The Oscar Show
Well, do I know my movies or what? I got almost all of my Oscar predictions right. But of course, I only included the major categories and let’s be honest. Jeff Bridges, Sandra , Mo’Nique and Katheryn Bigelow were pretty much a sure thing.
Just a quick word about the Oscar show…Hugh. OK…I am a Hugh Jackman fan. But I wasn’t impressed or entertained by Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin’s hosting skills. They are generally very funny guys. Baldwin is hilarious on 30 Rock and he cracked me up in It’s Complicated. But this is THE OSCARS we’re talking about. THE OSCARS! Sorry boys, but I wasn’t feeling it. And judging by the look on George Clooney’s face during their opening monologue, I am not the only one.
I watched the show at my friend Elle’s Annual Oscar Party/Girl’s Night Out. We had a great time. Just think of it as a Super Bowl Party with a Red Carpet … and oh yeah-no football. We had our own private Red Carpet Fashion commentary. Of course, we loved Sandy’s golden outfit and thought Jennifer Lopez’ dressed looked like it was made of bubble wrap. And what was going on with Miley Cyrus’ dress? Don’t even get me started on whatever that was that Sarah Jessica Parker was wearing. One of the party guest quipped that Mark Anthony was going to get the urge to pop the bubbles during the show. (Who doesn’t love to pop bubble wrap?) Did you attend an Oscar Party? If so, send me a picture. I would love to see how you celebrate Oscar night. So, let’s get down to the movies.
The Oscar Winners
Sandra Bullock, who won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in The Blind Side may well be the first actress ever the win an Oscar and a Razzie (for All About Steve) in the same year. Sandra looked incredible too. Her golden beaded and lace Marchesa dress was the perfect outfit to wear when your accessory is a little gold statue.
The First (Really?)
Do I really have to talk about Kathryn Bigelow being the first female director to win an Academy Award Best Director. The internet has been buzzing about it for months. My only comment is What took the Academy so long. But that is another subject, worthy of a whole post onto itself.
And What About Avatar
Avatar was nominated for nine Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director. It didn’t take home the big awards, but it did win three technical awards for art direction, cinematography and visual effect. Which was obvious, since the movie was mostly art directions and all about some visual effects.
If you missed seeing any of the Oscar winners or nominees at the theater, many of the Oscar-worthy movies are now available on DVD.
District 9 was nominated for Best Picture and Film editing, Visual effects and Best Adapted screenplay.
The Hurt Locker
Kathryn Bigelow won her first Oscar for directing The Hurt Locker. The movie was also won the Best Picture Oscars, as well as for Film editing, Sound editing, Sound mixing and Original screenplay. Jeremy Renner was nominated for Best Actor. Performance by an actor in a leading role
Christoph Waltz won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Inglourious Basterds.
A Serious Man
The Coen Brothers (Joel and Ethan) movies are always interesting to watch. A Serious Man was nominated for Best Picture and Best Orignal Screenplay.
Oscars Winners Coming to DVD
Based on the novel by Sapphire, Precious took home two Academy Awards this year. Mo’Nique won a much deserved Oscar for Best Supporting Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay. The movie as also nominated for Best Picture, Directing, Film editing and Gabourey Sidibe was nominated for her first acting role for Best Actress as the lead in Precious.
Up in the Air has received a lot of critical acclaim, but no lovin’ from the golden guy. Up in the Air was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted screenplay and George Clooney, Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick all received acting nominations. This is one of the movies that I didn’t see, so it will definitely be on my rental list.
The Princess and the Frog was one of my favorite Chick Flicks of the year. It was nominated for Best Animated Feature Film and Randy Newman was nominated for Best Song for “Almost There” and “Down in New Orleans”.
The Blind Side
Watch Sandra Bullock’s award winning performance in The Blind Side. The movie was also nominated for Best Picture.
This movie was nominated for the Best Animated Feature Film and Best Original score Oscars. Based on a story by Roald Dahl, Fantastic Mr. Fox features the voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray and Owen Wilson.
Nominated for three Oscars for Best Picture and Adapted Screenplay. Carey Mulligan also received her first Oscar nominations for Best Actress. I am sure it won’t be her last.
Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law star in Guy Ritchie’s fast paced and action packed version of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective story. The movie received two nomination (art direction and original score). With Iron Man 2 due out this summer, Mr. Downey is a busy guy these days.