Billy Soistmann

Oscar R&R (Recap and Reactions)

In Awards, Features, Television on March 9, 2010 at 4:43 PM

Well, I’m a day late, but here goes anyway. Here is a list of winners from the 82nd Academy Awards, with some thoughts afterwards:

Hurt Locker (6):

  • Best Original Screenplay: Mark Boal
  • Best Sound Editing
  • Best Sound Mixing
  • Best Editing
  • Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow
  • Best Picture

Avatar (3):

  • Best Art Direction
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Visual Effects

Crazy Heart (2):

  • Best Original Song: The Weary Kind (Theme From Crazy Heart), music and lyrics by Ryan Bingham and T-Bone Burnett
  • Best Actor: Jeff Bridges

Precious (2):

  • Best Adapted Screenplay: Goeffrey Fletcher
  • Best Supporting Actress: Mo’Nique

Up (2):

  • Best Animated Feature Film
  • Best Original Score

The Blind Side(1):

  • Best Actress: Sandra Bullock

Inglourious Basterds (1):

  • Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz

Logorama (1):

  • Best Short Film (Animated)

Music By Prudence (1):

  • Best Documentary Short

The New Tenants (1):

  • Best Short Film (Live-Action)

El Secreto de Sus Ojos (1):

  • Best Foreign Film

Star Trek (1):

  • Best Makeup

The Young Victoria (1):

  • Best Costume Design

Just a few quick thoughts. First of all, I am very happy to see Avatar not get the big prize. Don’t get me wrong – I enjoyed it, but it was most certainly not the best film of the year. The Hurt Locker was great film, and Bigelow is definitely deserving of the title of first woman to earn Best Director. My biggest problem was with the omission of Up in the Air, my pick for Best Picture. Also, Precious winning for screenplay over UITA? Really? The short categories were spot on. Finally, Michael Giacchino definitely earned the Oscar for his incredible score for Up.

As for the ceremony, I enjoyed it. I mean, it wasn’t anything special, but it could have been so much worse. Neil Patrick Harris was great, while Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin were hit-or-miss. I liked introducing the Best Picture nominees throughout the night, and the extended clips for the acting categories were great. Tom Hanks definitely rushed the biggest award of the night, though. He says that’s the way they planned it, so apparently he just doesn’t know how to give an award with any suspense.

Finally, the greatest moment of the night. Watch below as Music by Prudence producer Elinor Burkett steals the microphone from director Roger Ross Williams:

So, those are the winners and some of my thoughts.

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