2011 Oscar Winners

I don’t remember the last time I watched the Oscar telecast. It might have been the year Titanic won. I dunno. But I watched a portion of the 2011 telecast online last night from an ABC feed. I’d never seen the Red Carpet foolishness before. Wow. I knew Hollywood was shallow, but that was obscene. Actresses answering questions about what kind of dress they had on. Who cares about that? I also saw Melissa Leo’s acceptance speech, which is proof that it’s better to appreciate the art and forget about the artist. I liked her in Tremé, but even if she was nervous, man, she seemed like a total nut.

I don’t care too much about the awards, but this year I actually saw most of the nominated movies, and I’ll at least give them this: All movies nominated for best picture (the 8 that I saw anyway) are intelligent and literate and aren’t just throwaway entertainment. And the winners are…

Picture: The King’s Speech
Directing: Tom Hooper – The King’s Speech
Lead Actor: Colin Firth – The King’s Speech
Lead Actress: Natalie Portman – Black Swan
Supporting Actor: Christian Bale – The Fighter
Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo – The Fighter
Foreign language film: In a Better World
Animated feature film (aka The Pixar Award): Toy Story 3
Cinematography: Wally Pfister, Inception
Documentary feature: Inside Job