Here's Cameron Diaz to trip over the word "cinematography." "I can do this," she sasses, hand on hip. Heh. Robert Elswit wins for There Will Be Blood. Ooo, he also did Good Night and Good Luck; I was really impressed with the way he used pipe tobacco smoke (according to David Strathairn) instead of normal cigarettes in that one. Elswit says "it really belongs to Paul [Thomas Anderson]," but that they are also "standing on the shoulders of Daniel Day-Lewis." Which is sweet.
Ohhhhhh Lord, here's Hilary Swank. Break out your hankies, it's the Annual Death March of Deathly Death. Also: DON'T CLAP. A caption onscreen notes that the memorial includes those who died between February 1, 2007 and January 31, 2008. The montage includes (as many names as I could grab, certainly not all): Roscoe Lee Brown, Barry Nelson, Kitty Carlisle Hart, Betty Hutton, Calvin Lockhart, Jane Wyman, Jack Valenti, Michael Kidd, Michelangelo Antonioni, Delbert Mann, Monty G. Westmore, Bud Ekins, Bernard Gordon, Dabbs Greer, Harold Michelson, Laraine Day, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Lois Maxwell, Laszlo Kovacs, Robert Clark, George Jenkins, Johnny Grant, Donfeld, Sembene Ousmane, Miyoshi Umeki, Suzanne Pleshette, Deborah Kerr, Peter Ellenshaw, Peter Zinner, Freddie Francis, Ingmar Bergman, Ray Evans, William Tuttle, and, of course, Heath Ledger. (Sister Girl called me specifically to bitch that "that was the most anticlimactic thing ever.") Interesting omission: Brad Renfro, who passed away before Ledger. Not quite sure what was up with that.
Commercials! But no time to hit post! Here's Amy Adams (IN BLACK! Wait, no, it's still the dark green) to the orchestral strains of "Happy Working Song." Here, let us play famous musical cues! The writers really didn't have much time, did they? Best Original Score, for which I am studiously not cheering! YAY DARIO MARIANELLI! Although I also would have been very happy with Michael Giacchino (pssst! When is the Monster Opera going to be released for download?!). Aww, Saoirse Ronan and James McAvoy are sitting together. I have heard, by the way, that Keira Knightley--with no presenting duties this year--decided to stay home and watch in her pajamas like the rest of us. Anyway! Yay Dario Marianelli! I love his scores for both V for Vendetta and Pride and Prejudice. Good times.
Here's Tom Hanks with God knows what. Oh wow, live video from Baghdad. "We watch a ton of movies over here and we love 'em all." Awww, the soldiers are reading the list of nominees for Documentary Short! Holy crow, they even read the winner--how did Price Waterhouse manage that? Do they have, like, two accountants in camo over in Iraq? The winner (for "Freeheld") is sobbing. (Plot summary, since her speech made me curious: "Lieutenant Laurel Hester is dying. All she wants to do is leave her pension benefits to her life partner - Stacie.")
Tom Hanks again, this time with Documentary Feature. They are all very grim--Hanks gets to the line "a lifeline of hope," adding, "Finally, hope." Winner: Taxi to the Dark Side. Yes, over Sicko. Which I'm perfectly fine with. I'm just saying.
Coming up: Best Actor, Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay. There's a part of me that wonders if they left screenplay so late because Juno will probably win, and Juno--actually the highest-grossing Best Picture nominee this year--may be the Oscars' hope of holding on to a younger demographic. I really am too cynical, aren't I?