As you can tell, several of the IC crew are faithful Oscar viewers. If you’re similiarly minded, here’s my report on the big night…
The major surprise had to be the Best Picture winner — The Hurt Locker. In fact, it took six oscars last night, upsetting an anticipated sweep by Avatar. Adding to the drama was the fact that the directors of the two films used to be married to each other.
In a sense, The Hurt Locker win was a non-Hollywood moment, acknowledging a film that takes an objective look at the life of soldiers in Iraq without a political slant. The film’s director, Kathryn Bigelow, the first woman to win Best Director, dedicated her award to the military men and women and to their safe return home. (Her ex-husband and fellow nominee, James Cameron, did look genuinely happy for her.)
Although Sandra Bullock was favored to win Best Actress for The Blind Side (and she did a great job in the role) I don’t think her performance equaled those of the others she was up against. She looked lovely, though.
Everyone would have been shocked if Jeff Bridges hadn’t won Best Actor for Crazy Heart. It’s also wonderful to see someone in Hollywood married for over 30 years.
I was disappointed that Food, Inc. didn’t take Best Documentary, but the winner — The Cove — and the other nominees are now on my Must See list. Some of the short films looked interesting, too.
Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin didn’t get much time, but they had some funny moments as co-hosts, and the show itself had some entertaining performances.
As for the dresses… some were lovely. I agree with Margaret that the more “mature” actresses usually look the best. To my surprise, I was wowed by Demi Moore’s dress… really beautiful. Some handsome tuxes, too.
Any stand out moments or surprises for you?