What goes, you ask? The end of the Oscars of course, and with it the end of award season. :( Always sad when that happens. I very much enjoyed the ceremony. It ran till 1.30 am in my country and I had to get up four hours later, but who really cares? Only once a year the most important Hollywood night is on the calender.
(Yes, people who didn't watch; that's James Franco on the right)
Did anyone else totally see that joke coming? About the hosts, everyone's saying how dissapointing they were. I honestly didn't think they were that bad. But not much can dissapoint when you don't have ANY expectations. They could've been better, but they got a couple smirks out of me.
The results of the night:
Best Motion Picture of the Year Black Swan The Fighter Inception The Kids are All Right The King’s Speech - WINNER The Social Network 127 Hours Toy Story 3 True Grit Winter’s Bone
I was biting my nails during the last minutes of the ceremony. The two most likely to win were 'The King's Speech' and 'The Social Network', which accidentally also happened to be my pick for favorite and least favorite respectively. I knew TKS was the front-runner after they won Best Director, but you never know. I was so happy when they won! (Luckily for the Academy, I can now continue watching lol). So they do have good taste!
Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Annette Bening (The Kids are All Right) Nicole Kidman (Rabbit Hole) Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone) Natalie Portman (Black Swan) - WINNER Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine
No surprises there.
Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Javier Bardem (Biutiful) Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) - WINNER James Franco (127 Hours) Jeff Bridges (True Grit)
Yeah, what else is new. Was it just me, or was he tremendously nervous when giving his speech? Did I hear a little stammer?
Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Christian Bale (The Fighter) - WINNER John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone) Jeremy Renner (The Town) Mark Ruffalo (The Kids are All Right) Geoffrey Rush (The King’s Speech)
As predicted (by everyone)
Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Amy Adams (The Fighter) Helena Bonham Carter (The King’s Speech) Melissa Leo (The Fighter) - WINNER Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom)
Wow, the four acting categories were all very predictable this year. Not that I'm complaining; they did deserve it. Still, where are the days when winners actually surprised us?
Best Animated Feature Film of the Year How to Train Your Dragon The Illusionist Toy Story 3 - WINNER
Best Documentary Short Subject Killing in the Name Poster Girl Strangers No More - WINNER Sun Come Up The Warriors of Qiugang
Best Short Film (Animated) Day & Night The Gruffalo Let’s Pollute The Lost Thing - WINNER Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary)
Best Short Film (Live Action) The Confession The Crush God of Love - WINNER Na Wewe Wish 143
Achievement in Art Direction Alice in Wonderland - WINNER Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 Inception The King’s Speech True Grit
Achievement in Cinematography Black Swan Inception - WINNER The King’s Speech The Social Network True Grit
Achievement in Costume Design Alice in Wonderland - WINNER I Am Love The King’s Speech The Tempest True Grit
Achievement in Directing Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) David O. Russell (The Fighter) Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) - WINNER David Fincher (The Social Network) Joel and Ethan Coen (True Grit)
Bit of a surprise to me as Fincher was in favor to win. Tom Hooper was a right choice though; it was obviously not Fincher's night.
Best Documentary Feature Exit through the Gift Shop Gasland Inside Job - WINNER Restrepo Waste Land
Liked the little shout-out before the speech.
Achievement in Makeup Barney’s Version The Way Back The Wolfman - WINNER
Cate Blanchett: "That's gross." Haha, gotta love the woman. The top and rear of her dress are questionable though.
Achievement in Film Editing Black Swan The Fighter The King’s Speech 127 Hours The Social Network - WINNER
Best Foreign Language Film of the Year Biutiful (Mexico) Dogtooth (Greece) In a Better World (Denmark) - WINNER Incendies (Canada) Hors la Loi (Algeria)
Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score) How to Train Your Dragon Inception The King’s Speech 127 Hours The Social Network - WINNER
Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song)
“Coming Home” from Country Strong
“I See the Light” from Tangled
“If I Rise” from 127 Hours
“We Belong Together” from Toy Story 3 - WINNER
Achievement in Sound Editing Inception - WINNER Toy Story 3 TRON: Legacy True Grit Unstoppable
Achievement in Sound Mixing Inception - WINNER The King’s Speech Salt The Social Network True Grit
Achievement in Visual Effects Alice in Wonderland Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Hereafter Inception - WINNER Iron Man 2
Adapted Screenplay 127 Hours (Simon Beaufoy and Danny Boyle) The Social Network (Aaron Sorkin) - WINNER Toy Story 3 (Michael Arndt, story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich) True Grit (Joel Coen and Ethan Coen) Winter’s Bone (Debra Granik and Anne Rossellini)
Original Screenplay Another Year (Mike Leigh) The Fighter (Paul Attanasio, Lewis Colich, Eric Johnson, Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy) Inception (Christopher Nolan) The Kids are All Right (Stuart Blumberg and Lisa Cholodenko) The King’s Speech (David Seidler) - WINNER
So with a little math work:
THE KINGS SPEECH: 4 wins
INCEPTION: 4 wins
SOCIAL NETWORK: 3 wins
THE FIGHTER: 2 wins
ALICE IN WONDERLAND: 2 wins
TOY STORY 3: 2 wins
BLACK SWAN: 1 win
Looks about right. 'The King's Speech' was the big winner and took away the most important Oscars (director, actor, screenplay, picture); Inception took the technical wins (cinematography, sound editing, sound mixing and visual effects); 'The Social Network' took the "allright-have-a-few" Oscars :p (music, film editing, adapted screenplay)
'True Grit', which was nominated in 10 (!) categories went home empty-handed. As did 'The Kids are All Right' and '127 hours'.