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Oscar liveblog #3
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Ladies and gentlemen: standing ovation for Kirk Douglas. He immediately thanks James, "who looks much better out of the cave," and Miss Hathaway: "she's GORGEOUS! Where were you when I was making pictures?" Hathaway claps her hands over her mouth and then fans herself. Oh, God bless him, he's saying something about the supporting actress nominees and I can't understand a word.

Actress in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams in “The Fighter”
Helena Bonham Carter in “The King's Speech”
Melissa Leo in “The Fighter”
Hailee Steinfeld in “True Grit”
Jacki Weaver in “Animal Kingdom”

Aw, HBC makes a "hate to watch myself" face out in the audience. Melissa Leo, who does look good in white and gold, waves at the camera. "And now, the moment we are all waiting for... Hugh Jackman is laughing. I don't know why everyone in Australia thinks I am funny. Colin Firth isn't laughing. He's British." Cut to Firth, who starts smiling in spite of himself. He keeps starting off with "You know..." and some new bit starts. An envelope within the envelope, (you know...) some business with a stick, (you know...) Colin Firth's laughing now! (You know...) "I'll never forget this moment! I lost all three times!" Eventual winner: Melissa Leo! Oh God, we are going to have the biggest wave of fur-coated campaigns next year. She bows to Douglas and kisses his hand. "Is this mine?" I'll give her this: she's a total ham about the whole thing, but she's really sweet about it. She asks him to pinch her (he does); Douglas says she's much better looking than in The Fighter; Leo asks him what he's doing later on. This is pretty much the best awards presentation in the history of the world. I have no idea what Leo just said because it started with "fucking" and got entirely muted out. She ends with "It's about SELLING MOTION PICTURES and RESPECTING THE WORK!" And then she walks off stage on Douglas's cane with Douglas leaning on her. That happened.

Hathaway, hysterically: "IT'S THE YOUNG AND HIP OSCARS!"

Ladies and gentlemen! Please welcome! Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis! Timberlake: "I... I'm Banksy." Kunis: "No... no you're not." Timberlake: "Ten years ago, the Academy introduced the Best Animated Feature award..." O...kay. But the background isn't animated, Justin! "I'm sure they make an app for that," he says, pulling out his phone. So of course, we get the Shrek "Far Far Away" backdrop, and Kunis tells him he missed a spot, and Timberlake looks very cranky, and I'm not sure what's going on.

Short Film (Animated)
“Day & Night” Teddy Newton
“The Gruffalo” Jakob Schuh and Max Lang
“Let's Pollute” Geefwee Boedoe
“The Lost Thing” Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann
“Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary)” Bastien Dubois

Kunis: "And the Oscar goes to..." Timberlake: "You know..." Winner: "The Lost Thing." ("WOOOO!") "Our film is about a creature nobody pays attention to, so this is quite ironic." Are the winners from New Zealand? The very short winner speaks first, then the very tall winner leans down and thanks his wife as the orchestra softly plays him off.

Animated Feature Film
“How to Train Your Dragon” Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois
“The Illusionist” Sylvain Chomet
“Toy Story 3” Lee Unkrich

"It'd be pretty cool if I was Banksy, though." "NO." Winner: Toy Story 3. omg help it's happening so fast.

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And the string of Oscar-nominated films that my wife and I actually watched winning is finally broken. We watched "How to Train Your Dragon." In another year, it might have won. Not up against Toy Story 3.

So true and that's sad that it's true. I was really surprised how well "How to Train Your Dragon" was in every aspect.

LOST THING- Shaun Tan is from Perth. The film (and the picture book) are superb!

Shaun Tan's The Arrival is a very popular book in my classroom :)

He's awesome. THE RABBITS is my absolute favourite... Also the RED TREE...

I fucking love Shaun Tan and I'm so delighted that he won. In addition to The Arrival which is just a work of genius, I also love his picture book about childhood depression (yeah), The Red Tree.

Did I miss something? Why are Brolin and Bardem matching?

I was thinking there was a skit or something but nothing so far, maybe just for fun?

And why are they in tuxes that are so ill-suited to their frames?

Leo said: "Two years ago Kate made this look so fucking easy!"

I'm sad "How to Train Your Dragon" didn't win. It was pretty much my favorite movie of the year. So adorable and hilarious and just really beautifully done without being quite as schmaltzy as "Toy Story 3."

I'm a bit sad as well, to tell the truth. I liked TS3. But I made the argument elsewhere, when the noms came out, that HTTYD really deserved the Oscar this year.

