I am a day late and a dollar short. Make that ten dollars if gas prices are in any way indicative of the near future. I made my predictions on the cheap: As I saw the Oscars on Sunday night, which isn't to say I didn't do well. I actually guessed every major category except Best Supporting Actor, and I fudged on that one in a big way. Now that the red carpet has been rolled up, and it surely has been sent to the dry cleaners, it's time to clean up--even if it's an insult to the lot of you whose guesses did as well or as poorly as mine, but you had the good sense and care to have it in print to prove your predictions, and mine were only out of instinct as I saw many a film clip for the first time. I only saw four of the ten film nominees for Best Picture, and only a few more minor nominees like 'Salt' and 'How to Train Your Dragon,' so what is the point of even chiming in at all to your understandable chagrin.
Well, it does point to how well we come accustomed to undertanding the Academy Awards and the thought that goes into them. I knew, for instance, that Natalie Portman was going to win Best Actress only after seeing the obligatory film clip of her stunning performance because I knew that is the complex role and performance the Academy voters are looking for. I also knew 'The King's Speech' was going to win Best Picture because THAT is the type of film to win. I did have some second thoughts, however. Noting that James Franco and Anne Hathaway were chosen to appeal to that "younger demographic," I thought, just maybe some voting block would turn over the apple cart in favor of 'The Social Network' to win Best Picture. Having gotten that great revelation off my chest, much of it was easy. 'Alice in Wonderland' surely was to win for Best Costume as much as 'The Wolverine' is destined to win Best Makeup. For technical support, 'Inception' had to win, and it would partly compensate for what movie critic Richard Roeper said was "the snub" for Nolan as Best Director nominee. Oddly, it was Best Supporting Actor that threw me. I refused to guess, and, not paying attention, I guess I faltered because I assumed that Christian Bale had already won an Oscar--which he hadn't--and it would have to go to someone else. Otherwise, being on the cheap again, I'd say he'd have been a shoe in. In a similar sloppy development, I rooted for Melissa Leo before they hooted her (for profanity no less) only because I remember how captivating she was in 'Frozen River'.
I think it's more important to say anything about how I'd differ. I knew, for instance, that 'Toy Story 3' would win Best Animated Film because of the themes involved in the story and the way the adventure seemed so well honed. I wanted 'How to Train Your Dragon' to win because I felt that movie was more unique, more entertaining, more absorbing, more adventurous and more exciting than any animated feature I'd seen. But alack and alas one isn't too bereft to embrace 'Toy Story,' which was done by Pixar and gives one pause to wonder why anyone hadn't thought of the concept of animated toys sooner.
As far as the extravaganza of the Awards goes, I'd like to be charitable. The best thing I can say about Franco and Hathaway is that when they play themselves, they demonstrate what awesome actors they are in film. Anne was as sweet as pie, and James seemed to be as fumbling and human as any of us--now what better contrast is there to the awesome acting portrayals they've made?! Honestly, the timing was off; James seemed preoccupied and perhaps perturbed about something else, and the presentation seemed like a symphony without a smooth transition between any movement.
Well, that's all I have to say about the Oscars. Not bad for someone as poorly as informed as myself. I know--don't quit my day job. I hope you at least got a chuckle or could at least appreciate that I could stumble about the Oscars as well any of the professional onstage did!
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The 83rd Academy Awards, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), will honor the best films of 2010. The ceremony will take place on February 27, 2011, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California. During the ceremony, AMPAS will present its annual Academy Awards (commonly referred to as Oscars) in 24 competitive categories. The ceremony will be televised in the United States on ABC. Actors James Franco and Anne Hathaway will co-host the ceremony, marking the first time for each. Nominations for the 2010 awards were announced on January 25, 2011. The film receiving the most nominations was The King's Speech, with twelve.