Academy Awards 2010 Round-Up

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Does every Academy Award bring something different to the table? For the most part yes, since viewership increased to 40 million+ viewers this year, as opposed to 36 million last year. What exactly brought that increase?

One could say the list of movies on deck to receive awards last night: the 3D age now approaching even faster because of James Cameron’s “Avatar”, or the controversy with Director Lee Daniels’ in-your-face approach to  “Precious”.

Or maybe it was the fashion? A few hits and misses:

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Sandra Bullock won best actress last night for her role as a sympathetic no-nonsense mom on “The Blind Side”, and managed to shimmer in this metallic Marchesa sheath. Nice touch on the lipstick! Grade: A

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Queen Latifah doesn’t fail to disappoint in this number. Nice touch on the classier side of the color pink! Grade: B+

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Monique has had a hell of a year hasn’t she? Although her recently admitting to not shaving her legs in a recent Barbara Walters interview, I’m giving an A just because she’s covering her legs up! Ok, and because she won for her role in “Precious”. Grade: A

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Zoe Saldana turns heads, and maybe it’s the gracefulness of her many years of ballet training that makes her stand out so different from the rest. Grade: B+

and the complete list of winners from that night:

BEST PICTURE
The Hurt Locker

BEST DIRECTOR
Kathryn Bigelow

BEST ACTOR
Jeff Bridges

BEST ACTRESS
Sandra Bullock

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christoph Waltz

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Mo’nique

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Mark Boal, The Hurt Locker

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Geoffrey Fletcher, Precious

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
El Secretro de sus Ojo, Argentina

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Up

ART DIRECTION
“Avatar” Art Direction: Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg; Set Decoration: Kim Sinclair

CINEMATOGRAPHY
“Avatar” Mauro Fiore

COSTUME DESIGN
“The Young Victoria” Sandy Powell

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
“The Cove” Nominees to be determined

DOCUMENTARY SHORT
“Music by Prudence” Roger Ross Williams and Elinor Burkett

FILM EDITING
“The Hurt Locker” Bob Murawski and Chris Innis

MAKEUP
“Star Trek” Barney Burman, Mindy Hall and Joel Harlow

ORIGINAL SCORE
“Up” Michael Giacchino

ORIGINAL SONG
“The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)” from “Crazy Heart” Music and Lyric by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett

ANIMATED SHORT
“Logorama” Nicolas Schmerkin

LIVE ACTION SHORT
“The New Tenants” Joachim Back and Tivi Magnusson

SOUND EDITING
“The Hurt Locker” Paul N.J. Ottosson

SOUND MIXING
“The Hurt Locker” Paul N.J. Ottosson and Ray Beckett

VISUAL EFFECTS
“Avatar” Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham and Andrew R. Jones

All of us have our favorite movies and nominees but for me, it was more interesting what happened post-Oscars.

For example, “Precious” star Gabourey Sidibe was ridiculed by shock jock Howard Stern in ways I won’t say here, but basically he was saying she won’t get another role other than on “The Blind Side 2” as a linebacker.

Well, surprise Howard! She finished up shooting another film and is in post production for another show, so be on the lookout for those! What was your favorite part of the awards?

Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments!

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