Recap: 82nd Academy Awards (winners and comments)

Articles | Mar 8th, 2010

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The 82nd Academy Awards aired last night and I’m assuming most of you saw it, well unless you live in the NY area and have Cablevision, then you missed the first 20 minutes. I don’t know what side is right or wrong, maybe they are both greedy pricks? I particularly hate Cablevision and The Dolans so I think it’s their fault haha. How convenient they are the one always in the middle of these disputes with the studios. But enough with that, the big news last night was that The Hurt Locker got 6 Oscars. The Hurt Locker and director Kathryn Bigelow beat out Avatar and James Cameron for Best Picture and Best Director. I think that was a little bit surprising. I would have thought that the two movies would have been split down the middle. Honestly, I didn’t like Hurt Locker. It was a bit boring, long, and not Best Picture quality in my mind.

Avatar is epic, and ground-breaking and that’s a movie I think of when I think of Best Picture. But I had a feeling it wasn’t going to win since the Academy rarely gives Oscars to movies like that (minus LOTR). This year reminded me of when Crash won, which just goes to show you last year sucked for movies as well. I bet no one will remember who won a year from now. Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin did a good job hosting I thought, or when you got to see them. Although, They seemed like they disappeared during the second half. For the most part, they played it safe with the jokes and didn’t step on anyone’s toes. Ben Stiller’s avatar bit wasn’t that funny, and probably would have been hilarious if Sacha Baron Cohen was along side him like they originally planned. Oh well.

Star Trek finally got an Oscar for Makeup! Up won for Best Animated Picture (was there any doubt?) and for Best Score. I love that movie and actually think it should have won for Best Picture, but that wasn’t going to happen. What else happened? Oh yeah, The Dude/ Flynn..Jeff Bridges finally got an Oscar for the movie Crazy Heart. I guarantee he was smoking it up after the show. Shit, he probably smoked up before hand too…with Woody Harrelson! Christoph Waltz won for Best Supporting Actor and that wasn’t a surprise; the guy was brilliant in Inglorious Basterds. Other than that, that’s pretty much it in a nutshell. Another year, another Best Picture movie (ie. Crash, No Country For Old Men…) that will soon be forgotten a year from now.


WINNER: The Hurt Locker

The Blind Side
District 9
An Education
Inglourious Basterds
A Serious Man
Up in the Air


WINNER: Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker

James Cameron, Avatar
Lee Daniels, Precious
Jason Reitman, Up in the Air
Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds


WINNER: Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side

Helen Mirren, The Last Station
Carey Mulligan, An Education
Gabourey Sidibe, Precious
Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia


WINNER: Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart

George Clooney, Up in the Air
Colin Firth, A Single Man
Morgan Freeman, Invictus
Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker


WINNER: Mo’Nique, Precious

Penélope Cruz, Nine
Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air
Maggie Gyllenhaal, Crazy Heart
Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air


WINNER: Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds

Matt Damon, Invictus
Woody Harrelson, The Messenger
Christopher Plummer, The Last Station
Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones


WINNER: Mark Boal, The Hurt Locker

Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman, The Messenger
Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, A Serious Man
Pete Docter, Bob Peterson & Tom McCarthy, Up
Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds


WINNER: Geoffrey Fletcher, Precious

Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci & Tony Roche, In the Loop
Neill Blomkamp & Terri Tatchell, District 9
Nick Hornby, An Education
Jason Reitman & Sheldon Turner, Up in the Air

Best Foreign Language Film

WINNER: El Secreto do Sus Ojos (Argentina)

Un Prophete (France)
The White Ribbon (Germany)
Ajami (Israel)
The Milk of Sorrow (Peru)

Best Animated Film


Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Princess and the Frog
The Secret of Kells

Best Documentary

WINNER: The Cove

Burma VJ
Food, Inc.
The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
Which Way Home

Best Editing

WINNER: The Hurt Locker

District 9
Inglourious Basterds

Best Visual Effects

WINNER: Avatar

District 9
Star Trek

Best Song

WINNER: “The Weary Kind,” Crazy Heart, T-Bone Burnett & Ryan Bingham

“Almost There,” The Princess and the Frog, Randy Newman
“Down in New Orleans,” The Princess and the Frog, Randy Newman
“Loin de Paname,” Paris 36, Reinhardt Wagner & Frank Thomas
“Take It All,” Nine, Maury Yeston

Best Score


Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Hurt Locker
Sherlock Holmes

Best Cinematography

WINNER: Avatar

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
The White Ribbon

Best Sound Mixing

WINNER: The Hurt Locker

Inglourious Basterds
Star Trek
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Best Sound Editing

WINNER: The Hurt Locker

Inglourious Basterds
Star Trek

Best Costume Design

WINNER: The Young Victoria

Bright Star
Coco Before Chanel
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Best Art Direction

WINNER: Avatar

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Sherlock Holmes
The Young Victoria

Best Makeup

WINNER: Star Trek

Il Divo
The Young Victoria

Best Live-Action Short

WINNER: The New Tenants

The Door
Instead of Abracadabra
Miracle Fish

Best Documentary Short

WINNER: Music by Prudence

China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province
The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner
The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant
Rabbit à la Berlin

Best Animated Short

WINNER: Logorama

French Roast
Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty
The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte)
A Matter of Loaf and Death


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