Academy Awards Re-Cap: All the Mom-orable Moments
Now that the hoopla has died down over this year's Academy Awards, I have to say, I am quite proud of myself. You see, my predictions this year were 100% correct! For the first time in years, my husband and I got the chance to catch nearly all the films nominated for Oscars and as a result, this time around, I came in ready with my picks and the Academy agreed with every single one of them!
If you haven't had a chance to watch the Oscars or keep up with who actually won, check out my previous post for my predictions and then get ready to start renting the films on DVD. It turns out psychological thriller "Black Swan," which earned an Oscar for star Natalie Portman, will be released on DVD and Blu Ray on March 29 with tons of behind the scenes features from the film. Be advised - make sure you watch the film when the kids are asleep - this is not a family movie! Incidentally, Portman gave an incredibly gracious acceptance speech and even plugged her most challenging role to come - new mom!
While I had mentioned last week that my hubby and I didn't have time to catch "The King's Speech" it turns out that during our winter break, we left the kids with my parents and zipped out for a 10:30 pm movie. The film was great but if you're like me and start getting sleepy by 9pm, I do not recommend settling in for a movie featuring a stellar cast of British actors whose voices can easily put you to sleep. I did doze off a few times, but my husband was by my side giving me random shoves to snap out of it. Good thing he did, considering the film won for best actor, best director and best film! Incidentally, i loved the story that director Tom Hooper relayed about how his mom, who had been visiting London from Australia, attended a random play reading of "The Kings Speech" and immediately called her son to tell him he had to direct that film. He ended his acceptance speech that would make any mom smile and nod their head in approval: "Mothers do know best."
As for my other picks, I was thrilled that "The Fighter" came up triumphant too - earning two Oscars for best supporting actor and best supporting actress. Melissa Leo, appeared stunned that she captured the award and even dropped the F bomb in front of millions of viewers. Perhaps she was staying true to her foul mouth character - either way, I was thrilled she won. As for Christian Bale - he was absolutely charming in his acceptance speech - thanking his lovely wife (he did forget to mention her name though) and Dicky Ecklund - who attended the ceremonies with his brother Mickey. If you haven't seen "The Fighter" yet, trust me when I tell you, it's a great film and can't be missed!
For my family friendly picks, "Toy Story 3" came up on top with an Oscar for best animated feature film and best original song by Randy Newman ("We Belong Together.") For some reason, every time I see Randy Newman, I want him to belt out "You've Got a Friend In Me" but I guess I'm just a sap for nostalgia. Newman was quite funny in his acceptance speech too - purposely taking his time during his speech and delaying the telecast. I say, give the guy a break and let him bask in the moment.
Now enough about the awards! Let's get to the hosts and presenters. Anne Hathaway was adorable as she played comedic foil to James Franco's straight man. I also loved the bit where Anne thanked her mom and she told her to stand up straight and James gave a shout out to his grandmother and she exclaimed that she had just met "Marky Mark." Plus, the opening "Inception" dream sequence with Alec Baldwin was incredibly funny and former Academy Award host Billy Crystal gave a great tribute to Bob Hope that was poignant with a punchline. Plus, Celene Dion's musical tribute to film legends who passed away this year and Halle Berry's homage to Lena Horne brought tears to my eyes (have to say, I always love that part of the show). Honorable mention goes to screen legend Kirk Douglas who had the audience in stitches as he delayed sharing the winner of the supporting actress category.
Back to Anne Hathaway - who was dripping in Tiffany diamonds and had eight costume changes for the evening. My personal favorite was the stunning red fishtail dress she wore at the beginning of the awards telecast. The only awkward moment was when she belted out "On My Own" and took Hugh Jackman to task for not singing with her. I was confused and was wondering if that was a joke, or did that really happen? The song sounded great but the parody fell flat for me.
The most memorable moment of the night took place at the end of the Awards show when Staten Island IS 22's choir took the stage and perfectly harmonized "Somewhere over the Rainbow," while being flanked by all the winners of the evening. What a thrill it must have been to stand on the stage of the Kodak theater singing in front of some of the most famous actors, actresses, producers and directors on the planet. Plus, they appeared on "Oprah" the next day. With a whirlwind experience like they've had, I'm convinced the skies are truly the limit for those amazing children and their inspiring music teacher!
So there you have it, from the picks to the profanities and everything in between! Have any thoughts from Oscar night you'd like to share? We'd love to hear them!