So, I'm in Texas, trying to occupy my time with anything at all and it occurs to me that hell, I can write an Oscar wrap-up for work since I did the bulk of the pre-Oscar stuff. Yeah, I'm off the clock, but it beats doing nothing.
those of you who read my blog and have become accustomed to a certain
style, you'll forgive the occasional cheesy line.
The 82nd Academy Awards started with big laughs and ended with history being made.
Hurt Locker,"Kathryn Bigelow’s tense drama about a bomb disposal unit
in Iraq took home Oscar’s top prize Sunday night. The film led the
Oscar count with six wins including a historic first.
Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to earn an Academy Award for Best Director. The
honor of first female ever to win a Best Director statue hould have
been Jane Campion or Kimberly Pierce for their fierce efforts in the
'90's, but that's neither here nor there.
"Avatar" came away from
the Kodak theatre with its share of Oscar gold, though. James wasn't
king of the world, but he was king of the post-house as his eye-candy
"epic" snatched up trophies for Art Direction, Cinematography and Visual
categories turned out the way most film critics (including this one)
foretold. (Because critics are like prophets.) Mo’Nique won an Oscar
for playing the creepiest mother ever in "Precious."
Christoph Waltz won his well-deserved uber-Bingo Oscar for playing Inglourious Basterds’ cheerfully sadistic Jew Hunter.
predicted, Sandra Bullock and Jeff Bridges won the popularity contests,
otherwise known as the Best Actress and Best Actor Oscars for The Blind
Side and Crazy Heart, respectively.
not begrudging Bridges his statue, even though, out of the five
nominees at least, Colin Firth should have taken it home. Bridges has
done so much overlooked work that he deserves a lifetime achievement
award. Most notably for "The Fisher King" and "The Big Lebowski."
were a couple of surprises. Michael Haneke’s The White Ribbon was
considered by many a lock to win an Oscar for Foreign Language Film.
Haneke has long been admired for in the film community, both here and in
Europe. It looked like his haunting tale of ritualistic punishment and
a series of mysterious tragedies in a small town in pre-WWI Germany was
one of the night’s foregone conclusions.
The honour, however, went to Juan José Campanella’s The Secret in Their Eyes from Argentina. Another
surprise was seeing Quentin Tarantino going home empty-handed. Most
were expecting him to take home an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. One
disappointment was that Neill Blomkamp’s District 9, absolutely
scalding condemnation of the way entities ‘help’ refugees, went home
empty handed.It’s one of the best films that was political criticism disguised as sci-fi since Invasion of
the Body Snatchers and The Day the Earth Stood Still. But since it’s
not your typical Oscar film, the fact that it was nominated at all is
something to be grateful for.
going home without a single prize was Lone Scherfig’s simple and
elegant "An Education." And that was a shame because "An Education,"
simple as it was, was one of the most honest and moving films of the
My heart was broken at how this young girl was taken in by this
sleazy Cassonova, but Sarsgaard is so damn charming, we can see why
young Jenny fell for him.
For my money, Mulligan should have
taken the statue home and Sarsgaard should have at least been nominated,
but I rarely get what I wish for when it comes to the Academy Awards.
The broadcast had other highlights other than the awards themselves. In
a moving tribute to ‘80s iconic filmmaker John Hughes, actors from his
film came up on state to share stories about how he helped shape their
careers and lives. It was a surprisingly sad and funny eulogy to one of
the many stars lost last year. Now, it’s time to move onward. For most, this means looking forward to the long line of blockbusters Hollywood is getting ready to parade out for us.
for this film snob, since flying out to Southern France and spending
eleven days in cinematic heaven isn’t really practical, I’m going to be
spending the next few months reading about international and independent
films making their premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May. There is so much coming soon to theatres near us. Let’s get going! Allons-y!