Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Post-Oscar ponderings

Posted By on Wed, Feb 27, 2008 at 9:39 AM

Highlights of this year’s Academy Award telecast:

* Host Jon Stewart bringing Best Original Song co-winner Marketa Irglova (for Once’s “Falling Slowly”) back to the stage to give her acceptance speech after being cut off by the orchestra.

* Cate Blanchett as the pit bull in No Country for Old Men.

* Marion Cotillard’s giddy, impassioned acceptance speech for winning Best Actress for La Vie En Rose.

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* Javier Bardem’s equally emotional acceptance speech for winning Best Supporting Actor for No Country for Old Men.

* Presenter Jennifer Garner looking awesome as always.

The low points:

* The often shoddy CGI work in The Golden Compass winning Best Visual Effects over the far more spectacular FX in Transformers.

* The wax museum piece Elizabeth: The Golden Age winning Best Costume Design over Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (and, even though it didn’t have a chance, Across the Universe).

* Seven-time Oscar-nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins losing two more times (for both No Country for Old Men and The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford).

* Having to see that damn Jerry Seinfeld bee from Bee Movie once again.

* Learning that director Michael Bay (Bad Boys II, Pearl Harbor) is a member of the Academy. WTF?

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