Most of the nominations I picked. Never mind. I was a bit annoyed that True Grit didn't get anything though, it was a spectacular film. No real surprises apart from that Inception didn't get more, maybe the academy didn't understand it.
The ceremony itself was a great disappointment. Usually I am enthralled from start to finish, alas not this time. The opening was unoriginal, but promising and hilarious. The presenters I'm afraid to say just didn't work. I really like both of these actors, but there was no chemistry. Anne Hathaway was very coltish and a bit amateur. James Franco still had the smile, but didn't really appear to want to be there. What was he doing in that Marilyn dress? The crack about Charlie Sheen had been done before, but better, by the evil imp at the Golden Globes. The show didn't appear to be scripted. Or funny. Bring back Alec and Steve, or Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law, by far the best presenters of the night, although again, their whole schtick was done at the Globes. What were the organisers thinking first of all putting the owners of the two biggest heads in showbusiness, Javier Bardem and Josh Brolin together, and then wedging them into ill fitting cream suits making them look like overstuffed marionettes? I seem to remember it was a nod to the early days of Oscar, but the night was so disjointed it's difficult to tell. There were some highlights, all of the actual actors and presenters were great. Anne Hathaway has a stunning voice even if the lyrics about Hugh Jackman were slightly confusing. And what to say about King Colin and his regal speech, except pity he didn't show us his moves. Natalie Portman was graceful and despite her swirling hormones, didn't cry thank goodness. It seemed lethargic and unpolished. Harsh criticism maybe, but we've come to expect a level of glitz and professionalism from The Oscars, it's the night when us mere mortals can bathe in the pool of starry glamour. Here's an idea, why doesn't the academy ask Ricky Gervais to host it next year? Now that is one ride I would like front seats to.
THE OSCARS: I would like to reprimand the academy for disappointing me. 5/10