One of the most important nights in film history is the dream of actors and filmmakers around the world. As the hype of the Oscars has the stars cleaned up and ready to roll on this historic night hosted by Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin, viewers all over the nation will take the events of this one night to heart.
For the first time in Oscar history, the “Best Directing” award goes to a woman, Kathryn Bigelow. It was a truly historic night which James Cameron may never forget. His ex-wife, Kathryn Bigelow, director of The Hurt Locker, wipes the Academy stage with cinematic giant, Avatar, by taking home both the Oscars for “Best Picture” and “Best Directing.” Although Avatar was unable to capture “Best Picture” and best “Directing” it took home the Oscars for “Art Direction,” “Cinematography,” and “Visual Effects.” The Hurt Locker would capture an astounding six of its nine nominations.
Although the night was dominated by the film The Hurt Locker, which won other Oscars including best “Film Editing,” “Sound Editing,” “Sound Mixing,” and “Writing (Original Screenplay),” other films got their spot underneath the bright lights. These include the film from Argentina, The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos), which won the Oscar for Best “Foreign Film,” and Up, directed by Pete Docter, captures the Oscar for “Best Animated Feature Film,” and last but not least, taking home the Oscar for best “Writing (Adapted Screenplay),” screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher, for his screenplay for Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire.
It was an emotional night for both Jeff Bridges, who takes home the Oscar for best “Actor in a Leading Role” for his role in Crazy Heart, and Christoph Waltz, who takes home the Oscar for “Actor in a Supporting Role” for his performance in Inglourious Basterds. A shocked Sandra Bullock takes home the Oscar for best “Actress in a Leading Role” in her performance in The Blind Side, and Mo’Nique takes home best “Actress in a Supporting Role” for her performance in Precious.
The Young Victoria, a movie highlighting the first few years of Queen Victoria’s rule and her elaborate romance with Prince Albert, not surpisingly, takes home the Oscar for “Costume Design,” for its extravagant costume styling.
The Cove took home the Oscar for best “Documentary Feature.” By Louie Psihoyos and Fisher Stevens; this sad documentary documents the systematic slaughter of dolphins along the shores of Taiji, Japan. Because dolphin meat is so expensive, a ‘cove’ along Taiji, Japan slaughters these poor creatures for their expensive meat. Although Japan denied the film makers the opportunity to shoot this event legally, the production team had to disguise the HD cameras to like rocks and other forms of landscapes in order to aviod suspicion. The irony is that the cameras were hidden so well, that they unable to be retrieved right away.
After a night full of surprises, hosted by two well-known and entertaining comedians, the Oscars lived up to expectations of many and astounded plenty of viewers nationwide.