The Oscars were last night, and they really sunk the ship not only that but they sunk it and had all the people on the ship jump off into the freezing cold water to perish slowly and painfully (just like the viewers). Not only where James Franco and Anne Hathaway the worst hosts i have ever witnessed, but the show tried to skew towards a younger demographic in the most pandering and sensory obusive way possible in a fake youtube collection of the years best movies mixed and autotuned to sound like what somepeople call music.
But on to the awards, nearly all the winners were easily predictable with a few exceptions. Example being why on earth did Alice in Wonderland even get nominated let alone walk away with 2 awards.
Best Director went to Tom Hooper who directed The King's Speech, i fine film filled with quality directing but the film didnt realy show any real directorial achievements or really even stand out in the department at all frankly. On the other hand David Fincher's direction in The Social Network was very impressive a director who usually brings a
particular flair to his movies held back in The Social Network in favor of letting the performances and the writing truly shine, that restrain by itself should be commended.
Another upset for me though was also clearly not surprisig was Colin Firth win for best actor in a leading role. Agian same situation as Tom Hooper for the same movie, The King's Speech, a very good performance both nothing special or unique about it. Jesse Eisenberg on the other hand gave a captivating and intense performance as Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network a character who was so easy to hate that it made it that much harder when u realized how amazing the perfromance was that in most situations you found yourself hoping to see him succeed no matter how terrible a person he seemed to be.
The last and biggest bummer for me was watching The King's Speech walk away with the biggest award of the night, The Best Picture. I cannot say enough how good that film is, but its not the best of anything, it was an extremly well made movie with great performances there are hundreds of movies like that. The Social Network on the other hand was not only THE BEST movie this year it was an important movie, people went to see the movies in droves and many people left with a completely new understanding of what happened in the development of Facebook one of the most popular tools of communication used today. The movie is iconic and it resonates well in this day and age.
Though i am upset with the overal outcome of the award show, there were some great deserving winners, Natalie Portman especially, in the only performance that has ever given me goosebumps. David Sedlier for best original screenplay, the one thing a truly enjoyed in The King's Speech was the dialouge. And finally best original score to Trent Reznor for The Social Network, the only score i have ever bought on iTunes a fitting score to a fantastic movie.