MOTION PICTURES: _Picture, Drama: "Avatar." _Picture, Musical or Comedy: "The Hangover." _Actor, Drama: Jeff Bridges, "Crazy Heart." _Actress, Drama: Sandra Bullock, "The Blind Side." _Director: James Cameron, "Avatar." _Actor, Musical or Comedy: Robert Downey Jr., "Sherlock Holmes." _Actress, Musical or Comedy: Meryl Streep, "Julie & Julia." _Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, "Inglourious Basterds." _Supporting Actress: Mo'Nique, "Precious: Based on the Novel `Push' by Sapphire." _Foreign Language: "The White Ribbon." _Animated Film: "Up." _Screenplay: Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, "Up in the Air." _Original Score: Michael Giacchino, "Up." _Original Song: "The Weary Kind" (theme from "Crazy Heart"), (written by Ryan Bingham, T Bone Burnett). TELEVISION: _Series, Drama: "Mad Men," AMC. _Actor, Drama: Michael C. Hall, "Dexter." _Actress, Drama: Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife." _Series, Musical or Comedy: "Glee," Fox. _Actor, Musical or Comedy: Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock." _Actress, Musical or Comedy: Toni Collette, "United States of Tara." _Miniseries or Movie: "Grey Gardens," HBO. _Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Kevin Bacon, "Taking Chance." _Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Drew Barrymore, "Grey Gardens." _Supporting Actor, Series, Miniseries or Movie: John Lithgow, "Dexter." _Supporting Actress, Series, Miniseries or Movie: Chloe Sevigny, "Big Love."
Some of the TV winners shocked me. I thought they'd save the Alec Baldwin win for later when he's about to retire, but I guess there weren't a lot of contenders there. Tina Fey losing out was a legit shocker for me. Thought she had it nailed.
I'm a loyal "Glee" watcher, so that win made me happy. Jane Lynch losing out on Supporting Actress did not.
MacGruber! Making life-saving inventions out of household materials! MacGruber! Getting in and out of ultra-sticky situations! MacGruber! The guy's a freakin' genius! MACGRUBER!
Good luck getting that theme song out of your head
I was discussing this with friends online and the majority is that Avatar was a good movie is not an oscar worthy film. The problem I had is that there have been far superior sci-fi films from 2001 to Star Wars to Blade Runner to X-Men 2 or Spidey 2 that have lost this award or never been nominated and to have this flick as probably the lone sci-fi oscar winner is a kick to the balls. Plus, Star Trek was the better sci-fi film of the year and no I haven't seen Moon. I am happy about Best supporting actor and the comedy awards. The TV awards have no effect on me since Sons of Anarchy will never be nominated for anything expect maybe best actress.
This whole show was just a parade of overrated winners, for me...
First of all, Glee. OK, yes, the show is amusing and kind of infectious. But honestly, 75% of my enjoyment of it is Jane Lynch. And she didn't even win! I feel sorry for her, she finally gets a breakout role, and a show that's really well-suited to her brand of comedy, and she goes home empty-handed. The woman needs help from Ellen in the formalwear department though, because she looks like a fish out of water in a dress. But annnnyway, I could still see Glee winning over The Office or 30 Rock.... they both are running out of steam this season. But Modern Family?!?! That show has almost made me piss myself with laughter more than any sitcom since Arrested Development. The cast is flawless, and the writing is tight. Yet there's still barely any love for the show.... Hopefully since it was picked up for a second season, it'll get some love next year. I much prefer their subtle style of almost improvised humor to the recycled stereotypes and bubblegum of Glee.
Second... The Hangover. I don't even really wanna get started on it, because it's such a pet peeve to my girlfriend and I. Pretty much, I just don't get all the love for it. The humor is more beat-you-over-the-head obvious than the latest American Pie spin-off, and the whole thing was so sophomoric. A naked Asian in a trunk? OMG, LOLROTFLMAO. I think when you watch interviews with the cast, they're just as surprised at the love for the movie. People are treating it the same way as 40-Year-Old Virgin when it came out, and... it's no 40-Year-Old Virgin. Everyone seems to think it's the funniest thing ever, and I think I laughed genuinely about twice the whole movie. Mild chuckles at sight gags do not make me want more... and yet there's a sequel on its way.
And then there's Avatar. Holy crap. OK, I saw the movie in 3D IMAX. Yes, it was cool to watch. I even think that James Cameron could be defended for the Best Director award just because of how well he specifically tailored that movie for the 3D IMAX experience. Just mind-blowing, visually. But the movie itself? I told my girlfriend after we left, I think if you sat me in front of that movie on a regular TV, I'd be nodding off after the first 45 minutes or so. It was pretty much just a rehash of a videogame plotline, complete with stereotypical marine-badass villain, lots of abstract-looking plantlife and creatures, and a predictable romantic subplot with an even MORE predictable twist towards the end. I think as an IMAX experience, it was really cool. But take it out of the IMAX, and I'd much rather watch Star Trek or Serenity or Battlestar Galactica or any one of a hundred-plus sci-fi movies that are less formulaic. The part that pisses me off more than anything is that clearly Cameron thinks it's a revolutionary masterpiece in cinema, and talks about the movie as if it's complex and profound. There's nothing ambiguous about the movie or its intentions, and we all get that it's culturally relevant. It doesn't take an analysis from James Cameron.
Last thing... I don't think it's good or bad, just odd that Meryl Streep and Robert Downey, Jr. won acting awards for movies that were critically panned. I think at this point, Streep could play Marge Simpson in a live-action Simpsons and get awards. And is Downey's win here almost like an apology for the lack of Iron Man love, and a sign of some potential Iron Man 2 love in 2010?
Originally posted by Big BadI'm really hoping this doesn't portend an Avatar win at the Oscars, since it would be one of the weaker BP winners of the last...let's say 20-30 years.
Hmmm...I thought it was clearly better than Forrest Gump and The English Patient, which I consider highly undeserving choices. Of the rest, some to me are clearly better than Avatar, while other winners, including last year's, to me are very much on a level with Avatar, which is to say I think they're very good films but not Best-Picture-worthy. At least this one does have the spectacular effects going for it, so I don't think it would be an embarrassing choice, but I don't think it would be a good choice, either. And I don't think it will end up winning, anyway.