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The Academy Awards!!!

February 28, 2011

Greetings CBC readers! How did you all enjoy the Oscars last night? Well, according to the blogosphere, there were lots of hits and also lots of misses, and that’ not just with the fashion. While the winners were predictable the actual show was, well…a bit random at times. We’ll dive into that in a bit, but let’s begin with the fashions on the red carpet.

CBC’s Oscar Dress WINS:

1) Amy Adams

Amy Adams was by far my favorite dress of the night. It looked like a swimming night sky and the pops of green jewelry made it even better.

2) Hailee Steinfeld

Teeny bopper looked stunning and thankfully age appropriate (coughMileyCyruscough) in this lovely number she actually helped design.

3) Scarlett Johansson

A lot of folks are saying this dress was a bit casual for the formality of Oscar evening. I don’t disagree, especially with the hair. I think perhaps if she’d done herself up a bit more the whole look could be fancied. I still lurve the dress.

4) Natalie Portman

If you’re gonna have a bump when you win an Oscar, this is how you do it. Much better than the GG gown; I thought she looked lovely. I do wish everything hadn’t been so matchy matchy though (purple earrings, clutch and shoes?) Perhaps if she threw some gold shoes in there to coordinate with the gold touch of the earrings? I also don’t like how the dress front is lifted so that we can see her feets. I think that’s a little informal and, well odd. But I understand, mamas gotta walk.

5) Jennifer Lawrence

Ok, ok, she kind of looks like she just walk off of the set of Baywatch: A Very Special Oscar Episode, and it’s a little simple, and a little informal. But DAMN.

CBC’s Oscar Dress “Eh’s”

1) Sandra Bullock

Love the color and the fabric. hate the butt bump and the neckline. Kudos for her graciously answering the following dumbass red carpet question: “How has motherhood changed your approach to acting?” Seriously, would a man have gotten that question?

2) Mila Kunis

There are parts of this I really like. The color, the flow factor. But it’s all a little lingerie-like for the occasion.

3) Reese Witherspoon


4) Cate Blanchett

I…don’t really know what to do with this one here. I love the color and the flow factor yet again. I even almost like the structure of the shoulder thingy and the big boob circle. But then there’s the X back and these mustard pellets dripping everywhere. Eh…

5) Gwyneth Paltrow

I know this one made a lot of the Best Dressed lists but…eh. I LOVE the fabric, it really does look like dripping gold. I HATE the top. I wish it has been some sort of strapless thing. LOVE the little hip brooch. HATE the stick straight hair

CBC’s Oscar Dress FAILS!:

1) Nicole Kidman

Ya know how when you go to a hotel and the maid comes in to clean and she makes the toilet paper have this little flap on it? It’s kind of like that, only with embroidery.

2) Melissa Leo

Big table cloth meets Star Trek convention?? More on her win later.

3) Jennifer Hudson

J Hud, your new bod looks great girl, but your dress does not, especially with the prom hair. I half expected Tim Gunn to declare that you looked like a giant Red Lobster.

Finally in fashion, I think Anne Hathaway looked really fabulous in all of her gowns. I didn’t much like her poofy red carpet number, but the gowns throughout the show were really fabulous. I especially loved the red and blue gowns below.  I also like EW’s take here.

Now, moving on to that actual show, a lot of anticipation surrounded the Oscars for the past few weeks with regard to hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway. They were supposed to bring a young, hip and fresh view to the hosting duties. After her bit with Hugh Jackman a couple of years ago, I had high hopes for Anne, but I didn’t really know what to expect of James. My ultimate conclusion: James Franco was stoned out of his wits, stiff, boring and unprofessional. In attempt to make up for her co-hosts disinterest, Anne Hathaway’s enthusiasm came off as over zealous and cheesy. Thank you Anne for showing up and trying. And James, I think everyone’s figured out the real reason you keep going back to college.

The Opening Bit:

Watch it here.

Ok so, I actually thought the opening bit was the best part of their co-hosting duties throughout the night. heck, it was the most James Franco was awake and attentive the whole evening too. Taking it’s premise from Inception, Anne and James scoured other Best Picture nominees for Alec Baldwin, trapped inside his his own dreams. Highlights included an Ambien juice drink and Morgan Freeman narration. I only wish they had included Toy Story 3! How cute would it have been for a little animated James and Anne showing up at Sunnyside??

