Oh lordy. We all love James Fanco, and Anne Hathaway too, but the 83rd Annual Academy Awards ceremony was kind of a mess. At one point, after presenter Kirk Douglas went rogue and Melissa Leo dropped an F bomb, Anne Hathaway squealed “It’s the young and hip Oscars!” Oh honey, you wish.
The opening video montage where the hosts were digitally inserted into scenes from all the best pictures had its charms, but felt like it needed to be edited down to half its length. A problem with having ten best picture nominees, I guess. One major highlight: we got to see James Franco in white ballet tights. And may I say, baby got back!
When Franco and Hathaway finally took to the stage, their respective energies just didn’t mesh well. Franco was too stiff and set back on his heels. Hathaway, meanwhile, was aggressively perky.
And the problems extended well beyond the hosts. The whole show felt sluggish, poorly written, and poorly directed. When the big opening joke was having Hathaway’s Mom and Grandma Franco stand up in the audience and play cute… well, expectations for the evening had to be adjusted precipitously downward.
One highlight was having The King’s Speech producer Iain Canning actually thanking his boyfriend as his boyfriend. As opposed to just mentioning his name in a long list of other people he thanked.
On the pages that follow you’ll find a photo gallery of ceremony highlights as well as some of the most memorable red carpet looks. Please share your thoughts on the show in the comments.
The King’s Speech producer Iain Canning didn’t stutter when thanking his boyfriend.
“Not letting go.”
Melissa Leo wins Best Supporting Actress – Drops an F bomb.
Aaron Sorkin wins Best Adapted Screenplay for The Social Network
Guy in a dress – always a guaranteed laugh riot.
Reese Witherspoon looks fantastic – but seems to have stolen dress
and styling from Julia Roberts’ Erin Brockovich Oscar acceptance speech.
Russell Brand and Dame Helen Mirren
Anne Hathaway: great voice – terrible musical number.
The dashing Josh Brolin and Javier Bardem
Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman
Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis
Christian Bale invites you to check out dickyeklund.com
Michelle Williams and Jake Gyllenhaal
Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams
Zachary Levi and Mandy Moore perform “I See the Light” from Tangled
Benjamin Millepied and Natalie Portman
Dame Helen Mirren
Michelle Williams channeling Mia Farrow
Natalie Portman wins Best Actress
Colin Firth wins Best Actor – thanks Tom Ford in part for his win.
Here is the complete list of winners:
1. Best Picture: The King’s Speech
2. Actor: Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
3. Actress: Natalie Portman, Black Swan
4. Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, The Fighter
5. Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo, The Fighter
6. Directing: Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech
7. Foreign Language Film: In a Better World, Denmark
8. Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network
9. Original Screenplay: David Seidler, The King’s Speech
10. Animated Feature Film: Toy Story 3
11. Art Direction: Alice in Wonderland
12. Cinematography: Inception
13. Sound Mixing: Inception
14. Sound Editing: Inception
15. Original Score: The Social Network, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.
16. Original Song: “We Belong Together” from Toy Story 3, Randy Newman.
17. Costume Design: Alice in Wonderland
18. Documentary Feature: Inside Job
19. Documentary (short subject): Strangers No More
20. Film Editing: The Social Network
21. Makeup: The Wolfman
22. Animated Short Film: The Lost Thing
23. Live Action Short Film: God of Love
24. Visual Effects: Inception