Yup, I sat through all 3 1/2 hours of the 82nd Academy Awards last night. It’s not like I had a whole lot of options to choose from. Sunday nights are slim pickin’s. And hey, I like movies.
I think that this is only the 2nd time in my life that I’ve truly “watched” the Oscars. Normally I just flip back and forth between them and whatever else might be on. Or I tune in at the end, when the “real” awards are given out… Best actor/actress, director, and finally.. best motion picture.
Or I simply skip them entirely, and read about it the next day online or in the newspaper.
Not this year! No siree.. this year I sat through from start to finish. The good, the bad, and well… the blue. Even when my fellow viewers were getting tired of watching, I held fast… I’d started watching, and dammit, I was going to finish watching!
I am sooooooo glad that it was not a night of “Avatar!” after “Avatar!” after even MORE “Avatar!” like I had expected. I’m sure that I’m not the only one. While it IS a good movie, I still think that better movies had been released last year. Apparently the Academy agreed. When it came to two of the biggies (motion picture, director), hugely insane budget Avatar was passed over in favour of independent movie The Hurt Locker. I’ve seen both movies, and I have to say that The Hurt Locker is well deserving. Frankly, I was a little afraid that the bone-headed move by one of its producers to email the Academy and ask for their votes might have hurt The Hurt Locker‘s chances at bringing home the hardware. I am satisfied with the end results, though. I don’t think that I could handle another Cameron “I’m the King of the World!” acceptance speech.
At the end of the night, The Hurt Locker had 6 of those shiny little statuettes, while Avatar managed only 3.
As far as other highlights, I didn’t see Crazy Heart, so I can’t really comment on Jeff Bridges’ Best Actor nod, other than to say… It’s The Dude. The Dude deserves what The Dude deserves. Just don’t pee on The Dude’s rug. Not cool, man. Not cool.
I’m having a real hard time wrapping my brain around Sandra Bullock’s Best Actress win, but in all fairness… I didn’t see The Blind Side either. And this award is given for a single movie performance, not a lifetime achievement award… So I’ll give Sandra the benefit of the doubt.
The rest was filled with the standard fare. I’ve deliberately ignored the fact that Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin hosted this year’s show. It’s better this way.