Oscar 2010: The 82nd Annual Academy Award Winners

March 8th, 2010 - 12:33 pm ICT by Angela Kaye Mason  

2010 Oscar Los Angeles, Mar 7 (THAINDIAN NEWS) After a funny, but slightly corny song from Neil Patrick Harris, the 82nd Annual Academy Awards was underway. Alec Baldwin alongside Steve Martin were the hosts of this year’s Oscar Awards, and they had the audience in stitches. Steve said that he and the star of Precious had something in common, that in their first movie they were both born a poor black child. They addressed the two youngest stars at the Oscars this year,Zac Efron and Taylor Laudner, and said to them, “Take a good look at us, boys, this is you in five years.”

Peneloupe Cruz came out to present the award for Best Supporting Actor. Matt Damon, in “Invictus,” Woody Harrelson in “The Messenger,” Christopher Plummer in “The Last Station,” Stanley Gucci in “The Lovely Bones,” Christoph Waltz in “Inglourious Basterds” The winner is Christolph Waltz. He had this to say “Oscar and Penélope that’s an über bingo. I always wanted to discover some new continent and I thought I had to go this way, and then I was introduced to Quentin Tarantino, who was putting together an expedition that was equipped by Harvey Weinstein and Lawrence Bender and David Linde, and he put this script in front of me and he said, “This is where we’re going, but we’re going the other way. So Brad Pitt helped me on board and Diane Kruger was there Melanie Laurent and Denis Menochet and Bob Richardson and Sally Menke and Adam Schweitzer and Lisa Kasteler. Everybody helped me find a place. Universal and The Weinstein Company and ICM and Quentin, with his unorthodox methods of navigation, this fearless explorer, took this ship across and brought it in with flying colors and that’s why I’m here.And this is your welcoming embrace and there’s no way I can ever thank you enough, but I can start right now. Thank you.”

Cameron Diaz and Steve Carell came out to present the award for Best Animated Feature Film. The winner of this award was “Up” directed by Pete Doctor. Miley Cyrus helped present the award for Best Original Song, and the winner was Ryan Bingham and T-bone Burnett for “Crazy Heart.” Ryan’s word were ” Thank you so much. I’d like to thank my wife Anna, I love you more than rainbows, baby. My uncle Clay, my band, Jack Whigham, Scott Cooper, the cast of Crazy Heart, Jeff and Maggie and Colin and Mr. Bob. Everyone at Fox Searchlight and Mr. T Bone Burnett and Stephen Bruton. Thank you all so much.”

The nominees for Best Original Screenplay were “The Hurt Locker” “Inglourious Basterds,” “The Messenger,” “A Serious Man,” “Up,” Mark Boal for “The Hurt Locker” wins the award. As you may know, a soldier, Master Sgt. Jeffrey Sarver is suing Boal for the movie, stating that the movie is actually Sarver’s life. He has a pretty convincing story which can be read here. http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/entertainment/soldier-master-sgt-jeffrey-sarver-sues-hurt-locker-producers_100329950.html Boal’s speech was as follows: “Oh my god. Wow, thank you Academy. You honor me and humble me with this. More than, more than you know. I was a reporter back from Iraq with the idea for a story about these men on the frontlines of an unpopular war. I thought it might make a movie. The result wildly exceeded my expectations. And that is thanks to so many people. To Summit Entertainment. To our amazing cast and crew, and most of all to one extraordinary individual and visionary filmmaker. Kathryn Bigelow, this belongs to you. I would also like to thank and dedicate this to the troops, the 115,000 who are still in Iraq, the 120,000 in Afghanistan and the more than 30,000 wounded and 4,000 who have not made it home. And to my father, who didn’t live to see this, but inspired me and got me up here. He passed away a month ago. He would’ve really liked this a lot. Thanks, dad. Thank you.”

Molly Ringwald and Matthew Broderick stood together to give a memorial for John Hughes, who died on Aug 9 2009. Many clips from several of his movies were shown, bringing back memories of days forever gone, of what is was like to be a teen, he was called a modern day Peter Pan. Members of John’s family were in attendance, and many child actors form John’s movies bid him adieu. Among his films are “National Lampoon’s Vacation”; “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”; “Weird Science”; “The Breakfast Club”; “Some Kind of Wonderful”; “Sixteen Candles”; “Pretty in Pink”; “Planes, Trains and Automobiles”; “Uncle Buck”; “Career Opportunities” ; “Home Alone” and its sequel “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.”

