It’ll be party time this weekend in L.A. at the Kodak Theater. The superstars are all getting ready to attend the biggest party of the year in Hollywood and everyone is counting down to the big event. Less than 2 days to go! I couldn’t help but get caught up in the excitement too! Who will win the Oscars? Avatar?! Well, my hope, that is. But as we all know it, at times the underdog stages the biggest surprises! So, just can’t wait for the moment the name is being announced!
Before that though, let’s take a step back and see what the Academy Awards has in store for us.
Year 2010: The 82nd Academy Awards
Stage set designed by: David Rockwell.
Location: Kodak Theater, Hollywood, L.A., United States.
Emcee: Alec Baldwin & Steve Martin.
Oscar Nominees for best pictures
(10 instead of the normal 5) (alphabetical order)
- An Education
- A Serious Man
- District 9
- Inglourious Basterds
- The Blind Side
- The Hurt Locker
- Up in the Air
Well now, Hollywood certainly spares nothing when it comes to creating elegance, does it? Despite that the U.S. and many European economies are still deep in recession, the unemployment rate is still at all time high… Hollywood will always be Hollywood? Avatar may be the most impressive movie and also the costliest to make, but making it at such a high cost when many are suffering in the world and hunger is rampant, it calls in some thought provoking moment. Afterall, the world is also spending lots of money on military build-up rather than on feeding hunger, on space programs rather than on fighting diseases. So, makes me wonder, is that a case of how it is in this world?
I know there are lots of people whose lives thrive on movies… you know, all their hours and entertainments are from what Hollywood churns up and to say anything controversial about Hollywood is to invite their wraths. But frankly, don’t you think something is wrong with our world even if just a tiny bit? Opulence is nice but 100,000 Swarovski crystals on a stage
curtain that’s only to be used for a few hours? Oh my….
Ok, enough of the injustices. Back to the Oscars!
Leading Actors nominated
- Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart)
- George Clooney (Up in the Air)
- Colin Firth (A Single Man)
- Morgan Freeman (Invictus)
- Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker)
Leading Actresses nominated
- Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side)
- Helen Mirren (The Last Station)
- Carey Mulligan (An Education)
- Gabourey Sidibe (Precious)
- Meryl Streep (Julie & Julia)
Who are you rooting for? Pray tell! ;-)
Past Winners (Best Picture)
2009: Slumdog Millionaire (8 awards, 10 nominations)
2008: No Country for Old Men (4 awards, 8 nominations)
2007: The Departed (4 awards, 5 nominations)
2006: Crash (3 awards, 6 nominations)
2005: Million Dollar Baby (4 awards, 7 nominations)
Past Winners (Leading Actor)
2009: Sean Penn (Milk)
2008: Daniel Day-Lewis (There will be blood)
2007: Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland)
2006: Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote)
2005: Jamie Foxx (Ray)
Past Winners (Leading Actress)
2009: Kate Winslet (The Reader)
2008: Marion Cotillard (La Vie En Rose)
2007: Helen Mirren (The Queen)
2006: Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line)
2005: Hilary Swank (Million Dollar Baby)
- 1st Academy Awards held on May 16, 1929. Winner: Charlie Chaplin.
- Most Nominated Films: Titanic & All About Eve. (14 nominations) Titanic won 11 out of 14 nominations.
- Actor with most Oscar nominations: Jack Nicholson (12 nominations, 3 awards)
- Actress with most Oscar nominations: Meryl Streep (16 nominations, 2 awards)
- Youngest Best Leading Actor: Adrien Body (The Pianist, age: 29)
- Youngest Award Winner: Tatum O'Neil for Best Supporting Actress (Paper Moon, age: 10)
- 2009 Oscars: 37 million viewers.
- Cost of Oscar Statuette: US$500. Weight: 8.5 lbs.