire awards broadcast for this year. As you know, I am an early-to-rise kinda gal, so to stay up til at least 11:30 p.m. would be outside my comfort zone of awake time. But the idea of watching til the bitter end was too much to resist; count me in!

Let’s start with the good news – I did stay up til the very final award was handed out, Anne and James said their brief good night, and those kids started singing. Now let’s go back in time…

proof of the tv going on - ready for etalk's red carpet broadcast!

Here were my Kiki-as-Judge rules for the evening: 1) I could multi-task during the hours of viewing time I’d be putting in [Sidenote: The Princess Twin had free Awards viewing on their big screen; I was interested, and it would have been fun to watch there, but I needed time at home to complete other tasks – maybe another year I’ll pop over!] 2) I could not miss seeing the giving out of any awards.

6:30 p.m. I make my cake for Thursday eve’s cake class.

my same basic yellow cake from the wilton website that i successfully used in classes #2 & 3

Ben keeps me company:

ben mulroney: canada's red carpet go-to guy (sorry, ben, but you're way cheesy!)

Let’s be honest: Canada cannot hold a candle to the US networks when it comes to interviewing guests on the Red Carpet.

7:00 p.m. – I switch stations to ABC:

tim gunn joins me in the living room! US networks = better access to the starz...

Let me go on the record as saying I miss the days of Joan and Melissa Rivers on the Red Carpet. Yes, they were tacky, slightly rude, and asked questionable questions…but they sure were fun.

Meanwhile, my cake making was coming along nicely (I am a very slow baker):

just beat it (dunh, dunh) just beat it...a little michael jackson here 🙂

7:15 p.m. I grab a small window of opportunity (cakes in the oven, no A-level stars arriving) to hop into the shower:

yes, empty shower scene - we'll keep this PG rated

7:25 p.m. It’s back to multi-tasking: I knit, read some blogs, drank a Stevia pop, waited for my cakes to reach perfection bake, and watched TV:

anything else we can do simultaneously?!

8:30 p.m. I head over to the couch and plop down next to . Still knitting.

helllooo, b!

9:00 p.m. Dinner time (I had a late snack at 5 p.m., and like to eat later in the eve, anyway!)

micro'd *fries*; salad beast with sardines and everything but the kitchen sink!

…and peanut butter from the jar with a spoon for dessert!

9:30 p.m.-ish and onwards: just watched the awards. Weird! I never sit on the couch and just watch TV!

9:45 p.m. Very much enjoying this couch time, still into the awards!

9:50 p.m. B heads up to bed so I’m on my own!

10:00 p.m. I am getting tired.

self-portraiture at the next level: NOT looking at the camera!

I was tired from then on out. I closed my eyes during commercials. But I did not fall asleep – that would have put this New Experience into jeopardy!

a glamour girl i am not as the night gets longer...

cut the filler blab, already!

i've made it this far, i'm not giving up now!

11:39 p.m. It’s over! The final award has been handed out (yea for King’s Speech!) and I am free to say good night.

it's a wrap!

this photo is as blurry as my eyes were by this time - but my watch DOES say 11:38 p.m. proof, again, of mission accomplished!

11:45 p.m. Tucked in to bed, and asleep in about 17 seconds. Enjoyed a deep and solid sleep and was awake at 5 a.m. today! Bet I’ll be ready for bed tonight, though!


No cookie giveaway!!

I made five Oscar predictions here. I got 1/5 right (Christian Bale – lucky guess!) So my system worked!…See, if I had chosen the movies/actors I really wanted to win to win, they would have lost…so this way Colin Firth, Natalie Portman, The King’s Speech all won since I didn’t pick them!


A few personal observations about the Awards Show:

~ Bring back Billy Crystal!! Nothing personal, Anne Hathaway and James Franco, but you were rather lame as hosts. Not really funny and rather immature. Billy made a brief guest appearance. Botox’d looks aside, HE is an Oscar host!

~Best line of the night: James Franco’s grandmother’s cry of “Marky-Mark” during the opening monologue

~The waif look is out/bygones.

~The whole Kurt Douglas appearance was embarrassing, sad,n painfuk to watch, and went on too long

~Acceptance speeches are boring; the only two exceptions: Big Hair Guy who accepted for Best Live Action Short Film, and Randy Newman for his songwriting award.

My fashion assessment:

Thumbs up:

Marisa Tomei

Scarlett Johansson (but not her hair)

Helen Mirren (always a winner)

Reese Witherspoon (my award for best hair and make-up; dress was a bit boring)

Natalie Portman

Best of the Night Award: Gwyneth Paltrow – loved her tan, her hair, her makeup, her earrings, her Calvin Klein gown


Thumbs Down:

Cate Blanchett (but she had great hair)

Robert Downey Jr’s wife, Susan

Nicole Kidman

Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Hudson – just because their dresses were boring! And red – I dislike red, in general, in life.


I did it, it is done, it is likely a once-in-a-lifetime achievement. Kinda like an Oscar.

Did you watch? What are your impressions?!

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  • Lisa  On March 2, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Funny! I didn’t watch…maybe like 2 minutes. I don’t know why—I just couldn’t pay attention!

    Looks like overall (aside from being up too late) you had a multi-tasking…and productive….and relaxing night!

    • 1970kikiproject  On March 2, 2011 at 4:37 pm

      haha – just didn’t grab you on sunday eve, eh! ah well, really and truly, you did not miss much! watching the nominated movies – now that would be a better way to spend an evening!

