Monday, February 28, 2011

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Thoughts and Feelings on the Oscars


-James Franco and Anne Hathaway were an uncomfortable pair. She had energy, and I liked that she was off-the-cuff genuinely excited about being there and seeing everyone and everything. Franco, though, just stood there. I don't think he was acting "too cool for school", I think he genuinely didn't know what to do. Maybe he got nervous?

-Christian Bale referencing his Terminator: Salvation on-set rant was awesome, as was Melissa Leo's entire speech. That both of them won makes me extremely happy.

-Btw the category of Best Supporting Actress has been on fire since 2007, hasn't it? Swinton, Cruz, Mo'Nique, and now Leo. Damn! That's a good streak!

That's how you set a bar, baby!

-I came back home from work just as Best Picture was announced. Thank goodness, because my recording stopped right before Spielberg took to the stage, so I still got to see The King's Speech get its Oscar before rushing to catch up. I knew it was only a matter of time before that g-damned announcer spoiled everything for me.

-When I went back to watch the whole show, I could see actual suspense when, 3/4 through, The King's Speech had one Oscar and The Social Network had three -- including Best Original Score! Ya-hooooo!!!

It looks good on you.

-I wish Colin Firth had given in to his desires and danced. I really do. God, he's amazing. My personal pick may have been Eisenberg, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't rooting for Firth

-I scored 16/24 on my Oscar predictions. I missed all the shorts (you're right, Jake Gyllenhaal, they do make or break a ballot), Lead Actress (play it safe, Walter, play it safe), Art Direction, Cinematography, Score and Song.

-Alice in Wonderland has two Oscars; The Wolfman has one. And people are bitching about The King's Speech?

-There was a moment when Bardem and Brolin went out on stage in white tuxes, and it looked like they were about to dance. Suddenly, we cut away to Penelope Cruz for an interminable yet sexy length of time. Still, did they cut away from two dudes dancing because it was two dudes dancing? I can't imagine they'd shy away from that, what with Franco in drag and all.

-This is the first year ever in which all the acting Oscars went to Hollmann Award Nominees! Hooray!

My opinion roooocks!
The winners:
 [bold indicates correct predictions, * indicates Hollmann Award Nominee]

PICTURE: The King's Speech
DIRECTOR: Tom Hooper, The King's Speech
*ACTOR: Colin Firth, The King's Speech
*ACTRESS: Natalie Portman, Black Swan
*SUPPORTING ACTOR: Christian Bale, The Fighter
*SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Melissa Leo, The Fighter
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: David Seidler, The King's Speech
*ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Wally Pfister, Inception
*EDITING: Kirk Baxter & Angus Wall, The Social Network
COSTUME DESIGN: Colleen Atwood, Alice in Wonderland
ART DIRECTION: Alice in Wonderland
*SOUND MIXING: Inception
*ORIGINAL SCORE: Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, The Social Network
ORIGINAL SONG: We Belong Together, Toy Story 3
FOREIGN FILM: In a Better World
DOC SHORT: Strangers No More


Amanda said...

I maintain that Alice deserved the costume Oscar. Apart from Alice's dresses, though, the movie should never be viewed by anyone.

Sorry about my Twitter ramblings. Apparently I need you to get my stream of consciousness out or else the Internet sees the crazy.

TomS said...

What an unusual Oscar year..but, for me, it all turned out pretty well. I chuckled when Franco and Hathaway "switched" wardrobes... I still think Franco was a little out of it from the Independent Spirits the night before (a little celebration at his win?) and maybe anxious over his Oscar nomination. Either way, I think his hosting days are behind him.
Glad you enjoyed, and approved, of the winners. You wrote a nice recap!
On to the films of 2011!