So . . . Did the right films win? Did the right actors win? More importantly, who was the most beautiful/handsome?
Here are the results of the evening.
Interesting that all four acting awards went to non-American actors. Wonder if that's a first?
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Favorite moment from last night's Academy Awards?
|Jon Stewart's classy move to bring out Once's Markéta Irglová to give her acceptance speech|| |
|Marion Cotillard named Best Actress!|| |
|Jon Stewart's excellent opening monologue and solid performance throughout the entire show|| |
|Hey! Jon Stewart gave a shout-out to the IMDb! Woohoo!|| |
|Javier Bardem's elegant, bilingual acceptance speech|| |
|Daniel Day-Lewis being "knighted" by Helen Mirren|| |
|Judi Dench & Halle Berry = Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill|| |
|The Coens, the Coens, the Coens....|| |
|Tilda Swinton calling out George Clooney on his Batman costume|| |
|Another Oscar moment entirely|| |
|Amy Adams being sent out solo to perform "Happy Working Song"|| |
|Owen Wilson as presenter - welcome back, Butterscotch Stallion!|| |
|The official Oscar salutes to "Binoculars and Periscopes" and "Bad Dreams"|| |
|How many people slipped on their way to the podium?!|| |
|The Rock -- I mean, Dwayne Johnson -- as presenter?|| |
|Michael Bay is a member of the Academy's Director branch?!|| |
|Diablo Cody rocking her Betty Rubble dress -- and inadvertently brushing off Harrison Ford|| |
|Hey - were most of those acceptance speeches really short?!|| |
|Sexy Kristen Chenoweth taking over the Kodak Theater with "That's How You Know"|| |
|Taxi to the Dark Side winning Best Documentary over Sicko and No End in Sight|| |
|Jessica Alba channeling Drew Barrymore|| |
|No Country for Old Men producer Scott Rudin not throwing his Oscar at his assistant|| |
|Elizabeth: The Golden Age winning for Costume Design|| |
A few other great moments:
1) Jon Stewart: "Oscar is 80 this year, which makes him now automatically the frontrunner for the Republican nomination."
2) Helen Mirren's presentation of the Best Actor Award. "Ambition, amorality, greed, deviousness, usury, venality, remorse, nobility, generosity, decency and good old fashioned cojones. I know these sound like the description to be a successful studio head, but these are facets of the performances of our leading actor nominees."
3) Robert Boyle winning an honorary Oscar. The annual "Will the old guy/gal get through this without rambling on or getting confused?" moment was its usual edge-of-your-seat-thriller. But Boyle handled it very gracefully.
4) Clips of past presenters and winning moments.
1) Those awful songs from Enchanted. THREE?!?!?!?
2) Tom Hank's bad haircut.
3) Colin Farrell's bad non-haircut.
4) The dull opening sequence inspired by . . . Cars, a mediocre animated film from two years ago. I was hoping for a sequel to George Clooney appearing in bed with Jon Stewart.
5) The tribute to 80 years of Oscars. The entire history of cinema at your disposal, and all we got was that lame exercise? At least they showed Fred Astaire for .76 seconds.
As far as most beautiful, La Reina went on and on about Nicole Kidman's amazing necklace and dress, and how great she looked being slightly pregnant. I won't argue.
But I stuck with my more traditional choice: Penélope Cruz.
And we both thought Helen Mirren looked fantastic.
Considering the lack of time to prepare, I thought the show went fairly well. Not the most exciting, perhaps, but at least it was shorter than usual!
UPDATE: In 1964, at the 37th Academy Awards, all four acting awards went to non-American actors:
Best Actor: Rex Harrison in My Fair Lady
Best Actress: Julie Andrews in Mary Poppins
Best Supporting Actor: Peter Ustinov in Topkapi
Best Supporting Actress: Lila Kedrova in Zorba the Greek