By Sandra Kraisirideja
I’ve never done a live blog post and wanted to give it a try for the 83rd Academy Awards. I used the Oscar app on my iPhone to choose my picks and tried to post them earlier but ran out of time. The show is starting in 10 minutes. Here we go…
8:36 p.m. “The King’s Speech” wins! I know at least one person who will not lose his faith in the Academy now. Even though there are 10 nominees the category seems to boil down to two films. I felt it was between “The Social Network” and “The King’s Speech.” I wanted “The Social Network” to win but not because I thought “The King’s Speech” was not worthy.
8:25 p.m. It’s nice when the presenters speak to the nominees about their performance for which they are nominated. It brings it down to a more personal level. Colin Firth is very deserving of the Oscar.
8:17 p.m. Natalie Portman is glowing with her pregnancy.
8:08 p.m. A quick Google search revealed that there have been several first-time nominee winners for Best Director, including Kathryn Bigelow last year. Here’s a list of the rest. I feel quite silly for not remembering this but I don’t claim to be a whiz with stats.
- Orson Welles for Citizen Kane (1941) (nominated)
- (1) Delbert Mann for Marty (1955) (win)
- Sidney Lumet for 12 Angry Men (1957) (nominated)
- Jack Claytonfor Room at the Top (1959) (nominated)
- (2) Jerome Robbins for West Side Story (1961) (win)
- Frank Perry for David and Lisa (1962) (nominated)
- Mike Nichols for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) (nominated)
- Warren Beatty/Buck Henry for Heaven Can Wait (1978) (nominated)
- (3) Robert Redford for Ordinary People (1980) (win)
- (4) James L. Brooks for Terms of Endearment (1983) (win)
- (5) Kevin Costner for Dances with Wolves (1990) (win)
- (6) Sam Mendes for American Beauty (1999) (win)
- Rob Marshall for Chicago (2002) (nominated)
- Bennett Miller for Capote (2005) (nominated)
- Paul Haggis for Crash (2005) (nominated)
8:05 p.m. What a lovely speech by Tom Hooper. It’s sweet that he shared that story about his mom.
8:03 There are some folks who just bumped up their chances in the Oscar pool by choosing Tom Hooper for Best Director. I wonder how many times a first-time nominee in this category has won?
8:01 p.m. I’ve noticed a lot of jewel tones, sequins and feathers in the dresses this year. I’ve enjoyed all of the gowns so far except for Cate Blanchette’s.
7:57 p.m. The In Memoriam section is always touching. The addition of Celine Dion was a nice touch.
7:23 p.m. I think the acceptance speech for Live Action Short Film is one of my favorite moments in the Oscar broadcast because it’s so great to see young filmmakers stand on the same stage as the other nominees. It’s great that they get to give their acceptance speech in front of millions.
7:20 p.m. Oprah looks gorgeous! I love her sassy curls.
7:08 p.m. “We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3” is my pick for Best Original Song but after seeing Zachary Levi and Mandy Moore perform it may go to “I See the Light” from “Tangled.”
6:56 p.m. After seeing the clips for the other films nominated for Best Makeup it’s clear that Rick Baker deserves the win for “The Wolfman.”
6:53 p.m. Many years ago a friend commented that whatever movie was nominated for both Sound Mixing and Editing would likely win both categories. I’ve followed his advice and chosen the correct winners every time. Of course the sound in “Inception” was quite stunning. I’ve also noticed that the Academy likes to give awards to rock stars who create music for the movies which is why I chose Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for “The Social Network.”
6:34 p.m. Christian Bale wins for “The Fighter.” I love that he can move so easily between dramas and big budget action movies. He has found a way to not be typecast as just one thing.
6:20 p.m. Doubling up the awards in the same categories certainly makes the show feel like it’s going faster. Aaron Sorkin gave a great speech, but I would expect that from a writer. I had hoped “Inception” would win for Original Screenplay, but as my good friend Kristine mentioned, “The King’s Speech” had better dialogue and she was right.
6:08 p.m. Is anyone surprised that “Toy Story 3” won for Best Animated Feature? I remember seeing an unfinished print of the movie at ShoWest in 2009. This has been a long road for Lee Unkrich and I love his passion for his work.
6:01 p.m. I loved the expression on Melissa Leo’s face when Kirk Douglas said her name. She looked dumbstruck. She’s an inspiration for any actress out there who thinks they will never achieve their dreams because they are past a certain age.
5:53 p.m. My choice for Best Supporting Actress is Melissa Leo who I think did an incredible job. I feel bad for Amy Adams because she was terrific also but Leo just dominates the screen.
5:46 p.m. I chose “Inception” for Cinematography and the Oscar goes to “Inception!”
5:42 p.m. Art Direction is the first award. That’s interesting. My choice is “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” but “Alice in Wonderland” wins. It’s possible that “Alice in Wonderland” will win for Costume Design.
5:41 p.m. Poor James Franco looks awfully nervous. He needs to relax!
5:37 p.m. I love that “Back to the Future” will always be the go-to time travel set piece for movie montages. I thought the opening was funny, especially the scenes from “The Fighter.” And did anyone else catch that Alec Baldwin joked on an episode of “30 Rock” that he doesn’t sleep on airplanes because he doesn’t want to get “incepted?”
5:31 p.m. The montage sequence was just OK.
5:26 p.m. My mom just told me that ABC has been broadcasting pre-show activities since 2 p.m.! It’s like the Super Bowl.
5:21 p.m. ABC just advertised it’s new show with Dana Delaney. She’s terrific and I would definitely watch it once to see how she does.