As always, there were some great Oscar speakers ..... AAANNNDDD there was Sean Penn, proving, with his terrible green card joke, that NPH's first joke, about the Oscars being the "best and the whitest," was more on-point than you thought.
Here are a few lessons to be learned from 2015. All of these images are taken from things I live Instagrammed during the broadcast.
1. Everyone needs an attention-getter.
2. Use humor. Always.
3. Don't be afraid of figurative language.
4. Energy always wins.
Pawel Pawlikowski. The secret to the Cuba Gooding, Jr. move is to get the audience on your side. They want a display of energy. You and the audience are against the orchestra. And we got that here.
Patricia Arquette. She was awesome, as well. She got an ovation in the Oscar party where I was. You could feel her fear that the band would start up once she jumped into politics, which the Oscars sometimes tries to suppress. But she just raised her energy level and blasted into it. It was great.
There were plenty of other great speeches. I am going to call my Mom tonight because of J.K. Simmons,for example, but these were a few things we can take away from this year's Academy Awards.