Sunday, February 27, 2011

"This Moment Is So Much Bigger Than I Am"

It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it -- Lena Horne

Before I recap the Oscars from last night, let me summarize the Razzies: the awards that go to the worst movies and actors. Last year Sandra Bullock won both the Oscar AND the Razzie. Is it still considered a "big win" if you're technically winning an award that's calling you a loser?

Worst picture/ Worst eye-gouging misuse of 3D: The Last Airbender
Worst Actor: Ashton Kutcher for "Killers" and "Valentines Day"
Worst Actress and On-Screen Ensemble and Worst Sequel: The women of Sex And The City 2
Worst Supporting Actress: Jessica Alba for "Machete", "Valentines Day" and "Little Fockers"

The big winners at the Oscars last night:
Best Picture: The King's Speech-- was it a hint that the montage before presenting the award was done with the Colin Firth's reading of the King's Speech in the background?
Best Actor: Colin Firth-- amazing and kind man, very glad to have had the opportunity to meet him!
Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale-- great performance and great speech. Awesome that he poked fun at himself and his past inappropriate rant
Best Actress: Natalie Portman-- her acceptance speech was so genuine and sincere, I loved it!
Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo-- possibly controversial after she staged her own campaign to consider her for the win. Also, dropped an F-bomb on stage on live television. ooooops!
Best Documentary: Inside Job
Best Cinematography: Inception
Best Animated Feature Film: Toy Story 3
Best original screenplay: The King's Speech
Best adapted screenplay: The Social Network
Best visual effects: Inception
Best sound mixing: Inception
Best sound editing: Inception
Best original song: Toy Story 3
Best original score: The Social Network

Fun facts about the Oscars and the Actors:

  • James Franco was originally cast in Joseph Gordon-Levitt's role in Inception, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. I'm not surprised, he takes on a lot. He loves jobs!
  • Hailee Steinfeld from True Grit brought a swear jar on set with her and raised around $350 from her foul-mouthed co-stars. It was donated to the Alzheimer's Foundation
  • Jesse Eisenberg says he talked fast in The Social Network not to mimic Mark Zuckerberg, but to cram a 165-page screenplay into a 120-minute movie
  • One hundred inflatable dolls had their hair and makeup done for The Kings Speech to pose as spectators in the opening scene at Wembley Stadium
  • The script for The King's Speech was held off from being written at the request of the Queen mother (Helena Bonham Carter's character in the film) until she passed away in 2002
  • 2003 Harvard graduate, Natalie Portman gave Sorkin some insider information before writing The Social Network. She contacted him saying, "Listen, come over for dinner and I'll tell you some stories"
  • Cheryl Burke and Tony Dovolani from Dancing With The Stars choreographed Buzz Lightyear's Spanish jigs in Toy Story 3
  • Toy Story 3 is only the third animated film to be nominated for Best Picture. The previous two were also Disney films: Beauty and the Beast, and UP!
  • The Kodak Theatre which has hosted the Oscars since 2001 was designed with this awards show in mind. It seats 3300 for the event.
  • Unlike the rest of the Best Actress contenders, Nicole Kidman never earned a high school diploma
  • Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling both gained 15 lbs for Blue Valentine
  • The Oscar curse: In the last 75 years, 60% of the Best Actress contenders got divorced some time after the Oscars, including five of the last ten winners. The Post-Oscar divorce curse has hit winners: Halle Berry, Hilary Swank, Reese Witherspoon, Kate Winslet, and Sandra Bullock. Fingers crossed, for the newly pregnant, newly engaged Natalie Portman.
Also, are you aware of the gift bags that the celebs and lucky attendees get to take home? Check out the list of goodies. The last one on the list is what I'm most jealous of.