The 80th Annual Academy Awards – A Quick Round Up.

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

2008 oscars best dressed
(from left to right) Katherine Heigl, Jennifer Garner, Miley Cyrus, Ellen Page, Laura Linney, Heidi Klum, Anne Hathaway, Helen Mirren

Hilary’s Worst Dressed

2008 oscars worst dressed
(from left to right) Cameron Diaz, Kristin Chenoweth, Marion Cotillard, Jessica Alba, Cate Blanchett,Jennifer Hudson, Penelope Cruz, Tilda Swinton

Pictures from Academy Awards

Until next year…..

3 Responses to “The 80th Annual Academy Awards – A Quick Round Up.”
  1. Mighty Mo Says:

    I missed the first hour or so of the show. Perhaps it was better than the last half I saw.

    My review of what I saw: Yawn…

  2. Hilary Shepherd Says:

    I would say the whole show was yawn worthy. I’ve notice that the Oscars get more and more boring each year. Perhaps that’s why this year’s ratings were so low. And why the MTV Award shows get such high ratings – they’re way more fun.

  3. EOnline Says:

    Colin Farrell was looking handsome wearing Dunhill and with his mother as his escort for the night. We wonder why Colin’s new love interest, pilot turn romantic interest, was absent from the event.

    Sources say after the gala, Colin found Mother a cup of hot cocoa, and waited in line like all the rest for their car to appear.

    Now, here’s where it gets interesting. The car dropped the pair off at Colin’s new Los Angeles home, drove immediately to the Hilton Hotel, picked up a dark haired woman and drove her back to the home. Lights were on until almost four AM and then slowly were extinguished one by one.

    Now, Colin is up in Vancouver Canada filming and the personnel on the set have been cautioned about not talking in public regarding Colin and his new love. Seems the woman is a Roman Catholic, married but living separate from his husband. Though she’s seeking a divorce, her husband is a high ranking official at the national level of the Knights Of Columbus, and is even involving bishops to prevent this marriage from ending.

    We hope Colin and his new love can be happy. But we also predict we are about to see just how down the Roman Catholic church can get when love and celebrities are involved.

    We’re in hopes this woman won’t have her wings clipped.