The first part of the Space Pirate Queen’s and my epic Tolkien themed Oscar evening can be read here. This part, the second part, is about the live performances and guest appearances that followed the oh so delicious buffet and open bar at the American Legion Hall on Oscar Sunday. Yet again, this fantastic event was hosted by TheOneRing.net.
Ahh yes, Billy Boyd and Dominic Monaghan. The Space Pirate Queen and I are quite the Merry and Pippin fans, so seeing these two on stage interacting with each other was an absolute treat. As always, they were both delightful and thoroughly entertaining. I felt like it was 2003 again. Sigh.
The second part of the evening started off with the infectious tunes by Emerald Rose. Their music transported me to a time and place where everyone wore all kilts all the time. This is so not a bad thing.
See that? That’s people dancing. Not ‘I’m in a club’ dancing, just good old fashioned dancing. That’s the power of Celtic music!
After Emerald Rose we witnessed Charles Ross, the man responsible for the One Man Lord of the Rings. I must say, it’s pretty damn impressive. Not only can the man convey every voice of each character in that story, but he adds humor to it. For instance, every time he referenced Legolas he pantomimed stroking the long blonde hair. It was hilarious.
We were then once again serenaded by the lovely ladies of Dorian Mirth!
Every time I heard them I started craving the Ren Faire. Oh, the Ren Faire. Meade, turkey legs, steak on a stake…. Ahh focus, Giselle, FOCUS!
After their performance Billy Boyd and Dominic Monaghan came on stage. Needless to say the audience went bananas, including the Space Pirate Queen and yours truly.
As I said before, these two have such chemistry. It was such a joy watching them on stage together. They really know how to play with the audience and I think one of the reasons why they are so damn entertaining together is because they’re friends in real life. You see that sincerity when they perform together and they’re fantastic at letting the audience in on their fun. I also have to say that it is pretty damn awesome that these two showed up to the party and gave us, the fans, the time of day.
The Space Pirate Queen and I grinning like giddy little girls and loving every second of it!
After that we were serenaded by the righteous tunes of Billy Boyd’s band Beecake.
They put on an amazing show. Make sure to check out their music if you have not already. At one point Billy Boyd sang Pippin’s song from Return of the King. People sang along and it felt like the good old days all over again.
After that we got a surprise visit from the Oscar Nominees for The Hobbit!
Yet again it was so neat that they made the effort to stop by and say hello. Naturally, they were welcomed with thunderous applause. They may not have gotten the Oscar (this year), but regardless it was exciting to see their talents recognized. Next, my precious, next year…
What happened next is an experience that will live in our Lord of the Rings fangirl hearts forever. Dominic Monaghan came back to the stage and started to sing.
Remember that thing I said earlier how the Space Pirate Queen and I are Merry and Pippin fans? Well, when this started to happen I’m pretty sure we made total fools out of ourselves from sheer fangirly joy. By total fools I, of course, mean we were super classy and respectful audience members. He sang ‘Come Together’ by The Beatles and ‘Brown Eyed Girl’ by Van Morrison. He was a total rock star and I think my heart grew three times bigger.
Watch the live performances here:
After this performance the festivities were over. My feet that were in seven inch pumps were delighted by this news, as was my liver (did I mention the open bar?), but it wouldn’t be a true Hobbit themed evening without the Space Pirate Queen and myself sneaking some pictures with Monaghan and Boyd!
And just like that I’m a starstruck teenager all over again. Apologies, Mr. Monaghan, if I said something along the lines of “I Love Lamp” to you .
Both Boyd and Monaghan were total sweethearts when we asked if we could take pictures with them. Thank you, good sirs, for being so kind to the fans! Also, you’re both total rock stars. Seriously.
All in all it was a fantastic evening and worth the trek to Los Angeles. Thank you to all of the different performers and nominees who appeared, and thank you TheOneRing.net and all of the volunteers for making this amazing night happen. It’s exciting to know that The Hobbit is so successful and as someone who misses the days of the Lord of the Rings hype, it’s nice to see that these days are back and that it is just the beginning. Here is to more Tolkien themed parties and, of course, more Oscar nominations! Cheers!