Here is the list of this years Oscar winners! The first time since 1943 that we've had 10 Best Pic nominees. My comments will follow each category in bold.
We started off with a musical number featuring Neil Patrick Harris. He was great hosting the Emmy's late last year, but cheesey Oscar songs are only good when they involve Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly in my opinion. Then we got some weird jokes by our hosts, Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin. Ok, I laughed at the Woody Harrelson one. Then they acknowledged nominee Christoph Waltz's role in 'Inglorious Basterds' as a Jew hunter..then they did a close up of the Coen Brothers. That was hilarious.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Winner: Christoph Waltz for Inglourious Basterds
Matt Damon for Invictus
Woody Harrelson for The Messenger
Christopher Plummer for The Last Station
Stanley Tucci for The Lovely Bones
Waltz wins and says "That's an Uber Bingo." Classic, no surprises here. He deserved it. I liked the clips they showed of the other performances. It makes me want to watch 'The Lovely Bones' again. Stanley Tucci is such a creep in it!
Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
WINNER:Up: Pete Docter
Coraline: Henry Selick
Fantastic Mr. Fox : Wes Anderson
The Princess and the Frog: John Musker, Ron Clements
The Secret of Kells: Tomm Moore
'Up' wins, again. No surprises here. I haven't seen 'Fantastic Mr. Fox yet, I want to. I loved 'Coraline.' I could've handled a Coraline Upset.
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song
WINNER:Crazy Heart: T-Bone Burnett, Ryan Bingham("The Weary Kind")
Faubourg 36: Reinhardt Wagner, Frank Thomas("Loin de Paname")
Nine: Maury Yeston("Take It All")
The Princess and the Frog: Randy Newman("Almost There")
The Princess and the Frog: Randy Newman("Down in New Orleans")
I'm 3 for 3! Again. No surprise here. T-Bone Burnett is a very acclaimed song writer and that song fit perfectly in 'Crazy Heart.'
Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
WINNER:The Hurt Locker: Mark Boal
Inglourious Basterds : Quentin Tarantino
The Messenger: Alessandro Camon, Oren Moverman
A Serious Man: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Up: Bob Peterson, Pete Docter, Thomas McCarthy
(500) Days of Summer sbould've been nominated. I still can't believe it didn't. I was hoping for 'Basterds' to win, but The Hurt Locker is on a roll. The clip they picked up for 'Up' made me sad. Did you see that movie? The first 15 mins were friggin heart breaking. I'm still gonna hope for my Basterds Best Pic win.
Best Short Film, Animated
WINNER: Logorama: Nicolas Schmerkin
:French Roast: Fabrice Joubert
Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty: Nicky Phelan, Darragh O'Connell
La dama y la muerte: Javier Recio Gracia
Wallace and Gromit in 'A Matter of Loaf and Death': Nick Park
I don't have much to say about this category. I didn't see any of the shorts. Nicolas Schmerkin's speech was cute though. The shorts/Documentary people always say amusing things.
Best Documentary, Short Subjects
WINNER: Music by Prudence (2010): Roger Ross Williams, Elinor Burkett
China's Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province: Jon Alpert, Matthew O'Neill
The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner: Daniel Junge, Henry Ansbacher
The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant: Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert
Królik po berlinsku: Bartosz Konopka, Anna Wydra
Hey! I saw Music By Prudence! Great for them, Roger Williams sounded really sincere, Elinor Burkett was annoying..let the man talk!!
Best Short Film, Live Action
WINNER:The New Tenants: Joachim Back, Tivi Magnusson
The Door: Juanita Wilson, James Flynn
Istället för abrakadabra: Patrik Eklund, Mathias Fjällström
Kavi: Gregg Helvey
Miracle Fish: Luke Doolan, Drew Bailey
Again, not much to say here. I didn't see the shorts. Congrats to the winners. I'm still trying to figure out what the hell Zoe Saldana is wearing
Best Achievement in Makeup
WINNER: Star Trek: Barney Burman, Mindy Hall, Joel Harlow
Il divo: Aldo Signoretti, Vittorio Sodano
The Young Victoria: John Henry Gordon, Jenny Shircore
Whoo! Star Trek!! Loved that film, which is funny because I couldn't stand the TV series. Easy call. These Oscars have been quite predictable so far.
