Monday, March 8, 2010

2009-2010 Awards Season Wrap-Up

I laughed, I cried, I got angry. That description could've worked for this year's Oscars or the 2009-2010 awards season as a whole.

Hosts, presenters and award-winners provided hilarious and heartfelt moments, from the Critics' Choice Awards in January to the Academy Awards last night (March 7). Seeing the first woman to win an Academy Award for Direction (Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker) provided a moment that brought me to tears. Avatar's overall presence provoked a good share of anger, climaxing when I yelled, "It's just visual effects!" at the screen after its Best Cinematography Oscar win.

Sadly, my initial dream at the start of the awards season of seeing Quentin Tarantino (Best Original Screenplay for Inglourious Basterds) and George Clooney (Best Actor for Up in the Air) win Oscars on the same night didn't come true. But I can abide The Dude (Jeff Bridges) winning Best Actor for Crazy Heart. I did get to see Pedro Almodovar and Tarantino, two of my favorite filmmakers, present an award together.

I don't even want to go there with Sandra Bullock again. (She won a Razzie the night before the Oscars!) I'm just happy that Carey Mulligan (An Education) and Colin Firth (A Single Man) won at the BAFTAs. It was also good to see Gabourey Sidibe (Precious) win at the Independent Spirit Awards just two days before the Oscars.

The tributes to John Hughes at the Critics' Choice Awards and the Oscars also won me over - his death was the one movie-related death that really got to me last year. I know I would not be the person I am today without his films.

Personally, I would've liked to see Away We Go, Bright Star, 500 Days of Summer, A Single Man and Fantastic Mr. Fox get more attention across the board. But that's just me, and this awards season is now finally over. Goodbye, Avatar.


Ameena Mohammad said...

Bea Arthur was left out of that remembrance montage. I'm kind of sick about people only complaining about the lack of Farrah Fawcett. Yes, I realize I'm complaining about complaining. But Bea was in some classic movies (Besides stage and Maude/Golden Girls).

Ameena Mohammad said...

Also, I wasn't that angry, as kind of numb to it all...TIlda Swinton (who I enjoy) winning over Cate Blanchett for I'm Not There takes the cake.

Catherine Krummey said...

Yeah, I think the whole idea limiting the tribute to 30 people is really silly. (Like I said before) I think they should put everyone in, and then, if absolutely necessary, edit it down for the telecast. They can post the entire video online or something. I think the whole thing (with all of the movie-related people who died) should air in the telecast, because it's a way to pay tribute to all the people who help make the film industry what it is.

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