Monday, February 28, 2011

ConDRAGulations: 2011 Oscars Wrap-Up

Image courtesy of Oscar.com

And that's a wrap!

After 3 awkward hours and 11 laborious minutes, the 83rd Annual Academy Awards came to a close, in what was one of the most boring telecasts in recent memory.

Let's do a quick wrap-up of the ceremony and wish a hearty Condragulations to all the winners and the Oscar Prediction Contest champion!

First of all, the hosts. THE HOSTS! James Franco and Anne Hathaway started strong with their Inception spoof... and then it was all downhill from there. I have to give Anne an A+ for effort—she really pulled the weight for her and her co-host, and for the most part did an admirable job, especially in that singing "ode" to Hugh Jackman. And, of course, she looked gorgeous in every one of her 8 outfits. As for you, Mr. Franco... ugh. Bland, boring, disengaged and disappointing. Was he high? Did he think he was "too cool" to be excited or entertaining? He gets a big fat F, and I would like to have a Parent-Teacher Conference with his mother. We must talk about Jimmy's bad behavior and poor performance.

The show in general felt pretty awkward, though I must admit I laughed at the auto-tune montage and loved Celine's rendition of "Smile" during the In Memoriam segment. Special kudos go to Sandra Bullock, Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law for being engaging and charming presenters—any chance we can get them to host next year?

I also enjoyed the speeches of Original Screenplay winner David Seidler, Live Action Short Film winner Luke Matheny and Toy Story 3 creator Lee Unkrich.

And now, to review, the Oscars went to:
Best Picture: The King's Speech
Best Directing: Tom Hooper, The King's Speech
Best Actor in a Lead Role: Colin Firth, The King's Speech
Best Actress in a Lead Role: Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Christian Bale, The Fighter
Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Best Writing, Original Screenplay: The King's Speech (David Seidler)
Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay: The Social Network (Aaron Sorkin)
Best Animated Feature Film: Toy Story 3 
Best Foreign Language Film: In a Better World (Denmark)
Best Documentary Feature: Inside Job
Best Art Direction: Alice in Wonderland
Best Cinematography: Inception
Best Costume Design: Alice in Wonderland
Best Film Editing: The Social Network
Best Makeup: The Wolfman
Best Sound Editing: Inception
Best Sound Mixing: Inception
Best Visual Effects: Inception
Best Music, Original Score: The Social Network
Best Music, Original Song: "We Belong Together," Toy Story 3
Best Documentary Short Subject: Strangers No More
Best Short Film, Animated: The Lost Thing
Best Short Film, Live Action: God of Love

So much for a sweep for The King's Speech, huh? The winning film took away only four out of its 12 nominations, the same number as Inception. That was thanks in part to two well-deserved and surprising wins by Alice in Wonderland. The Social Network took home three Oscars, followed by Toy Story 3 and The Fighter with two each. True Grit, on the other hand, went home empty-handed after garnering 10 nominations.

That makes for 17 out of 24 correct predictions for me. Not too shabby!

As for the Please Welcome Your Judges 2011 Oscar Prediction Contest—the winner is Brian Robinson, who got a perfect score for accurately predicting the major nine categories and Natalie Portman's dress color (the gorgeous purple picture above).

And with that, dear readers, we say good-bye to another Oscar season. Did your favorites win? Did you hate James Franco as a host as much as I did? Who do you think should helm the Oscar ship next year? And how did you celebrate the "gay Super Bowl" last night? Sound off in the comments!
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