By Gina Carbone
Weird that there wasn’t more fuss when Barbra Streisand said “the time has come” and announced Kathryn Bigelow’s name as the first woman to win best director.
Then again, why fuss? She was the best director of the year. “The Hurt Locker” was the best picture of the year. No need to make even more of a fuss about how she’s the first woman ever to win. (I’ve done enough fussing about that.)
I’m thrilled for her.
The rest of the Oscars went pretty much as expected, except — to me — for “Precious” winning the best adapted screenplay over “Up in the Air,” and “Avatar” getting best cinematography over absolutely anything else.
What cinematography, I wonder? That’s just a bad sign for film when a CGI behemoth is counted as best cinematography.
I’m posting a full list of winners below. “The Hurt Locker” crushed “Avatar.”
List of winners at the 82nd annual Academy Awards:
— Motion Picture: “The Hurt Locker.” (YES!)
— Actor: Jeff Bridges, “Crazy Heart.” (Happy for him, although part of me was quietly rooting for Jeremy Renner, especially after Colin Farrell’s sweet and funny tribute.)
— Actress: Sandra Bullock, “The Blind Side.” (I did not like her film but I do like her and she gives the best speeches. Ever.)
— Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, “Inglourious Basterds.” (His speeches are incomprehensible but he was the one person who 100 percent deserved his win with no question. There was no competition at all.)
— Supporting Actress: Mo’Nique, “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire.” (What was that about how her win proved politics don’t matter? And you sometimes have to do something that isn’t popular because it’s right? What does she mean? She’s been incredibly popular and supported through this, so she must mean something else. I’m tired of her speeches, but she gave a brave, bold performance. Still wish Vera Farmiga won, even with that odd “vagina” comment in her clip.)
— Director: Kathryn Bigelow, “The Hurt Locker.” (Yeah, I guess so. … Kidding. Ecstatic. Obviously!)
— Foreign Film: “El Secreto de Sus Ojos,” Argentina. (Guess I have to see this now. Netflix, can you set me up?)
— Adapted Screenplay: Geoffrey Fletcher, “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire.” (I expected “Up in the Air” to win, since the “Precious” screenplay was a bit overpowering, not always in a good way.)
— Original Screenplay: Mark Boal, “The Hurt Locker.” (Glad for this.)
— Animated Feature Film: “Up.” (Yes)
— Art Direction: “Avatar.” (CGI art direction, you mean)
— Cinematography: “Avatar.” (What cinematography? It was digital. This is total bull. I would’ve put this last on the list. Give it to “Inglourious Basterds” or even “The White Ribbon” (which I haven’t seen) or the “Harry Potter” film (or “The Hurt Locker”) but not flipping “Avatar.”
— Sound Mixing: “The Hurt Locker.” (Yay! This was expected to go to “Avatar.”)
— Sound Editing: “The Hurt Locker.” (Same as above. Yay!)
— Original Score: “Up,” Michael Giacchino. (This score is so beautiful, it made me put my hand on my heart whenever they played a clip.)
— Original Song: “The Weary Kind (Theme From Crazy Heart)” from “Crazy Heart,” Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett. (Perfect. Really good choices this year, I must say.)
— Costume: “The Young Victoria.” (Always put your money on the royal corset drama. Even the lady who won felt kind of embarrassed for winning again for the same kind of film.)
— Documentary Feature: “The Cove.” (So glad to see this. More people expected “Food, Inc.” to take it — and “Food, Inc.” was great — but “The Cove” was so impassioned and disturbing, yet strangely exciting as an action film.)
— Documentary (short subject): “Music by Prudence.” (Guess I’ll have to try to see this.)
— Film Editing: “The Hurt Locker.” (Nice.)
— Makeup: “Star Trek.” (Nice.)
— Animated Short Film: “Logorama.” (Guess I’ll have to try to see this, too.)
— Live Action Short Film: “The New Tenants.” (Same as above, although I recall this was one of the films the Concord, N.H., fans picked as their favorite.)
— Visual Effects: “Avatar.” (Fine. I have always acknowledged the visuals in this film were stellar.)