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
WINNER: Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009): Geoffrey Fletcher
District 9: Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell
An Education: Nick Hornby
In the Loop: Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche
Up in the Air: Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner
Wow! I picked 'Up in the Air' for the win, but I'm so happy 'Precious' won. What a remarkable film, and that speech from Geoffrey Fletcher? That's raw emotion right there.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
WINNER:Mo'Nique for Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009)
Penélope Cruz for Nine
Vera Farmiga for Up in the Air
Maggie Gyllenhaal for Crazy Heart
Anna Kendrick for Up in the Air
Monique's speech made me teary. Then they cut to whatever the hell Samuel L Jackson was doing..anyways. This was another predictable cat, but another deserving one. I never thought I'd be saying "Academy Award Winner: Monique" But after seeing 'Precious', I feels right. I'm still hoping for my TeamGabby win in Best Actress!
Best Achievement in Art Direction
WINNER: Avatar (2009): Rick Carter, Robert Stromberg, Kim Sinclair
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus: David Warren, Anastasia Masaro, Caroline Smith
Nine: John Myhre, Gordon Sim
Sherlock Holmes: Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer
The Young Victoria: Patrice Vermette, Maggie Gray
'Avatar' wins, no surprise there. My friends decided they were going to take a shot every time Avatar wins, I said I'd take one for every time it loses. So far so...sober?
Best Achievement in Costume Design
WINNER: The Young Victoria: Sandy Powell
Bright Star: Janet Patterson
Coco avant Chanel: Catherine Leterrier
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus: Monique Prudhomme
Nine: Colleen Atwood
I got another one right! Young Victoria is no surprise, I was happy 'Bright Star' got a nom, because when the film first came out everyone called it "Oscar Gold", then it was forgotten. Sandy Powell's speech was snoody, but she's right about contemperary films not getting enough props.
--We saw a tribute to Horror movies in between these awards. More proof on how great they used to be (Exorcist, Carrie) and how lame they are now (Saw) But I have to say...WTF Twilight is NOT a horror movie! Shoving that in the same category as 'The Exorcist' is offensive..I'm just saying.
Best Achievement in Sound Editing
WINNER:The Hurt Locker: Paul N.J. Ottosson
Avatar: Christopher Boyes, Gwendolyn Yates Whittle
Inglourious Basterds: Wylie Stateman
Star Trek: Mark P. Stoeckinger, Alan Rankin
Up: Michael Silvers, Tom Myers
Another win for The Hurt Locker. I called it, and it looks like a shot for me due to Avatar losing. They started off of Morgan Freeman giving a voiceover (win) and he talked about The Dark Knight. Oh yeah, that movie that should've been nominated for 'Best Picture' last year. Way to show respect a little late, Academy.
Best Achievement in Sound Mixing
WINNER:The Hurt Locker: Paul N.J. Ottosson, Ray Beckett
Avatar: Christopher Boyes, Gary Summers, Andy Nelson, Tony Johnson
Inglourious Basterds: Michael Minkler, Tony Lamberti, Mark Ulano
Star Trek: Anna Behlmer, Andy Nelson, Peter J. Devlin
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Geoffrey Patterson
Another Hurt Locker win. It was funny how Ottosson had to run back on stage. Another shot for me. Thanks, Southern Comfort!
Best Achievement in Cinematography
WINNER: Avatar: Mauro Fiore
Das weisse Band - Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte: Christian Berger
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Bruno Delbonnel
The Hurt Locker: Barry Ackroyd
Inglourious Basterds: Robert Richardson
Boo..another win for Avatar. I wanted Harry Potter to win because well...I love Harry Potter. Deeply.
---Now we pay tribute to those who have passed. Such a sad moment. And I think they forgot Farrah Fawcett..just like in 08 when they forgot Brad Renfro---
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score
WINNER: Up: Michael Giacchino
Avatar: James Horner
Fantastic Mr. Fox: Alexandre Desplat
The Hurt Locker: Marco Beltrami, Buck Sanders
Sherlock Holmes: Hans Zimmer
They played parts of all the nominated scores and had dancers. They were all great (but they couldn't fit in the Best Orig song performances?) Anyways, Based on that dance..Fantastic Mr. Fox should've won. Up had the worst dance, but still won. But that doesn't matter, it had a great score..most animated flicks do.
