This post might be a little long because this will be my last post regarding this year’s Oscars season. This blog is fairly new (nearly one month old), but I have made lots of posts regarding this year’s movie award season. But…there’s something else. This is the first year I’ve REALLY followed the Award season. I mean, I’ve always loved the Oscars…but I’ve usually been more of a casual observer than a serious analyzer. Last year, my interest in the Oscars grew with the release of such movies as Precious, Avatar and The Blind Side. But this year, truly, I’ve become really invested in the awards…mostly because the Oscar bait movies of this year have been SO good!
I think the biggest thing I learned is that Awards are crazy political. And I don’t mean “political” as in “liberal vs. conservative”, I mean political as in “movie studios campaign like crazy”. And the campaigning actually pays off. I don’t mean to offend anyone, because The King’s Speech is a really beautiful movie…but Harvey Weinstein played the game…and it paid off. The King’s Speech walked away, not only with Oscars for Picture, Direction and Writing…but also all the Guild awards (except the WGA because it wasn’t eligible). But…if you’re going to become fully invested in these awards, that’s something you gotta accept. And that’s OK. I guess in a way it makes this whole race a little more exciting. I think the Oscars are a decent balance of ”politics and actual talent”.
But, anyway, enough about that. Let’s talk about the actual ceremony. I think you all should read my live blog of it from that night. It’s a quick, snappy easy read that really details most of my thoughts on the wins and presenters. So…read it!
But, quickly…how did Anne and James do? I have to mostly agree with the general consensus. Anne Hathaway was stronger than James Franco. She was lively and energetic. She sang well (although her moment was weirdly interrupted by James Franco walking on stage wearing a dress. Why?) James, well, he looked weird. Awkward. Very nervous. There was SO much hype surrounding this ceremony. It seemed like people either thought they’d be amazing, or completely bomb. And, with the fact that he was a nominee, I think James just had so much pressure on him.
But, honestly, Roger Ebert called this the worst ceremony he has ever watched. While I do think this ceremony was weaker than some from the past (Ellen, Hugh, Jon, Chris, Steve, Alec), I…believe the hosts did an admirable job. I really really enjoyed the opening montage. It was very cliche, but I enjoyed it a lot. The opening monologue was kind of weak, but having their mom’s speak at them from the audience was a cute touch. So…honestly…the ceremony was a disappointment…but I’m not as bitter or negative as the mass general audience was. Oh well!
Who would I like to see host next year? Tina Fey…with either Amy Poehler, Steve Carell, Alec Baldwin or Steve Martin…or maybe just Tina Fey alone. Moral of the story: get Tina Fey!
And, honestly, hopefully, Anne Hathaway will get another chance in a few years with a better co-host.
How do I feel about the winners? Very predictable. By the time Tom Hooper beat David Fincher for Best Direction, I pretty much knew The King’s Speech was going all the way. None of my favorite favorites really won, but I expected that and I accepted it. And, really, all the winners were very deserving. And the speeches were really nice. Colin Firth was witty, but he choked up at the end. Natalie Portman looked really honored and happy and proud. And when she said she wished the award was the chance to work with the other nominated actresses, I think that was the most sincere thing I heard anyone say during that ceremony. Very sweet.
I was dreading Christian Bale’s speech. But he sounded good. And his speech was easy to listen to. And he too choked up and that made it the more genuine. Aaron Sorkin and David Seidler (the writers) had great speeches because…um…they’re writers! And I really liked how Colleen Atwood (Costume designer for Alice), just read her well worded speech from a piece of paper. I don’t see why more people don’t do that. Many people see it as a sign of “cockiness” and “insincerity”…I see it as a sign of “having a lot to say and wanting to make sure they say it!” Luke Matheny (dude with the Napoleon Dynamite hair who won for Best Short) BTW is my hero. I hope he doesn’t get a haircut!
By far the best moment of the night for me was Kirk Douglas announcing Best Supporting Actress. So funny. C’mon guys! And I thought Melissa Leo was funny and charming and genuine.
While I’m on that note. Once again, we are reminded, when predicting the winners, it’s always best to just go safe. So I laugh at the people who thought Annette Bening would beat Natalie Portman. Hailee Steinfeld would beat Melissa Leo. Geoffrey Rush would beat Christian Bale. Christopher Nolan would beat David Seidler for Best Screenplay. I laugh at you guys for trying to create more controversy and drama when there didn’t need to be. I don’t know why people made such a big deal out of Melissa Leo’s “Consider” posters, but clearly the Academy does not care. Moving on…
Again, check out my live blog for more recaps on that night.
So…this is it. The Movie Awards season is officially over. There are a few more movie awards that I usually follow that have yet to announce their winners (Saturn Awards, NAACP Image Awards, Young Artists Awards)…but those are “lesser awards” that don’t really matter much. The Awards season is over. And it’s been fun. It’s so weird thinking back to November and how much the race has changed.
OK…it hasn’t changed that much! Most people, even back then, predicted The King’s Speech would win the big one. But a lot of people also thought Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter would win for their respective categories. But, slowly, Christian Bale and Melissa Leo both crept up the race and became clear (deserving) front runners. Many also thought Bill Murray, Matt Damon and the ladies from Black Swan would get Supporting nominations…but that didn’t happen. And of course, Andrew Garfield was deemed a front runner and a lock for a nomination…until people discovered how awesome John Hawkes was.
In terms of the Lead acting categories…not much changed either. Colin Firth and Natalie Portman have always been front runners. Actually, Black Swan was pretty much the first “Oscar buzz” movie I heard about. I think the gap between Natalie Portman and Annette Bening was much closer back in November…but, really, by the time the Broadcast Film Critics Awards came around, most people agreed Natalie Portman was miles ahead of her competition. I remember Lesley Manville getting A LOT of buzz early on…but it tragically died down and she unsurprisingly ended up with nothing nada zip. Also, of course, many people thought Robert Duvall was safe a nomination…but was bested by Javier Bardem.
And with every movie season, there are movies like Nine and Lovely Bones that start out with so much buzz…but it’s later killed by poor (or severely mixed) critical reception and/or box office. Those movies this year include Love and Other Drugs, For Colored Girls, Hereafter, Never Let Me Go, and How Do You Know.
And then there were movies like Blue Valentine, Buried, Scott Pilgrim, Made in Dagenham, Rabbit Hole, Another Year, and The Way Back that never really got much awards attention despite glowing reviews. It was a tough year, man.
But, this movie season has allowed me to discover many a movie, and that is why I am pleased to reveal my personal top 10. Granted, I have not seen every movie that came out in 2010, but if I stumble upon one and it changes my life for the better, I’ll immediately update this list.
MY TOP 10 in order to best to “least best” (for now…):
- Rabbit Hole
- The Kids are All Right
- 127 Hours
- Easy A
- The Fighter
- Winter’s Bone
- The Social Network
- Despicable Me
- Never Let Me Go
- Date Night
Hm…is there really anything else I need to say about this Awards season? Not really. Just that it was a fun ride and I look forward to next year.
But that doesn’t mean this blog is over. There’s still the Emmys, The Tonys, and more TV recaps (Glee!) and more! So keep readin’ and keep livin’ life!
Thanks for reading!