Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Oscars, 2008.

Yeah, I know it’s a half a week after the event, but I don’t have Sky, OK? Blame them, not me!

The results:

Best Motion Picture: "No Country for Old Men."
Lead Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, "There Will Be Blood."
Lead Actress: Marion Cotillard, "La Vie en Rose."
Supporting Actor: Javier Bardem, "No Country for Old Men."
Supporting Actress: Tilda Swinton, "Michael Clayton."
Director: Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, "No Country for Old Men."
Foreign Language Film: "The Counterfeiters," Austria.
Adapted Screenplay: Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, "No Country for Old Men."
Original Screenplay: Diablo Cody, "Juno."Animated Feature Film: "Ratatouille."
Art Direction: "Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street."
Cinematography: "There Will Be Blood."
Sound Mixing: "The Bourne Ultimatum."
Sound Editing: "The Bourne Ultimatum."
Original Score: "Atonement," Dario Marianelli.
Original Song: "Falling Slowly" from "Once," Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova.
Costume: "Elizabeth: The Golden Age."
Documentary Feature: "Taxi to the Dark Side."
Documentary Short Subject: "Freeheld."
Film Editing: "The Bourne Ultimatum."
Makeup: "La Vie en Rose."
Animated Short Film: "Peter & the Wolf."
Live Action Short Film: "Le Mozart des Pickpockets (`The Mozart of Pickpockets')."
Visual Effects: "The Golden Compass."

What I liked: -
- Marion Cotillard’s speech. It was heartfelt, teary, emotional, and the joy shone all over. The big bear hug she shone with Forest Whitaker after was utterly adorable too. I already own two pictures of that bear hug, because it’s just so… aww!
- Jon Stewart presenting. Some of his jokes (Jolie’s babysitter, for example) felt like they’d been said a couple of times before that night in some form or another, but he was still a darn good host with charisma and comic timing to boot. "Thank god for pregnancy" and his joke about Cate Blanchett were amongst the night's finest moments.
- Furthermore, letting Marketa Irglova come back on stage after Glen Hansard had hogged the limelight and Bill Conti's orchestra had cut her off was a really classy thing to do (did anyone notice that whilst he babbled away, she stood behind him, looking like there was gonna be trouble when they got home late?). Her speech was also lovely, really genuine and heartfelt, in such a short space of time.
- Daniel Day-Lewis getting “knighted” by Dame Helen. That was really amusing. His
speech was pretty good too, thanking his grandfather, his dad, and the actor who played his adopted son in TWBB, but he loses marks for that bit about “springing like a golden sapling out of the mad, beautiful head of Paul Thomas Anderson." Bung?
- Tilda Swinton likening the Oscar to her agent.
- Javier Bardem speaking to his mother directly in Spanish during his speech. Men who still care for their mummies are total ♥.
- Audience reactions. Cate Blanchett’s look at hearing Marion Cotillard’s name called out was hilarious, and it was great watching Frances McDormand in the audience getting all excited and emotional about the Coen Brothers' win.
- Cate Blanchett truly cheering everyone throughout, like a real movie fan. I’d been ragging on her at the beginning of Oscar season because I was bitter about her taking Saoirse’s Oscar (which didn’t even happen… lol) but I guess having already won one, she didn’t mind that others got it, and her reactions throughout the night were all spirited and great.
- Diablo Cody's speech, especially her calling Ellen Page "superhuman", and Jack Nicholson's blatant perving on her. Priceless.
- James McAvoy. He could have done with a shave, but... I still would. The glimpses of Saoirse Ronan rocked too, she looked young and naive, yet mature and classy. ♥ And she stayed so close to James McAvoy and Ann-Marie Duff at the Governer's Ball! Aww!
- The kissing! Whether it be kissing a trophy, kissing George Clooney or kissing arse, there was a noticable lot more of it this year than previously. I reckon it's all down to 4 Europeans winning the 4 acting prizes. A kiss on the mouth was quite continental.
- Just the all round good taste of the stars and everyone there. Sure, there were duddy jokes, but on the whole, everyone had made a real effort and their star power shone throught. Ellen Page and Saoirse Ronan are destined to be stars.

What I didn’t like: -
- Atonement winning just one?!?!?!?! The score was integral to the film and I’m really glad Dario Marianelli got rewarded, but come on people!!! Its set! Its green dress! Saoirse Ronan!!!
- The performance of Happy Working Song, without Disney animals in the background. It just… doesn’t work without them, it’s an interactive song! Whichever idiot decided that Amy Adams should stand up onstage on her own deserves to get punished thoroughly.
- The performance of That's How You Know, by Kristin Chenoweth. She just didn't exude any of Amy Adam's loveliness.
- The bee montage when Jerry Seinfeld's "Bee" of the non-entity Bee Movie gives out an award. How dare they cut Marketa’s speech, and allow a crappy plug of a crappy movie?
- The Coens looking so utterly… unexcited about winning. I heard on Classical fm that one of them takes Oscars seriously and the other one couldn’t care less, but to be honest, they both looked rather blasé about it all. When contrasted with Scorsese’s delight, they seemed even more bored. (Still glad they won though.)
- DDL's earrings. He's a class act, but, no.
- The Diving Bell and the Butterfly coming away with nothing. nada. rien. Poop.


Final note:
The Oscars apparently hit an all-time low with viewing figures this year. I would so have watched live if it was actually broadcast on terrestrial TV, people! Overall, with the exceptions of a few moments, I didn’t find it a massively exciting ceremony, but it was still a “nice” one. I don't agree with a lot of the choices (heck, I feel quite strongly that Transformers got snubbed), but those that did win were so gracious and lovely that it would be churlish to complain.

