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Oscar liveblog #4
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The first Academy Awards were across the street, Anne Hathaway will have you know! Music noodles softly in the dim-lit background. Please welcome! Josh Brolin and Javier Bardem (cut to Penelope Cruz beaming in the audience. She's already had the baby, right?) in matching white jackets and bow ties! I really want ice cream now.

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
“127 Hours” Screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy
“The Social Network” Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin
“Toy Story 3” Screenplay by Michael Arndt; Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich
“True Grit” Written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
“Winter's Bone” Adapted for the screen by Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini

Winner: Aaron Sorkin, as expected. "It's hard to describe how it feels to hold the same award that Paddy Chayefsky won for another movie with the word Network in the title." Then he thanks his "long-suffering press rep." Because, you know... the drugs. Heh. "David Fincher made this movie, and he did it with an ungodly artfulness." OH STOP PLAYING HIM OFF. Piano seems to be the orchestra's weapon of choice this year--ah, here come the strings. Sorkin defiantly starts listing off EVERY SINGLE ACTOR WHO WAS IN THE MOVIE as the music keeps going more and more impatiently. "I am going to have to insist on some respect from your guinea pig," he says, and I have no idea what he's talking about because the strings are drowning him out.

Writing (Original Screenplay)
“Another Year” Written by Mike Leigh
“The Fighter” Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson;
Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson
“Inception” Written by Christopher Nolan
“The Kids Are All Right” Written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg
“The King's Speech” Screenplay by David Seidler

Well, here's a telling category. I love the way Bardem says "Cholodenko." Winner: The King's Speech. Okay, it's all over. Best Picture, right there. "The writer's speech," says the elderly Seidler. "Terrifying. My father always said I would be... a late bloomer." Huge laugh and applause. "I believe I am the oldest person to win this award. I hope this record is broken quickly and often." Aw. "There's so many people and they're saying wrap up now. I would like to thank the Queen, for not locking me in the Tower, for using The Melissa Leo F Word. This is for all the stutterers throughout the world. We have a voice. We have been heard." I want him to be my British writer grandpa now.

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Im so happy the King's Speech won. If it didn't, I was prepared to use this gif. Oh well, Ill use it anyways.

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Well, my mother FINALLY wants to see the movie, but they're putting it back in theaters with this scene cut out so it can have a PG-13. Guess I'll show the gif to her when we get home.

They're cutting this scene?!? LAME.

Not the whole thing -- just taking out a couple of the "f---s" from what I hear.

I still cant say I entirely approve.

But at least that's better than just hacking the whole scene out.

OMG - this so needs a "like" button like in facebook.

... this icon, maybe? Closest thing, anyway.

A lot of Australia is being thrown around tonight :D

Muting Anne now. Yowch.

(Not that I don't like her singing voice -- the bit is just stupid.)

I am with you, nice singing, but this is painful to watch and boring.

The whole show is very lackluster.

But it's an excuse for her to wear a slightly ill-fitting tux!

It was such a girl-tux. Own your drag and wear a /real/ tux!

I *really* want Hugh Jackman to get up and sing.

me too, why do all that and not have him sing?

Right? I really thought that at some point he was going to walk out and join her.

And I was so sure that he would! :( But I think Anne did well regardless, she's funny and I do love her voice.

I was disappointed it didn't happen!

Seidler's speech is the best so far. TBF, if it weren't, everything would be a bit tragic.

it really is, funny and sweet.

I love Reese Witherspoon's dress!

Very nice. And the giant ponytail is a good look for her.

she looks really good and pretty, though for a minute I thought she was Carrie Underwood.

The whole getup reminds me of Julia Roberts quite a few years back- classic: looked good then, still looks good :)

so true, she could go anywhere or anytime and look great; these are my favorite dresses.

Exactly what I was thinking! =D

She's a classy lady. I don't think I've ever seen her wear a ridiculous dress. This is, of course, a chance to prove me wrong.

I have to say, between The Social Network and The King's Speech, I am, for once in my life, rooting for the royals (I just, somehow, couldn't fall in love with TSN, perfectly good film though it is), but I wouldn't say it's a definite--The Social Network won the other Screenwriting award... [/pessimist]

TSN is undoubtedly stylish and sophisticated, but TKS is a much easier film to love. And like you, I think that counts for something.

TKS, lovely, lovely and well made as it is, is also unashamed, heartstring-pulling Oscar-bait and I love it, so... yeah, easy to love, definitely.

It's not even that I found TSN particularly "inaccessible", though--I love the so-called oddities, TSN is obviously a good film, I like Sorkin and I love Fincher, and I did like it. I just wasn't wowed, somehow.

I distinctly remember my first reaction when it was over being something like "so, this film essentially fabricates a story around a few key facts, sells it as ~the truth~ and gets hailed as a masterpiece; a few years ago, that Kidman-as-Diane Arbus biopic fabricated a story around a few key facts, did not sell it as any kind of truth and got panned as silly and gimmicky. Huh." So that might have something to do with it, I don't know. *shrug*

Excellent points.

Also, speaking of fabrications, the whole "all the women these guys knew were brainless drunken sluts" thing? What WAS that? (Especially since the real-life Zuckerberg had, and still has, a girlfriend who is no such thing.)

My theory is that they really, really wanted that (SPOILER!) ending shot of poor, twatish, lonely Zuckerberg feverishly refreshing his FB page and damn, they were going to twist the story until they got there.

I will say, though, that if you ignore, you know, reality, I find that little moment really touching--building up this colossal network partly because of her, partly to show her what she was missing, and in the end 1) she joins the network ("acknowledging" his masterpiece), but wants nothing to do with him, she has her own friends/life; he in turn, built all of that, but all he really wanted was for her to friend him back. Cheesy, yes, but OUCH.

And then my film-going partner leaned in and reminded me they're still together in real life. I may or may not have cursed everyone involved in the film at that moment.

"Well they're idiots"

"They've been knighted"

"Makes it official then"

ahhh one of the greatest lines from the movie.

Yes, I'm so glad they showed that one!

Christian's Jesus beard is still so distracting.

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That's true, and it appears he's tamed the beard a little since the SAGs.

This is hilarious.

After that speech I want to hug him. Shave him, and then hug him.

The guinea pig thing: he was talking to his son.

His daughter, actually. Her name is Roxie.

And Sorkin's all, "I wrote speeches for Martin Sheen. You WILL NOT STOP ME, FUCK YOU."

Awww, but it leaves out the "tits" at the end! He said it in such a cute little voice, it made the whole rant adorable.

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