Academy Awards Recap: The Hurt Locker wins!

I finally have had time to blog about this year’s Oscars.

The winners of the 82 Academy Awards have been announced and The Hurt Locker has been named the Best Picture of 2009! Yes! Yes! Yes!

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The biggest story of the night however is that Kathryn Bigelow is the first female director to win the Best Director statuette. As much as I am excited by this, I can’t help but be a little pessimistic. I know that if Bigelow had directed a more female centric film, she would not have won tonight, let alone be nominated. In that sense, it is more like the glass ceiling has been cracked but until a female director wins for directing a film like Bright Star, the glass ceiling is far from shattered.

Other great moments… The surprise opening number by Neil Patrick Harris (“I’m Neil Patrick Harris. I know. What am I doing here?”), who is quickly becoming an award shows main attraction. I loved Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin as hosts; the Paranormal Activity spoof and the shot of them wearing snuggies was genius. I know some people found it dull, but their opening routine is far better the second time around. Tina Fey, Robert Downey Jr, and Ben Stiller dress as a N’avi were the evenings best presenters. No comment on Miley Cyrus.

The horror film montage gave me chills and made me scratch my head in confusion. I didn’t know New Moon was a horror film. I thought it was a gratuitous way for middle-aged women to stare at Taylor Lautner’s abs. Also, since when are Edward Scissorhands and Beetlejuice horror films?

The most moving moments were, of course, the John Hughes tribute. Although it was brought down a notch by the reaction shot of K-Stew. (Girl, you need to start accepting that you’re famous and that you should at least look like you care.) While I could have done without the co-star tributes to the Best Acting nominees, Oprah’s introduction for Gabourey Sidibe was beautiful. Sandra Bullock might have won the Best Actress award (her acceptance speech was divine) it is Sidibe who stands out as this award season’s real winner.

What is your take on night? Loved it? Hated it? Leave a comment.

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