I think the Oscars are always worth watching, but this year it was especially true because I got to see some of the nominated films and winners.
I also really like Ellen DeGeneres and think she was way cool as host. She remarked how everyone should feel sorry for their weather in L.A. because it actually rained. (Meanwhile, back on the East Coast, we were once again flirting with zero-degree temperatures in a seemingly never-ending winter.)
I predicted the Best Picture and Best Actor winners, having seen Best Picture winner "12 Years a Slave" and "Dallas Buyers Club," with the outstanding performances by Best Actor winner Matthew McConaughey and Best Supporting Actor winner Jared Leto.
I also had no problem seeing the Best Supporting Actress nod go to Lupita Nyong'o from "12 Years a Slave."
Some of the other wins I can't really comment on, not having seen the movies. I thought Meryl Streep was great in "August: Osage County" and could well have taken home the Best Actress gold statue, but didn't see "Blue Jasmine" so I can't say if winner Cate Blanchett was better. It was nice to see my old pal Julia Roberts still doing well with a Best Supporting Actress nomination for "August."
I didn't see the movie with the most Oscar wins, "Gravity," and I'm not sure I have any particular interest in seeing it, despite liking the film's star, Sandra Bullock. It's the whole outer space thing, which is not my bag.
I did see "Philomena," which was well worth the time, but it didn't get any big wins.
The Tom Hanks film "Captain Phillips" also got passed over, and I'm not sure I want to see it either, although I am a fan of Hanks. And the story of chauffer-turned-actor Barkhad Abdi receiving a nomination for Best Supporting Actor in his very first role, in "Captain Phillips," was great.
It was a different experience watching the show this year, having seen so many of the nominated films for a change. Whether or not you agree with all the winners, we are all winners this year with such a great group of films out there.
By the way, it was nice to see the group "selfie" with Julia Roberts and Kevin Spacey top-center. I knew them both in New York and later in L.A. Spacey actually tried to get his agent to represent me back in the day. It was good to see they are both still doing well.
Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in New York City and Los Angeles, now pursues freelance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns and contact information may be accessed at her website, www.kathrynskorner.com.