First-ever Best Picture Oscar winner Wings
Wow, The Hurt Locker wins it all...and it wasn't even the most successful film ever made, nor did it rake in over $100 million in its opening weekend (or ever)!
The show was...slow. And uninspiring. But as always, unmissable.
"The time has come..."
Barbra Streisand is rocking the schoolmarm look and seems ultrapleased to be handing the first-ever Best Director Oscar to a woman...even if it's not to Barbra Streisand. (TERRIBLE CAMERA WORK is keeping us from seeing the money shots when these people win at times...and playing her off to "I Am Woman" = lame!)
First Best Actress Oscar winner Janet Gaynor
After Oprah's speech, it almost seemed like Gabourey might sneak up on the front-runners and win the thing! Meryl Streep's intro by Stanley Tucci is hilarious.
But—as expected—Sandra Bullock takes the prize and gives a speech as cute and as eventually heart-tugging as any ever given. Plus she gives a shout-out to not discriminating against people based on sexual orientation.
Sandra Bullock sure looks pretty...and pretty nervous! She seems like such a good person. This would be what gives her the Oscar if she wins it, 'cuz even if she was amazing in The Blind Side, Meryl Streep is amazing in everything. (Even Prime!)
First Best Actor winner Emil Jannings
Loved the actors' remembrances before each of the Best Actors' names were announced, though they ran a bit long and how embarrassing that they couldn't get anyone better for Renner than Colin Farrell due to their co-starring stint in S.W.A.T. No one could top Pfeiffer's tribute to Jeff Bridges (please remind me all the amazing films he's made?), but I sure wish this one had gone to Colin Firth!
Ah, to be handed an Oscar by Kate Winslet...imagine?
Oh, that's right...The Last Picture Show (but I refuse to count Starman)
Nice to see Pedro Almodovar; his films are not given enough credit. The White Ribbon wins for Best Foreign Language Film, as expected (and I'm typing this before it's even announced). Wow, the first genuine shocker and no one in the U.S. will care: El Secreto de Sus Ojos from Argentina wins!
Keanu Reeves is 45 years old and literally looks 30. How did he bounce back so well after that fat-and-ugly spell he went through 10 years ago or so?
Tyler Perry is so annoying. He of course has to self-deprecatingly make reference to his crappy movies. Still, he helped give us Precious so all is forgiven, girl. Cruel to make him give an award to The Hurt Locker over Precious.
Can't believe I haven't seen The Cove or Food Inc. yet, or that Michelle Pfeiffer's ex with the first name "Fisher" was behind a movie about dolphin slaying.
Okay, Happy Town looks intriguing.
Avatar is doing great in the strictly technical awards, taking Visual Effects.
Up's dancing segment reminded me of Shields & Yarnell. Remember:
Pulling out the big stars toward the end. Jennifer Lopez and Sam Worthington...? Meanwhile, even The Hurt Locker's street dancing was the best.
The death tribute being introduced by Demi Moore is a nice tip of the hat to Patrick Swayze, but the whole affair feels rushed. Interesting that Dom DeLuise, of all people, gets a vocal moment squished between James Taylor's lyrics. No applause for publicists. I didn't know Kathryn Grayson had died. Very weird to show some of the bigger names again at the end??? Did I miss Farrah Fawcett? "When you talk about this—and you will—be kind."
Sandra Bullock looks good, so the show must have as good a cinematographer as Avatar did. (Actually, I think she always looks good and is charming. I just don't want her to win the Oscar over Meryl Streep.)
Random thought: For being produced by a gay man, this show is as straight as it gets. The Hurt Locker wins both Sound awards, so forget about any surprise win by Avatar. Elizabeth Banks looks like a pretty Chelsea Handler.
The Young Victoria wins for Costume Design (sidebar: can you buhlieve Evita didn't get nominated for this back in the day???). But more interesting was how Steve Martin's lame joke about presenters Tom Ford directing A Single Man and Sarah Jessica Parker weighing a single pound went over. (It didn't.)
