And The Oscar Goes To…

Ok ok, I know the Oscars are over and it’s been overly talked about since the Golden Globes, but being here in the Hollywood area, it’s hard not to still feel the tingle of last night’s winners in the air. So I promise, that this Oscar recap will be quick and painless!

A lot of last night’s Oscars show was kept a secret by the Academy and everyone involved, because they had revamped the structure and overall feel in order to draw in audiences all over the world. Even the celebrity presenters played coy with any pre-Oscar interview about what involvement they had and if they knew any spoilers for the big show. The red carpet also didn’t see many of the celebrities that we saw on the show, because they wanted to keep the presenters’ identities as secret up until the very last minute possible.

Hugh Jackman, although admitting to some nerves about hosting, was completely comfortable on that stage in the Kodak Theater, whether he was singing, dancing, reenacting, and keeping the audience fully involved. Looking dapper and channeling old Hollywood glam, Jackman was tall, dark and handsome like his predecessors Dean Martin, Cary Grant, Gregory Peck and so on. And what a voice!

After the spectacular opening number, they dove in, starting the night off with a beautiful Penelope Cruz winning the Oscar for best Supporting Actress. Right away, past Oscar viewers could tell that things have changed. The presenters now come out, explain a little about the category they are presenting or talk about the nominees and then reveal the winner. I thought it was a great idea to do this, because it keeps the audience and the viewers at home involved. Although not everyone cared for it, an explanation, especially on the more technical side of things, could help home viewers understand why one film won over another.

A lot of people predicted that the Oscars would be more subdued and toned down due to the current state of the economy, but it proved to be just the opposite. All the women channeled old Hollywood with the silhouettes and gorgeous updos, while the men looked breathtakingly handsome in their tuxes and black ties. In a time when the economy sucks and everyone is worried about one thing or another, the Oscars gave us all a great escape for at least one night.

So, as this post is getting a bit lengthy, I will list all the winners from last night’s show and bid you adieu.

– Motion Picture: “Slumdog Millionaire.”

– Actor: Sean Penn, “Milk.”

– Actress: Kate Winslet, “The Reader.”

– Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight.”

– Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.”

– Director: Danny Boyle, “Slumdog Millionaire.”

– Foreign Film: “Departures,” Japan.

– Adapted Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy, “Slumdog Millionaire.”

– Original Screenplay: Dustin Lance Black, “Milk.”

– Animated Feature Film: “WALL-E.”

– Art Direction: “The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button.”

– Cinematography: “Slumdog Millionaire.”

– Sound Mixing: “Slumdog Millionaire.”

– Sound Editing: “The Dark Knight.”

– Original Score: “Slumdog Millionaire,” A.R. Rahman.

– Original Song: “Jai Ho” from “Slumdog Millionaire,” A.R. Rahman and Gulzar.

– Costume: “The Duchess.”

– Documentary Feature: “Man On Wire.”

– Documentary (short subject): “Smile Pinki.”

– Film Editing: “Slumdog Millionaire.”

– Makeup: “The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button.”

– Animated Short Film: “La Maison en Petits Cubes.”

– Live Action Short Film: “Spielzeugland (Toyland).”

– Visual Effects: “The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button.”

One more thing, as I am a native New Yorker, that number Hugh Jackman did with Beyoncé stating that “The musical is BACK!” completely blew me away. I grew up watching Broadway shows and musicals and absolutely love them!

That’s all for now. I plan to make my way to the theaters to check out Coraline in 3-D one more time before it leaves theaters and then will only be played in 2-D from then on. One more tidbit of Oscar related news, Coraline received such fantastic reviews on its opening weekend, there were rumors that this film could be the first contending Oscar film for next year! I’ll be back with my review later.

Ciao ciao!

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Alton loves film. He is founder and Editor In Chief of BRWC.  Some of the films he loves are Rear Window, Superman 2, The Man With The Two Brains, Clockwise, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Trading Places, Stir Crazy and Punch-Drunk Love.



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