It must have been one of the most multicultural Academy awards yet,
hosted by African-American comedian Chris Rock, and Oscars going to
best actor Jamie Foxx and best supporting actor Morgan Freeman – on the
2nd to last day of Black History Month. The Oscar for best song went to
a foreign language film, and the composer sang some of the lines in
Spanish – beautiful!
Presenters included Mexican and Spanish actors, Salma Hayek and
Penelope Cruz, Chinese actor Ziyi Zhang. Sandra Oh looked fabulous in
her red gown, when her husband won the Oscar for Best Adapted
Screenplay for “Sideways.” Sandra is Korean Canadian and now living in
California and also had a supporting role in “Sideways.”
I watched the Awards show at the Caprice Nightclub, attending the
“Starry Night Gala” beefint for The Vancouver Friends for Life Society.
the Caprice is a former movie house, wonderfully turned into an
intimate upscale night club – the perfect setting for an Oscar party,
hosted by Terry David Mulligan. A large screen was perfect for viewing
from anywhere in the club and seats were set up on the dance floor in
row like a movie house. The best seats were the booths on the floor,
where I later met brand new friends Tim and Barbara, whom I discovered
with we had mutual friends Barb Lee at the Vancouver Asian Film
Festival – Barbara's business card was titled “Eager Student” and is
currently taking the Entertainment managment certifcate course at UBC –
hm…. maybe I should try that too.
My buddy Craig Brown met me inside the Caprice, and we also made
some new friends – Leslee and Cheryl – who just might join the Gung
Haggis Fat Choy dragon boat team!