Always the bridesmaid…

Up late last night watching the Oscars on Sky.  Some good choices, not least of all Jeff Bridges – it’s about time he won one for best actor. Movies like The Big Lebowski, Arlington Road, The Fisher King and Seabiscuit have displayed the breadth of his talent, with a career that spans 40 or so years.

The winners are:

Best Picture: The Hurt Locker

Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker)

Best Actor: Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart)

Best Actress: Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side)

Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Waltz (Inglorious Basterds)

Best Supporting Actress: Mo’nique (Precious)

Best Foreign Language Film: El Secreto de Sus Ojos (The Secret of Their Eyes – Argentina)

Best Original Screenplay: Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker)

Best Animation – Up

Best Adapted Screenplay: Geoffrey Fletcher (Precious – based on the novel Push )

Best Art Direction: Avatar

Best Cinematography: Avatar

Best Sound Mixing: The Hurt Locker

Best Sound Editing: The Hurt Locker

Best Original Song: The Weary Kind (theme from Crazy Heart)

Best Original Score: Up

Best Costumes: The Young Victoria

Best Documentary Feature: The Cove

Best Documentary Short: Music by Prudence

Best Film Editing: The Hurt Locker

Best Make-up – Star Trek

Best Animated Short: Logorama

Best Live Action Short: The New Tenants

Best Visual Effects: Avatar

Dissapointed that Sci-Fi as a genre is once more relegated to the technical side of the Oscars – art direction, cinematography, effects, make-up.  So many Sci-fi and fantasy pictures have changed the way we make films, challenged our perceptions and provided creative inspiration over the years, yet it is a genre sadly lacking in the “best picture” field.  I don’t think Avatar should have won Best Picture, it was ok, but not brilliant.  District 9 on the other hand was a fantastic story, and challenged many perceptions of how we treat asylum seekers,  how easy it is to sink back into previous modes of existence to protect ourselves from the “unknown” or “alien” or “different”, superiority and arrogance (extremely fitting with the South African setting).  Ho hum, maybe next year.  I’m certainly looking forward to seeing what the cinema has to offer over the coming months!

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2 thoughts on “Always the bridesmaid…

  1. Kenny says:

    And you watch this self-obsessed orgy of ego-stroking and self-congratulation?

  2. Ali says:

    yeah – its the biggest (and most surreal) fantasy of the year Kenny 😛 although i do seem to remember dozing through some of it…

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