The 82nd Academy Awards started off with a bang thanks to a musical number by the talented and brilliant Neil Patrick Harris. It was fun and witty but did not beat Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway’s number from last year’s ceremony. Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin hosted the event and as far as Oscar hosts go, the duo held their own. Unfortunately the sheer length of the ceremony took away from their performance. And lengthy it was. The show ran a half an hour over the expected three and a half hour mark, much to the frustration of producer Andy Shankman who publicly swore that they would keep it short this year. Shankman asked winners to keep the speeches brief, which most winners did. It was the non-award segments that ran the show long, for example the modern dance segment to honor the original score nominees. A modern dance segment during the Oscars seems a little self-indulgent coming from Shankman, a choreographer and So You Think You Can Dance collaborator.
For many of the awards the winners were predictable. Mo’Nique, Christoph Waltz, Sandra Bullock and Jeff Bridges were cleaning up all awards season so it was no surprise to see them all bring home Oscar gold. Bullock and Waltz gave two of the most eloquent speeches of the night.
While the acting awards seemed predictable, the real race was for Best Director and Best Picture. Kathryn Bigelow and James Cameron were neck and neck all awards season but it was Bigelow that came out on top in the end. The Hurt Locker won six awards in total taking home both the Best Picture and Best Director prize making Bigelow the first women director to win for directing in the history of the Academy Awards. Cameron’s Avatar took home the awards for art direction, cinematography and visual effects.
It was too bad that by the time the award for Best Picture was being given out the show had run so late that Tom Hanks was forced to pretty much throw the award at Bigelow. The media has been playing up the competition between Bigelow and ex-husband Cameron for so long, it would have been nice for the moment to be a little more suspenseful; more of a moment.
Most Awkward Moment: Best Documentary Short winner Roger Ross Williams having his moment jacked Kanye West Style by the films’ estranged producer Elinor Burkett. Click here for their back story. Yikes!
Cutest Acceptance Speech: Nicolas Schmerkin accepting the award for Best Animated Short. Funny and to the point, Schmerkin looked like a pro and charmed the audience