The King’s Speech

  • Best Picture
  • Best Actor (Colin Firth)
  • Best Director (Tom Hooper)
  • Best Original Screenplay (David Seidler)

The Fighter

  • Best Supporting Actor (Christian Bale)
  • Best Supporting Actress (Melissa Leo)

Black Swan

  • Best Actress (Natalie Portman)

Inception

  • Cinematography
  • Sound Mixing
  • Sound Editing
  • Visual Effects

The Social Network

  • Best Adapted Screenplay
  • Editing
  • Original Score

Toy Story 3

  • Best Animated Film
  • Original Song (Randy Newman “We Belong Together”)

Alice in Wonderland

  • Art Direction
  • Costume Design

In a Better World

  • Best Foreign Film (Denmark)

The Wolfman

  • Makeup

Inside Job

  • Documentary Feature

Strangers No More

  • Documentary Short

The Lost Thing

  • Animated Short

God of Love

  • Short Live Action

The 83rd Oscar ceremony aired last night.  Anne Hathaway and James Franco were bad, the presenters were tepid, and a good movie was snubbed.  There were good moments–most involving The King’s Speech winning awards.  But I’ll go into more detail about why you were better off not watching.

Hathaway and Franco as hosts brought an immaturity to the event that was disheartening.  Not only were they not funny, they seemed to get increasingly more intoxicated as the night went on.  At least Hathaway did.  Franco looked more bored or high, or both.  I’m assuming they were paid quite well to be hosts, so I wish they’d taken it seriously or put a modicum of thought into the proceedings.

The presenters, who ranged from Jennifer Hudson to Oprah Winfrey, were generally stale as well.  Cate Blanchett was good, but then it seems hard for her not to be.  The only real spark was when Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law came out together to present the awards for Editing and Visual Effects.  They played off each other and were genuinely funny.

What annoyed me most about the evening was that True Grit did not win a single award.  The Social Network stole most of the awards True Grit should have won.  The Social Network is one of those movies that the critics love–for whatever unknown reason–but is really not worth the recognition it received.  True Grit, on the other hand, was a wonderful movie.

The two best speeches of the night both come from people involved with The King’s Speech.  The first was from David Seidler, who won for Best Original Screenplay.  Seidler, who is apparently the oldest person to receive this Oscar, stepped to the microphone and said, “My father always said I’d be a late bloomer.”  The rest of his speech was heart-felt and concise.  The other best speech came from Colin Firth who won Best Actor for The King’s Speech.  He joked about how his career has now probably peaked (doubtful, Mr. Firth).  He also said he felt the urge to dance, but he’d try to leave the stage before the feeling reached his legs.  He kept his speech light-hearted, but looked on the verge of tears.  He is a classy guy.

Except for the few nice moments I mentioned, this year’s Oscars fell flat.  And as usual, I was about half right on my predictions.  The documentaries and foreign films throw me off.  I did, however, get eight of the nine major categories right.  The one I missed was the surprise win by Melissa Leo for Best Supporting Actress.

Oscar Buzz

The rumors about which movies are going to be up for Oscars are already starting.  I hope I can get a better lead on seeming most of them before the Oscars this time.

I did just watch Winter’s Bone, which is one of the movies being mentioned for the Oscars.  It’s about life in the Ozarks (review to follow) and is much more interesting than some of the movies that have won best picture.  I’m looking at you, No County for Old Men…

Every time I go to a store recently, I see the ‘Sandra Bullock scandal’ being dragged through the tabloids.  The poor woman, what a catastrophe.  Just remember, we love you, Sandra!

Thinking about Sandra Bullock makes me remember her Oscar win in March.  I wrote an entire ‘review’ of the Oscars, which you can read (if you wish) here:

http://reel-chatter.livejournal.com/7659.html

I still haven’t seen Crazy Heart, which is starting to make me a little…crazy?  Jeff Bridges is an amazing actor, so I figure the movie can’t be all bad.  In fact, many say it’s quite the opposite.  I will share my opinion once I see it.

Someone recommended that I watch "Pushing Daisies," which is interesting because I’ve been wanting to watch it.

It’s always wonderful to discuss "Fawlty Towers" with someone who’s seen it and thinks it’s funny.  On the other hand, if I try to describe it to someone who hasn’t seen it, I usually end up sounding like a bit of an idiot.  So I usually end with, "John Cleese really is funny! No, hilarious!"

While looking at some newspapers from March, I saw some pictures from the Oscars.  I felt a bit of a glow when I remembered Kathryn Bigelow’s Best Director win for The Hurt Locker.  That was a well-deserved win, and not just because it was about time a woman director took home an Oscar.  The Hurt Locker was an excellent movie–it deserved the Best Picture Oscar as much as Bigelow deserved the Director win.

Anyway, enough about the Oscars.  I plan to watch Clash of the Titans tomorrow, so stayed tuned for an update about that!