Multiple Oscar winners:
- Inception: 4
- The King’s Speech: 4
- The Social Network: 3
- Alice in Wonderland: 2
- The Fighter: 2
- Toy Story 3: 2
For those who are unfamiliar with me doing this, you can find previous year’s Oscarblogging at:
Updates will be (mostly) placed at the end, so scroll down.
By popular request: as with previous years, I’ve got a live chat group going. If you’ve got AIM (or .Mac, or anything similar) join us at: backupbrainchat. Instructions:
For Mac OS X:
- Logon to any iChat account (AIM, Me.com, or .Mac)
- Select File > Go to Chat Room
- In the Go to Chat Room dialog, fill in backupbrainchat for the room name and click Go
- If you don’t already have it, go to AOL.com and download AIM, and do what’s necessary to get a screenname (AIM is free and you don’t need to have an AOL account to use it)
- Launch AIM
- Choose People > Send Chat Invitation…
- Invite doriasmith to join you in the room backupbrainchat—you’ll be transferred into the room instantaneously.
And we’re off…
Anne Hathway and James Franco start off with some cute bits of them inserted into the best pictures nominees.
I’m still trying to decide if I love or hate Anne’s dress. The opening witty banter is fairly blah; it’s mostly focused on how dumb James can be, Anne’s mom, and James’s grandmother.
A quick look at Gone with the Wind, which mostly shows off how cool the staging is. Tom Hanks comes out to introduce the first two awards.
The first award, for Art Direction, goes to Alice in Wonderland, production design: Robert Stromberg; set decoration: Karen O’Hara.
I’ve seen four of the five Cinematography nominees, and none of them struck me as having particularly impressive photography. The Oscar goes to Wally Pfister for Inception.
Kirk Douglas is introduced as a living legend, and what’s rare in Hollywood: he actually is. He’s giving the award for Best Supporting Actress (Christoph Waltz—last year’s best supporting actor—is busy filming on site elsewhere). After some stretching out to panic the nominees, the award goes to Melissa Leo for The Fighter. First time I’ve seen someone get bleeped at the awards!
Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake come out to give the best animated feature and short awards. Yes, “there’s an app for that” has entered the vernacular. The winners of best animated short are Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann for The Lost Thing.
For animated feature, well, has a non-Pixar film ever won against a Pixar film? Of course, it goes to Toy Story 3.
Josh Brolin and Javier Bardem come on stage to give the writing awards. I’m rooting for Aaron Sorkin for The Social Network—and he wins! I’ve always thought of Sorkin as an amazing writer, and while this isn’t the best thing he’s ever written, it’s good to see him get recognition.
The best original screenplay Oscar goes to David Seidler for The King’s Speech Nice bit there about the film giving stutterers a voice—an including himself.
Anne comes out wearing a tuxedo and sings about how she was supposed to do a duet with Hugh Jackman, but he backed out. James then comes out wearing a dress, and no, he does not look as good in his outfit as Anne does in hers.
Russell Brand and Helen Mirren come out to give the best foreign language film award, which goes to In a Better World from Denmark.
Reese Witherspoon comes out to give the best supporting actor award, as MoÃNique (last year’s best supporting actress) refused to participate. Reese looked like hell at previous Oscars, so it’s nice to see her looking classy this year. The winner is Christian Bale for The Fighter.
The president of the Academy and the president of ABC/Disney come out to announce that it will stay on ABC. Does anyone care?
Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman (Anne: “the Wolver to my Rine”) come out to give the original score award. Quickie medley of Star Wars, ET, and West Side Story (an odd combination). The award goes to Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for The Social Network. Once again, I have to say that “Academy Award-winner Trent Reznor” is always going to sound bizarre to me.
Scarlett Johanssen and Matthew MacConaghey come out to give the sounds awards. The sound mixing Oscar goes to Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo and Ed Novick for Inception, and the sound editing award to Richard King for Inception. For those keeping track, that puts Inception in the lead with 3 (note: the count of multiple award winners is at the top of this post).
Marissa Tomei comes out in a lovely dress to (very briefly) talk about the Sci Tech awards.
