The Oscars in Three Moments

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards took place on March 7 and the winners were:

BEST PICTURE: The Hurt Locker

DIRECTING: Kathryn Bigelow  The Hurt Locker

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE: Sandra Bullock The Blind Side

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE: Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos) Argentina

FILM EDITING: The Hurt Locker Bob Murawski and Chris Innis

DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE): The Cove Louie Psihoyos and Fisher Stevens

VISUAL EFFECTS: Avatar Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham and Andrew R. Jones

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE) Up Michael Giacchino

CINEMATOGRAPHY: Avatar Mauro Fiore

SOUND MIXING: The Hurt Locker Paul N.J. Ottosson and Ray Beckett

SOUND EDITING: The Hurt Locker Paul N.J. Ottosson

COSTUME DESIGN: The Young Victoria Sandy Powell

ART DIRECTION: Avatar Art Direction: Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg; Set Decoration: Kim Sinclair

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: Mo’Nique Precious: Based on the novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY): Precious: Based on the novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire Screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher

MAKEUP: Star Trek Barney Burman, Mindy Hall and Joel Harlow

SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION): The New Tenants Joachim Back and Tivi Magnusson

DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT): Music by Prudence Roger Ross Williams and Elinor Burkett

SHORT FILM (ANIMATED): Logorama Nicolas Schmerkin

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY): The Hurt Locker Written by Mark Boal

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG):”The Weary Kind” (Theme from Crazy Heart) from Crazy Heart Music and Lyric by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett


ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: Christoph Waltz Inglourious Basterds

I must admit that I wanted Avatar to take the Best Picture award. Still, I’m happy for Kathryn Bigelow and all those that won. Of course, the Academy Awards ceremony is the granddaddy of all award shows and it has its share of moments.  What moments?  Well, I’m glad you asked.  They are:

The Acceptance Speech Moment
It has been called the “Lady Kanye Moment”.  Just as filmmaker Roger Ross Williams was starting his acceptance speech for winning the Oscar for Best Documentary Short for Music by Prudence, producer Elinor Burkett raced up to the stage and started her own acceptance speech. Both Williams and Burkett have been in a dispute over the film for a year.  Each person claims credit for the idea about doing a documentary about a disabled Zimbabwean singer/songwriter.  This dispute even lead to a lawsuit that was eventually settled out of court. As much as I want people to have their due, stealing the mic when someone is giving their Oscar acceptance speech isn’t right. After all, how many people toil away in obscurity without so much as someone getting a verbal “Thank you”. Burkett should have let Williams have his say at the mic. She could have gotten her two cents in at another time.

The Dress Moments
Here are the actresses whose dresses I liked:

Gabourey Sidibe—her dress, by Marchesa actually looked like something people would wear to a classy event, like the Oscars, rather than being something worn to get attention.

Helen Mirren—she, too, wore a dress, (her’s was by Badgley Mischka) that exuded class.

Cameron Diaz—if Diaz were to be time warped to the 1940’s, wearing the Oscar de la Renta dress from this year’s Oscars, she would fit right in.

I would tell you about the actresses whose dresses I disliked, the trouble is I didn’t like the majority of the dresses worn. They were either too flashy, too blah, too much like drapes from Tara or too much “no normal person would wear something like that.” Then again, a person doesn’t go into acting without being something of a showoff.

The What The? Moment
Ben Stiller presents an award with his face done like a character from Avatar.  He even said, first in Pandoranese, then in English “This was a better idea in rehearsal.” No kidding!  I’m all for being creative, but Avatar exists in its own world. That’s why it is such a great movie.  You get to experience a whole other world and enjoy the ride. Stiller and company should have left well enough alone.

Well, those are my takes on the Oscars. Come back next week for another thrilling blog entry. Okay, so my blog entries aren’t thrilling, but they are good reads.

Academy Awards, Oscars, Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker, Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side, Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart, The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos) Avatar, The Cove, Up, Pete Docter, The Young Victoria, Mo’Nique, Precious: Based on the novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire, Star Trek, The New Tenants, Roger Ross Williams, Elinor Burkett, Music by Prudence, Logorama, The Weary Kind, Ryan Bingham, T Bone Burnett, Christoph Waltz Inglourious Basterds, “Lady Kanye Moment”, Gabourey Sidibe, Marchesa, Helen Mirren, Badgley Mischka, Cameron Diaz, Oscar de la Renta, Ben Stiller



2 Responses to “The Oscars in Three Moments”

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