I only watched half of the Oscars. I decided not to go home 'sick' after all and I managed to not get my phone taken off me in class even though I checked it at least 20 times for winners. In fact, today has been an exciting day. In my English class, the teacher decided to ask the class for the 24 categories at the Oscars. Me being me, I knew all of them. As soon as the bell rung, I bolted out the door - and then the fire alarm went off, which was weird. I got home, found an online stream, but that got taken down. Luckily, a link I'd saved for last year's show worked this year. My life does not get more exciting than this.
All in all, even though I wasn't as excited this year, I was still jumping for joy all day at school. I'm sad it is over. I cried during the montage, because I'm going to miss the films like War Horse breaking my heart. Now, I will go through my year catching up on all of the films I missed - The Artist, A Separation, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy...I can't wait until May when they start rolling out all of the awards season movies on DVD. While I felt that last year was better, at least it wasn't The King's Speech fronting this year of film.
My thoughts on the winners:
-We all knew that The Artist was going to win Best Picture. But I was doubtful, considering how strong Hugo was at the start of the show. Hopefully the win will speed up The Artist's expansion in NZ.
-I AM SO UNBELIEVABLY PISSED THAT VIOLA DAVIS DID NOT WIN BEST ACTRESS. I wanted Rooney Mara to win (and what a clip they showed of her), but this was the year for Viola. Anyway, Meryl Streep is a goddess. I loved what Colin Firth said to her. I miss him winning things.
-Even though I haven't seen The Artist, I am so glad that Jean Dujardin won. Anyone but George Clooney. I loved Jean's speech, too, I learned a thing or two from that.
-I missed Octavia Spencer winning, but I'm happy about her win. I'm not even pissed about Jessica Chastain losing, because I know that she is the next Meryl Streep.
-Christopher Plummer had one of the best speeches of the night. There were many great speeches, but his was awesome. I love Beginners...I suddenly feel like watching it again.
-Michel Hazanavicius won Best Director. Knew it was going to happen. I thought it was cool how the actors talked about them, and Jessica Chastain talked about Terrence Malick. But at least I learnt how to spell Hazanavicius (achievement of the year).
-Best Original Screenplay for Midnight in Paris. Oh Woody Allen, I love how you choose not to show up.
-I was quite pissed that The Descendants won Adapted Screenplay. And that they played a clip of Sid, aka the worst written character I've seen in quite some time, for it. But all was forgiven when one of the writers took the piss outta Angelina Jolie.
-Best Animated for Rango. A couple of my classmates asked me why the hell Tintin wasn't nominated. I wasn't sure how to answer.
-I still need to see A Separation. Hopefully it's win will push along some NZ cinemas.
-LOL. Undefeated was my 'overwhelmed Owen' for the Doco Oscar. LOL.
-Harry Potter didn't win anything. I can't understand the logic behind all of this.
-I also can't believe that The Tree of Life lost Best Cinematography. I'm so unbelievably pissed about that one...it literally made it impossible for me to concentrate on biology because I was so pissed.
-Hugo won a lot of technical awards. It was a bit of an Inception. Arghhh I miss Inception winning stuff.
-But the win of the night was definitely Bret McKenzie winning for 'Man or Muppet'. I'm so happy, and couldn't be a prouder Kiwi...and I can officially say that I know an Oscar winners Dad (how many of y'all can say that?) 'Man or Muppet' is such a great song - I've had a The Muppets medley in my head all day. I love what McKenzie said backstage that New Zealand produces a lot of Oscar winners "because you can do what you want there. Everyone in America is so obsessed with their careers." Bless him. That's why I want to be another one of those NZ Oscar winners. If only.
I don't have much to say about the actual show other than the fact that it was much better than last years, the montage at the end was lovely, and that there were actually standing ovations this year. That makes me all gooey inside. Anyway, for the best dressed of the night...
-Michelle Williams is so angelic...when Colin Firth was talking about her she literally looked like she was sent from the heaven's above. I loved her dress, plain and simple.
-Octavia Spencer has looked so consistently great this awards season. It may not top her purple Golden Globes dress, but she still looked like an Oscar winner.
-And my idol/queen Jessica Chastain looked AMAZING. Her hair is the most luscious thing I've ever seen. I wish I was her. WHY IS SHE SO PERFECT?! (I love how she gets all emotional at these shows too. I look forward to next year. And the year after that. And the year after that. And the 50 years after that)
And the worst dressed, just because I'm like the fashion police...
-Why was Anna Faris at the Oscars? Eh. I don't like sequins at the best of times, but black sequins with a sleeved dress isn't my idea of an Oscars dress.
-Eh, Jennifer Lopez. It looks like a strangely cut picnic cloth.
-Again with the sequins! It's not that I don't like Judy Greer, but that dress would probably not work on anyone.
Anyway, the Oscars are over, which means that Annual Awards Nerdism is over for another year (I'm gonna cry now). I only got 13 predictions right...which is not my best year at all. I'm definitely going to miss this series. I'm going to miss Happy Fassy, Lowkey Loki and Overwhelmed Owen. It feels like just yesterday that I thought of them! If you kept up with the series, thank you so much. From the bottom of my heart. I know it is so boring to have countless awards posts clogging up your field and that mine was just another one of them, so thank you for reading! Bring on the 2013 awards season!
Oh yeah - and this was my 800th post! Amazing stuff!