Musings on the 2011 Oscars… glad award season is over!

Finally it’s here… the Oscars! But I’m more excited for the fact it’s the end of award season, so we can just all move on!!

Ok, I got to admit I was quite blase about this year’s Oscar hosts, but you know what, both of them seem affable enough and the opening of them being inserted in various Best Picture nominees is actually pretty funny. That one where Anne Hathaway was quacking like a chicken in Black Swan was a hoot, but nothing compared to James Franco in that white ballet outfit, LMAO!

Lovin’ the Gone with The Wind stills and music up enveloping the entire stage… oh how I adore that film.

Now, am I the only one cringing at Kirk Douglas warbling all over, I mean, sure he’s a legend and all but it’s really hard to watch. My husband’s friend’s kid said on Facebook, ‘Is he ready to live with Jesus?’ Yikes! And he kept going on and on too, oh dear!

Melissa Leo wins Best Supporting Actress! She looked the most tense as the camera keeps panning to all the nominees. Y’know I’m glad she wins, I was rooting for her initially, but what’s with the foul language in the acceptance speech? Not classy, not classy at all.

Justin Timberlake is kinda growing on me (well not literally obviously), he seems at ease with himself, and confidence is great in a man. That Banksy joke was funny… I wonder if the graffiti artist were amongst the audience??

Lots of smugness in the Best Screenplay segment… first the presenter, Josh Brolin just always strikes me as so darn smug… and the award for Best Adapted Screenplay goes to Aaron Sorkin. So yeah, he probably deserves it, but really, smug just ain’t cool. He said something about Fincher not having to be such a nice guy as he’s so talented, now apparently he thinks if you’re talented you should be a jerk. Whateva.

Glad to see David Seidler (winning for Best Original Screenplay for The King’s Speech) is much more gracious, and boy he’s clearly a writer, that’s one fine acceptance speech.

Love dame Helen in her perfect-sounding French accent … too bad there’s that Russell Brand bloke next to her.

YAY for Christian Bale!! This is probably the one category I’d have strong emotional reaction to. I mean, I’d probably be moping around all week if Jeremy Renner wins, but glad that the one I truly want and deserve to win, finally does! Congrats Christian Bale, love you man! And your emotional yet funny speech was truly moving, love that he was giving tribute to his wife with teary eyed. So there is definitely a romantic bone in his body, now why can’t he do more romance??

Anne Hathaway is no Billy Crystal, but she’s actually doing pretty good so far. She’s got a nice voice, too, but I found his jab at Hugh Jackman kind of pointless and devoid of laughter. I give her points for at least trying to appear jubilant and at least excited to be hosting, it’s as if she were making up for Franco’s sleepy/bored/stoned/why-the-heck-did-I-sign-up-for-this-gig expression throughout, even the Marilyn Monroe drag-queen getup seemed forced.

Trent Reznor won Best Score for The Social Network. That’s actually the part of the movie I don’t remember much about… I was pulling for Alexandre Desplat for The King’s Speech… but then again , that’s more my kind of music. Well, methinks it’ll all come down between these two movies.

Glad for Randy Newman winning his second award out of his 20th Oscar nomination, I mean who doesn’t love that Toy Story 3 song? Wow, I had no idea he’s the Susan Lucci of the Oscars. I’d say he ought to have won at least half of all those noms.

Oprah?? Meh.

But at least the presence of two fine gentlemen Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law, aka Holmes and Watson were great eye candy 😀

Tom Hooper won Best Director!! WOW, I LOVE The King’s Speech but I seriously thought the Oscar would’ve gone to David Fincher! But at the same time, I’m not gonna be a Hooper Hater considering how I love that movie! And his acceptance speech and tribute to his mom was gracious.

Ok now, James Franco is definitely high tonight right? I mean, he’s never quite able to wipe out that stoned look out of his face. He seemed to perk up as the event concluded though, so maybe he was just bored stiff like the rest of the audience and viewers?? 😀 Now, I hope they get somebody else for next year’s hosting gig though. I like my friend Sam from Banana Oil Movies‘ idea of RDJ and Jude Law hosting next year, now that’d be awesome! I wouldn’t mind Kevin Spacey as well, he seems at ease with himself and he’s a decent singer, too.

Now, the Best Actress and Best Actor awards are pretty much the most predictable award of an already predictable year. Congrats Natalie Portman… she even thanked Luc Besson for giving her her first ever role in The Professional (aka Leon), definitely one of her best performances ever IMO.

