It started off with such promise. The Academy Awards, raising eyebrows among most of the general public, selected James Franco and Anne Hathaway to host the 83rd Annual Oscar awards. When they did this I assumed they had something up their sleeve, a bigger reason than just selecting two young stars to host their show thereby hoping to lower the average age demographic that watches their show. An effort to make the Oscars ‘young and hip’ if you will. They produced clever and funny commercials leading up to the show and made us think that there really was a bigger plan in mind for these two. Yeah, no there wasn’t. They sucked.
Let’s just put it out there – we’re pretty sure that James Franco was stoned all night. And Anne Hathaway tried, she really really tried, but by the end, her initial endearing charm and relentless ‘woo’ing’ and high-fiving became eye-roll inducing and irritating. Seriously – these two killed The Oscars. Next year I vote for Russell Brand and Helen Mirren to tag team host with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. Seriously – could you imagine how naughty that show would be?! And I do mean naughty in all the right ways!
They did start out promising with a cute ‘Inception’ inspired opening montage and smartly utilized Alec Baldwin, but seeing as my rental copy of Inception is still sitting un-opened on my ottoman I didn’t really get it. Kinda reminded me of the year of ‘The Crying Game’ when Billy Crystal did one of his famous opening song montages and did the whole ‘surprise!’ thing and I didn’t get the surprise. Until I read that the girl in the crying game was a guy – surprise! But that Inception inspired opening bit was all they had. There were no great musical numbers, there wasn’t even any chemistry between Anne and James. Although truth be told it’s hard to have chemistry with a statue – and I am talking about James here. I actually feel bad for Anne Hathaway because she really really tried, but James Franco’s treating of the evening like it was beneath him kinda killed her mojo. I’m not sure what we should have expected though from the man who starred in a movie called ‘The Pineapple Express’.
How much do you wanna bet that Kelly Osbourne is seriously regretting all those tattoos she has all over her arms and legs and feet right about now?! Kids – take note. Things that seem like a good idea in your teens almost always never are. Listen to your mother. Also I have a hard time with the whole 'now that Kelly is skinny she’s apparently some sort of ‘style icon’ who gets to critique Hollywood’s most wanted as they walk the red carpet'. Yes, I realize it’s for E! but it’s still so wrong. Almost as wrong as watching her and Giuliana Rancic blather to each other for two hours before the show. But at least they get to work with Ryan Seacrest who is like the new Mary Hart and he actually gets A-Listers, unlike Canada’s ETalk.
ETalk had Ben Mulroney, Tanya Kim and my fave Lainey from Lainey Gossip on the red carpet, but unfortunately every time I switched to watch them all I saw were people I had never heard of. I mean nothing was as bad as the ABC preshow with that woman who was sitting in a chair, but it was close.
I know Yael will give you a much more in-depth look at her best and worst dressed, but I just wanted to say that it really bothers me how much these awards shows have become about the fashion. I would be happy to see little black dresses on all of the ladies to be honest with you. I mean, when Ryan Seacrest asked Justin Timberlake who he was wearing, and JT went on for about three minutes about his custom tailored tux and how he couldn’t eat - I threw up in my mouth a little. This is the fucking Academy Awards people; two men should NOT be discussing what they are wearing!
There were some dresses I loved – with Reese Witherspoon being my absolute favorite. I know she might have looked like Barbie/Julia Roberts circa 2000, but I loved the simplicity yet elegance of her dress. This is one of my fitness inspirations after all, and she proved why last night!
Hailee Steinfeld was also very close to being my most favorite. At only 14 years old Hailee looked stunning and cute and completely age appropriate! It’s so nice to see a young star embracing the fact that she’s young and not trying to pull a Miley or Taylor Momsen! Loved the dress, loved the headband, and loved the very minimal makeup. I hope that young girls everywhere start to mimic Hailee’s style.
Also – the more I saw Cate Blanchett the more I like her. She wore that dress last night, unlike Mila Kunis who looked stunning standing still but kinda ruins it once she opens her mouth.
And I don’t care what you say – Jennifer Hudson might be skinny now but she looked terrible. Really – put your boobs away. When they’re not nice boobs you really shouldn’t have them on display that much. And I'll say it - that dress made her look big.
The show was devoid of any great surprises. I spoke about this in my earlier blog – that I was able to correctly predict all of the big awards even though I hadn’t seen the majority of the movies. Aside from the Oscar’s being about the fashion lately I also hate that it’s also about the campaign. I think it was around the time that Harvey Weinstein’s Miramax studio successfully campaigned for’ Shakespeare in Love’, which ended up cleaning up at the 1998 Oscars and beating out a little film called ‘Saving Private Ryan’ for best picture, that the ‘Oscar campaign’ really kicked it up a notch. Sure, there are lots of rules governing the Oscar campaign, but let’s face it – it seems that these days the studio with the best campaign – not necessarily the best movie, wins.
