Another award season has officially come and gone. People were tipsy, people went on far too long, things were recognized that deserved it and some things that deserved recognition kind of just got waved at. Tom Hanks declared that hearing your name called is like a “silent Impressionistic painting.” Colleen Atwood was drunk. Melissa Leo said the f-word and got made fun of all night. They auto-tuned clips from films to humorous effect. All in all, a decent season, and there were at least no catastrophic upsets.
The King’s Speech (Picture, Actor [Colin Firth], Director [Tom Hooper], Writing – Original Screenplay [David Seidler])
I saw this coming across the board. Well, okay. I figured it’d get Picture and Actor, and well-deserved, too. This year’s Director category was just sort of an outrage to begin with, as I desperately wanted Christopher Nolan to win, let alone be nominated, and I didn’t particularly think of it as being a flashy Directed Picture kind of thing, but sometimes subtlety is nice. And as for screenplay, in the original category I tend to vote for things that are completely completely pulled out of thin air, i.e. not based on historical fact, but it was a very well-written piece, so no disappointments there.
Black Swan (Actress [Natalie Portman])
I completely thought they’d take a couple more. I was crossing my fingers and praying for cinematography, honestly; the way it was shot was surrealistic and beautiful. But I’d been rooting for Natalie to win, and I was painfully happy that she did.
The Fighter (Supporting Actress [Melissa Leo], Supporting Actor [Christian Bale])
Again, I’ve… not yet seen this. But my parents have assured me both were well-deserving.
Toy Story 3 (Animated Feature Film, Music – Original)
I did have a giant soft spot for this movie. Giant. So I’m happy for it, even though the song sounded like every other Randy Newman song ever written and his diction while performing was hideous.
Alice in Wonderland (Art Direction, Costume Design)
I was all for both of these awards. It wasn’t a perfect film, but it was certainly a pretty one. And Colleen Atwood’s drunk!speech was definitely one of the night’s highlights, at least for unintentional hilarity.
Inception (Cinematography, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects)
The geeky techhead in me was totally Team Inception. I knew it wouldn’t get Best Picture or anything, and I was cool with that. And although I wanted Black Swan for Cinematography, I was happy with this too. Any technical award it got was purely deserved.
The Social Network (Film Editing, Music – Original Score, Writing – Adapted Screenplay)
Out of any awards tonight, Social Network getting Score was the one I wanted the most. I was grinning like an idiot when they called it out. And as for Film Editing? I admit I don’t know… well, darn near anything about Film Editing, or at least enough to judge what was deserved, but I’ll take the Academy’s word for it, I suppose. And I haven’t read the book it’s adapted from, and was sort of rooting for True Grit there, but okay?
True Grit (…a ton of nominations, and nothing.)
Disappointing to say the least. It was a wonderful film and deserved something. I will award Hailee Steinfeld the Favorite Dress Of The Night title, because awww. Not only was it pink and fluffy and glittery, it was just really adorable on her. And not like she was trying to be too old.
I haven’t seen… any of the short films, documentaries, foreign films, etc. I know I’m uncultured.
–your fangirl heroine.