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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
From the short clips shown, looks great. Lovely and such a good speech.
Best Short Film, Animated
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
Cool. del Toro again.
Best Achievement in Art Direction
Cool. Guillermo del Toro is such a imaginative director.
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.)