Live blogging Oscars

I am going to try a little bit of Live blogging on some selected items that amused me. I hope you won’t be too bored by it. Much thanks to imdb for their links. All times in MST.

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Feb 26, 12:24pm. Here are some news and comments.

Feb 26, 12:14am. Here are some Oscars photos. Too bad there aren’t any captions (yet?).

Feb 25, 10:21pm. Well, it was fun to do the Live blogging on Oscars. Fun. Now, it is Ms. Walters’ Oscars time again. Bye.

Best Motion Picture of the Year

Winner: The Departed (2006) – Graham King

10:14pm. I am so happy for Marty. Good film. I enjoyed it. Leo deserved the praise he got. Leo was really good in The Departed. I just love the Hong Kong connection as The Departed was based on Infernal Affairs (a film that I highly recommend).

Best Achievement in Directing

Winner: Martin Scorsese for The Departed (2006)

There is no director deserving to win more than Marty. What a well deserved standing ovation. Marty did so many great films. And so cool to have a great Hong Kong connection. The great casts. Good speech. Wow. What a great moment for a creative filmmaker.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Winner: Forest Whitaker for The Last King of Scotland (2006)

What a well deserved win. Great actor. What a great and well delivered speech. Wow. Wow. Wow.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Winner: Helen Mirren for The Queen (2006)

Great job and well deserved. The biggest and best gold star. What a great actress. Wonderful speech and a tribute to the Queen.

9:45pm. People in the film industry that passed away this year is a sad part but a part I always watch. Gordon Parks. And the actor (Philippe Noiret) in Cinema Paridiso. Star Trek’s Sotty. Robert Altman. And others will be missed.

Best Achievement in Editing

Winner: The Departed (2006) – Thelma Schoonmaker

9:44pm. A film editor friend has a theory that the films that won the Best Editing usually win the Best picture too. Will see. (10:49pm Looks like my friend was right this time.)

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song

Winner: An Inconvenient Truth (2006) – Melissa Etheridge(“I Need To Wake Up”)

This is unexpected. But good for the doc. Cool. Lets hope we can change and turn around now.

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen

Winner: Little Miss Sunshine (2006) – Michael Arndt

Great. Lovely award to a wonderful small indie film. Nice speech.

9:16pm Love the new way they uses shadows to go between segments.

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score

Winner: Babel (2006) – Gustavo Santaolalla

9:03pm Cool. I hope Babel will win more.

8:50pm. Wonderful original music and themes by Ennio Morricone. No idea he scored the wonderfully lovely and beautiful music of Cinema Paradiso. He scored over 500 films and TV shows. Wow. What a great and talented man.

Best Documentary, Features

Winner: An Inconvenient Truth (2006) – Davis Guggenheim

No surprise. Great doc and wonderful win. I am going to write a Chinese newspaper column about a few things relating to this film.

Best Documentary, Short Subjects

Winner: The Blood of Yingzhou District (2006) – Ruby Yang, Thomas Lennon

Seems like a touching story about AIDS in China.

8:38pm: Saw this lovely GM ad with a car assembling robot. But there is no way I feel better about GM though.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Winner: Jennifer Hudson for Dreamgirls (2006)

Hudson was the favourite. Great for her. Because I don’t know the music, it is not really a film for me though.

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year

Winner: Leben der Anderen, Das (2006)(Germany)

I was hoping Del Toro’s film will win even I am Canadian. This Germany film looks interesting though.

8:25pm: Nice to see all the clips of foreign films.

Best Achievement in Cinematography

Winner: Laberinto del Fauno, El (2006) – Guillermo Navarro

Got to watch this film for sure now.

8:13pm. Just love the cinematographers talking about their films.

8:10pm, Love the MySpace photo touch by Ellen. (smile)

Best Achievement in Costume Design

Winner: Marie Antoinette (2006) – Milena Canonero

8:00pm. Love the way they introduce the costumes thlis year. Love the costumes in Antoinette.

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published

Winner: The Departed (2006) – William Monahan

Lovely film based on the Hong Kong film (not from Japan as announced) Infernal Affairs. Happy for Marty. I so much wanted Borat to win this but I knew it won’t likely happen. Good that Hollywood is not too much affected by “Not Invented Here”.

7:50pm. Just love the way they tell and read the script with the movie being shown in the back.

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

Winner: Happy Feet (2006) – George Miller

7:44pm Need to check this out. (smile)

Al Gore just came out. Leo asked: Anything you want to announce? (smile) Gore is such a statesman for the environmental cause now. He was far from great but one wonders what if that election went differently.

7:33pm. They are singing the song for An Inconvenient Truth now, it will be a surprise for me if it didn’t win best doc.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Winner: Alan Arkin for Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

Eddie Murphy was favourite and it was surprising that he didn’t get it. Arkin did do a wonderful job though.

Best Short Film, Live Action

Winner: West Bank Story (2005) – Ari Sandel

From the short clips shown, looks great. Lovely and such a good speech.

Best Short Film, Animated

Winner: The Danish Poet (2006) – Torill Kove

Cool, looks like something that NFB co-produces. [Mar 1st update: you can watch the freshly minted Oscar winning Montreal animator Torill Kove’s wonderful work The Danish Poet online at Canada’s National Film Board]

Best Achievement in Makeup

Winner: Laberinto del Fauno, El (2006) – David Martí, Montse Ribé

Cool. del Toro again.

Best Achievement in Art Direction

Winner: Laberinto del Fauno, El (2006) – Eugenio Caballero, Pilar Revuelta

Cool. Guillermo del Toro is such a imaginative director.

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I love the opening interviews of different Oscars nominees in the beginning of the show. If I haven’t misheard Ellen, the Oscars winning documentary director Errol Morris created this wonderful opening. Lovely. (I love his The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara very much.)

 

4 Responses to Live blogging Oscars

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  2. Jean says:

    This live blogging is fun.

    I also watched the show. The part of Leo and Al and the music was quite fun. And the vacuuming part – that’s interesting as well. I especially like the rolling shadows. It’s very nicely done.

    I still think the customes in Golden Flower still is the best costume for the year.

    Cheers.
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    Hi Jean,

    Thanks. Glad that you enjoyed the live blogging. I was able to reference in my newspaper column and I also talked about it on the radio show with Terry on FM94.7.

    For me, customes were between “Marie Antoinette” and “The Devil Wears Prada”. And I am glad Antoinette got it.

    Cheers,
    Kempton

  3. Jean says:

    Ah one more (how could I forget this) – the photo-taking scene. Ellen told Steven: “Oh, make sure we are both in the picture”… something like that. Very funny!!
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    Hi Jean,

    I love that bit too. Good standup comic reaction. Another one that Terry and I both like was Al Gore being “kicked off by muisc” part. A funny moment.

    I also think the bit with Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, and Jack Black was funny in a strange way too.

    Kempton

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