So the 83rd Academy Awards are said and done. My verdict: underwhelmed. Overall, I thought the telecast was someone disjointed and lacked in pizazz. Along with almost zero surprises among the award winners, I found something seriously lacking.
I thought James and Anne (yes, we’re buds and on a first name basis) did a notch above fine. He may or may not have been high and she was at times too chipper, almost bordering on insincere for me, but I thought they were pretty funny and served their purpose well enough–to move the show along and introduce others. Do I think they’ll be asked back? Not likely, especially since this year’s rating are down 10% from last year’s show. I did really enjoy the opening montage, which you can see here (I’m having some SERIOUS embedding issues here, lemme tell you!)
Despite the strong start, it sort of fell off from there. Sure, there was Kirk Douglas still kicking at 94 years young dragging out the Best Supporting Actress announcement, but funny moments were few and far between. Now on to the all the shockers in the awards! (Not)
Best Original Score, Best Film Editing:, Best Adapted Screenplay: The Social Network
Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, Best Visual Effects, Best Cinematography: Inception
Best Costume Design, Best Art Direction: Alice in Wonderland
Best Animated Feature: Toy Story 3
Best Original Screenplay, Best Director: The King’s Speech, Tom Hooper (<–I would call Tom Hooper’s directing win the closest thing to an upset we saw. David Fincher for the Social Network was a favorite here, but really, how much of an upset is it when the director of the eventual best picture winner wins, as usual?)
Every.single.acting award went to the favorite (Melissa Leo and Christian Bale in the supporting categories for The Fighter and Natalie Portman, Black Swan, and Colin Firth, The King’s Speech for the lead categories.
Then it was time for the coronation of The King’s Speech…which started about 90 seconds before the winner was actually announced, due to the VERY awkward scoring of the nominee montage to the monologue at the end of The King’s Speech. Talk about ruining the moment for the other 9 nominees! For those who were pulling for The Social Network, is it really any surprise that the Academy went with the movie with heart, a strong lead performance by an Oscar darling, that is classic Oscar material? Especially one that has swept most of the recent award shows? Answer: No, no it is not surprising. The King’s Speech was the safe, obvious choice, and it won. Better it than The Social Network, I say!
So there you have it! What did you think? Did it live up to the hype? Do you think the youth viewer was into this telecast? Now the countdown is on for the 84th Academy Awards…let the races begin!!