March 8, 2010
James Cameron Got Slapped in the Face
Well, not literally. Either way, though, I’m okay with it.
The Oscars last night were less than surprising. I just looked back to my post on February 3 when the nominations first came out. Everything I predicted came true; big shock!
Jeff Bridges took Best Actor. I’m going to admit that I haven’t seen Crazy Heart (I’ll get around to it eventually), so I can’t say for sure if it’s deserved or undeserved. I can say, though, that I laughed out loud when Michelle Pfeiffer said that he is “without vanity” because the first thing he said in his Golden Globes acceptance speech was something along the lines of “finally” being recognized, and then right when he got up on stage tonight he exclaimed: “The Academy remembered!” Really, really humble.
What a year for Sandra Bullock, huh? A Razzie and an Oscar all within a few days of each other. And, 2009 was her biggest box office success to date. Way to go! I also enjoyed her little spat with Meryl Streep. They’re both such good sports and it’s nice to see that kind of sportsmanship.
Kathryn Bigelow won Best Director for The Hurt Locker! I’m really glad she did, too, because her competition was ex-husband James Cameron, who would have been very undeserving if he had won. Trust me, I think Avatar deserves every cosmetic award ever (visual, audio); but Picture or Director? No. Bigelow did an outstanding job on a difficult film, and deserved to win regardless of gender. But, it’s really exciting that she’s the first female director to win the award. Well done!
Oh, yeah, and The Hurt Locker won over Avatar for Picture, too. Woohoo! Honestly, it was a much higher quality film than Avatar. It says a lot when your screenplay (coughAvatarcough) isn’t nominated for Best Screenplay. If your writing isn’t good, your film just can’t win the Oscar for Picture. It can’t happen. Every single word of dialogue in Avatar was horrible.
Overall it was kind of boring to have had such great foresight. But my favorite win of the night was for Christoph Waltz who not only was amazing in Inglourious Basterds (which was robbed of a Best Screenplay win), but was very gracious in his acceptance speech. Gracious and quick–two great qualities.
Hopefully next year I’ll get the chance to be more surprised!
P.S. Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin. Hits and misses.
Posted by Shaane at 7:00 am