And the winner is?

Anyone else leave the Oscars feeling a little underwhelmed this year? Like every year, there were things I liked and things I didn’t, but overall it was hard to not look back at Jon Stewart or even Hugh Jackman and think about what could have been. You’d think that having Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin co-host would be a sure thing. Instead it felt like all we got was a reheated stand-up routine, the underlying theme of which was Meryl Streep’s a fantastic actress, but man, what a bitch.

This trend continued with many of the award presenters themselves. Penelope Cruz made a few mumbled remarks about how difficult it was to understand anything that came out of her mouth. I only know this because a Spanish friend of mine was there to translate. Finally, things looked like they were brightening up when Robert Downey Jr. and Tina Fey came out to present the award for original screenplay. Their bit had me spitting Dr. Pepper all over my sister’s brand new LED TV (it’s done). I kept hoping Tina Fey would say that everything up until that point had been a joke and they were the real hosts of the show, then Robert Downey Jr. would put the Iron Man suit on. I seriously think he’d fake his own death if he thought he could live out the rest of his life as Tony Stark.

As for the winners, I can’t say that I have any major complaints. I thought it was a good move on the Academy’s part to widen the pool of best picture contenders to ten. But still, did anyone besides Avatar and The Hurt Locker ever have a real chance? Probably not. And I liked Avatar as much as the next guy, but thought The Hurt Locker was more important and deserved to win. Plus, it’s funny to think of how all those message board guys who were depressed that Pandora wasn’t a real place are taking this. They’re probably hating life right now. If I had to complain about something, it would be that Inglourious Basterds didn’t do better than it did. That film may be the best Tarantino’s ever done and I thought it deserved more recognition.

The only other major highlight of the show was the tribute to John Hughes. I swear, would there have been any movies made in the 80s if he hadn’t of been around? In the end, there were surprises and not surprises, and James Cameron still got away with most of our money. It’s okay, though. It was only half a billion dollars.

Anyway, here’s a list of the winners…

[Best Picture]
“Avatar”
“The Blind Side”
“District 9”
“An Education”
“The Hurt Locker”
“Inglourious Basterds”
“Precious”
“A Serious Man”
“Up”
“Up in the Air”

[Best Director]
Kathryn Bigelow, “The Hurt Locker”

James Cameron, “Avatar”
Lee Daniels, “Precious”
Jason Reitman, “Up in the Air”
Quentin Tarantino, “Inglourious Basterds”

[Best Actor]
Jeff Bridges, “Crazy Heart”
George Clooney, “Up in the Air”
Colin Firth, “A Single Man”
Morgan Freeman, “Invictus”
Jeremy Renner, “The Hurt Locker”

[Best Actress]
Sandra Bullock, “The Blind Side”
Helen Mirren, “The Last Station”
Carey Mulligan, “An Education”
Gabourey Sidibe, “Precious”
Meryl Streep, “Julie & Julia”

[Best Supporting Actor]
Matt Damon, “Invictus”
Woody Harrelson, “The Messenger”
Christopher Plummer, “The Last Station”
Stanley Tucci, “The Lovely Bones”
Christoph Waltz, “Inglourious Basterds”

[Best Supporting Actress]
Penelope Cruz, “Nine”
Maggie Gyllenhaal, “Crazy Heart”
Vera Farmiga, “Up in the Air”
Anna Kendrick, “Up in the Air”
Mo’Nique, “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”

[Original Screenplay]
“Inglourious Basterds”
“The Hurt Locker”
“The Messenger”
“A Serious Man”
“Up”

[Adapted Screenplay]
“District 9”
“An Education”
“In the Loop”
“Precious”
“Up in the Air”

[Best Animated Feature]
“Coraline”
“Fantastic Mr. Fox”
“The Princess and the Frog”
“The Secret of Kells”
“Up”

[Best Foreign Language Film]
“Ajami” (Israel)
“El Secreto de Sus Ojos” (Argentina)
“The Milk of Sorrow” (Peru)
“Un Prophete” (France)
“The White Ribbon” (Germany)

[Art Direction]
“Avatar”

“The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus”
“Nine”
“Sherlock Holmes”
“The Young Victoria”

[Cinematography]
“Avatar”

“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”
“The Hurt Locker”
“Inglourious Basterds”
“The White Ribbon”

[Costume Design]
“Bright Star”
“Coco Before Chanel”
“The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus”
“Nine”
“The Young Victoria”

[Documentary (Feature)]
“Burma VJ”
“The Cove”
“Food, Inc.”
“The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers”
“Which Way Home”

[Documentary (Short Subject)]
“China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province”
“The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner”
“The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant”
“Music by Prudence”
“Rabbit a la Berlin”

[Film Editing]
“Avatar”
“District 9”
“The Hurt Locker”
“Inglourious Basterds”
“Precious: based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”

[Makeup]
“Il Divo”
“Star Trek”
“The Young Victoria”

[Music (Original Score)]
“Avatar”
“Fantastic Mr. Fox”
“The Hurt Locker”
“Sherlock Holmes”
“Up”

[Music (Original Song)]
“Almost There” from “The Princess and the Frog”
“Down in New Orleans” from “The Princess and the Frog”
“Loin de Paname” from “Paris 36”
“Take It All” from “Nine”
“The Weary Kind” from “Crazy Heart

[Short Film (Animated)]
“French Roast”
“Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty”
“The Lady and the Reaper”
“Logorama”
“A Matter of Loaf and Death”

[Short Film (Live Action)]
“The Door”
“Instead of Abracadabra”
“Kavi”
“Miracle Fish”
“The New Tenants”

[Sound Editing]
“Avatar”
“The Hurt Locker”
“Inglourious Basterds”
“Star Trek”
“Up”

[Sound Mixing]
“Avatar”
“The Hurt Locker”
“Inglourious Basterds”
“Star Trek”
“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”

[Visual Effects]
“Avatar”
“District 9”
“Star Trek”

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