And there it goes

Monday, February 28, 2011


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'.

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