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Academy Awards recap

The Academy Awards came and went. No movie really swept this year but I can say, “I told you so.” “Argo” won best picture even after all the critics claimed “Lincoln” was going to sweep this year. Not only did “Lincoln” not sweep but it wasn’t able to win best director as many (including myself) wrongly predicted. Best director went to Ang Lee for “Life of Pi,” which led this year with four Oscar wins. Continue reading Academy Awards recap

Academy Awards: What is the best picture?

It’s that time again, where the best movies voted on by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences duke it out to be named 2012’s Best Picture. The Academy Awards has a history of choosing movies that are heavy on the artsy side and make the average moviegoer want to buy a ticket to “Transformers: Rise of the Explosions Exploding on the Dark Side of the Explosions Part II.” However, this year four of the nine nominated movies grossed over $100 million and another film just under that mark. The good news is that cinematic art is becoming more appealing to all demographics. The bad news is only one can win. So, here are my reviews and predictions for the 85th Best Picture nominees. Continue reading Academy Awards: What is the best picture?

“The Hurt Locker” not hurting now

Before the Academy Awards on March 7 I had never heard of “The Hurt Locker.” Now it has won the most Oscars in 2010, taking home six awards of the nine for which it was nominated. Kathryn Bigelow, the director of “The Hurt Locker, became the first female to win in the Best Director category for her feature film.

Sandra Bullock finally received the acclaim she deserved. She won Best Actress In a Leading Role for her performance in “The Blind Sideand became America’s sweetheart yet again this year with performances in “The Proposal” and “All About Steve.” She went from a crime fighter in “Miss Congenialityto do-gooder supermom in “The Blind Side.” Finally she received notice for her great ability.

We cannot acknowledge best actress without telling you about this year’s Best Actor In A Leading Role. It went to actor and musician, Jeff Bridges. Bridges played in “K-PAX” and “The Big Lebowski.” He won his Academy Award for playing Bad Blake in the film “Crazy Heart.” He also sang in the movie and was one of the artists to sing in this year’s remake of “We are the World.”

On to Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress. Christoph Waltz won Best Supporting Actor for his role in “Inglorious Basterds.” In the film he plays Col. Hans Landa, a Nazi who is exceptionally good at finding Jews in hiding. The Best Supporting Actress award went to stand-up comedian and actress Mo’Nique for her portrayal of Mary in “Precious: Based On the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire.” Mary is the abusive mother to pregnant teenager Precious.

Disney had two nominees in the Best Animated Feature Film category, “The Princess and the Frog” and “Up.”The Princess and the Frog” is Disney’s latest princess movie that follows Princess Tiana who kisses a frog and then turns into one. The winning film was a collaboration with Pixar. “Up” is about a lonely old man who tries to escape his problems by flying his house away but finds a child on his front stoop instead, a wilderness explorer named Russell. The two take a crazy adventure. “Up” also won for Best Music.

Avatar” was thought to be a big winner of the night, but only won three of the nine awards it was nominated for. It won Best Cinematography, Art Direction and Visual Effects, not to mention it was also the brunt of various jokes throughout the night. Director James Cameron’s name was dropped more than a cell phone, and Ben Stiller came out decorated and dressed in full “Avatar” make-up and costume to give out an award.

Adding to the humor of the night were the two hosts, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin. These comedian-actors kept the comedy coming with cracks about nearly everyone in the audience. Everyone seemed to be enjoying the witty banter, even though they talked about most of them. George Clooney was the only movie-man in the house who did not seem to be digging the criticism. His face was somber on every camera shot that caught him.

The 82nd Academy Awards opened with a song and dance number performed by Neil Patrick Harris and dancers. It was similar to his performance at the closing of the Tony awards for Broadway and live theater.

The 2010 Oscars held big laughs, big names and big shocks this year.

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