To the Academy...sorry, but I was bored. I thought James Franco and Anne Hathaway did an admirable job as co-hosts even though they lacked some much needed spontaneity. They do have a good chemistry and should probably be cast in a movie together. (I can't wait to see her as Catwoman in the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises.) The highlight last evening was the opening number with them appearing in segments from several of the nominated pictures.
I did like the faster pace of the show. I usually sleep through the "In Memoriam" segment but Celine Dion's rendition of "Smile" held my interest. And, it was nice that they gave the lifetime achievement awards at an earlier banquet. That's always nap time too. But for pure entertainment, I liked the Red Carpet interviews on ABC before the show started. I was hoping to see more furs since they said it was cold in Hollywood, but maybe next year. Neil woke me up for the last three awards. I was really confused at the end when a school chorus from Staten Island appeared onstage to sing "Over the Rainbow". Did I miss something? They were cute though, so I won't take away their 15 minutes of fame.
We did so-so with our predictions which is how I'm feeling after all of the big Oscar parties. I may have overdone it! My apologies.
Dexter fared best with predicting 8 out of 13. Neil agreed with 6 of the Academy's picks, and Eric with 5. But this isn't about who wins or looses, especially in our household. It's about celebrating some of the best achievements by actually viewing as many movies as we can throughout the year. If you didn't get a chance to see all of the nominees in the theater, then consider viewing them on DVD.
In case you missed the show,
here's a list of some of the winners:
Best Picture: The King's Speech
Actor: Colin Firth
Actress: Natalie Portman
Supporting Actor: Christian Bale
Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo
Director: Tom Hooper
Animated Feature: Toy Story 3
Original Screenplay: The King's Speech
Adapted Screenplay: The Social Network
Film Editing: The Social Network
Art Direction: Alice in Wonderland
Costume Design: Alice in Wonderland