Picture: The King's Speech, of course we all knew by now. I was hoping for some kind of weird upset. This will go down as an OK pick for the Academy-not the best and not the worst. But as we heard from Spielberg, sometimes the nominees are even better than the winners. 19/24 for the evening. Not so bad overall, right?
-I loved the montage of the Best Picture nominees at the end.
-PS22-quite charming, and I liked the winners coming out at the end.
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-Actress: Natalie Portman, Black Swan. She looks absolutely lovely. This is the sweetest and most touching speech I've seen her give-she's seemed a little cold the rest of awards season. 17/22
-Actor: Colin Firth, of course. "I have a feeling my career's just peaked." Great comment, and it could be true. He gives a nice charming speech. 18/23
-Thoughts on the ceremony. I've enjoyed James and Anne. The producers have also kept the ceremony quite tight with little filler. Still, it's lacked a certain drama. Maybe because the main categories have worked out as everyone thought...... I am excited for PS22 to sing!
-Celine Dion..... singing for the dead folks. This is always where I realize that I forgot certain people died.
-Director: Tom Hooper, The King's Speech. OK, I picked him but didn't want him to win. 16/21. I would have loved for Fincher to have won this (or, even better, Aronofsky). He did do a nice job though.
-Who ever thought Gwyneth would be called a "country music star"?
-Are these best song nominees particularly weak this year? Nothing even approaches "The Weary Kind" from last year.
-Best Song: We Belong Together. Got that one. 15/20.
-Billy Crystal-standing ovation? Why?
-Bob Hope quote: "Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the Academy Awards. Or, as it's known at my house, Passover." Classic joke. But ghost Bob Hope is really creepy.....
-Visual Effects: Inception. 13/18. So Inception is the winner of the night so far. This is where it ends for them though.
-Film Editing: The Social Network. Got it. 14/19. Can it possibly win Best Picture? I hope so.
-Documentary Short: Strangers No More. Picked it. 11/15. It's an inspiring movies about refugee
-Live Action: God of Love. I saw all these in the theater. Didn't pick it but it was my favorite! 11/16. Luke Matheny is awesome!!
-Musical montage. Let's show some Harry Potter and Twilight even though they weren't really big Oscar players.....
-Oprah. Your outfit is not one of my favorite things.....
-Documentary: Inside Job. Picked it. 12/17. OK, here's the political comment of the night. It usually does come from the documentarians.
-James Franco: "Congratulations, nerds." to the scientific and technical award winners. Love it!
-Makeup: The Wolfman. Got it, 9/13. Now The Wolfman can call itself an Oscar-winning movie.
-Costumes: Alice in Wonderland. God it, 10/14. Most boring speech ever though.
-Interviewing folks about their favorite movie songs. Barack loves "As Time Goes By." Me too, prez, me too.
-Original Score: THE SOCIAL NETWORK!! Even though I didn't predict it, this is my favorite win of the night. Is TSN going to win Best Picture? Perhaps. 6/10.
-Sound Mixing. Inception. 7/11. Easy call.
-Sound Ending. Inception. 8/12. Another easy one.
-OK, 55 minutes until the first Charlie Sheen joke.
-Foreign Film: In a Better World. Not only did I predict it, I saw them all and it was the best!! For once, the foreign film branch did well. 5/8. Everyone should see this when it gets released in regular theaters-I think sometime soon.
-Supporting Actor: Christian Bale. 6/9. Well deserved. Shout out to Dick Eklund's website-way to go. Good speech.
-Adapted Screenplay: The Social Network. 3/6. I think everyone got this one.
-Original Screenplay: The King's Speech 4/7. Another easy one.
-Thoughts so far: Does The King's Speech losing Art Direction mean its a bit weak? At this point it will probably just win Picture, Actor, Screenplay, and perhaps director and score. Could The Social Network still upset? I'd be happy.
-Kirk Douglas-how charming..... good for him.
-Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo. 0/3 on my predix. If anyone doesn't know, she put some really weird ads out for herself. I guess they didn't stop her from winning. Drops the f-bomb. Guess there's a slight time delay. She's definitely a little weird, but obviously sincere and moved. Weird ending though......"selling motion pictures" a reference to her campaign??
-Animated Short: The Lost Thing! 1/4. Academy Member Marjorie Simpkin comes through! She gave me the inside info at the foreign film screening I saw.
-Animated Feature: Toy Story 3. 2/5.
-The opening is awesome!! Best moments: Morgan Freeman- "Alec likes me to narrate his dreams." Anne Hathaway doing her Boston accent in "The Fighter."
-Hmmm, connecting classic Hollywood to the current awards. Interesting, we'll see.
-Art Direction: Alice in Wonderland. 0/1 so far. Oops. I've heard this was just terrible. Anyone see it?
-Cinematography: Inception. 0/2 so far. Wow, when will Roger Deakins get his due? All those great Coen Brothers movies and not a win in sight.
-Nicole Kidman always classy and beautiful. I'm so glad she escaped from the grips of Scientology and Tom Cruise....
-Gwyneth Paltrow-looking like an Oscar!
-Christian Bale-not good facial hair.
-Natalie Portman. Barb quote: "Nice dress for a pregnant woman. She doesnt' have to show off her baby bump."
-James Franco....poised to become the most charming Oscar host ever? Discuss.
-Sandra Bullock looks good and seems really nice. She used to annoy me so much, but I have to say she has grown on me, although I'm still annoyed she won for The Blind Side last year.
-Annette and Warren, Hollywood royalty. Annette's dress is really nice and Warren is looking really old.
-Anne Hathaway looking beautiful in her Valentino. Barb's favorite dress so far.
-Reese Witherspoon looks great. Why hasn't she done anything interesting since Walk the Line? Perhaps Water for Elephants will be good.
-OK, the red carpet is fun and all, but I'm ready for some awards!!
-Cate Blanchett. One of my favorites. When is she giving her next great performance? Brave choice in dress.
-"The Mominees" speaking about their children. So great.
-Mark Ruffalo and wife Sunrise are a great couple. And they are friends with Julianne Moore in real life. Can I be friends with them too?
-Marisa Tomei is great as well and looking beautiful. What's she doing next? She was so great in The Wrestler.
-Amy Adams. Love her, but her dress is a little "matronly" (Emily's quote). Too many sequins.
-Jennifer Lawrence. Simple dress but she looks beautiful. Very far from the Ozarks....
-Kevin Spacey. I used to like him, but now I think he just seems sleazy. Anyone else?
-Russell Brand. "Subliminal erotic tension with Helen Mirren." I can't believe he didn't bring Katy Perry.
-Melissa Leo looking......terrible.
-I LOVE the PS22 chorus. What are they performing tonight? Over the Rainbow. Can't wait!
-Tim Gunn! This should make the 90 minutes red carpet coverage great.
-Mila Kunis is looking great, although it's definitely not hard for her.
-Hailee Steinfeld looking charming. Barb comment: "Nice appropriate dress." She seems very mature and
-Jesse Eisenberg doesn't have a TV and he's not on Facebook. Wow, that's pretty awesome.