Pretty good intro. Franco's comedic ability is so underrated. I just love the fact that we have two young stars hosting. A nice change.
We even got a Marky Mark joke in. BOOM!
Winner Best Art Direction -- Alice in Wonderland
Wouldn't have been my choice, but hey -- I'm not a voter.
Winner Best Cinematography -- Inception
Great choice. A very stunning film.
9:52 -- Kirk Douglas! It's awesome to see him on the stage. I applaud his courage. Great job, Kirk. What a way to work a room.
Winner Best Supporting Actress -- Melissa Leo
Well, I'm 0-1, but it was a very nice performance. My pick still goes with Steinfeld.
Nice quip from Anne Hathaway about "the young Oscar" following Leo's win. Good Job. Equally good job from Justin Timberland.
Decided I'm only going to blog about the categories I picked. Although I find it disturbing that they let Melissa Leo talk for 10 minutes and limited the winners for Best Animated Short to about three. At least they said something worth listening to.
Winner Best Animated Feature -- Toy Story 3
Shocker. Nominated for Best Picture, it's pretty much a given. I still would have liked to see "Tangled". Wonderful little movie. Now I'm 1-1, BTW.
Winner Best Adapted Screenplay -- Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network
Everyone break out the Koo-Aid. I just didn't love this film as much as the next person I guess. Good film, but not my favorite. Although I did choose Sorkin because I knew it was a given. I am now 2-1.
Winner Best Original Screenplay -- David Seidler, The King's Speech
Another good choice. Seidler can't find the mic, but he sure can write a screenplay. Nice speech.
Thank goodness Hugh Jackman is a good sport. He did a great job hosting last year and has been essentially a co-host tonight. And then there's James Franco in a red dress.
A Charlie Sheen joke -- DOUBLE BOOM!
Winner Best Supporting Actor -- Christian Bale, The Fighter
This was a no-brainer. The category was filled with great performances, but his was heads above the rest. Great speech. Nice to see Bale get a little emotional and not in a 'I'm going to yell at you on the set of "Terminator: Salvation" emotional.' I am now 3-1.
STAR WARS THEME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and E.T. too.
Winner Best Original Score -- Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, The Social Network
Hans Zimmer should be a very unhappy man right now. This is an outrage. This was fourth or fifth on my list. Ridiculous. This could spell doom later, folks. I am now 3-2.
New alert: Matthew McConaughey is wearing a shirt.
"Congratulations, nerds" -- James Franco (Nice)
GEORGE LUCAS REFERENCE!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE IT. Giving some love to THX 1138.
Winner Best Original Song -- Randy Newman, We Belong Together (Toy Story 3)
Another snub for "Tangled". I thought the top two songs in this category were "I Saw the Light" from "Tangled" and "If I Rise" from "127 Hours". You gotta love Randy Newman though. The guys good entertainment.
Winner Best Director -- Tom Hooper, The King's Speech
The Academy got it right. All the early love for "The Social Network" had me worried, but they came through. I am now 4-3.
Winner Best Actress in a Leading Role -- Natalie Portman, Black Swan
I stand by my choice of Michelle Williams in "Blue Valentine". "Black Swan" is a crazy good film, but I thought Williams' raw performance in "Valentine" was more remarkable. I'm not upset with the choice of Portman though. "Black Swan" is freaky. Now I'm 4-4. Not cool.
Winner Best Actor in a Leading Role -- Colin Firth, The King's Speech
While I loved James Franco in "127 Hours", Firth was nothing short of amazing in "The King's Speech". The actor has been so close many time and it's nice to see him finally take home Oscar.
Winner Best Picture -- The King's Speech
"The King's Speech" is a remarkable film, so I have no issues with the win. I loved it and placed it in my top 10 and it should be a movie everyone sees.
Overall, I was cool with the show, but I had to watch it in bits. I will post a blog tomorrow evening after I have a chance to re-watch it (I do it every year) and have a better idea of the flow.
I hope Oscar night treated you well.