Well there you have it folks, the 83rd Annual Academy Awards. Wasn’t that just…something? The night was full of Hollywood’s sexiest stars and starlets, victories and disappointments, the awkward comedy styles of Anne Hathaway and James Franco (complete with lesbian jokes!), and uh Kirk Douglas. I didn’t expect James Franco and Anne Hathaway’s hosting to be anything less than it was – uncomfortable, although their opening bit where they traveled through all the best picture nominees was mildly entertaining, if only because of Alec Baldwin and Morgan Freeman.
Anne Hathaway sang a song in a tuxedo and James Franco came out in a dress, they tried being clever with “original songs” from some of the year’s films which were just auto-tuned conversations, and the show closed on fifth graders singing Somewhere Over the Rainbow. If we learned anything this year at the Oscars it’s that Kirk Douglas needs to be the next host.
While the hosting was the lowest of the lows this year, there were a good number of highs as well such as the tribute Billy Crystal had for Bob Hope, the tribute to all the great men and women of the industry who passed away this year, and the set design for the stage this year was purty dang cool.
But enough about that crap, time for the winners!
Best Picture – The King’s Speech
Best Director – Tom Hooper for The King’s Speech
Best Actor – Colin Firth for The King’s Speech
Best Actress – Natalie Portman for Black Swan
Best Supporting Actor – Christian Bale for The Fighter
Best Supporting Actress – Melissa Leo for The Fighter
- Achievement in art direction- Alice in Wonderland Robert Stromberg and Karen o’hara. Production design and set decoration, respectively.
- Achievement in cinematography-Inception, Wally Pfister
- Animated short film-The Lost Thing. Shaun Tan, Andrew Ruhemann.
- Animated feature film-Toy story 3
- Adapted Screenplay- The Social Network
- Original Screenplay- The King’s Speech
- Foreign Language Film- In a Better World
- Original Score- The Social Network
- Excellence in Sound-Inception
- Sound editing-Inception
- Costume Design-Alice in Wonderland
- Documentary Short Subject –Strangers No More
- Live Action Short Film-God of Love
- Documentary Feature- Inside Job
- Visual Effects-Inception
- Film Editing- The Social Network
- Best Original Song- Randy Newman’s “We Belong Together” Toy Story 3
Now if any of you who actually read this recall my last post about the Oscars you’ll see that I was only off on one of my predictions, and I couldn’t be any happier about it. I assumed The Social Network would win best picture judging only off of who well it performed at the Golden Globes, but was pleased to see it beat by The King’s Speech because, as I said earlier, I didn’t think it was that hot. I was also glad to see Inception do such a good job of cleaning up with a total of four wins and couldn’t have been any happier with Natalie Portman’s best actress win.