Monday, March 8, 2010

Oh What A Night

Oh, the Oscars. Every year as I watch I wonder what it is about them that I love so much, and every year I have a harder time figuring it out. I don't really know why. They are superficial, incredibly self-indulgent, and often times painfully awkward to watch, and yet there I am on my couch every March, filled with excitement as the first glammed-up stars make their way down the red carpet. Isn't it great?

Here is my own personal list of Best and Worst of Oscars 2010:


BEST




Sandra Bullock's Best Actress Win - For being an actress I once couldn't stomach watching, she sure has made it high on my list of favorites. Although I still have not seen The Blind Side, she says bitterly, I think she deserves it just for being an amazing actress and starring in so many great movies. Her acceptance speech wins my vote for best acceptance speech of ALL TIME, and completely summed up what I love about her: She was emotional, endearing, and funny all at the same time. LOVED IT.

Gabourey Sidibe - When she sat and listened to Oprah's tribute to her with tears streaming down her face, I wanted to cry with her. I loved seeing what she was feeling: a young girl plucked out of obscurity to become this epic star over night, sitting at her very first Oscars, possibly about to win the award for Best Actress (she didn't). I love that she was able to put aside the plastic-y show that all stars encompass at the Oscars and...feel. It was a very real moment.

Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin - As co-hosts, these guys had me cracking up every time they were on stage. Their casual banter was soooo much funnier and easier to watch than the put-on, rehearsed jokes that the usual non-comedian hosts do.
Kathryn Bigelow's Best Director Award - Only because I love witnessing history. The first female to ever nab this award, she was shaking like a leaf as she accepted both this and the best picture award (for her movie The Hurt Locker) and was gripping her Oscars like her life depended on it! So sweet.



WORST



The Best Actress/Actor peer tributes - Does anyone else HATE these? In theory, it's a swell idea to have someone the actor worked with introduce them. But four minutes of a "peer" gushing over the nominee while the camera parks itself in front of said nominee for the duration is painful!! What ever happened to just good ole"and the nominees are..."??

John Hughes' tribute - Sure, I liked Ferris Bueller's Day Off as much as the next girl, but, seriously? I lot of great people in the movie industry died last year and all they got was a blip on the In Memoriam montage. I was left wondering why this guy deserved so much air time.

Sean Penn - Presenting for something (I can't even remember), he made a confusing, uncomfortable comment that I'm sure if I understood would have been controversial.

Sandy Powell - Accepting her award for Best Costume Design, she began by saying, "I already have two of these." (meaning Oscars.) Hey, Sandy, maybe hide the plethora of Oscars you have, because I know of at least four other people who would gladly bludgeon you to death with them.



And that was my take on the 82nd Academy Awards.
What did you think?

10 comments:

{ bRee } said...

From what I saw I enjoyed! I wish I could have watched more.

Shayla said...

I prefer to read your take on them, than actually watch them myself. So, thanks, for keeping the rest of us in the know. I REALLY want to see The Blind Side, too. I thought I was the only one, let's go before it leaves the theater.

Alison said...

Didn't watch the Oscars and also haven't yet seen The Blind Side But I too have grown to appreciate Sandra B. She has truly developed as an actress which is saying a lot coming from me because there are only a few actresses I can stomach!

Noelle said...

the blind side was great. she did deep south awesomely. she is gaggalishious as a blonde. it's a total feel good movie. gotta see that one!
and i didn't watch it. watched 'the amazing race' instead. i have my priorities and i'm already feeling bad about my weight and this show only makes me feel worse. just saying.

Amy J. said...

Who needs to watch when they can tap into the best and worst the very next day on your blog!? :)

I LOVED Sandra in Blind Side! I just saw it on Friday and it was sooooo good. I agree...she did the southern thing perfect.

Mike Brinkerhoff said...

The thing I really hate about the peer review, is that you know that sooner or later, someone who is a 100%, Grade-A, Self-Centered Loser is going to win... and someone is going to draw the short straw to "review" him or her... and it'll be so obviously a steaming pile of crap that it'll stink up the whole show.

Now, since I hate awards shows, it's fine with me... but I'll hate the peer review for your sake! :)

Sara said...

You know how much I love the oscars. I had my very own party for myself and had a great time basking in whole hollywood night.

a girl in a gorilla suit said...

i l-o-v-e sandra! she is the only actress that can make talking with your mouth full of food(miss congeniality) look funny and not gross.

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