  • Holly  On March 1, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Cathy I think I watched 10 minutes of the show — the best part was Mandy Moore/guy from Chuck sing the song from Tangled — I loved that movie! And then Gwyneth started shrieking and I had to turn it off. Anne/James were boring, I totally agree with you there and yes Billy Crystal must have been loaded with botox, I barely recognized him!!!

    I’m glad you allowed yourself to do other things while watching — I think you for sure would have fallen asleep otherwise!

    • 1970kikiproject  On March 1, 2011 at 5:02 pm

      Ok, most years I’d be with you on the 10 minutes of watching!! But hey, now I know what all the “hype” is about!
      “Bil-ly! Bil-ly! We want billy to host!” 🙂
      Yes – the cake was a good activity to multitask with!
      Your gwyneth assessment makes me laugh!

  • Kristina  On February 28, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    I give you credit-I got about 10 min into it after the red carpet and was over it! Blahhhh!!! I wasn’t all that excited about the dresses either-no big “ahhh” moments!

    • 1970kikiproject  On March 1, 2011 at 5:09 am

      it was a struggle at times to stay focussed!!! esp with acceptance speeches (yawn). next year i’m sticking to my tried n true method of watching the red carpet and then whatever is on BEFORE 9 p.m. bedtime!

  • Johanna  On February 28, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Well, your fashion thumbs up and downs made me laugh – only because they were completely and entirely opposite of what the nice ET lady said tonight. Just goes to show that this fashion thing is SO subjective!

    I didn’t watch the whole thing (and rarely do) but this year it was because I was out at the theatre (yes – back row!) to see The King’s Speech! Loved it. But even when I got home I puttered about through the entire thing. I was on the computer for a good part of it and while I find I like listening to the presenters and the preamble to each award, I find myself muting the acceptance speeches – booooorrrring! The only two that I have any recollection of was Natalie Portman and Colin Firth’s (who literally made me lol).

    • 1970kikiproject  On March 1, 2011 at 5:09 am

      yes! colin firth’s acceptance speech was good…but no one was as good as that young Hair Guy (sorry, i totally forget his name!) so glad you got to see king’s speech, finally – it was worth the wait, eh! i just wish geoffrey rush had won an award, too. oh – i should check ET online to see their fashion picks… another year, i will know that the red carpet part is still the best!

      • Johanna  On March 1, 2011 at 7:06 am

        I SOOO wanted to like Cate Blanchett’s dress – she’s just so gorgeous and everything else was just perfect about her but, I’ll admit, I just didn’t get it! Those little yellow patches? The big plain circle in the front? It just confused me and very basic fashion sense. I agree that Reese’s dress wasn’t the most exciting but the overall impression was LOVELY. I had no idea Gwyneth could sing!? It was very impressive. 🙂 I’m also going to go out on a limb and disagree with the red comment – I LOVE a red dress! 🙂

      • 1970kikiproject  On March 1, 2011 at 7:09 am

        i think i would rather read YOUR fashion report/feedback than any picks n pans on tv – much more fun to hear what i my friends/people i know think than any commentator on tv!! i thought gwyneth sang well, too – i would see that movie, too! (i do have a latent country n western side, methinks!)

  • Dorry  On February 28, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Haha – I love this! And I’m watching Entertainment Tonight for the recap right now. It’s hard for any show to keep my attention for long, but I paid attention til the end last night, too. I miss Billy Crystal as a host!

    • 1970kikiproject  On February 28, 2011 at 8:00 pm

      good for you for staying up, too! how many nominated movies did you end up seeing?! i was really happy to see natalie portman and colin firth win for best actors – they both deserved the awards IMO. i did not see all of the films in the “running” for best picture – i would still like to see true grit. inception holds no appeal, however!

      • Dorry  On February 28, 2011 at 8:04 pm

        We ended up seeing ALL of them! Which made watching the awards a whole lot more interesting. It’s hard to do now that there’s 10 nominations. I love Natalie Portman and Colin Firth – thought they were both very deserving. True Grit is really good – the story, the cinematography, the acting. And I’m not even really into westerns. 🙂

      • 1970kikiproject  On February 28, 2011 at 8:08 pm

        oh, so awesome that you DID see them all! way to go! i think that will be a goal of mine next year!

  • Zo  On February 28, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    I did…I kept waiting for someone to just go for it and tear the envelope, but everyone was classy!

  • Zo  On February 28, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Congrats on making it through (miraculously I did too). I’m afraid I didn’t care for Gwyneth’s look….something about the shape I think. I also just got tired of the nude/neutral looks and was happy to see anything with color!

    I think I’m 4 for 5 in my picks (I *didn’t* pick Christian Bale!), we won’t know until strivingcynic teen comes over later this week and our predictions envelope is unsealed!

    • 1970kikiproject  On February 28, 2011 at 5:33 pm

      i love how everyone has their own opinion on the dresses/looks etc. my mom told me that the toronto globe and mail was raving about cate blanchett’s dress, which personally, i didn’t care for. i adore hearing the picks and pans, post-ceremony! haha, put our picks together and we’d be batting 1000! that will be so fun when you all open your envelopes! (did you notice how many presenters struggled with that task last night!?)

      • Zo  On February 28, 2011 at 5:44 pm

        Darn it…Sometimes I forget that it’s reply rather than comment….sorry for my misplaced reply!

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