Oscars 2011 Where Have All the Surprises Gone?
Let's face it. It was unlikely that last night's 2011 Academy Awards show had any chance at being exciting. All major award categories had clear favorites to win, and as it turned out, except for the directing category, all the favorites won. For the Oscars to be a hit this year, it was going to have to rely on entertainment and great speeches.
I think that everyone is in agreement that the opening movie, in which Anne Hathaway and James Franco travel Inception style into many of the other nominated movies, was a big hit, probably the highlight of the night.
This is not the first time the Academy Awards used a non-comedian as a host. Hugh Jackman was a wonderful host in 2009 and Anne Hathaway, who can also sing and dance was his equal. Her "On My Own" number, mocking Hugh for standing her up, was another hightlight of the show. However, even though James Franco is well love and a great actor, hosting is not one of his strong points.
The King's Speech was the big winner of the night, winning best picture, actor (Colin Firth), director (Tom Hooper) and Original Screenplay (David Seidler). For a short while, it looked like The Social Network might have a shot at the big prize when it took some of the early awards such as Film Editing, Original Score and the anticipated Adapted Screenplay for Aaron Sorkin.
Inception won the awards for Cinematography, sound editing and mixing and visual design. Alice in wonderland won the Art Direction and Costume Design Awards, not surprising for a Tim Burton film.
All four acting awards went to the same winners that have been winning all season. Melissa Leo won again for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for The Fighter, although Kirk Douglas added some tension and laughter to this category. The tension came first from worrying if he would be able to get through all of the names, and then when he decided to have a little fun and prolong the suspense.Continued on the next page