Lovely images:







Catherine said...

Is it okay if I steal that screengrab of Cate Blanchett's face on Cotillard's win? It's priceless. I do love her so.

Banana Raccoon said...

Sure, go ahead! I stole it from another forum myself. :D

Monkey said...

Yay for The Counterfeiters.

did you see the interviews with saoirse before the oscars emma? She is really huggable and lovely

Banana Raccoon said...

Well, I've seen one so far, and she was eating an Easter egg in it, and yeah I agree, she is so ADORABLE!!! I just want to pick her up and smother her with hugs and kisses! You know me, I usually find child actors annoying and precocious, but Saoirse is such a delight.

Monkey said...

yeah she's a delight

how's school?

Besty said...

I'd give my right leg to be Forest Whitaker in that image.

Banana Raccoon said...

That big bear hug was one of the most heartwarming moments in Oscar history. In fact, Marion Cotillard reminded me a lot of Robbie Keane in his celebration of the Carling Cup - you know, talking about how much it meant to them, and hugging everyone. Really heartwaming stuff.

School's OK I guess. It won't be next week though: mocks! *dies*

Anonymous said...

Cotillard's speech was my favorite of the night. Stunning actress.

Kayleigh said...

I haven't watched the whole show, only the highlights. My favourite moments were:

* James Mcavoy and Josh Brolin presenting an award together.
* Saoirse's dress.
* Marion Cotillard's speech. She deserved the award and was so sweet and surprised.
* Javier Bardem's Spanish bit to his mum, didn't he look good!?
* Falling Slowly. Low Key and beautiful.
* The Coen's thanking people for 'letting them play in their corner of the sandbox' I don't think they were too elated to be there but they're too cool as it is.

anahita said...

I haven't watched it, but it does sound, as you said, a "nice" ceromony, nothing spectacular. I'm not really that fussed on watching it now I know who won, and I am disappointed for the poor wins for Atonement. It deserved sooo much more. There did seem to be some really sweet heartwarming moments though.

anyway, emma, what work experience did you do last year (seeing as our subject paths are so similar)? I really wanted to work in a bank, as I did in year 10, but they won't let me anymore, app. something to do with confidentiality. urgh...

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Georgina Best said...

I haven't got Sky either so this was a great resume. I so love it when they cry!

Jen (MahaloFashion) said...

Marion was so cute and genuine!!

Just a girl said...

Alas, I was not able to watch the show as I started uni on Sunday and have been occupied/abused ever since (actually Monday night was really fun trivia) and I'm bummed I missed it.

I cannot believe Atonement was not rewarded more; what about Best Cinematography? Best Supporting Actress?

I'm very happy that Juno won best original screenplay; well deserved.

Great screenshot of Marion.

Fantastic review overall, once again Emma. Why watch when I can read this? ;-)

Just a girl

Anonymous said...

Marion Cotillard was indeed the star of the night.

Anonymous said...

Queen Elizabeth’s Government

a. Source A shows that even above Queen Elizabeth, Parliament was the highest power in England. They read each law 3 times, after which, no-one could complain and must accept the law, and that was how a Law was passed. Parliament had a lot of power, as they represented every man in the country when a Law was made.

b. Source B shows that Elizabeth chooses what her Parliament can and cannot discuss. They could not discuss what kind of religion the Parliament could have. In this source, Queen Elizabeth is telling Parliament what she will and will not accept, which disagrees with source A, which said that Parliament were the greatest power – source B is saying that Elizabeth has power over them. It also disagrees with Source A in that source B writes it is Elizabeth who chooses to pass laws, and Parliament only has the right to agree or disagree, but they cannot choose for it to be passed or not.

Source A writes as if it was Parliament that had the final say on laws, but it is only if the law has been agreed to by the Queen. When it says, in Source B, “speak with loyalty,” it is of loyalty to the Queen. When she tells them they have free voice, it is only of matters such as finance, which disagrees with Source A, saying that the highest power was Parliament.

c. I think that sources A and B disagree because they were both written by different people, and for a different audience. Source A was written by Elizabeth’s ambassador in France, so he may not have actually been present in any of the Parliament meetings. It was also written for a book, and as an ambassador, Thomas Smith may have wanted to make the government in England sound better than it was. As he was in France, he may have heard details of the meetings from people who disliked Elizabeth and England, and therefore would have wanted to make it sound as if Parliament had control over her.

Elizabeth, who had a different experience of Parliament, as she had met with them 13 times over her reign, however, wrote source B. She was the Queen, so would have felt power and control over government. Also, she would always need to give a effect of power, so the note may have been to assert her power rather than an actual order – she may not have expected it to be followed, but it was significant to show them that she was in charge. If she really wanted her order to be taken seriously, she probably would have been there and said it, instead of putting it on a note.

However, though she had power over them, there were often conflicts between her and Parliament. They disagreed on areas such as religion and when or if she was going to get married and Parliament was becoming aware of how they were just being used to help enforce taxes and pass laws, and it is said that Elizabeth lost control of Parliament – she often had to arrest them or close Parliament to stop them from discussing things she did not find appropriate. Nonetheless, Parliament was slowly rebelling, and this led to a Civil war in the 1640s.

The two sources were also written at different times – Source A was written in 1565, during the first half of Elizabeth’s reign. Source B was written later, and during this time, Elizabeth became stricter on her Parliament, and changed many of her approaches to it.. So what Thomas Smith wrote could have been true, to his knowledge.

edward said...

I can stomach most drug-taking scenes