Monday, February 26, 2007
The Oscars' Depart-ure
• Little Miss Sunshine - best supporting actor Alan Arkin, best original screenplay
• An Inconvenient Truth - best documentary and best song, Melissa Etheridge's "I Need to Wake Up"
• Pan's Labyrinth - best cinematography, art direction and makeup, but lost the best foreign film award to "The Lives of Others"
• The Departed - also won best adapted screenplay and editing awards
• Helen Mirren and Forest Whitaker - best actress and best actor
• Babel - too much Scorcese, shutout except for best score award
• Dreamgirls - too much Al Gore and Little Miss Sunshine, shutout except for best supporting actress Jennifer Hudson and sound editing awards
• Children of Men and Apocalypto - nada
Host Ellen DeGeneres was predictably quick on her feet, running up and down the aisles working the crowd. At one point she vacuumed beneath the front now. Eyeing an odd-shaped item on the carpet, DeGeneres joked, "Somebody's rolling papers. Must be the band's."
Overlong and way too respectful to the many important cogs in filmmaking's machine, the Oscars seem to take relish in boring its infatuated audience. This doesn't make for great TV, but the producers of the show frankly don't give a damn.
Check out my review of non-Oscar contender, The Number 23