See Some Highlights from Last Night's 83rd Annual Academy Awards
by Ethan Anderton
February 28, 2011
Last night brought the live broadcast of the 83rd Annual Academy Awards and while the list of winners is what everyone was really dying to see, hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway along with a plethora of Hollwood's finest did their best to make the hours long presentation a little more fun. From an opening sketch featuring the Oscar hosts in some of this year's Best Picture nominees, to the charming and hilarious appearance by legendary actor Kirk Douglas (father of Michael Douglas), there were plenty of funny and heartwarming moments to finish up awards season with a bang. Check out some of our favorite parts below!
Franco and Hathaway kicked off the show by making their way through several Best Picture nominees like Inception with special guests like Alec Baldwin, one of last year's hosts:
Then very shortly after the awards began, the legendary Kirk Douglas appeared on stage to hand out the award for Best Supporting Actress. But he couldn't hand out the award until after he'd flirted with Anne Hathaway, took some fun jabs at Hugh Jackman and kept the nominees in terrible suspense. Though he's getting up there in years, Douglas certainly seems to still be full of piss and vinegar as evidenced by the following clip which also features Melissa Leo lost in excitement after winning said award:
The next fun bit is a traditional musical segment, but this time around, Anne Hathaway goes solo for a number that was supposed to feature Hugh Jackman. As you can tell by the song's lyrics, she might be a little bitter. I'm not sure why Jackman became the focus of so many jokes last night, but they were funny nonetheless. There's a bonus for anyone who wants to see James Franco in drag (also see photo above):
Though there weren't very many great speeches last night, Natalie Portman again delivered a touching speech along with a list of great names behind the camera who helped make her performance shine:
Then when the big award for Best Picture came around, this amazing montage with Oscar winning film The King's Speech providing the voiceover proved to be an amazing highlight reel for the ten nominated films:
And finishing the night was this lovely performance by the PS22 Chorus which ends up being joined by all of this year's Oscar winners on stage with their golden statues:
Generally, I thought this year's ceremony went rather smoothly and was quite entertaining. However, since the idea behind Hathaway and Franco's hosting duties was to bring a sense of youth to the show, they didn't exactly liven things up more than any other host has in recent years. Anyway, this was Hollywood's biggest night, and though the ceremony does end up being longwinded every single year, I love seeing the brightest and most talented filmmakers come out for a night of celebration and congratulations for their colleagues. What did you think of last night's Oscar show? One of the best or worst of the last few years?