The winner for Best Animated Short Film was “Logorama” by Nicolas Schmerkin. He had this to say,” Good evening. It doesn’t look like, but it’s a French film. Sorry about the accent. I’m the producer of the film, so I have to thank the 3,000 non-official sponsors that appear in the film. And I have to assure them that no logos were harmed in the making of the project. This award has to be shared with the incredible people who made the film. All the team and especially, the three directors that are with us in the theater tonight: François Alaux, Hervé de Crécy and Ludovic Houplain. You can applaud them, the directors. Thanks for them. They have been working for a very long time on this film. It took, like, six years to make this 16 minutes, so I hope to come back here with a long feature film, in about 36 years. Thank you very much. Bon soir.”

The nominees for Best Live Action Short Film were “The New Tenants” by Joachim Back and Tivi Magnusson, “Miracle Fish” by Luke Doolan and Drew Bailey, “Kavi” by Gregg Helvey, “Instead of Abracadabra” by Patrik Eklund and Mathias Fjellström, and “The Door” by Juanita Wilson and James Flynn. The Best Live Action Short winner was “The New Tenants”. They had this to say Joachim Black: “Whoa. I just don’t know if I should dance or if I should… Well, this is just pretty much amazing and I just want to say thanks to everybody who’s been on this project and to our beautiful cast and my producer Tivi. And it’s pretty much… a ride, I must say, I can’t say anything else, but I just want to thank Sam Bisbee, Jackie Kelman and Russell Icke. I hope you guys are watching. Edelman, Pawel Edelman, beautiful. But anyway, thank you very much for everything.”

The nominees for Best Documentary Short are: “Rabbit à la Berlin” by Bartek Konopka and Anna Wydra, “Music by Prudence” by Roger Ross Williams and Elinor Burkett,”The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant” by Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert, “The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner” by Daniel Junge and Henry Ansbache, “China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province” by Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neil. The Best Documentary Short winner is “Music by Prudence” by Roger Ross Williams and Elinor Burkett. Here is their responses Roger Ross Williams: “Oh my god. This is amazing. Two years ago when I got on an airplane and went to Zimbabwe, I never imagined in my wildest dreams that I’d end up here. This is so exciting. This is so exciting. So exciting.”
Elinor Burkett: “…Let the woman talk. Isn’t that the classic thing? In a world in which most of us are told and tell ourselves that we can’t. Liyana, the band behind this film, teaches us that we’re wrong. Against all odds they did, so we can. So the bottom line is, to me, my role models and my heroes, Marvelous and Energy, Tapiwa, Goodwell, the whole rest of the band and especially Prudence.”
Roger Ross Williams: “And Prudence who is here. Who is back there. Prudence is here tonight. This is for Prudence.”

The winner of Best Documentary Feature is “The Cove” Louie Psihoyos and Fisher Stevens “Food, Inc.” chosen from the nominees :“Burma VJ” Anders Ostergaard and Lise Lense-Møller “The Cove” Louie Psihoyos and Fisher Stevens “Food, Inc.” Robert Kenner and Elise Pearlstein “The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers” Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith and “Which Way Home” Rebecca Cammisa.

Ben Stiller came out to present the award for Best Make-up and joked about the fact that Avatar wasn’t even nominated. He was dressed as an Avatar character, complete with blue skin.The nominees were ” El Divo,” “Star Trek,” “The Young Victoria,” and the winner was Star Trek. Their speech was as follows, Mindy Hall:(to Ben Stiller “I don’t want to step on your tail. It’s hard to follow that face. We thank you, the Academy. We thank J.J. Abrams, your vision inspired us, your energy kept us going and your insistence on perfection brought us here. We thank Bad Robot, Paramount Pictures, we felt your support every day. We had an amazing staff of artists, over 40. We share this with you and we’ll be giving your names backstage at that backstage Thank You Cam. Thank you very much.” Barney Burman: “Happy anniversary, baby!”

Robin Williams came out to present the next award. The nominees for Best Supporting Actress were Penelope Cruz in “Nine,” Vera Farmiga in “Up In The Air,” Maggie Gyllenhaal in “Crazy Heart,” Anna Kendrick in “Up In The Air,” and MoNique in “Precious.” And the winner is Mo’Nique. She shared these feeling with us,”First, I would like to thank the Academy for showing that it can be about the performance and not the politics. I want to thank Miss Hattie McDaniel for enduring all that she had to so that I would not have to. Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey because you touched it, the whole world saw it. Ricky Anderson, our attorney of Anderson & Smith, thank you for your hard work. My entire BET family, my Precious family, thank you so much. To my amazing husband Sidney, thank you for showing me that sometimes you have to forego doing what’s popular in order to do what’s right. And baby, you were so right. God bless us all.”