Yet, the whole opening “number” ended randomly with a Back to the Future bit. Don’t get me wrong, I do love me some Back to the Future, but…why exactly did they have to take the Deloren to the Oscars??? That was only the beginning of the “random films featured throughout the evening” trend they had going on throughout the night. With clips of Gone with the Wind, The Lord of the Rings and some Bob Hope thrown in, the whole broadcast seemed to want to pay homage to random winners from past years, but the whole thing just came off looking out of touch with this years nominees. Did they find time for those random tributes by scrapping the usual intros and clip segments for each Best Picture nominee? It seems to have been so, much to their detriment.

Best Moments of the Night:

James Franco’s grandmom exclaiming, “I just saw Marky Mark!”

-How adorable was the little Oscar statue sized Mad Hatter hat made by the Art Direction winners from Alice in Wonderland?

Kirk Douglas: Comedy gold. At first I felt bad for him, thinking,  “Why are they making this poor old man present?!” But I soon realized he knew exactly what he was doing, and milked it for all it was worth.

Christina Bale winning Best Supporting Actor. Seize the Day Cowboy Jack!! I also loved when he acknowledged his own potty mouth, ”Melissa [Leo], I’m not going to drop the F-bomb like she did, I’ve done that plenty before.”

-Luke Matheny won Best Live Action Short Film  for God of Love, which was apparently his NYU Thesis film (dear god I have to do something with my life). His huge fro accompanied his humorous one liner:  ”Oh, I should’ve gotten a haircut.”

-I actually like that they asked the audience not to clap during the “In Memoriam” segment. While it is a popularity contest, it shouldn’t have to be.

Weirdest and Worst Moments of the night:

-I’m not yer sure how I feel about Melissa Leo’s whole shtick. On the one hand, if I were her and had been acting as long as she had and was finally getting the recognition, I’d probably be acting the same way. On the other hand, I feel like her behavior this whole process has been really premeditated and fake. I even feel like her “accidental” F-Bomb drop was completely planned. Then she stole Kirk Douglas’ cane, which was kind of funny.

-Why did Javier Bardem and Josh Brolin look like ice cream scoopers who work for Orville Reddinbocker?

-The “Year of the Musical” auto-tuning segment was just plain awful. Is the auto-tuning everything trend over yet??

-Speaking of music, was it not odd that they split up the performances of Best Original Song? It made the show seem very fragmented.

-Speaking of the Best Original Song presentation, what…the hell…was up with Jennifer Hudson? This woman won an Oscar a few years ago?!! She has about as much personality as an amoeba. She couldn’t even read a teleprompter with any inflection, let alone act well enough to win an Oscar. No wonder Dreamgirls put me to sleep.

To close, let’s take a look at the winners list shall we? I’ll put a star next to those I accurately predicted.

127 Hours
Black Swan
The Fighter
The Kids Are All Right
WINNER: The King’s Speech
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter’s Bone

Javier Bardem, Biutiful
Jeff Bridges, True Grit
Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
WINNER: Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
James Franco, 127 Hours

Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone
WINNER: Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine

Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
Joel & Ethan Coen, True Grit
David Fincher, The Social Network
WINNER: Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech
David O. Russell, The Fighter

“Coming Home,” Country Strong, Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey
“I See the Light,” Tangled, Alan Menken, Glenn Slater
“If I Rise,” 127 Hours, A.R. Rahman, Dido, Rollo Armstrong
WINNER: “We Belong Together,” Toy Story 3, Randy Newman

127 Hours, Jon Harris
Black Swan, Andrew Weisblum
The Fighter, Pamela Martin
The King’s Speech, Tariq Anwar
WINNER: The Social Network, Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter

Alice in Wonderland, Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1, Tim Burke, John Richardson, Christian Manz and Nicolas Aithadi
Hereafter, Michael Owens, Bryan Grill, Stephan Trojanski and Joe Farrell
WINNER: Inception, Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb
Iron Man 2, Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright and Daniel Sudick

