Opening Oscar’s Acts
The 2010 Oscar awards began Sunday night with Neil Patrick Harris leading a fun, Las Vegas-styled opening number. Harris was joined onstage by first two, then nearly two dozen, gorgeous showgirls dripping in feathers, sequins and golden tassels. Numerous tuxedoed male dancers joined in, and Harris sang a jazzy little number, somehow managing to include the topics of dope, botox and god knows what else into the two minute bit. The 82nd Annual Academy Awards were off to a pretty decent start!
As NPH drew his ditty to a close, what can only be described as a golden Chariot lowered from the rafters and onto the stage. Out stepped Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin and several of the leggy, sequined young creatures previously mentioned. Witty banter, corny jokes, and the typical montages, honorable mentions and recaps of the previous year’s most notable films.
And The Oscar Goes To…
On to the winners! Very early into the 2010 Oscar’s ceremony, which was held at the famed Kodak Theater in Los Angeles, Best Supporting Actor and Actress were announced. Penelope Cruz presented the award for Best Supporting Actor to Christoph Waltz for his role in “Inglorious Basterds”. Mo’nique, as expected, took home Best Supporting Actress for her work on the film “Precious”. It was a first Academy Award win for each!
This is, in reality, a giant tease, as everyone really wants to know who wins best picture and best leads. And the producers of the Oscar’s know everyone is going to wait the damned two-and-a-half hours until the next “real” awards are given out. Not to say the smaller categories aren’t interesting, but well, they as aren’t interesting.
Just in case someone is interested, the 2010 Academy Awards for Sound Editing and Sound Mixing went to “The Hurt Locker”. “The Hurt Locker” also picked up the Oscar for Original Screenplay and Film Editing.
The Oscar for cinematography went to “Avatar”, as did the Academy Award for Make-up. “Avatar” also took the Oscar for Outstanding Art Direction. Best Adapted Screenplay went to “Precious”, and “Up” was named Best Animated Feature.
Best Leading Actor, Best Leading Actress, Best Director, Best Picture:
Now, on to the big winners of the night! The winner of the Oscar award for Best Lead Actor went to veteran actor Jeff Bridges for his role in “Crazy Heart”. This was Bridges’ fifth nomination since 1971, and his first Oscar win in the category was presented to him by Hollywood siren Kate Winslet. Bridges also picked up an award tonight for performing the song “The Weary Kind” in “Crazy Heart”.
Oprah Winfrey was on hand to introduce Gabourey Sidibe of “Precious” to the 2010 Oscar’s audience, calling her “a true, American Cinderella”, and told the starlet she had a “brilliant career” ahead of her. Unfortunately for Gaby, Sandra Bullock took the Oscar this time around for Lead Actress for her role in “The Blind Side”. Many questioned whether or not Sandra Bullock’s acting was good enough in this film to beat out Sidibe’s heart-wrenching performance, or Meryl Streep’s perfect portrayal of Julia Child in “Julie & Julia”, but the Academy has spoken.
The awards for Best Director was between James Cameron for “Avatar”, Kathryn Bigelow for “The Hurt Locker”, Quentin Tarentino for “Inglorious Basterds”, Lee Daniels for “Precious” and Jason Reitman” for “Up In The Air”.
The winner of the Best Director Oscar went to Kathryn Bigelow, making her the first female to ever win this Academy Award. Barbra Streisand, who was presenting this award, handed her the Oscar, and it looked like they both might cry.
“The Hurt Locker” took Best Picture, making the total of Academy Awards won tonight six. “The Hurt Locker” was nominated for nine total awards.
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