Mr. Cellophane

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Sunday, February 27, 2011

A night at the Oscars.

Well, the magical night is here, at last. Let's get to it.

8:31 The ten Best Picture nominees set to the cover of "In the Hall of the Mountain King" from The Social Network, still the one piece of music I remember from that film. I swear, someone's nuts will end up in a vice if it wins for Score...

8:32 Back to the old days of "putting the host(s) in the Oscar nominees".

8:34 "I loved you in Tron ...and this movie."

8:37 The Back to the Future thing, though funny, seemed a last-minute addition.

8:41 A look back at Gone with the Wind. One of several classic films i've yet to see...and at 4 hours, it's not at the top of the list.

8:43 ...and now we're into Titanic. Definitely going for a four hour ceremony--

8:44 Okay, Art Direction. Finally. The award goes to Alice in Wonderland. Perhaps the only nod that it could've received.

8:46 Holy crap, Tim Burton got a haircut! There's hope for him, yet.

8:47 The Cinematography award goes to...Wally Pfister for Inception. Fuck. Me.

8:52 Even with the canned jokes, it's nice to see Kirk Douglas.

8:55 I think the doddering old man thing is a put-on.

8:57 The Supporting Actress award goes to...Melissa Leo. (1/24) Didn't see The Fighter, but I had kind of a feeling. I'm sure that Hailee Steinfeld will get more changes to prove herself.

9:03 The Animated Short Feature award goes to..."The Lost Thing".

9:06 The Animated Feature award goes to...Toy Story 3. (2/24) Seriously, who thought it'd be anything else?

9:12 I just now got the awesome significance of Josh Brolin and Javier Bardem presenting together. Bardem so deserved that Oscar.

9:14 The Adapted Screenplay Oscar goes to...Aaron Sorkin for The Social Network. (3/24) Fuck. Yes!

9:17 The Original Screenplay Oscar goes to...David Seidler for The King's Speech. (4/24) Maybe I should give the film another chance.

9:23 Anne's doing a number that seems to be a callback to Hugh Jackman's hosting stint. You remember that, right?

9:25 James dressed like Marilyn Monroe. That's just ghastly.

9:26 Hey, it's the stars of the remake of Arthur! (In theaters April 8th)

9:28 The Foreign Film award goes to...In a Better World.

9:32 The Supporting Actor award goes to Christian Bale. (5/24) Even Shane Hurlbut has to be excited by this.

9:41 A fine suite of classic scores led by William Ross (who looks a little like William Hurt, IMO).

9:43 The Original Score award goes to...Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for The Social Network. Fuck. My. Ass. First old lady I see tomorrow is getting dropped like a bad habit.

9:46 The Sound award goes to...Inception. It's a wonder I'm not still pissed enough to want to continue with this.

9:51 The Sound Editing award goes to...Inception again.

9:54 How weird is it that a hottie ends up hosting the special, untelevised effects ceremony every ear?

9:55 Okay, why was the orchestra still playing over Cate Blanchett's speech?

9:56 The Makeup award goes to...The Wolfman. (6/24) Awesome.

9:59 The Costume Design award goes to...Colleen Atwood for Alice in Wonderland. Serves me right. Betting against Burton's collaborators in this category is like betting against the Harlem Globetrotters.

10:02 Very nice intro by Kevin Spacey, leading us to...

10:03 Randy Newman performing "We Belong Together".

10:05 Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi perform "I See the Light". I hope it wins. When I saw Alan Menken, I really thought it was Randy Newman, at first glance.

10:13 The Documentary Short Subject award goes to "Strangers No More".

10:16 The Live-Action Short Subject award goes to..."God of Love"

10:17 Okaaay. Auto-tuned scenes from movies passed off as songs...and so, we now have, perhaps, the one time a clip from a Twilight movie will ever be featured at the Oscars.

10:21 The Documentary Feature award goes to...Inside Job.

10:27 Billy Crystal's back on the Oscar stage! The years don't seem to have taken any of the edge off.

10:31 Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law (reprising their fine Holmes-Watson chemistry present the Visual Effects Oscar, which goes to Inception. (7/24)

10:35 The Editing award goes to...Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter for The Social Network (8/24). Splendid.

10:40 Florence (of Florence and the Machine) performs "If I Rise".

10:43 Gwyneth Paltrow performs "Coming Home".

10:46 The Original Song award goes to..."We Belong Together".

10:52 In Memoriam. It's still weird to think that John Barry is no longer with us, but apparently, his passing made the cut-off point.

11:02 The Director award goes to...Tom Hooper.

11:07 Looking back at the highlights of the Governor's Awards (lifetime achievement, to you).

11:16 The Best Actress award goes to...Natalie Portman. (8/24) Yeah, big shocker.

11:25 The Best Actor award goes to...Colin Firth. (9/24) Again, big surprise.

11:36 Best Picture goes to...The King's Speech. Well, that's that.

Another Oscar ceremony down. I'm sorry, but the Original Score win just pissed in the punchbowl for me. A good, hummable score better win next year.



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