I appreciated the self-deprecation of some of the winners – Aaron Sorkin acknowledging his long suffering press rep (it's hard to keep defending the hard to defend), Christian Bale making side references to his cell phone rant by promising not to pull a Melissa Leo and drop and f-bomb (but then ruining it by forgetting his wife’s name) but the rest of the speeches were boring and rambling and while Natalie Portman did manage to contain her crazy cackle she still bored me by the end of her 15minute speech.
In fact I couldn’t believe how boring the show was. I went to bed angry last night that because it was so boring. There was no Roberto Benigni, there was no Kanye West, there wasn’t even Jack Nicholson sitting in the front row wearing sunglasses and cut-eyeing everyone. Hollywood is boring, and if it weren’t for Kirk Douglas, Jeff Bridges and Sandra Bullock giving us a little bit of Hollywood royalty to marvel at, the entire show would have been a bomb. And don’t get me started on the ridiculous ending with those kids singing ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’. I almost threw my shoe at the TV. Seriously people – WTF was that?! By the end I would have given my right arm for Usher to hop on stage and perform yet another rendition of ‘OMG’ – anything but those kids!
This year’s Academy Awards basically wrapped up what was one of the worst awards season’s in a long time. I think this just goes to show that we need real stars again. No more of this tween sensation/Belieber/singers/wannabe actors crap. So obviously I wasn’t a fan of the show – but tell me – did you like it?! Hit me with your best and worst moments and whether you think I’m totally wrong or not. Can’t wait to read your thoughts! And in case you fell asleep, here’s a wrap of the winners;
Best Picture: The King's Speech
Actor in a Leading Role: Colin Firth, The King's Speech
Actress in a Leading Role: Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Actor in a Supporting Role: Christian Bale, The Fighter
Actress in a Supporting Role: Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Director: Tom Hooper, The King's Speech
Original Screenplay: David Seidler, The King's Speech
Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network
Animated Feature Film: Toy Story 3
Foreign-Language Film: In a Better World (Denmark)
Documentary Feature: Inside Job
Art Direction: Alice in Wonderland
Film Editing: The Social Network
Costume Design: Alice in Wonderland
Original Song: "We Belong Together" (Toy Story 3), music and lyrics by Randy Newman
Original Score: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, The Social Network
Animated Short: The Lost Thing
Documentary Short: Strangers No More
Live Action Short: God of Love
Makeup: The Wolfman
Sound Editing: Inception
Sound Mixing: Inception
Visual Effects: Inception
Scene and Heard
Confessions from a Pop Culture Mummy
It’s that time friends – it’s finally Academy Award weekend! The stars have been arriving slowly but surely and LAX has been a hotspot for celebrity watchers. I am so sad to report that I have failed terribly in my Operation Oscar this year, having seen only 5 of the 10 movies nominated for Best Picture. Even worse the movie that I think will take home the golden statuette is one of the ones I haven’t seen! I have however seen 2 of the 3 movies nominated for Best Animated Feature – go figure.
I blame my lack of movie watching on the fact that most of the pictures nominated for Best Movie this year are still in the theatres and not at my local rental store. I don’t get out much you see. I am hoping to get a few last minute movies in this weekend, with Inception being available for rent - so there's that! But, although I haven’t seen all of the nominated movies I’m pretty sure I have a good handle on who will take home the big prizes based on the buzz alone. That’s something that I haven’t really liked about awards season in the last 10 years or so – it seems that hype can and will win you and Academy Award sometimes more than a solid performance will.
Remember in 2000, when Julia Roberts was nominated for Best Actress for her role in Erin Brockovitch? It was a good movie, yes – but was it really Oscar worthy? Julia was up against Joan Allen in "The Contender," Juliette Binoche in "Chocolat," Ellen Burstyn in "Requiem for a Dream," and Laura Linney in "You Can Count On Me". I don’t think any of those ladies had a hope in hell walking into the Kodak theatre that night seeing as every major entertainment agency had already awarded Julia the little gold man.
Same goes this year with Natalie Portman in Black Swan.
Natalie seems to have the most momentum going into Sunday’s award show, with a Golden Globe and BAFTA win already under her belt, not to mention a perfect timed pregnancy and engagement announcement. I think that everyone, Natalie included, will be surprised if she doesn’t walk away with Oscar. But – and there’s always a but – there has been lots of buzz about Annette Bening’s role in The Kids Are Alright. I’ve seen both movies and I would give it to Portman over Bening, but the Academy voters can sometimes be a fickle bunch and they might want to reward Bening’s career instead of Portman’s crazy laugh. I also would have nominated Julianne Moore over Bening too, but that’s just me.
