The 82nd Annual Academy Awards proved to be a historical one, with Kathryn Bigelow winning Best Director (The Hurt Locker), the first woman to ever win in that category. And the other milestone? Sandra Bullock won for Best Actress (The Blind Side), after picking up (in person) the Razzie Award for Worst Performance (All About Steve), becoming the first actor to ever win an Oscar and a Razzie in the same year.
I have to say I really enjoyed this year’s telecast. LOVED Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin as co-hosts. They delivered some great lines (“He’s so high” about Woody Harrleson), and their chemistry is impeccable. I hope they come back next year. I also thought it was awesome that they did a special tribute to beloved director/writer/producer John Hughes. Although, what was up with Molly Ringwald’s eyes, hello. Was she nervous, or just over botoxed? Regardless, I thought it was cool that some of the Brat Pack showed up to pay their respects.
For the Best Actor/Actress categories, I liked that fellow actors with connections to the nominees lined up on stage and spoke about them. That was a nice, more intimate way to do it. I was really touched that Jeff Bridges got teary when Michelle Pfeiffer (Michelle, where the heck have you been?) talked about his career and his family. And of course, I’m so happy that he won. Talk about an amazing actor who was long overdue for an Oscar.
While we are on the subject, let’s discuss Sandra Bullock winning Best Actress…I haven’t seen The Blind Side yet, but I have seen many other Sandra Bullock movies. I’m a fan, and I think she’s totally capable of winning an Oscar. But I’m a bit surprised that she beat out Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren and Gabourey Sidibe this year. Her speech was great though, she really is a composed and compelling speaker. I’d hire her as a spokesperson any day.
The Hurt Locker won Best Picture…I think many people, including James Cameron, thought an Avatar win was in the bag. I think maybe even Kathryn Bigelow thought that too, given her nearly speechless speeches last night.
Anyway, congrats to all the winners (for the complete list go here)….here is a clip of Steve and Alec, followed by a highlights clip…