Best Achievement in Visual Effects
WINNER: Avatar: Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham, Andy Jones
District 9: Dan Kaufman, Peter Muyzers, Robert Habros, Matt Aitken
Star Trek: Roger Guyett, Russell Earl, Paul Kavanagh, Burt Dalton
Easy win for Avatar. I think District 9 should've taken it. They had amazing visual on a 1/4 of Avatar's budget. Oh well, I can't deny that Avatar was visually stunning. At this point the show is going to go 30-45 mins over their timeslot. Are you surprised? I'm not. I still wish we could've seen the Best Orig song performances.
Best Documentary, Features
WINNER: The Cove (2009): Louie Psihoyos, Fisher Stevens
Burma VJ: Reporter i et lukket land: Anders Østergaard, Lise Lense-Møller
Food, Inc.: Robert Kenner, Elise Pearlstein
The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers: Judith Ehrlich, Rick Goldsmith
Which Way Home: Rebecca Cammisa
Not surprising here, alot of people thought it was going to win. I thought Food Inc might steal...oh look. Tyler Perry
Best Achievement in Editing
WINNER: The Hurt Locker (2008): Bob Murawski, Chris Innis
Avatar: Stephen E. Rivkin, John Refoua, James Cameron
District 9: Julian Clarke
Inglourious Basterds: Sally Menke
Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire: Joe Klotz
Inglorious Basters should've won...I'm just sayin'. Another win for The Hurt Locker, good for them. The winner of Editing usually wins Best Pic. Another shot for me, suck it Avatar! By the way has anyone noticed the ceiling of the Kodak Theater? With the sparkling lights..beautiful.
Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
WINNER:El secreto de sus ojos (Argentina)
Das weisse Band - Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte (Germany)
Un prophète (France)
La teta asustada (Peru)
Was? Nein weisse bande?? Schade!!! Blasphemie!! Yeah, I'm German. And Bias. I can't belive White Ribbon didn't win, I jinxed myself by saying how good I was doing on my picks..Now I got 5 wrong. Es ist meine schuld.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
WINNER:Jeff Bridges for Crazy Heart
George Clooney for Up in the Air
Colin Firth for A Single Man
Morgan Freeman for Invictus
Jeremy Renner for The Hurt Locker
They brought back the 5 presenters, only instead of last year it being previous nominees it was people they had once worked with. That was classy. Tim Robbins was hilarious and feel a little embarrased for Jeremy Renner (SWAT? I bet you wan't to forget it) But Bridges winning was no surprise, he deserves it. He owned 'Crazy Heart'. I think it's his best performance to date.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
WINNER: Sandra Bullock for The Blind Side
Helen Mirren for The Last Station
Carey Mulligan for An Education
Gabourey Sidibe for Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
Meryl Streep for Julie & Julia
Oscar Fail. The Blind Side was not that great of a movie, Sandra's performance was mediocre, but since she's "America's Sweetheart" she wins. This is alot like Julia Roberts winning for Erin Brockovich. I wanted Gaborey Sidibe to win, the predictability of all this is kinda sad. Oh well, Sandra's speech was at least touching. Glad she acknowledged her fellow nominees. She was genuinly grateful
Best Achievement in Directing
WINNER:Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker
James Cameron for Avatar
Lee Daniels for Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
Jason Reitman for Up in the Air
Quentin Tarantino for Inglourious Basterds
Again, predictable but awesome for Bigelow. She deserved it. Hurt Locker is on a roll! I would've liked Daniels, Tarantino or Reitman for the win, but Bigelow is great. First female director to win an Oscar. How deserving! James Cameron is crying inside.
Best Motion Picture of the Year
WINNER: The Hurt Locker (: Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Nicolas Chartier, Greg Shapiro
Avatar: James Cameron, Jon Landau
The Blind Side: Gil Netter, Andrew A. Kosove, Broderick Johnson
District 9: Peter Jackson, Carolynne Cunningham
An Education : Finola Dwyer, Amanda Posey
Inglourious Basterds: Lawrence Bender
Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire: Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness, Gary Magness
A Serious Man: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Up: Jonas Rivera
Up in the Air: Daniel Dubiecki, Ivan Reitman, Jason Reitman
Wow! I did not see that coming.. They thanked our Troops, that was nice. The 3 actors looked so happy.
Thanks for reading!