The biggest night in Hollywood has come and gone. The 83rd Academy Awards are over. The awards were hosted by Anne Hathaway and James Franco and opened with a video montage featuring clips from this year’s nominated movies.
The two hosts began the ceremony by joking about their age. James said “Anne, I must say you look so beautiful, and so hip.” Anne responded “Thank you, James, you look very appealing to a younger demographic yourself.”
But the The former Disney Darling and Hollywood heartthrob didn’t feel so young and hip. Their humour was dry, their presenting was amateurish and the awards lacked entertainment. I was actually disappointed when I realised that they were presenting the entire show. I suppose the witty Ricky Gervais (presented the Golden Globes) and last years Oscar host, the charming Hugh Jackman are to blame.
But the ceremony had it’s highlights and WTF moments like Melissa Leo swearing in her speech, James Franco appearing on stage in drag and Aaron Sorkin (writer of The Social Network) talking over his cut off time.
As for presenters there were quite a few A-listers: Halle Berry, Sandra Bullock and Jeff Bridges presented to their peers. Oprah Winfrey announced the Best Documentary award and Justin Timberlake joked about being graffiti artist Banksy as he presented an award.
Overall the awards ceremony wasn’t great but it wasn’t terrible either.
The biggest night in Hollywood has finally arrived. Here’s the full list of winners from the 83rd Academy Awards (most of it is predictable):
BEST MOTION PICTURE OF THE YEAR:
The King’s Speech
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE:
Colin Firth- The King’s Speech
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE:
Natalie Portman- Black Swan
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE:
Christian Bale- The Fighter
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE:
Melissa Leo- The Fighter
ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTING:
The King’s Speech- Tom Hooper
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM OF THE YEAR:
Toy Story 3- Walt Disney
Alice in Wonderland: Production Design by Robert Stromberg & Set Decoration by Karen O’ Hara
Inception- Wally Pfister
Alice in Wonderland- Colleen Artwood
Inside Job- Charles Ferguson & Audrey Marrs
DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT):
Strangers No More- Karen Goodman & Kirk Simon
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:
In a Better World- Denmark
The Wolfman- Rick Baker & Dave Elsey
MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE):
The Social Network- Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
SHORT FILM (ANIMATED):
The lost thing- Shaun Tan & Andrew Ruheman
SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION):
God of Love- Luke Matheny
Inception- Richard King
Inception- Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo & Ed Novick
WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY):
The Social Network- Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin
WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY):
The King’s Speech- Screenplay by David Seidler
Melissa Leo swore as she excitedly accepted an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Fighter, a movie that propelled the 50- year old actress into the mainstream for the first time in her career. This was Melissa’s second Oscar nomination but first win.
The actress accidentally dropped the F word as she delivered a heartfelt acceptance speech “When I watched Kate (Winslet) two years ago it looked so f***ing easy,” she said, before realizing her blunder.
All eyes were on Hollywood stars as they walked the biggest red carpet of the awards season. The first star to arrive was Jennifer Lawrence who wore a silhouette hugging dress by Calvin Klein.
Before she could slip into the Kodak Theatre she stopped to chat with Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic on E!’s Live From The Red Carpet and gave one of the strangest quotes of the night
“I had to learn how to chop wood and handle a gun and hit squirrels. I had to learn from a hunter. But, yeah, I’ve been off squirrel ever since.” said Jennifer Lawrence, when asked about how she prepared for her role in Winter’s Bone.
Back to fashion, bare shoulders were in abundance as most stars wore sleeveless, off the shoulder or spaghetti straps. Shades of red and orange also made an appearance on the carpet with co- host Anne Hathaway, Scarlett Johansen and Jennifer Hudson donning the hue.
Hudson has recently lost 40 pounds and couldn’t stop gushing about her form fitting gown “Oh my God, I can’t sleep at night! When I first tried on my dress it was like two, three nights ago, and I’m like, ‘OK, I don’t want to sleep. I don’t want to take it off!’” she said to Ryan Seacrest.
Helena Bonham Carter, who is a constant worst dressed nominee wore a lace gown made by a costume designer ” I felt it would be better to celebrate movies rather than fashion”. Even though she was the only star to wear a ‘costume’ to the awards, she wasn’t the only one in black. Sharon Stone, Maris Tomel and Busy Phillips also wore black gowns.
Other trends included shades of gold, silver and taupe, mermaid tails, lace and sparkles.