Jake Gyllenhaal, and Rachel McAdams came out to present the award for Best Adapted Screenplay to Geoffrey Fletcher for “Precious.” It was his first Academy Award and he was literally speechless, and crying.”I don’t know what to say. This is for everybody who works on a dream every day. Precious boys and girls everywhere. All the cast and crew, anyone who’s kept believing in me. My two brothers, supported me in every way. My role models, my heroes, Buddy and Todd. My mother, Bettye, angel of my world. My father, Alphonse, who spent so much time with us and taught us everything. I’m sorry I’m drawing a blank right now, but I thank everyone.” A very humble man, was this award winning writer.

There were 10 nominees for Best Picture. This is the most nominees that we have had for this since 1943. They were “Avatar” by James Cameron and Jon Landau, “The Blind Side” by Gil Netter, Andrew A. Kosove and Broderick Johnson, “District 9″ by Peter Jackson and Carolynne Cunningham “An Education” by Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey “The Hurt Locker” by Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Nicolas Chartier and Greg Shapiro , “Inglourious Basterds” by Lawrence Bender, “Precious” by Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness, “A Serious Man” by Joel Coen, and Ethan Coen, “Up” by Jonas Rivera, and “Up In The Air” by Daniel Dubiecki, Ivan Reitman and Jason Reitman. The Winner, announced by Tom Hanks, was “The Hurt Locker.”

Sigourney Weaver, in a beautiful long flowing red dress, gave the award for Outstanding Art Director to Avatar. Sarah Jessica Parker helped present the award for Best Costume Design to Sandy Powell for “The Young Victoria.” It was her third Academy Award. She gave these words, “Wow. Well, I already have two of these. So I’m feeling greedy. I’d like to dedicate this one to the costume designers that don’t do movies about dead monarchs or glittery musicals. The designers that do the contemporary films and the low-budget ones actually don’t get as recognized as they should do, and they work as hard. So this is for you, but I’m gonna take it home tonight. Thank you.”

The nominees for Best Actress in a Leading Role were Sandra Bullock in “The Blind Side” Helen Mirren in “The Last Station” Carey Mulligan in “An Education” Gabourey Sidibe in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Meryl Streep in “Julie & Julia” Sandra Bullock has won her first Academy Award!

The nominees for Best Actor in a Leading Role were Jeff Bridges in “Crazy Heart” George Clooney in “Up in the Air” Colin Firth in “A Single Man” Morgan Freeman in “Invictus” Jeremy Renner in “The Hurt Locker” Actor in a Supporting Role Matt Damon in “Invictus” Woody Harrelson in “The Messenger” Christopher Plummer in “The Last Station” Stanley Tucci in “The Lovely Bones” Christoph Waltz in “Inglourious Basterds.” And the winner is Jeff Bridges.

The Best Sound Editing winner was “The Hurt Locker” Paul N.J. Ottosson. The nominees were “Avatar” Christopher Boyes and Gwendolyn Yates Whittle“The Hurt Locker” Paul N.J. Ottosson“Inglourious Basterds” Wylie Stateman“Star Trek” Mark Stoeckinger and Alan Rankin and “Up” Michael Silvers and Tom Myers.The award for Best Sound Mixing went to “The Hurt Locker” Paul had this to say Paul N.J. Ottoson: [To Ray Beckett] “You have to say something. Again, thank you so much. It’s a little bit embarrassing. And to quote Kathryn, “spoils of riches.” Ray Beckett: “Thank you to the Academy. This is the crowning achievement of my career. Thank you to Kathryn, the whole production team. Thank you to my team in Jordan, Simon Bysshe and… thank you all. Thank you.” The nominees were “Avatar” Christopher Boyes, Gary Summers, Andy Nelson and Tony Johnson “The Hurt Locker” Paul N.J. Ottosson and Ray Beckett “Inglourious Basterds” Michael Minkler, Tony Lamberti and Mark Ulano “Star Trek” Anna Behlmer, Andy Nelson and Peter J. Devlin “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers and Geoffrey Patterson.

