This Time The Oscars Reward Viewers

By webadmin on 07:33 pm Feb 28, 2011
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Oscar winners will take home a nice, heavy statuette, but what will we, the viewers, take home from this year’s Oscarcast? Herewith, some moments to remember, marvel at, cry at, frown at or simply scratch our heads at:

The You-Know-What Bomb

OK, let’s get right to it. Was Melissa Leo channeling her role in “The Fighter” when she unleashed the F-word in her acceptance speech as best supporting actress? Suitable, though, when you consider her salty turn as Mark Wahlberg’s relentless mom. Maybe she was frazzled not only by her Oscar win, but also by flirting with presenter Kirk Douglas (“What are you doing later?” she asked him.) Leo’s slip-up quickly become a running theme. “I’m not gonna drop the f-bomb like she did, but I’ve done it plenty,” quipped Christian Bale, fellow “Fighter” winner and best supporting actor. Original screenplay winner David Seidler (“The King’s Speech”) thanked the Queen of England “for not putting me in the Tower of London for using the Melissa Leo f-word.”

And Speaking of Douglas

Yes, his lengthy presentation — and teasing before announcing the winner — may have threatened to overshadow the actual award, but so what? Douglas, 94, was still charming, showing he retains an eye for the ladies, a taste for showmanship and was even game to joke about his cane.

Yes, They Really Are Hip and Cute

Hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway got right to the point in their opening moments, cleverly mocking the talk about how their purpose was to lure a younger audience. He told her she looked “so beautiful and so hip.” She replied: “You look very appealing to a younger demographic as well.” Their taped montage may have borrowed from Billy Crystal, but it was fun. A highlight: the actors invading a “Black Swan” rehearsal studio, she as a tap-dancing Brown Duck, he in an all-body white leotard that made him look more uncomfortable than when he cut off his arm in “127 Hours.”

Crystal Hasn’t Lost His Touch

The new hosts were appealing, but was the audience yearning for a comedian’s touch — and some better jokes — when it gave Crystal a standing ovation before he even said a word? Yes or no, he had the grateful crowd laughing right away. “So, where was I?” he quipped, then advised the crowd that since things were running late, he was going to go straight to the best picture award. Even funnier was a clip of Bob Hope’s classic Oscar joke that the awards were known in his home as “Passover.” Ba dum bum.

Teen (Fashion) Queen

Hailee Steinfeld may have lost her first Oscar race, but the precocious 14-year-old from “True Grit” was victorious on the red carpet in a shimmery, blush-colored gown with a tiara-like headband. Totally age-appropriate, pronounced fashion guru Tim Gunn. And gorgeous. Here’s hoping she’s back again soon.

Give Her a Broadway Show

We already knew Hathaway could sing from a previous Oscar cameo. But she really let her pipes rip in a “Les Mis”-inspired number. Sure, it was puzzling to many why she was singing about being stood up by Hugh Jackman. Still, the girl can belt.

List of 83rd Annual Academy Award Winners

Best Picture : “The King’s Speech”

Actor : Colin Firth, “The King’s Speech”

Actress : Natalie Portman, “Black Swan”

Supporting Actor : Christian Bale, “The Fighter”

Supporting Actress : Melissa Leo, “The Fighter”

Directing : Tom Hooper, “The King’s Speech”

Foreign Language Film : “In a Better World,” Denmark

Adapted Screenplay : Aaron Sorkin, “The Social Network”

Original Screenplay : David Seidler, “The King’s Speech”

Animated Feature Film : “Toy Story 3”

Art Direction : “Alice in Wonderland”

Cinematography : “Inception”

Sound Mixing : “Inception”

Sound Editing : “Inception”

Original Score : “The Social Network,” Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Original Song : “We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3,” Randy Newman

Costume Design : “Alice in Wonderland”

Documentary Feature : “Inside Job”

Documentary (Short Subject) : “Strangers No More”

Film Editing : “The Social Network”

Makeup : “The Wolfman”

Animated Short Film : “The Lost Thing”

Live Action Short Film : “God of Love”

Visual Effects : “Inception”