Sunday, February 27, 2011

I'd Like to Thank the Academy

Check you calendars people, it's time for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards. I am live-blogging the event, or as live as being thirty minutes behind on the dvr gets.

I achieved my goal of seeing all 10 Best Picture nominees so I feel very well informed going into tonight's Oscar telecast. 

The awards ceremony is being hosted by Anne Hathaway and James Franco, two of my favorite actors, but not necessarily my first pick for Oscars hosts. Generally, awards show hosts are comedians or comic actors. But they are definitely trying and while I wasn't really into Anne's rendition of "On My Own" I did feel that James nailed it with the cross-dressing Charlie Sheen joke.

The moving full orchestra busting out the Star Wars theme and "Tonight, Tonight" from West Side Story was one of my favorite parts of the show, thanks Oscar directors for that one. And I loved how Jeff Bridges & Sandra Bullock personally addressed each of the Best Actress nominees like they were calling coffee orders at Starbucks. Do they do that every year and I'm only paying this much attention because of the blog?
I realize that most people who blog about the Oscars will talk about the red carpet fashion but let's be honest, that's just not my thing.

this post is undoubtedly going to be long because I am including the entire list of award winners in the order in which they were won, even the ones that people always forget about the minute the winner walks off stage.

And the Oscar goes to... Achievement in Art Direction
Alice in Wonderland

Achievement in Cinematography
Wally Pfister- Inception

Best Supporting Actress
Melissa Leo- The Fighter
Best Animated Feature Film
Toy Story 3

Best Animated Short Film
The Lost Thing

Best Adapted Screenplay
Aaron Sorkin- The Social Network

Best Original Screenplay
David Seidler- The King's Speech

Best Foreign Film
In a Better World (Denmark)

Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale- The Fighter

Best Original Score
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross- The Social Network

Achievement in Sound Mixing
Lora Hirshberg, Gary A. Rizzo & Ed Novick- Inception

Achievement in Sound Editing
Richard King- Inception

Achievement in Make-Up
Rick Baker & Dave Elsey- The Wolfman

Achievement in Costume Design
Colleen Atwood- Alice in Wonderland

Best Documentary Short Subject
Strangers No More

Best Live Action Short Film
God Of Love

Best Documentary Feature Film
Inside Job

Achievement in Visual Effects
Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley & Peter Bebb- Inception

Achievement in Film Editing
Angus Wall & Kirk Baxter- The Social Network

Best Original Song
"We Belong Together" from Toy Story 3

Best Director
Tom Hooper- The King's Speech

Best Actress
Natalie Portman- Black Swan

Best Actor
Colin Firth- The King's Speech

 Best Picture
The King's Speech

In case I have a few readers who are mathematically challenged, Inception & The King's Speech tied with 4 Oscars, followed by The Social Network with 3 awards and The Fighter, Toy Story 3 & Alice in Wonderland which each picked up 2 Oscars. 
And in case you're competitive like I am, check out how many of my Oscar predictions came true (it was 5 out of 9) on this blog post.

For those of you who watched the Academy Awards telecast, the Six Degrees (or less) of Kevin Bacon from James Franco to Scarlett Johansson and Matthew McConaughey are as follows:

James Franco was in Eat, Pray, Love with Julia Roberts who was in Valentine's Day with Bradley Cooper who was in He's Just Not That Into You with Scarlett Johansson.

James Franco was in Date Night with Mila Kunis who appears in Family Guy with Matthew McConaughey.
And hey, it's my fiftieth (that's 50th) blog post and I'm so happy to dedicate it to the Academy Awards. Thanks to all my friends and followers who read this thing and make me feel like a writer for a little while :)


  1. I know they did the "directly talking to the nomines" thing last year. But, can't remember past that. My fave part was a tie between the Harry Potter/Toy Story/Social Network autotune song mashup + Natalie's acceptance speech. I cried a little.

    Great post.
    Bekah Matters of Merrymaking

  2. Thanks for the update Raquel, since you know I never get to watch any of this stuff, but I need to be in the know. I liked your inclusion of the six degrees of separation: a game you are infinitely talented at. I think it really validates your expertise on this subject. I snickered at your comparison of calling out nominees like Starbucks drink orders. Tee hee. excellent notion.

  3. I remember a few years ago for Best Actors/Actresses they had 5 former winners come out and personally address the nominees. Raquel Welch was one of 'em.

    I was okay with Anne Hathaway. She has a good voice. Franco, while hot, was pretty awk. I liked the auto-tune songing too.

    What about the fashion?? I liked Cate Blanchett. She's the best, always. I also liked Mila Kunis' dress but the lacey boob thing was kinda weird.


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