So, meow - I'm tired after staying up well after midnight to watch the Oscar telecast. Anne Hathaway and James Franco did a better job than expected - LOVED the special appearance by Billy Crystal and the "ghost" of Bob Hope! As usual, Robert Downey Jr. was in top form. Just love the way that guy can poke fun at himself and his past! He's really come a long way. He's always been one of my master's favorite actors (since well long before Ally McBeal) and it's very gratifying to see his talent has not been wasted.
And really, were there any surprises? Just once, I'd love to see an upset. I was kinda praying for my favorite Amy Adams to upset Melissa Leo (Amy is my master's choice to play her character Autumn Hathaway, if that book ever gets resurrected) and was REALLY HOPING FOR the Social Network to take top honors, but...rather a yawn, actually. (BIG CLUE THE SOCIAL NETWORK WOULDN'T WIN: When the Academy starts awarding the minor awards to a picture, it usually means they are "consolation prizes" to make up for them giving Best PIcture to someone else - so when SN started to pick up best sound, etc., we kinda knew THE KING'S SPEECH was in. )
Loved also Anne Hathaway's singing bit and her jabs at Hugh Jackman (who's porking up a bit, I think) Her and James Franco did a very capable job. There is definitelylife for that young man after GENERAL HOSPITAL.
In case you missed it, Here are the winners of the biggest prizes of the night.
Best PictureWinner: "The King's Speech."
The nominees were: "Black Swan," "The Fighter," "Inception," "The Kids Are All Right," "The King's Speech," "127 Hours," "The Social Network," "Toy Story 3," "True Grit," and "Winter's Bone."
Best Leading ActorWinner: Colin Firth for "The King's Speech."This is Firth's first Academy Award win and his second nomination. He was nominated in 2010 for "A Single Man."
The nominees were: Javier Bardem, "Biutiful"; Jeff Bridges, "True Grit"; Jesse Eisenberg, "The Social Network"; Colin Firth, "The King's Speech"; and James Franco, "127 Hours."
Best Leading ActressWinner: Natalie Portman for "Black Swan."This was her first Academy Award win and second nomination. She was previously nominated in 2005 for Best Supporting Actress in "Closer."
The nominees were: Annette Bening, "The Kids Are All Right"; Nicole Kidman, "Rabbit Hole"; Jennifer Lawrence, "Winter's Bone"; Natalie Portman, "Black Swan"; and Michelle Williams, "Blue Valentine."
Best DirectorWinner: Tom Hooper for "The King's Speech."This is Hooper's first Academy Award and nomination.
The nominees were: Darren Aronofsky, "Black Swan"; David O. Russell, "The Fighter"; Tom Hooper, "The King's Speech"; David Fincher, "The Social Network"; and Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, "True Grit."
Best Supporting ActorWinner: Christian Bale for "The Fighter."This is Bale's first Academy Award and nomination.
The nominees for Best Supporting Actor were: Christian Bale, "The Fighter"; John Hawkes, "Winter's Bone"; Jeremy Renner, "The Town"; Mark Ruffalo, "The Kids Are All Right"; and Geoffrey Rush, "The King's Speech."
Best Supporting ActressWinner: Melissa Leo for "The Fighter."After a lengthy wind-up from presenter Kirk Douglas, Leo won the Oscar. Leo was previously nominated for Best Actress for her work in "Frozen River."
The nominees for Best Supporting Actress were: Amy Adams, "The Fighter"; Helena Bonham Carter, "The King's Speech"; Melissa Leo, "The Fighter"; Hailee Steinfeld, "True Grit"; and Jacki Weaver, "Animal Kingdom."
You can get a full list of all the winners at oscar.com
Now, kiddies, I have to rest up. along with my much anticipated DARK SHADOWS post, I also have some suggestions on new PNR series I've found, and much more planned for this week so...don't change that channel!