Exit Through the Gift Shop, Banksy and Jaimie D’Cruz
Gasland, Josh Fox and Trish Adlesic
WINNER: Inside Job, Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs
Restrepo, Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger
Waste Land, Lucy Walker and Angus Aynley

The Confession, Tanel Toom
The Crush, Michael Creagh
WINNER: God of Love, Luke Matheny
Na Wewe, Ivan Goldschmidt
Wish 143, Ian Barnes and Samantha Waite

Killing in the Name (Nominees TBD)
Poster Girl (Nominees (TBD)
WINNER: Strangers No More, Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon
Sun Come Up, Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzger
The Warriors of Qiugang, Ruby Yang and Thomas Lenno

WINNER: Alice in Wonderland, Colleen Atwood
I Am Love, Antonella Cannarozzi
The King’s Speech, Jenny Beaven
The Tempest, Sandy Powell
True Grit, Mary Zophres

Barney’s Version, Adrien Morot
The Way Back, Eduoard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk, Yolanda Toussieng
WINNER: The Wolfman, Rick Baker and Dave Elsey

WINNER: Inception, Richard King
Toy Story 3, Tom Myers and Michael Silvers
TRON: Legacy, Gwendolyn Yates Whittle and Addison Teague
True Grit, Skip Lievsay and Craig Berkey
Unstoppable, Mark P. Stoeckinger

WINNER: Inception, Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo, and Ed Novick
The King’s Speech, Paul Hamblin, Martin Jensen, and John Midgley
Salt, Jeffrey J. Haboush, Greg P. Russell, Scott Millan, and William Sarokin
The Social Network, Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick, and Mark Weingarten
True Grit, Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff, and Peter F. Kurland

127 Hours, A.R. Rahman
How to Train Your Dragon, John Powell
Inception, Hans Zimmer
The King’s Speech, Alexandre Desplat
WINNER: The Social Network, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

WINNER: Christian Bale, The Fighter
John Hawkes, Winter’s Bone
Jeremy Renner, The Town
Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right
Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech

Hors la Loi (Outside the Law) (Algeria)
Incendies (Canada)
WINNER: In a Better World (Denmark)
Dogtooth (Greece)
Biutiful (Mexico)

Another Year, written by Mike Leigh
The Fighter, Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson; 
Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson
Inception, written by Christopher Nolan
The Kids Are All Right, written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg
WINNER: The King’s Speech, Screenplay by David Seidler

127 Hours, Screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy
WINNER: The Social Network, Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin*
Toy Story 3, Screenplay by Michael Arndt; Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich
True Grit, written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
Winter’s Bone, adapted for the screen by Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini

How to Train Your Dragon
The Illusionist
WINNER: Toy Story 3

Day & Night, Teddy Newton
The Gruffalo, Jakob Schuh and Max Lang
Let’s Pollute, Geefwee Boedoe
WINNER: The Lost Thing, Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann
Madagascar, Carnet de Voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary), Bastien Dubois

Amy Adams, The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter, The King’s Speech
WINNER: Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit
Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom

Black Swan, Matthew Libatique
WINNER: Inception, Wally Pfister
The King’s Speech, Danny Cohen
The Social Network, Jeff Cronenweth
True Grit, Roger Deakins

WINNER: Alice in Wonderland, Robert Stromberg, Karen O’Hara
Happy Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1, Stuart Craig, Stephenie McMillan
Inception, Guy Hendrix Dyas, Larry Dias, Doug Mowat
The King’s Speech, Eve Stewart, Judy Farr
True Grit, Jess Gonchor, Nancy Haigh

I’m truly glad that The King’s Speech beat out The Social Network not only for Best Picture but also for Best Director. Though I am really kind of sad that Inception didn’t take home Best Original Screenplay. Though the biggest YAY of the night goes to Colin Firth for his amazing performance in TKS. He truly deserved it and rightfully won.

That’s all for now folks. Until next time!

One Comment leave one →
  1. Steph permalink
    February 28, 2011 6:36 pm

    Great post! I feel like Inception not winning for original screenplay was just a matter of timing — that this was the year David Seidler FINALLY got to see his movie made after…what, like 50 years! That, and the writing on that movie (IMHO) is just SO tight!

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