Cate Blanchett comes out wearing something that looks like it was designed by a third grader. Is it a dress, or a pantsuit? Either way, it’s just weird. The best makeup Oscar goes to Rick Baker and Dave Elsey for The Wolfman. As with Pixar earlier, has anyone ever won against Rick Baker? Next up is the costume design award, which goes to Colleen Atwood for Alice in Wonderland. I’m surprised; I thought it would go to The King’s Speech or True Grit.
Cute little man on the street video montage of people asked about their favorite best song award winners. Obama’s right: As Time Goes By has to be up there. Kevin Spacey come out to introduce the first best song nominee, Randy Newman. Wait, are they doing them one smack after the other? That’s weird—it’s not really working for me. Ah, okay, it’s just the first two right now.
Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal come out to give the best short Oscars. The best short documentary award goes to Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon for Strangers No More, and the best short live action film award goes to Luke Matheny for God of Love. You gotta love a guy who thanks his mom for doing craft services on his film.
A tribute to auto-tune? Kill me now. Anne’s fourth(?) dress (with the swaying fringe) looks great, and Anne and James introduce Oprah, who gives the best documentary Oscar. The award goes to Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs for Inside Job—sorry people, no Banksy. Tom says that that sound you hear is a million people adding Inside Job to their Netflix queue.
Billy Crystal comes out to make me—and, I suspect, a lot of other people—wish that he was still hosting. His tribute to Bob Hope was sweet.
Robert Downey Jr. and Jude law give the best visual awards. Downey could have looked better. Honestly, a tux without a bow tie just ain’t a tux, and would it have hurt to have shaved? The visual effects Oscar goes to Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb for Inception, its fourth. Tom says that winning all the tech awards is Inception’s consolation prize, and he expects it get shut out of the top awards. The best editing Oscar goes to Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter for The Social Network.
Tom says to mention that the bit about Downey’s 2000 bust in a hotel with cocaine and a hooker dressed as Wonder Woman? All true.
Anne’s fifth outfit—a red beaded gown—is amazing. Jennifer Hundson, also looking good, announces the last two best song performances. The best original song winner is Randy Newman for We Belong Together from Toy Story 3. Tom and I both thought he’d won a dozen times already, but no: he’s been nominated 20 times, but this was only his second win.
The “in memoriam” montage is lovely, and having Halle Berry do a particular tribute to Lena Horne was touching. I could have done without Celine Dion, though. When “inoffensive” is the best thing you can say about someone…
All that’s left now is the big four.
Anne, in amazing outfit #5, introduces Hilary Swank, who introduces Katherine Bigelow (last year’s best director winner). Together, they give the best director Oscar, and the winner is Tom Hooper for The King’s Speech.
Annette Bening comes out to introuduce the Governor’s awards, including Coppola winning the Thalberg. As Bening played a lesbian in The Kids Are All Right this year, it was apparently necessary that as soon as she came onstage, the show had to cut to her husband, Warren Beatty.
Jeff Bridges announces the nominees for best actress, and yes, I know that his whole bit is scripted, but his appreciation of each of them seems completely heart-felt. The Oscar, as I expected, goes to Natalie Portman for Black Swan. Tom and I both noticed that, despite having done three films with him, she didn’t thank George Lucas (and I can completely understand why).
Sandra Bullock comes out to give the best actor award. Her dress is so amazing that it looks good even with a butt-bow. The Oscar goes to Colin Firth for The King’s Speech. Hell, I pasted that in before she even opened the envelope, but you know what? He really deserved it.
Anne Hathaway (in her first dud dress of the night) and James Franco seem over-the-top happy to introduce Steven Spielberg, who gives the Oscar for best picture. I don’t know that I’ll ever get used to this idea of having ten best picture nominees. Tom disagrees with my opinion of Anne’s dress, although he likes the idea of her removing it immediately.
Drumroll… and the Oscar goes to The King’s Speech. Tom says he’s shocked, but I’m not—as I said, I thought it really was that good.
And we end with an over-the-top (both cutesy and cheesy) gaggle of fifth graders who traveled 3000 miles to sing Over the Rainbow. Being joined at the very end by all the winners, though, is a nice bit.
Tom and I are now disagreeing about whether the big winner of the night is Harvey Weinstein and his ability to run an Oscar campaign (Tom) or the Academy’s long-time love for British costume dramas (me). Either way, it works out to The King’s Speech winning four well-deserved Oscars.