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And so we've witnessed the 82nd Annual Academy Awards. It felt short and brief but I think it's just the cutting our local TV channel did - it didn't telecast the Best Live Action short, Documentary Short, and the Foreign Language categories to avoid scheduling conflicts with their TV shows. Well, it's okay since I saw the highlights. The 2010 Oscars didn't appear so grand. The 80th and the 81st Oscar ceremonies seemed more carefully and creatively executed for the global audience. Only a few heavy stars, more of serious actors and actresses present and, finally, Sacha Baron Coen was uninvited. Anyway, we ruled the night, didn't we? Most of our predictions here in RT came to reality so I guess nobody's eating his or her shoe. Let's proceed to the winners.
Two smaller prizes were bestowed on The Young Victoria (costume design) and Star Trek (make-up). The shorts were ruled by Music by Prudence, Logorama and The New Tenants while in the features, The Cove won for documentary and (though my bet's on either The White Ribbon or A Prophet) El Secrejo de sus Ojos won for Foreign Language film. Best Pic nominee Up won 2 out of its 5 nominations (Best Original Score, and Best Animated Feature... two categories our Pixar charmer was locked in from the very start). Original Song went to Crazy Heart's "The Weary Kind".
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR... It's probably the least competitive category for this ceremony because of Christoph Waltz in Inglourious Basterds. And of course, he won without question. Same with the Best Supporting Actress. Clap those hands for Maggie Gyllenhaal, Anna Kendrick, Vera Farmiga and Penelope Cruz... but, as one Precious-loving critic wrote, bow down before the best and "scariest mom since Faye Dunaway in Mommie Dearest" performance of Mo'Nique in Precious. She won the gold and gave a very nice speech.
Screenplay winners were also shockers of the night. Our bet for original, Inglourious Basterds, lost to Mark Boal for The Hurt Locker while our adapted screenplay bet (Up in the Air) lost out to Geoffrey Fletcher for Precious. Still, deserving winners.
Our tough categories, the Best Actress and Actor in Leading Role turned out as hoped - Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side and Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart. But an interesting fact is Sandra Bullock also won two Razzies (worst actress and worst screen couple) just the previous night for her performance in All About Steve. Whew, talk about Hollywood nature!
AVATAR (3 wins over 9 noms) is thewinner of Best Visual Effects, Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography. The highest-grossing film looked like a loser at the ceremony especially after THE HURT LOCKER sweeped six Oscars including top honors Best Original Screenplay (over a wittier Inglourious Basterds and an un-nominated triumph (500) Days of Summer), Best Director for Avatar director's James Cameron's ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow and Best Picture. Avatar also lost Film Editing, Sound Mixing and Sound Editing to The Hurt Locker. This broke records in Oscar history: Kathryn Bigelow's the first female to win Best Director! She is also the first director to win over her ex-hubby.
The tributes to John Hughes and the horror genre were remarkable. It's good to see Molly Ringwald again. The hosting duo of Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin was more entertaining and funny than Hugh Jackman's efforts last year. Still, no living person can top Ellen DeGeneres' hosting of the 2007 Oscars. I'd say this year's Oscars is above-average... but not great.