Monday, February 23, 2009

Oscar Results and Thoughts

So here are the results of last night's Academy Awards show and some of my thoughts on the show and it's new format. List courtesy of The Movie Blog via InContention.com)

Best Picture: “Slumdog Millionaire”
Best Director: Danny Boyle, “Slumdog Millionaire”
Best Actor: Sean Penn, “Milk”
Best Actress: Kate Winslet, “The Reader”
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight”
Best Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”
Best Adapted Screenplay: “Slumdog Millionaire”
Best Original Screenplay: “Milk”
Best Art Direction: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Best Cinematography: “Slumdog Millionaire”
Best Costume Design: “The Duchess”
Best Film Editing: “Slumdog Millionaire”
Best Makeup: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Best Music (Original Score): “Slumdog Millionaire”
Best Music (Original Song): “Jai Ho” from “Slumdog Millionaire”
Best Sound Editing: “The Dark Knight”
Best Sound Mixing: “Slumdog Millionaire”
Best Visual Effects: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Best Animated Feature Film: “WALL-E”
Best Foreign Language Film: “Departures”
Best Documentary Feature: “Man on Wire”
Best Documentary Short: “Smile Pinki”
Best Short Film (Animated): “La Maison en Petits Cubes”
Best Short Film (Live Action): “Toyland”


Thoughts

I thought the show was EXCELLENT. This change in format was VERY refreshing. I thought Hugh Jackman knocked it out of the park. Especially with his opening number and I wouldn't doubt that he may be asked back again next year. We'll have to just wait and see. At first I really didn't like the way in which they were presenting the awards with 5 former winners coming out, but by the end of the show I really appreciated it and thought it was a very nice/at times emotional way to induct the new winner into the "inner circle". Overall, not many surprises on the Winner front. Not everything that I WANTED to win, won. But almost everything I predicted to win, won. (I do agree with Slumdog winning just FYI). I was a bit surprised that Mickey Rourke didn't win. I predicted Sean Penn, but ultimately I think Rourke's performance was just slightly better (could be that I was so pumped about seeing his return to being a great actor). The set design was completely awesome - although as Derek mentioned to me and I agree with - a bit dark. It looked gorgeous and I like that they frequently changed some of the decor that was present on the set. Overall I think it was a great Academy Awards with some great winners taking place throughout the evening. I should also point out that I didn't want Kate Winslet to win because I didn't like The Reader (I thought Revolutionary Road was FAR superior), however I did predict that she would get her dues this time around, and I'm pleased that she has finally been recognized for her ability - I just wish it was for a better film - kind of like Scorcese and The Departed.

All in all - great show - maybe we will hear some comments from Derek in the near future on his thoughts.
Posted by SX0T at 2:04 PM |  

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