Oscar 2011: So Young Yet So Old

by Yogi

“It’s the young and hip Oscars!” hailed co-host Anne Hathaway after Kirk Douglas became the most adoring presenter and gave the award for Best Supporting Actress to Melissa Leo, who proceeded to drop the F-bomb. “Fantastic! This is going to be a great, fun show!” I thought.  It does seem that the Academy really try to make this year’s show to be the awesomest Oscar ceremonies you’ve ever seen. Hiring James Franco and Anne Hathaway as co-hosts, inviting PS22 to perform, having Hailee Steinfeld as one of the youngest nominees, and The Social Network is set to give The King’s Speech its best competition. Done. Well…  nice try, honey, but this year’s Oscar turned to be one of the most conventional one. I always liked Hathaway & Franco… as actors and I wanted to like them as hosts and I thought Anne did a marvelous job (She sings! She dances! She had SEVEN costume changes!) and made James looked good but everything was too safe and predictable.

The King’s Speech and Inception tied for most awards with 4 each.  King got the “prestigious” awards (Best Picture, Director, Actor, & Original Screenplay) and Inception got the “technical” awards (Best Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Cinematography, & Visual Effect). The Social Network got 3 likes from the Academy (Best Adapted Screenplay, Editing, & Original Score). Other multiple winners include Toy Story 3 (Best Animated Feature & Best Original Song) and Alice in Wonderland (Best Art Direction & Costume Design).

I love that the gays are very visible last night! The King’s Speech producer Iain Canning thanked his boyfriend and Best Documentary Short winner Karen Goodman (Strangers No More) smooched her partner before accepting the award.

My favorite moments of the evening was the two musical segments, PS22’s rendition of Over The Rainbow (*tear*) and the jaw-droppingly-hilarious auto-tune of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows part I, Toy Story 3, The Social Network, and Twilight: Eclipse. http://video.aol.com/aolvideo/aol-television/auto-tune-on-83rd-annual-academy-awards-022711-tv-replay/805741639001 I was HOWLING when I saw it. I can watch this video over and over again. AWESOME! Oh, and for once, I didn’t find Celine Dion annoying!

The Red Carpet was actually A LOT more fun and colorful than ever! I’ve never seen so many Hollywood stars rocking the colors! Red was certainly the color of the evening. Anne Hathaway, Sandra Bullock, Penelope Cruz, &  Jennifer Lawrence all wore it. Hailee Steinfeld wore a very age-appropriate princess dress and speaking of age-appropriate, Helen Mirren brings out her best cougar side and won our hearts! The gentleman were all so dapper, from the always charming Colin Firth, the always-better-without-a-shirt Matthew McConaughey, the witty Robert Downey, Jr., and my future husbands Andrew Garfield and Zachary Levi (who performed “I See The Light” from Tangled with Mandy Moore). My favorite though, was Jennifer Hudson, who was STUNNING in tangerine (and her new body)! I was really excited to see what Nicole Kidman would wear but holy camoly, she was a hot mess! For once, her face actually moved more than her dress! Gwyneth Paltrow brought shiny to the most literal sense and Annette Bening looks like she just came from an audition for the new Spiderman movie. My favorite mess of the night was Melissa Leo. Poor girl, she dropped the F-bomb (which I actually like because I thought her speech was very genuine and real) and she wore the doiliest dress of the evening. But honey, at least you get to go home with a naked golden man name Oscar at the end of the night. You win.

The Best:

The Worst:

Full Winners List of the 83rd Annual Academy Awards:

  • Best Motion Picture of the Year: The King’s Speech
  • Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Colin FirthThe King’s Speech
  • Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Natalie Portman Black Swan
  • Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Christian Bale The Fighter
  • Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Melissa Leo The Fighter
  • Achievement in Directing: Tom HooperThe King’s Speech
  • Adapted Screenplay: The Social Network
  • Original Screenplay: The King’s Speech
  • Best Foreign Language Film of the Year: In a Better World (Denmark)
  • Best Animated Feature Film of the Year: Toy Story 3
  • Best Documentary Feature: Inside Job
  • Best Documentary Short Subject: Strangers No More
  • Best Short Film (Animated): The Lost Thing
  • Best Short Film (Live Action): God of Love
  • Achievement in Art Direction: Alice in Wonderland
  • Achievement in Cinematography: Inception
  • Achievement in Costume Design: Alice in Wonderland
  • Achievement in Makeup: The Wolfman
  • Achievement in Film Editing: The Social Network
  • Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score): The Social Network
  • Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song): Toy Story 3
  • Achievement in Sound Editing: Inception
  • Achievement in Sound Mixing: Inception
  • Achievement in Visual Effects: Inception

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