If nothing else, last night’s Academy Awards made a strong statement that traditional movie making is still preferable to the rise of technology…. in the eyes of the voters anyway. Avatar may have earned $567,890,123.45 (that figure may even be low) at the box office but I think it was ultimately the big loser this year at the awards. I really thing Dr. Doogie’s kick-off to the evening was the low point, Did anyone else see his song (?) and dance? If not… you will have to hunt yourself. Honestly, I thought he was supposed to be good? But I thought Mr. Baldwin and the ALWAYS hilarious Steve Martin were wonderful!
I knew that the time had come for the first female Best Director even more so than the first African-American (forgive me if that is un-PC). But I think the fact that Ms. Bigelow and The Hurt Locker swept the top two categories and was the biggest winner was a bit of a surprise. However, looking back there have been other examples of David-Goliath at the Oscars. Does anyone remember 1977 when a little movie called Star Wars was beaten by the less groundbreaking Woody Allen pic, Annie Hall? Or 1982 when a little guy trying to “Phone Home” lost to Gandhi? So how do we possibly explain the year of the water-logged boat sinking?! A fluke!
I was happy to see Star Trek win in one category. It tied with The Voyage Home (the one with the whales… very high on my list) for the most noms by a movie in the series. Even The Motion Picture (zzz) got three. Last night’s Make Up victory was the first win for the 44 year series.
So while I came in 4th in the pool, I did walk away with a nice gift. The ceramic teddy bear banks are adorable, thanks Carol! Always a ball worthy of the best Hollywood can throw!
I still had a difficult time voting for Sandra Bullock. Maybe it’s her low opinion of one of her first on screen performances. If you can’t be happy about playing the second Bionic Woman (and I’m not talking about the unremarkable series reboot of a few seasons ago) then… and what was with the lipstick… EGAD!
And what happened to the “No thanking” policy? Not to be outdone by the endless Best Actor/Actress presentations. So much for saving time. And apparently, “research” doesn’t always help, right C? 😉