I’m almost hurt that Avatar didn’t win as many awards as I wished it had – but as big I am a fan of James Cameron’s most expensive flick yet, The Hurt Locker perhaps did deserve that amazing clean sweep of 6 awards.
The little-seen, modestly budgeted Iraq war drama’s probably the lowest-grossing best picture winner in Academy history while Kathryn Bigelow becomes the first woman to take home the directing Oscar.
I remembered yawning several times watching it on the eve of my birthday – in fact it did cross the 12 midnight mark – wondering what the hell’s going on in some parts of the movie. I must say I didn’t appreciate it the way The Oscars did, but before you say anything critical about that comment – The Hurt Locker did portray a reality of war and terror that makes the audience grip their seats in anticipation, maybe even fear and insecurity. Afterall, it’s about the Iraq War, defusing bombs and the threat of insurgency. The tension was sometimes so thick you could hear your own heart beating. Ok, I’m exaggerating, but another fact is that because most younger Singaporeans have never experienced war in their lifetime, we could never understand the kind of pain, violence and threat that a large part of the rest of the world, who did, understood. And the film is hardly dramatic – it reflects reality as it is, almost like a documentary unfolding reality before your eyes.
It came as no surprise to me when Ervin mentioned that about 3/4 of the population hadn’t watched the film.
But anyway, I was lucky to catch some parts of the 82nd Academy Awards in office this morning. It was so distracting following Ron’s updates on Twitter while watching it and doing work all at the same time.
Where’s my cosy couch when I needed it? And chips to throw at non-Avatar people on stage?!
Oh, but certainly not my hot favourite Sandra Bullock – YOU ROCK!!! You’re the most beautiful and inspiring human being on Earth!!! But whoa, her speech really got me slack-jawed and starry eyed because it was so thoughtful and captivating. I fell in love with Bullock ever since Speed and Miss Congeniality. But The Blind Side was simply phenomenal. The Best Actress Award truly, absolutely and certainly belongs to her.
“She said to be an artist, you had to practice every day, and for reminding her daughters that there’s no race, no religion, no class system, no color, nothing, no sexual orientation that makes us better than anyone else. We are all deserving of love.” – Sandra Bullock in her acceptance speech
And the winners are…
The Hurt Locker
Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side
Best Supporting Actor
Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds
Best Supporting Actress
Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
Best Original Screenplay
Mark Boal, The Hurt Locker
Best Adapted Screenplay
Geoffrey Fletcher, Precious
Best Animated Film
Best Foreign Language Film
El Secreto do Sus Ojos (Argentina)
Best Art Direction
Best Costume Design
The Young Victoria
Best Film Editing
The Hurt Locker
Best Original Score
Best Original Song
‘The Weary Kind’ from Crazy Heart by T-Bone Burnett & Ryan Bingham
Best Sound Editing
The Hurt Locker
Best Sound Mixing
The Hurt Locker
Best Visual Effects
Best Documentary Short Film
Music by Prudence
Best Animated Short Film
Best Live-Action Short Film
The New Tenants
And The Oscars Best Dressed goes to…
Alright I’m joking, but this Oscar surprise seriously cracks me up! Way to go, Ben! Thanks for reminding me of my undying love for Avatar 🙂
A mint green Armani Privé gown encrusted with Swarovski crystals perfectly complemented Seyfried’s pale dewy skin.
Sandra Bullock flaunted her figure in a shimmering gold beaded gown with a sexy slit. Thumbs up to those ruby red lips and elegantly styled classical straight hair.
Sarah Jessica Parker
Can Chanel ever go wrong? This couture piece is classy and Parker accessorized perfectly with a stack of bangles and small, floral earrings. The fashion muse at her best, once again.
Cute and quirky Mulligan’s dress is just like her. Her Prada gown screamed classic with a twist of Swarovski crystal embellishment – including tiny forks, knives, bolts, watch gears and scissors!
One of my favourites this Oscars, the iridescent pink Armani Prive J-Lo wore was an exquisite example of how to grace such a huge event beautifully. Her asymmetrical gown was glamorous, interesting and fit like a glove.
The gorgeous actress went all Hollywood glamour, from her gold-dusted Oscar de la Renta gown to her perfectly curled locks and down to her Cartier jewels. Diaz was certainly one of the best dressed celebrity at the Oscars.
McAdams’ vision of spring came true in her pastel-patterned Elie Saab Haute couture gown.
Best Supporting Actress nominee Cruz was ravishing in red in this Donna Karan couture duchess satin pleated gown. It was a good change from her usual black outfits. Perhaps being casted in Nine motivated some creativity?
Most Memorable Oscar Moments…
Neil Patrick Harris
Fisher Stevens, Ric O’Barry, and Louie Psihoyos
Ben Stiller presents the award for best achievement in makeup
Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart look seriously good together. But maybe I prefer both to be Taylors.
Cameron Diaz and Steve Carell
Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin – How can two men look cuter than this?!
Sandra Bullock – she looked so sincere in her acceptance speech, I almost swore to watch every single one of her movies ever since. But really, my favourite actress.
Kathryn Bigelow’s toned arms tell a lot about the number of hours lifting cameras and tripods.
Robert Downey Jr. and Tina Fey. I love his quirky blue bowtie and matching shades!
Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams – does this picture give any inspiration at all to film directors out there to make one starring them? Looking cute together, no?
Elizabeth Banks’ outfit just makes me drift into the world of Cinderella…
Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal and in background from left are Jeremy Renner, Brian Geraghty and Anthony Mackie – talk about team spirit, guys. Great work there!
content and images credit to MSN Singapore
Just for fun, can anyone make a guess on the purpose of the collage below???
Yes – the love for shoulder-baring “tube” dresses/gowns at the Oscars!
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Hope you’ve enjoyed my take on the Annual 82nd Academy Awards 🙂