Well, after all those months of anticipation, it all went down in Los Angeles last night. The winners of the 81st Academy Awards were announced, and you can check out all the victors over here. Of course, there were no real surprises, but there were plenty of great (and not so great) moments. Let us know what you thought about the following!
He pulled it off! Of course, we all knew he had it in him, but who wasn’t a little nervous about seeing Wolverine sashaying and skipping across the stage in front of millions of viewers. It was a risky move on the Academy’s part, but Hugh provided the best opening monologue of the past decade. And he’s so handsome! Check it out here!
It was written. Slumdog Millionaire picked up 8 Oscars, including Best Picture, Director, Cinematography and Film Editing. Legendary Bollywood composer A.R Rahman claimed 2 Oscars for Best Score and Best Original Song. In general, it was great to see a truly deserving film take the top prizes. Jai Ho indeed!
Even though I confidently put my money on Mickey Rourke, Sean Penn took home Best Actor. Sure, Penn was great in Milk, but I’m so upset that The Wrestler didn’t get more Oscar love. Kate Winslet finally called an end to her award ceremony onslaught by picking up Best Actress for The Reader. Penelope Cruz collected her Best Supporting Actress trophy early in the night, to nobody’s surprise. And of course, the late Heath Ledger was named Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Dark Knight, with his family taking the stage on his behalf.
Was it just me, or did this set up seem less like the handing out of awards, and more like the initiation into a skull-esque brotherhood or a witches coven?
The film nobody cares about, The Reader, somehow managed to finagle a Best Picture nomination out of the Academy over much worthier flicks. Did the event organisers feel a tinge of regret about selecting the much maligned film for consideration? During Jackman’s opening number, he spoofed all the major nominees including Frost/Nixon and The Dark Knight. However, when he got to The Reader, he danced the robot while exclaiming “I haven’t seen The Reader!”, surely a nod to its dismal box office returns. Later on during Judd Apatow‘s hilarious short film (which you can watch here) Seth Rogen and James Franco giggled uncontrollably while watching a particularly wrenching scene from Kate Winslet.
In hell, the cast of High School Musical sing the songs of ABBA EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. Wouldn’t it have been better if Hugh and Beyonce had just done the full choreography from her Single Ladies music video?
Let us know what you loved, and hated, about this year’s Oscar ceremony!