Well, tonight’s Oscars didn’t hurt much if you ignore some of the questionable musical numbers, jokes and one prime instance of an Oscar winner getting Kanyed by a fellow winner.
Kathryn Bigelow‘s gritty war drama THE HURT LOCKER completed a mini-sweep of the 82nd Academy Awards, collecting six statues for Best Picture, Best Director, Editing, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Original Screenplay. Bigelow diffused an Oscar losing streak for female director wins (presented by former shut out Barbra Streisand). Mark Boal‘s military embedding in Iraq contributed to the win for his psychologically compelling script. Indeed, banned-from-the-event producer Nicolas Chartier gave his own off-site acceptance speech at a private Malibu party when THE HURT LOCKER took Best Picture.
James Cameron‘s sci-fi epic AVATAR earned three Oscars in technical categories, Art Direction, Cinematography and Visual Effects, while losing out to THE HURT LOCKER in five head-to-head contests.
Mo’Nique‘s win for Best Supporting Actress was considered a lock and she delivered, knocking out both Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick at once. Geoffrey Fletcher‘s upset for Best Adapted Screenplay earned a second Oscar for PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL ‘PUSH’ BY SAPPHIRE. This surprise win helped forge the complete shut out of Jason Reitman‘s UP IN THE AIR, which blanked in all six of the film’s nominations including Best Picture and Director.
Jeff Bridges was the perennial favorite for Best Leading Actor for his role as Bad Blake in CRAZY HEART, which also doubled up with a Best Original Song win by T Bone Burnett and Ryan Bingham.
Disney/Pixar’s UP lifted two statuettes tonight as Best Animated Feature and Best Original Score for Michael Giacchino‘s stirring, emotional compositions which contributed so much to the film’s success. By the way, Academy? Can we give presenters phonetically spelled cues to read: it’s pronounced Gee-ah-CHEE-no. FilmEdge was surprised Zach Galifianakis didn’t run up on stage to accept.
Wrapping up the event, Tom Hanks may be eligible for Quickest Best Picture Presentation for 2010 at next year’s awards. Our fingers are crossed for you, Tom!
For those playing the home game, FilmEdge finished our Oscar prognostication ballot scoring at 16 out of 24. Far from our best effort in recent years (I believe we went 20/24 last year). Our upset pick of Carey Mulligan as Best Actress for AN EDUCATION failed to pay off — we had an early hunch on her nomination, but it turned out hinky in the end. The upset Best Foreign Film win for Argentina’s EL SECRETO DE SUS OJOS likely cost us a point as it did most handicappers, so no ground gained or lost there. We’ll see you at next year’s Oscar blog-and-tweetfest, movie fans!