So while a good campaign can pretty much secure Oscar – a bad career move can lose it too. Remember the 2007 Oscars’ when Eddie Murphy was nominated – and was basically considered a lock to win – for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in Dreamgirls? And then a little movie called ‘Norbit’ was released. Many people thought that the release of Norbit was ill timed and coloured the academy voters opinion of Murphy. Alan Arkin ended up being the winner of the award that night for his role in ‘Little Miss Sunshine’. You can note though that Arkin, a veteran performer, launched a strong campaign late in the season that seemed to gain momentum once Norbit was released. Again, I saw both movies and I think that Murphy was robbed. But Academy voters take their academy seriously, and Norbit does not fit in the Academy.
So, with all that said, I do have my picks for who will take home the big prize this year. I’m going to list them below so that I can either gloat Sunday night or make a serious commitment to watch more movies next year! Have a look and let me know in the comments if you agree or disagree! And be sure to follow me on Twitter on Sunday night under the hashtag #YMCOscars so we can chat throughout the show!
Best Supporting Actress
• Amy Adams, The Fighter
• Helena Bonham Carter, The King's Speech
• Melissa Leo, The Fighter *
• Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit
• Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom
I would just like you to know that I am pulling this one out of thin air as I haven’t seen any of these movies. But – while I think Melissa Leo will take it, Hailee Steinfeld is making huge strides at the final hour.
Best Supporting Actor
• Christian Bale, The Fighter *
• John Hawkes, Winter's Bone
• Jeremy Renner, The Town
• Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right
• Geoffrey Rush, The King's Speech
This one will be tough, but I think that Christian Bale will take it – or Geoffrey Rush. Or Jeremy Renner. You know, one of them.
• Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
• Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
• Jennifer Lawrence, Winter's Bone
• Natalie Portman, Black Swan *
• Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine
Like I said above, I think this is a lock.
• Javier Bardem, Biutiful
• Jeff Bridges, True Grit
• Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
• Colin Firth, The King's Speech *
• James Franco, 127 Hours
I haven’t seen The King’s Speech (shocker) but I have only heard glowing reviews and pretty sure Colin Firth will wi-wi-wi-wi-win this one.
• Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
• David O. Russell, The Fighter
• Tom Hooper, The King's Speech *
• David Fincher, The Social Network
• Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, True Grit
Given that I think that The King’s Speech will take the Best Picture honours I will have to give the Director award to Tom Hooper.
• Black Swan*
• The Fighter
• The Kids Are All Right*
• The King's Speech
• 127 Hours
• The Social Network*
• Toy Story 3*
• True Grit
• Winter's Bone*
So I put an * beside all the films I have seen and I’m still going to go with The King’s Speech as the big winner this year. It’s had a solid campaign and has been gaining ground since the Golden Globes. Right about the time when The Social Network started losing ground. Also - Winter's Bone pretty much convinced me that I could produce my very own Oscar nominated movie. Not a fan.
I’m excited for the show – James Franco and Anne Hathaway look – at least from the promos, like they’ll be great hosts. Hopefully the Grammy’s will take note! Let me know your thoughts on my picks!
Scene and Heard
Confessions from a Pop Culture Mummy
So about 2 weeks ago I wrote about my celebrity run inspirations and how I was going to try to find different celebrities who inspire me to get my ass on my treadmill at least 4 times a week. My first inspiration was Reese Witherspoon because she’s a mother of 2 and really seems to be a legitimate runner. Reese was an awesome inspiration because she’s fit and healthy really seems to make running her main source of fitness.
Then I came across these pictures on one of the photo agencies last week of Cameron Diaz and my mouth dropped open! I actually called my husband over from the other room to look at these pictures, and I think I began to openly marvel at her arms. I mean – look at her arms!!! While Reese Witherspoon might be a perfect inspiration for me on a typical day, Cameron Diaz is that inspiration for you if you really want to take your fitness up a level!
Holy cow! Look at her arms! I have to tell you, those arms made me want to work out – like right then and there (or course I didn’t, but I really wanted too) And I know that celebrities have all the money in the world and access to great trainers and chefs, but look at her! Most comments I read about the pictures were that she was too big and too manly and that people didn’t like how buff she was, but I have to disagree. I think she looks incredible, and while it might not suit everyone to be that buff, she does serve as great inspiration to get my ass off the couch!
So as I was looking at her pictures – again with my mouth hanging open marvelling at her guns, I saw some pics of other celebrities who have also spent a bit of time at the gym! Who knew that Sarah Jessica Parker was so buff at one point?! Or Kelly Ripa for that matter! I mean I knew Kelly was thin, but she looks fantastic in this picture. And of course we all know Madonna is the queen of buff bodies.
So while I don’t necessarily want arms like Cameron Diaz (a little piece of me sooooo does) I thought I would offer these pics up as inspiration for your daily workout. Because you don’t have to want to look like her to be inspired to get off the couch! Personally, I added 10 minutes to my run yesterday and today because of those damn pictures!
So tell me, what do you think of these celebrities with the super buff bodies – are they inspiration to you or is Reese Witherspoon more to your liking?
Scene and Heard
Confessions from a Pop Culture Mummy