Oscars Recap: Best Thank You Speeches & Other Highlights!
by Alex Billington
March 8, 2010
"It’s the moment of a lifetime," seems to be the Quote of the Oscars this year. Last night, Kathryn Bigelow (photo above) and her film The Hurt Locker took home a total of six Oscars, including for Best Director and Best Picture. There are already all kinds of backlash and appreciative articles hitting everywhere around the web, as expected, so I'll let everyone else debate about the winners. Instead, I always love to talk a little bit about the show and highlights from it, since it's usually quite entertaining. However, I thought this year's show lacked a bit of the "spectacle" compared to last year. Though there were still plenty of great moments!
First, I do have to say that I actually enjoyed Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin as co-hosts. Besides the fact that they didn't "do much" or have more than 20 minutes of screentime the whole show, I still thought they brought some real class to the Oscars. And after Aussie hottie Hugh Jackman as the host last year, I think a little class was necessary to remind us that this is still an event run by rich Hollywood people. Anyway, my favorite jokes of theirs came during the segment early on where they'd single out people in the audience and make some quick one-liner jokes about them. I thought it was a lot of fun and tasteful.
The only other real highlights of the Oscars this year were the Thank You Speeches. The two I wanted to single out are Christoph Waltz's, just because it was quick and fun and well put together, and Kathryn Bigelow's, which was just a good, strong emotional speech. Awards Daily has a great transcript recap for all of the others, including Mo'Nique, Jeff Bridges, Geoffrey Fletcher, and Sandra Bullock. There was also that wacky lady who seemed to steal the mic from the Best Documentary Short winner, which also has an ever odder explanation. Were there any other thank you Speeches that everyone else thought were great?
This reminds me to mention one of my other favorite moments of last night. Although everyone pretty much expected Pixar to win at least the Best Animated Feature Ocsar for Up, I was also extremely ecstatic to see composer Michael Giacchino finally win an Oscar. But the best part is that both Up director Pete Docter and Giacchino were both sporting the little Grape Soda bottlecap pins (see photo here) from the movie Up (that Ellie gives to Carl). It was cool to see the first time when Docter was wearing it and even cooler when I saw Giacchino had one on, too. I have a feeling everyone from Pixar who was at the Oscars was wearing one.
Here's the only speech we could get - Christoph Waltz winning for Best Supporting Actor:
Lastly, one aspect of the show that I've been getting into a lot of debates about recently was the decision to remove their Best Original Song performances from the Oscars entirely and, well, put in that interpretive dance number for Best Original Score instead. I admit that dance sequence was kind of strange, but it was actually pretty cool to see (since it was well choreographed). Anyway, I fully support the removal of the song numbers because those were always the moments I dreaded at the Oscars. They were always so boring and I didn't want to hear the songs on the show again. But others seem to miss them and want them back. What side are you on? And what did you think about the Oscar ceremony overall this year?