Lovely Sandra Bullock presents Best Actor award in her lovely red dress. Living well is the best revenge I’d say… she couldn’t look more radiant and gorgeous tonight. She said ‘Hola’ to Javier Bardem which I thought was cute… and LOL at that jab at second-time-nominee-in-a-row Jeff Bridges to share his Oscar winning. Ok now, Jesse, not everyday an Oscar nom comes your way, could you at least smile or show some kind of emotion, boyo?? I mean, even Joel Coen had a hint of a smile when the camera was on Hailee Steinfeld, who looks so darn adorable by the way.

Anyhoo… no need for drum roll for this one…

Colin Firth wins again! Yeah, I’d  be hard pressed finding someone NOT betting on him tonight. Now that’s acting for you, trying to act surprised to hear his name called… but Colin is such a classy guy and his acceptance speech always comes across so genuine and charming. True Brit, someone tweeted. I concur!

LOVE that Jurassic Park score accompanying Steven Spielberg to introduce Best Picture award… ok yeah, finally the show is coming to an end.

So the final winner is… The King’s Speech! Lots of people are bummed out by it, it was fun seeing all the rants and anger-spewing tweets on the Best Picture reaction. Seriously people, this is all subjective anyway, if you think Movie A was the BEST thing ever, then the fact that it didn’t win shouldn’t alter your opinion. I certainly didn’t think last year’s Best Picture was any better after it won an Oscar. In any case, it does feel nice the fact that the film that I did enjoy won this year. So the King reigns indeed!

So, how did my Oscar predictions from last Friday fare?
Well, I got five out of seven of my predictions right. I really thought David Fincher is gonna win for Best Director, whilst Best Picture goes to The King’s Speech. Oh well, that was that. Here is the full list of winners:


The winners

Art Direction: Alice in Wonderland

Cinematography: Inception

Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo for The Fighter

Best Animated Short Film: The Lost Thing

Best Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin for The Social Network

Best Original Screenplay: David Seidler, The King’s Speech

Best Foreign Language Film: Susanne Bier, In a Better World

Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, The Fighter

Best Original Score: Trent Reznor, The Social Network

Best Sound Mixing: Inception

Best Sound Editing: Inception

Best Makeup: The Wolfman

Best Costume Design: Alice in Wonderland

Best Documentary Short: Strangers No More

Best Short Live Action: God of Love

Best Visual Effects: Inception

Best Film Editing: The Social Network

Best Director: Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech

Best Actress: Natalie Portman, Black Swan

Best Actor: Colin Firth, The King’s Speech

and finally…

The Best Picture Oscar winner of 2011 is… The King’s Speech


So… did you watch the Oscars? What do you think is the best/worst part of the show?

43 thoughts on “Musings on the 2011 Oscars… glad award season is over!

  1. Yeaaaaaaa \(^^)/ all my favorites won!!

    3 for Inception, TKS won best picture, Colin Firth and Christian Bale won best male and supporting male. The best Oscar, so far, because all my favorite won!!!

  2. RDJ/Jude Law: Hilarious. And not, somehow, incredibly awkward, like 90% of the “banter” between presenters. And hosts. Charisma and stage presence is more than just a pretty face. Seriously, Franco was AWFUL.

    I am seriously surprised by Hooper’s win. I really, desperately, want to see TKS now. Was v. impressed w/TSN.

    Woot for all the Inception love.

    As always, the Oscars are a lesson in who actually has class. And for the most part? Well, sorry, but it’s the Brits (Mirren, Blanchett, Firth, etc.)

    Pretty usual, all things considered. 🙂

    1. I agree that Franco was awful, he just seemed terrible misplaced and lost. Hugh Jackman should’ve taken the stage at some point and take over from him 🙂

    2. Yea, RDJ/Jude had far more chemistry than the host and both look relaxed too. I seriously don’t know why they invited Franco, I mean yeah he’s popular and a good actor but that doesn’t mean he has a knack for hosting such a big event! I don’t think he’d be good hosting a birthday party let alone the Oscars!

      Yep about Hooper, I think that was the major ‘upset’ of the night judging from the Twitter reactions.

      And yes, I can’t disagree w/ you about those classy Brits (except Russell Brand of course)

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  4. Darren

    I love the Score win for Rezner on the Social Network. Never would have called it, but loved it. Otherwise, not a bad night. The big categories went to plan, but there were some small surprises.

    And I like that Leo took out her own ads. After all, a woman of her age who isn’t Helen Mirren or Meryll Streep? No studio or magazine is going to fight for her, so I’m glad she had the balls to do it herself.

    1. Ooops, makes me feel guilty that I said I didn’t remember much of Social Network’s score 🙂 I was hoping the TRON score was nominated as that’s one of the highlights of the movie.

      Agreed about Leo, she seemed really flabbergasted by it though she could have more class when accepting the award. As for her self promotion, I thought that it’d backfire for her, but glad to see her strong performance was recognized.