Nominees for Best Visual Effects were “Avatar” Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham and Andrew R. Jones “District 9” Dan Kaufman, Peter Muyzers, Robert Habros and Matt Aitken “Star Trek” Roger Guyett, Russell Earl, Paul Kavanagh and Burt Dalton Writing (Adapted Screenplay) “District 9” Written by Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell “An Education” Screenplay by Nick Hornby “In the Loop” Screenplay by Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher and “Up in the Air” Screenplay by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner. And the winner was “Avatar” Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham and Andrew R. Jones.

Sandra Bullock came out looking absolutely gorgeous, and gave the award for Cinematography to Mauro Fiore for “Avatar.” His speech was “First of all, I want to thank the Academy for this unbelievable honor. It’s a pleasure to be here. I want to thank the visionary Jim Cameron for an amazing vision of the film. My parents, Lorenzo and Romilda, who came to this country with four suitcases and a dream. I want to thank everybody in Chicago, Omaha. I want to thank my crew, everybody in New Zealand. Un gran saluto a Italia. Viva Italia. Gran abbraccio. I think I forgot a bunch of other people. Jon Landau, Colin Wilson, my crew, everybody. Thank you very much. Incredible honor. Thank you.” It was his first Academy Award. The nominees were “Avatar” Mauro Fiore “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” Bruno Delbonnel “The Hurt Locker” Barry Ackroyd “Inglourious Basterds” Robert Richardson and “The White Ribbon” Christian Berger.

The nominees for Art Direction were “Avatar” Art Direction: Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg; Set Decoration: Kim Sinclair “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” Art Direction: Dave Warren and Anastasia Masaro; Set Decoration: Caroline Smith “Nine” Art Direction: John Myhre; Set Decoration: Gordon Sim “Sherlock Holmes” Art Direction: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer and “The Young Victoria” Art Direction: Patrice Vermette; Set Decoration: Maggie Gray. The winners were “Avatar” Art Direction: Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg Their speech is here Rick Carter: “Jim Cameron, this… this Oscar sees you. Clearly, your vision is so deep…” Robert Stromberg: “You know, 13 years ago, the doctors told me I wasn’t going to survive and I thought that this dream of standing here would never come true. And, here we are. I owe this to my amazing wife, Lizz, my two kids Reese and Remy, for supporting me. Brooke Breton and Rick Carter and the hundreds of people that it took to make this film. Thank you. Special thanks to Jon Landau. Jim, every day we went to work. We knew we were working with a genius. We really were. We all felt that. Thank you so much.”

The nominees for Best Musical Score “Avatar” James Horner “Fantastic Mr. Fox” Alexandre Desplat “The Hurt Locker” Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders “Sherlock Holmes” Hans Zimmer and “Up” Michael Giacchinowere. Jennifer Lopez, in a form fitting, curve flaunting dress, helped present the award for Best Musical Score to Michael Giacchinowere for “Up.” It was his second nomination.

The nominees for Best Director were “Avatar” James Cameron “The Hurt Locker” Kathryn Bigelow “Inglourious Basterds” Quentin Tarantino “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Lee Daniels and “Up in the Air” Jason Reitman. The winner of this one was introducewd by Barbara Streisand. “The Hurt Locker” Kathryn Bigelow. She is the first woman to ever win this award!

The Nominees for Best Film Editor were “Avatar” Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua and James Cameron “District 9” Julian Clarke “The Hurt Locker” Bob Murawski and Chris Innis “Inglourious Basterds” Sally Menke and“Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Joe Klotz. The winner is “The Hurt Locker.” This movie has won 6 of the 9 Oscars which it was nominated for.

The nominees for Best Foreign Language Film were “Ajami” Israel “The Milk of Sorrow (La Teta Asustada)” Peru “A Prophet (Un Prophète)” France “The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)” Argentina and “The White Ribbon (Das Weisse Band)” Germany. And the winner, introduced by Quentin Tarantino, was “The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)”Argentina.

Demi Moore came out in a lustrous gown to pay tribute to those we have lost. James Taylor sang as pictures were shown in the big screens, of actors such a David Carradine, and Patrick Swayze, of journalists, and directors who have passed on, and producers who’s magic is forever gone, yet always present in the works we treasure. Michael Jackson, and Natasha Richardson, David Brown, and Karl Malden, to name just a very few. So much loss, so many memories, so much talent…we were so lucky to have them all.

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