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
Costume Design-Alice in Wonderland
Documentary Short Subject –Strangers No More
Live Action Short Film-God of Love
Documentary Feature- Inside Job
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.
Sunday February 27th marks the 83rd Academy Awards, people! Are you excited?! Really? Are you really? You’re not just saying that are you? Ok good, me too!
Yeah that’s right, I’m actually looking forward to the Oscars this year. Shocking considering that I’m not the biggest fan of these award shows and I think that they’re generally full of crap and give out awards to the films that have the highest paying producers. But meh. This year I’ve actually seen the majority of films in the best motion picture category! (6 out of ten ain’t bad right?) And the best part? I liked em! Sure there were some that I felt were weaker than others (more on that in a second) but all in all it should make for an exciting awards ceremony.
So in case you live under a rock or something and don’t know the nominees this year, here’s the big five for ya:
Best Motion Picture:
The Kids Are All Right
The King’s Speech
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
Javier Bardem for Biutiful
Jeff Bridges for True Grit
Jesse Eisenberg for The Social Network
Colin Firth for The King’s Speech
James Franco for 127 Hours
Annette Bening for The Kids Are All Right
Nicole Kidman for Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence for Winter’s Bone
Natalie Portman for Black Swan
Michelle Williams for Blue Valentine
Best Supporting Actor:
Christian Bale for The Fighter
John Hawkes for Winter’s Bone
Jeremy Renner for The Town
Mark Ruffalo for The Kids Are All Right
Geoffrey Rush for The King’s Speech
Best Supporting Actress:
Amy Adams for The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter for The King’s Speech
Melissa Leo for The Fighter
Hailee Steinfeld for True Grit
Jacki Weaver for Animal Kingdom
Now what would be a list of nominees without my winner predictions? Personally I think it’s gonna go a little something like: The Social Network, Colin Firth, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, and Melissa Leo. These aren’t necessarily what I want to see win (with the exception of Natalie Portman of course) but rather just my predictions based off of the Golden Globes and SAG awards that recently happened. As I said above, while all the films in the best picture category were great, there are some that I thought were weaker than others, The Social Network being one of them. Yeah that’s right, I’m one of those people who didn’t really think it was as great as everyone was making it out to be. But considering that it friggin’ swept the Golden Globes, I wouldn’t be surprised if something similar happened Oscar night.
I will be updating during the Oscars to see how well I did with my predictions, and if you have any differences feel free to comment below.