  5. yes, Anne and Franco were weird, although cute, they just didn’t seem natural.
    I think most of the winners in the first two hours were quite tense and unprepared for some reason.
    I’m also happy for Bale, although I also felt sorry for Rush because his role was remarkable. I also felt sorry for Bonhan Carter.

    1. Anne looked pretty but James had trouble keeping his eyes open the whole time!! It didn’t help that they had zero chemistry!

      I adore Rush’ performance in TKS but Bale was so phenomenal in The Fighter that I couldn’t root for anyone else. Plus this is Bale’s first nom in years of spectacular body of work.

      I somehow never thought Bonham Carter would win, I think it came down to between the oldest and the youngest nominee. In this case, I’m glad the older one won. Hailee is still so young with a bright future ahead of her.

    2. Ahah indeed, James Franco didn’t look like he wanted to be there. At least Hathaway tried but they were really sub-par, even compared to the last few years’ host.

  6. Ted S.

    Thanks for the recap, guess there weren’t any surprises right? This morning all I heard was how awful Franco was, guess they should’ve gotten some comedian to host instead of a pretty boy actor.

    1. Thanks Ted, I was attempting to live-blog last night but couldn’t type fast enough 😦 Franco was darn awful, it’s as if he didn’t really care about the show after the first 10 minutes!! Might as well just bring back Billy Crystal, clearly people missed him as they were cheering for him when he showed up. There are tons of other presenters last night who’d be a much better host than those two.

  7. I want to see it!!!!

    I still havent be able to see any of the action (or non action) from last nights awards. I had to go to bed early as it was a school night! grrrrr

    I had read alot about how boring it was but this blow by blow account makes me want to NOT delete it straight from my DVR and actually watch it tonight when I get home. OK maybe with a bit of 12x Fast Forward 🙂

    Thanks Ruth.

    Maybe next year I will keep myself awake! but 1-5am is the long haul, have to show real commitment for that one!

    1. Lots of people would say you’re lucky you missed it, Custard. It was pretty uneventful for the most part and predictable, too. My hubby kept me company which made it bearable for me.

      1. It is always better to watch something with the one you love…I managed to get through it this evening with Mrs Custard (he loves it when I call her that).

        Although the DVR did crash half way through, so that was omen enough to turn it off, put it to bed and get on with some film watching!!

  8. I wasn’t able to watch the oscars last night, but i did just see some of the acceptance speechs on youtube

    I don’t see the problem with Melissa leo dropping the F bomb. It was one time, and it was bleeped out, so i don’t see a problem.

    The acceptance speech from Sorkin didn’t seem smug to me. But maybe thats just me

    I was surprised Bale gave a speech, considering he seems fame-phonic.

    1. Hi Julian, how’ve you been? How’s your classes going so far?

      Well, you know how I feel about foul language, but I guess I’m in the minority on that one. Well, I always thought Sorkin is a cocky guy and the acceptance speech seems to confirm that.

      I’m very happy for Bale and for people who thinks he’s so smug and cold, well I think his acceptance speech is the most honest… and he teared up talking about his wife and daughter which was really touching.

      1. Classes are getting a bit overwhelming right now, but i’m going to try to make it through

        And a week ago i counted all the movies i’ve seen that i haven’t gotten around to reviewing…and it was a lot(Like 20-30 i think). I’m not sure how i will deal with that…right now i’m thinking i will just have a review blitz when classes end.

  9. Vince

    Sweet – Portman won! Well deserved. Now if only the Acadamey could be less obvious about their choice for Best Film: The Montage before Spielberg’s announcement clearly indicated a slant towards King’s Speech. Nicely made and edited but too obvious IMO. Spielberg’s intro was cool though, saying the non-winners join the ranks of such non-winners as Raging Bull, Citizen Cane and so forth!

    1. Yeah, even though I hadn’t seen it, even from the trailer/clips she looked like she worked her @$$ off on that role. Have you seen Aronofsky’s acceptance speech on her behalf at BAFTA? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQ5Tn9TWSJM Now that convinced me even more Natalie did an amazing job.

      I hear ya about that montage, though I actually didn’t notice it, maybe too busy typing! 😀 I actually thought Social Network might win Best Picture as Hooper already won Best Director, y’know.

  10. PrairieGirl

    Wonderful minute-by-minute recap! This year was finally the year I agree with most wins, I’m VERY satisfied! I thought Oprah looked fabulous, and one of my favorite parts was Bob Hope, too bad he’s not around to host any more. And yes, RDJ and Jude Law would be great hosting together.

    I also really liked the history they wove into it this year, it was interesting to see flashbacks to past movies, music and people.

