It is over! The Academy Awards have come and gone for 2011. The verdict? Not too bad. The theme was going to the movies and I will dare say this was the best show in a LONG time. It felt faster paced (liked the combining of categories)–fresh (loved the Cirque du Soleil piece and the pre-recorded interviews)–and funny (Billy Crystal was fantastic–and there were some funny bits due to Robert Downey, Jr and Emma Stone). The theme was cool–especially for all of us cinephiles–I could relate to many of the comments made about film, their impact and importance in our lives.
There were no real big surprises, except for Meryl Streep‘s win–everyone was certain it would go to Viola Davis (even Streep herself)–but no one can be upset though because Streep is amazing. Period. And her speech was lovely.
I was also pleased that Hugo was getting some love, but not quite enough since The Artist still managed to win the big categories–BOO! As you know most of my favorite films of the year were not in contention tonight so I was just cheering for anything that wasn’t The Artist (on principle).
I was happy for Rango to win in Animation. (I still think Tintin should have been there!) Was upset Rise of the Planet of the Apes lost the visual effects trophy–they deserved it. Or at least Harry Potter, but no. Potter was also robbed in the Make Up category. Original score should have been John Williams. Everything else was alright.
So, bottom line? We need to bring Billy back every year until he dies (c’mon what else is he doing now?)–keep the brisk pace and creative additions and maybe the Awards can return to their old glory. Because to quote Billy, “Nothing helps the economy like watching millionaires give each other gold statues!”