Because, TS3 was exactly as excellent as we have come to expect from a Pixar production. It did everything that we all already know that Pixar has mastered -- it represents technical proficiency while still being well-written and tugging on the emotions of its audience, no matter the age.

Whereas, when HTTYD came out, not only did it get raves, but everyone could not help but remark that it was completely different from what we had all come to expect from Dreamworks. Compared to other DW productions, it took chances (dialing way down on the contemporary references that have come to define that studio's body of work), and made extra effort to push its visual craft (such as by engaging Deakins to advise them on cinematography and lighting). They created a visually striking, well-written, and emotion-tugging film that, for the first time, had people comparing them favorably with Pixar.

So in terms of "achievement in animated film in 2010", it's my feeling that HTTYD represented the greater achievement. It's studio went further and took more chances in order to produce it. And I wish they could have been recognized for that. Pixar doesn't actually need another gold statue to convey to them that they're doing an ace job. But it would have been great for Dreamworks to be validated for what HTTYD represents.

Ah well.

Heck, I'd even call HTTYD the better movie. It achieved so much without relying on Pixar's mastery of schmaltzy heartstring-tugging. By the end I was all tugged-out and felt vaguely used (as opposed to utterly used up and emotionally raped after A.I., but that's another rant.) vs HTTYD, which was just fun and pretty and uplifting and awesome right up to the end. How they can turn Dramatic Dismemberment into a near non-issue was unique refreshing to say the least. (No 'oh poor me' from Hiccup. He just shrugged, smiled and hobbled out the door. BRILLIANT.)

Melissa Leo's deep curtsy to Kirk Douglas was very sweet.

Shaun Tan, the short guy who won for The Lost Thing, is Australian. He actually came and spoke at my Uni once, he's an awesome illustrator.

You write SO fast. Man, your fingers must hurt when the show is over.

Yeah, and I tend to lose steam about halfway through. I do type super fast, though. Thinking on your feet (fingers?) is the tiring part, really.

I probably shouldn't be watching the Oscers on mute, when Kirk Douglas came on I was mostly all "GET ON WITH IT OLD MAN". Still, I wasn't going to say no to looking at HBC's wonderful face some more.

I got recommended The Lost Thing, I should probably watch it huh.

Toy Story whoo. ♥

Yeah I don't get the missing spot thing, kind of confusing.

IKR? Was it supposed to be a Banksy-related joke? I just didn't get it.

I think it's either cause banksy is a graffiti artist, or cause for a second he acted like he actually did put the back ground up.

I think Shaun Tan (Lost Thing) is Australian. I'm so pleased for him! His illustrated writing/comics/graphic novels are amazing.

Huzzah! Aaron Sorkin has an Oscar. tyfyt.

I love Sorkin, but I was really rooting for the Cohens there...

Why isn't Tangled nominated for Best Animated Feature? Are they pretending it doesn't exist?

I think it's because it came out too late? IDK, really; I liked it far better than the others.

It just didn't get nominated, sadly. There weren't enough potential nominees to merit 5 instead of 3, apparently (I forget the magic number, I think it's 16).

Well, damn. :( I endlessly loved it.

It got surprisingly bad reviews with the Hollywood types. I thought it was terrific, myself.

I'm getting a feeling tonight will involve much snubbing of True Grit.

Looks like it. It just lost the only two it really had a chance of winning.

I suppose it could go for Directing, or Best Actor...

But I'm not as confident.

Awww, that was a lovely speech from David Seidler. Congrats to him!

Agreed! It was very charming and I love how he had the laughs on his side with his very first sentence.

The hope that the Academy leaves its youth and hipness at home next year. Oh dear God, Hathaway is going to sing...

"omg help it's happening so fast."

I think that's a feature, not a bug. The Oscars are notorious for dragging. Maybe tonight the producers are actually doing something about it.

Still upset that Tangled wasn't nominated. =(

Also, still thrown by lack of purple.

Was "fucking" bleeped out everywhere in the USA? Because it wasn't bleeped out in Canada. She said something like, "And last year Kate (Cate? Who does she mean, Bigelow?) made it look so fucking easy standing up here."

I was just gonna say that it wasn't bleeped out in Canada. Was she up against Kate Winslet when she (Kate) won? *googles* Yep. I'm wondering if she meant her?

All I heard was--trying to listen while I'm typing--was "something something fMUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUTE."

I wondered if it was beeped in the USA - we got the full 'fucking' in the UK.

Yep. FCC regs, and all that.

Kirk Douglas was the best moment of the whole night. I loved every second of him.

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