    1. Thanks Becky, well as I told you, it’s actually my botched attempt at live blogging. I gotta learn how to type like a court reporter! 😀

      Meh, I have a totally different feeling about Oprah but then again, I don’t worship her like lots of people do. Yeah, the two young hosts was definitely upstaged by a dead guy!! I think having Bob Hope and Crystal there the entire time would’ve been more fun.

      The flashbacks were great, I especially love the Gone with the Wind one… would’ve been nice if Clark Gable had come out instead of Tom Hanks, he..he..

      1. PrairieGirl

        Well, what you call botched turned out quite good 😉 And I certainly don’t worship Oprah in any way, shape or form, I just thought she looked great in her dress, but so did a lot of other gals. I also really liked Hathaway’s “fringy” dress. I guess I listen to Lori and Julia a little too often… ;-D

        Yes, next time they certainly could bring CG back to life on stage… The next best thing is see It Happened One Night. (I know it’s on your list) I especially like the scene where he is making Claudette breakfast. Very out-of-character from what you usually see him, but he pulled it off REALLY well!

  11. Hell yea, I’m just glad this is over so we don’t have to talk about it for another 10 months or so! 🙂 Glad Christian Bale finally got his hour of recognition, his speech probably the most honest of the bunch, I almost always cringe when it’s an actress who has to make a speech, it almost seems completely fake and over the top.

    1. High five on Bale and his gracious, emotional acceptance speech. I thought Leo was the worst. Over the top was putting it mildly, but hey she probably wanted the publicity by dropping the F-bomb and she got it.

  12. V.E.G.

    As of yet, Jason Robards is the only person in history to win two consecutive Oscars! Robards is the cousin of columnist, H. Neal Glanville!

  13. Didn’t watch it as it was on too late for us on this side of the Atlantic but I heard James Franco looked bored throughout. Glad King’s Speech won best pic, favourite film in a while. I’ve seen 6 out of 10 of the nominess, still to see True Grit, The fighter, The Kids are alright (doubtful), Animal Kingdom (not interested).

    1. I haven’t seen four out of the 10, but might still check ’em out on rental. I’ve been intrigued by Animal Kingdom for quite some time now, just haven’t got around to it. True Grit and The Fighter were really worth seeing, Ronan.

    1. Haven’t watched that one, but I don’t know if it deserved all the honors. Man that one woman who won Best Costume kept going on and on, worst acceptance speech of the whole night!

      1. With the exception of cinematography I would definitely say Inception deserved what it won. It deserved to win at least two more if you ask me (Director, Editing).

        1. Oh the one I haven’t watched is ‘Alice’ not ‘Inception,’ so yeah agree with the win and that it should’ve won more. Still can’t believe Nolan wasn’t even nominated for directing 😦

  14. I still don’t think Melissa Leo was that deserving of her Oscar. Hailee Steinfeld should’ve won! Oh well.

    One of my friends is interviewing Richard Roeper tomorrow. I asked her to ask him his opinion on Christopher Nolan’s non-nomination for Best Director. Especially when his movie, Inception, received 5 Oscars!….beating out The King’s Speech. Curious to hear his thoughts on how David O. Russell got nominated over Nolan.

    Glad for Bale! No doubt. and you’re right…he gave a good speech. So did the Original Screenplay writer of The King’s Speech!

      1. Yeah, I’d love to see Hailee win, surely she’d show more class too.

        Oh, I’m curious to hear what he thinks. Would you give me a link to his interview, T? I didn’t think O’Russell was better than Nolan, The Fighter was worth watching mostly for the performances for me.

        Ahah, well sorry T, but y’know I’m not too fond of your screen ‘wife,’ can’t even remember what she wore or who she was with.

        1. I will send you the link. My friend works for Reelzchannel and said her interview will air on Thursday. As soon as I get the link I will pass it on to you. Another question someone asked her to ask him is why True Grit left emptyhanded.

          It’s too bad you missed Scarlett! I still aim to change your opinion! 😉

  15. Oh it was one dull ceremony. I’m glad I recorded it and watched it later – I could fast-forward most of it.

    Franco looked terrified throughout. Hathaway has a radiant beauty but I’d much rather hear/see Steve Martin/Billy Crystal with their own material.

    Colin Firth’s acceptance – the highlight of the night for me – put the show’s writers to shame. Aren’t the ceremony writers the best of the best? And did they not get completely shown up by an actor – not a writer – and his brilliant, witty and charming acceptance?

    1. Hmmm, I don’t know if he were terrified, I think it’s a combination of boredom and indifference, and of course I don’t rule out him being high.

      Colin is such a classy guy, I wouldn’t mind him winning every year just to hear him accept his award. I mean, considering how many he’s won, he still comes across genuine and humble… I love that he excused himself as he has ‘impulses to attend to’ You’re right he should’ve written the hosting script for the night!

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