Sunday, February 22, 2009

The Oscars- Wow, It Didn't Suck

Did you watch the 81st Annual Academy Awards? Probably not, but I did. And it actually was pretty entertaining. Yes, it was the same movies over and over again. And yes, most people who won the Golden Globes won at the Oscars. But they did their best to incorporate all the movies from 2008. And it was funny, unlike that snore called the Golden Globes.

A brief overview: Hugh Jackman, the host, did a funny job hosting, complete with song and dance at the beginning, pulling a “surprised” Anne Hathaway onto the stage to sing with him. Tina Fey and Steve Martin presented the screenwriting awards and they were hilarious, but come on, it’s Tina Fey. Who wasn’t expecting that? Jack Black made famous people feel uncomfortable. There was even a skit about the David Letterman incident starring Ben Stiller. Judd Apatow did a short film, kind of a parody of the Pineapple Express, nothing incredibly awesome, but creative. Jackman and Beyonce do a musical number with songs from movie musicals (“The Musical is back!”) Zac and Vanessa from High School Musical and Amanda Seyfried from Mamma Mia dance and sang along side them (*squee*). A winner did magic on stage, um, no comment. Will Smith presented! This year’s tribute was to Jerry Lewis. There was a boring/weird performance after the Original Score was announced; 11pm was not the greatest time slot for a long performance. They did the memorial to all those in the ‘biz who died over the year while Queen Latifa sang. Slumdog Millionaire won everything. Kate Winslet gave another babbling speech. Sean Penn said that the people of the Academy were “homo-loving, sons of guns.” Gay rights issue was a big deal at the Oscars this year with speeches during both Milk wins. And it didn’t end until midnight.

The main point is that the Oscars tried to shake things up a bit this year and I think it was a big hit. It was moving, it was funny, it was good TV. Maybe you should have watched it.

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Here’s who won:
Best Motion Picture of the Year
Winner: Slumdog Millionaire (2008) - Christian Colson

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Winner: Sean Penn for Milk (2008/I)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Winner: Kate Winslet for The Reader (2008)

Best Achievement in Directing
Winner: Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
Winner: Okuribito (2008)(Japan)

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song
Winner: Slumdog Millionaire (2008) - A.R. Rahman, Sampooran Singh Gulzar("Jai Ho")

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score
Winner: Slumdog Millionaire (2008) - A.R. Rahman

Best Achievement in Editing
Winner: Slumdog Millionaire (2008) - Chris Dickens

Best Achievement in Sound
Winner: Slumdog Millionaire (2008) - Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke, Resul Pookutty

Best Achievement in Sound Editing
Winner: The Dark Knight (2008) - Richard King

Best Achievement in Visual Effects
Winner: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) - Eric Barba, Steve Preeg, Burt Dalton, Craig Barron

Best Documentary, Short Subjects
Winner: Smile Pinki (2008) - Megan Mylan

Best Documentary, Features
Winner: Man on Wire (2008) - James Marsh, Simon Chinn

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Winner: Heath Ledger for The Dark Knight (2008)

Best Short Film, Live Action
Winner: Spielzeugland (2007) - Jochen Alexander Freydank

Best Achievement in Cinematography
Winner: Slumdog Millionaire (2008) - Anthony Dod Mantle
Best Achievement in Makeup
Winner: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) - Greg Cannom
Best Achievement in Costume Design
Winner: The Duchess (2008) - Michael O'Connor
Best Achievement in Art Direction
Winner: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) - Donald Graham Burt, Victor J. Zolfo
Best Short Film, Animated
Winner: Maison en petits cubes, La (2008) - Kunio Katô
Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
Winner: WALL·E (2008) - Andrew Stanton
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
Winner: Slumdog Millionaire (2008) - Simon Beaufoy
Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
Winner: Milk (2008/I) - Dustin Lance Black
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Winner: Penélope Cruz for Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)

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