The Art Direction award goes to Avatar, deservingly so. Will this be its highest honor?
I loooved Vera Farmiga in Up in the Air, but Mo'Nique hadda win this one. Her acceptance was surprisingly unsatisfying due to the nominees having been told to keep it short and to the point. Love that she received a standing ovation. It's tempting to joke, "After so many amazing performances, Mo'Nique finally wins!" but she was good enough in one movie to have locked this award down a year ago. In honor of poor, beautiful Heath Ledger, who won Best Supporting Actor posthumously last year so was unlikely to show up this year to hand out this award, the above pic.
I like the Dorothy Lamour look; she resembles Vivica A. Fox
Pretty sure this was the first time Big Bad Mama got a moment on the Oscars telecast. I wish Lauren Bacall's speech from that other event had been live at the Oscars!
So please to see Geoffrey Fletcher win for Best Adapted Screenplay for Precious—truly deserved! I liked Up in the Air, but this movie far surpassed it. What a beautiful and real acceptance speech, too.
Yay to Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams for prettily handing to it him.
You knew Ben Stiller would be the one to lampoon Avatar. He looks scary as hell, more like a zombie! Best makeup goes to Star Trek, receiving its "sorry you didn't make the Top 10 but District 9 did" award. Mindy Hall looks like a young Brenda Vaccaro.
Who was that DREADFUL WOMAN who hijacked the lovely acceptance speech by the director of the Best Documentary Short? A producer? Really bad form.
When you get older, your heart dies...
(More than a little bit) Misty-eyed seeing Molly Ringwald and Matthew Broderick on stage doing the John Hughes tribute (and then really a mess seeing many of his other stars later—where was my neighbor, Andrew McCarthy?). I feel so old seeing it and realizing Hughes is already gone. I wrote my college entrance essay on The Breakfast Club; without that, I would have gone to the University of Michigan Flint and lived at home instead of venturing out to Ferris Bueller's Chicago.
I'd like to see Tina Fey and Robert Downey Jr. work together. Good chemistry and timing. I like his turquoise bowtie. Her Wilma Flintstone strap is chic; is there a dodo bird holding it up in the back? Is The Messenger worth seeing? Original Screenplay goes to The Hurt Locker, which was deserved. I kinda thought Quentin Tarantino could have won this.
Um, why is Jane Seymour (there in the first place and) seated next to Jason Bateman? She looked rahtherrrr unimpressed with the Screenplay win.
I had no clue Colin Farrell was even in Crazy Heart, let alone that he lip-synched its Oscar-winning tune!
Didn't love the animated vignettes but I'm one of the only people who really isn't into animation unless it's old Looney Tunes. I saw Wall-E and was like "eh" and yet I'll probably eventually see tonight's Oscar winner Up. Next up, presenting for Best Song, Miley Cyrus fibs in saying it's her first Oscars (first time presenting, yes).
Oscar winner/nominee Penelope Cruz looks fantastic handing out the first award, to Christophe Waltz, for a movie that Netflix might get around to sending me in a year or two. Plummer was very deserving for The Last Station, just by the way (as was Mirren).
I really like Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin and would be honored to touch either where they pee. The "Damn Helen Mirren" and Meryl Streep digs were priceless. The George Clooney glaring shtick was straight out of Steve Carell & Ricky Gervais, though.
The American Idol-esque line-up of the Best Actors and Actresses went nowhere, but Neil Patrick Harris is winning as always even if his voice and this song were a bit wobbly until his final note. Melanie Griffith seemed to enjoy it.
8:27PM ETMeryl Streep is the picture of poise and seems ready to lose UH-again. She was hilarious when she got up in Ryan Seacrest's face for "cheerleading" on behalf of Bullock. It was all in good fun unless she's an even better actress than we all know her to be.
Miley, stop slouching. Miley's mom, stop getting tattoos.
J.Lo with Demi Moore, who looks like Jennifer Connelly suddenly
I'm wondering if Jennifer Lopez has any clue that Sherri Shepherd was actually in her fave movie of the year, Precious.