part two, to make it all easier to read.
2254: Best Visual Effects: Avatar.
I said: Avatar. Meh.
Speech: scattered, and little more than a list of names. 4 out of 10.
2252: Best Original Score -"Up"
I said: Avatar (James Horner). VERY glad to say I was wrong.
Speech: All the Pixar people seem to be genuinely nice, passionate people who are keen to encourage people rather than beat them down. 9 out of 10.
2247: Aha, here to flail around to the nominees for Best Original Soundtrack is a gang of people flipping their hair back and twirling each other around. Yawn. Oh, you can do three backflips in a row? Good for you, son.
2238: It's the "Christ, I thought he pegged oot years ago!" / "it's been longer than a year since he snuffed it, surely!" section. Incidentally, if that's the best James Taylor can do live, I'm glad I didn't mortgage my house for tickets last time he was in town. Shocking.
@tigerpop James Taylor : "some are dead and some are...well, they're all dead."
2236: Oh, Avatar won another one. Big surprise, even bigger whoop.
2235: Controversial comment of the day - Sandra Bullock may well be our generation's finest physical film comedian. She needs to stop acting.
2234: @Neil_Hamburger Not enough God-thanking this year. Pretty cocky; God watches this shit and the San Andreas Fault is about to blow!
2225: Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing. Does this category exist in the Bollywood version of the Oscars? Or is it retitled "Best Non-Worst Sound"?
2220: A salute to music in film. "Fletch" conspicuous by its absence.
2216: from an email by Michael Moore:
Some critics have hailed "The Hurt Locker" because the film "doesn't take sides" in the Iraq War -- like that's an admirable thing! I wonder if there were critics during the Civil War that hailed plays or books for being "balanced" about slavery, or if there were those who praised films during World War II for "not taking sides?" I keep reading that the reason Iraq War films haven't done well at the box office is because they've been partisan (meaning anti-war).
The truth is "The Hurt Locker" is very political. It says the war is stupid and senseless and insane. It makes us consider why we have an army where people actually volunteer to do this. That's why the right wing has attacked the movie. They're not stupid -- they know what Kathryn Bigelow is up to. No one leaves this movie thinking, "Whoopee! Let's keep these wars going another 7 years!"
James Cameron has been targeted by the crazy right, too. Because -- and Fox and Rush have this one correct, too -- "Avatar" is, in fact, an allegory for America -- a land stolen from an indigenous people who were slaughtered, a nation that not only allows corporations to call the shots but let's them privatize our wars (wars in distant places with the objective of controlling a dwindling energy resource), and a people who seem hell-bent on destroying the environment.
2215: A tweet from the man himself.
@AIannucci Ah well. It's still a hoot!
2213: Best Costume Design: The Young Victoria.
I said: "something that's not The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus". Curses. Foiled again.
Y'know, I would much rather have had Heath Leadger nominated for best actor for that than Batman.
2209: Art Direction: Avatar.
I said: Avatar. Duh. Next.
2200: Best Supporting Actress: Mo'Nique (Precious)
I said: Mo'Nique (Precious). Duh.
Speech: Irrationally defiant and borderline angry. Did I do something wrong? 0 out of 10.
@manostorgo If Mo'Nique thinks politics weren't involved in her nom/win she's got a long road ahead of her
@ElwoodJBlues The academy may not be about politics, but her acceptance speech sure was.
@elverbo Mo'Nique sure is dramatic for a stand-up. She attended Jamie Foxx School of Acting.
Best Adapted Screenplay: Precious.
I said: Geoffrey Fletcher (Precious) I was right. Bugger. It should have been Armando.
Speech: stop crying. 1 out of 10.
2143: Best Make-Up:"Star Trek"
I said: @spikester "best make-up" sounds more like a category in the MTV movie awards.
2134: Best Short Film: "Logorama"
Sorry, not up on these. The only time I've not snoozed through this category is when Aardman are up for something, or the time Dawn Lodge from TV's "Number 73" won an oscar. She didn't accept in rollerskates, more's the pity.
Best Documentary Short: "Music By Prudence". It's a brand new da-hey-hey-heeeyyy-ay. *ahem* Never mind.
2119: Aww, a tribute to John Hughes. "Baby's Day Out" is conspicuous by its absence.
@elverbo Molly Ringwald looks like a sad, sad stripper.
@ebertchicago John Hughes. The sight of Molly Ringwald and Matthew Broderick brings back so many good memories.
@JElvisWeinstein Pretty in Pink...kinda startling in purple.
@ebertchicago What a great Oscar moment! The children of John Hughes.
2117: Best Original Screenplay: Mark Boal, "The Hurt Locker".
I said: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen (A Serious Man) Pah! Wrong!
@ElwoodJBlues - Miley looks like a country-fried hooker.
@ebertchicago "Up" also wins Best Picture? Not a chance. It got all its votes in the animation category.
2100: Best Animated Film: "Up". I was right. Well deserved.
I said: Should Be: Up - Will Be: Up
Speech: Sweet, and he made his wife cry. 9 outta 10.