Academy Award Winners!

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

Other Nominees:
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

Other Nominees:
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")

Other Nominees:
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

Other Nominees:
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

Other Nominees
: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

Other Nominees:
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

Other Nominees:
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

Other Nominees:
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

Other Nominees:
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)

Other Nominees:
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

Other Nominees:
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

Other Nominees:
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

Other Nominees:
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

Other Nominees:
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

Other Nominees:
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

Other Nominees:
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

Other Nominees:
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

Other Nominees:

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

Other Nominees:

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)

Other Nominees:
Ajami (Israel)

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

ther Nominees:

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

Other Nominees:
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

Other Nominees:
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

Other Nominees:

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. 

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