The 80th Annual Academy Awards were last night on ABC. I took some notes…
*Regis Philbin was the red carpet host. An alright choice I guess.
*George Clooney was the first celebrity to talk with Regis. George’s girlfriend Sarah was a simple beautiful.
*Helen Mirren was gorgeous as usual; she really knows how to dress her body.
*Hilary Swank is not pretty – at least not from the neck up. She looks like a horse. Yeah! I said it!
*Jack Nicholson has hair this year, and is (of course) wearing sunglasses.
*The ceremony started promptly at 5:30pm Pacific time.
The opening sequence consisted of an animated Hollywood with an armored truck speeding through the streets passing characters from movies past. The truck stopped in front of the Kodak Theater to drop off the Oscar statues. And who do you suppose was driving the truck? None other than the Terminator (and California Governor) Arnold Schwarzenegger, naturally.
Jon Stewart was once again the host, and he did a splendid job. I don’t have cable so I don’t get to watch the Daily Show, and I miss it thoroughly.
The presenters and winners (in order of appearance):
1. Jennifer Garner – Achievement in Costume Design: Elizabeth: The Golden Age
2. Anne Hathaway & Steve Carell – Best Animated Feature Film: Ratatouille
3. Katherine Heigl – Achievement in Makeup: La Vie en Rose
4. Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) – Best Visual Effects: The Golden Compass
5. Cate Blanchett – Art Direction: Sweeny Todd
6. Jennifer Hudson – Best Supporting Actor: Javier Bardem for No Country for Old Men
7. Owen Wilson!! – Best Live Action Short Film: Le Mozart des Pickpockets
8. Jerry Seinfeld “Bee” – Outstanding Animated Short Film: Peter and the Wolf
9. Alan Arkin – Best Supporting Actress: Tilda Swinton for Michael Clayton
10. Josh Brolin & James McAvoy – Best Adapted Screenplay: Ethan Coen & Joel Coen for No Country for Old Men
11. Seth Rogen & Jonah Hill – Achievement in Sound Editing: Bourne Ultimatum… Achievement in Sound Mixing: Bourne Ultimatum
12. Forest Whitaker – Best Actress: Marion Cotillard for La Vie en Rose
13. Renee Zellweger – Achievement in Film Editing: Bourne Ultimatum
14. Penelope Cruz – Best Foreign Language Film: Austria for The Counterfeiters
15. John Travolta – Best Song: “Falling Slowly” from Once
16. Cameron Diaz – Achievement in Cinematography: There Will Be Blood
17. Amy Adams – Best Original Score: Atonement
18. Soldiers in Baghdad – Best Documentary Short Subject: Freeheld
19. Tom Hanks – Best Documentary Feature: Taxi to the Dark Side
20. Harrison Ford – Best Original Screenplay: Diablo Cody for Juno
21. Helen Mirren – Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis for There Will Be Blood
22. Martin Scorsese – Achievement in Directing: Ethan Coen & Joel Coen for No Country for Old Men
23. Denzel Washington – Best Picture: No Country for Old Men
*The ceremony ended at 8:45pm Pacific time.
There were montages and flashbacks through 80 years of Oscars, and little video clips of past winners talking about their win. There was also the normal ‘In Memoriam’ sequence which ended with Heath Ledger, but left out Brad Renfro; which didn’t really sit right with me.
And of course, there was the fashion…
Hilary’s Best Dressed
Hilary’s Worst Dressed
Pictures from People.com Academy Awards
Until next year…..