Michael Sheen appeared on the Graham Norton show a week or so ago now. I must first say that I love Graham Norton and have been a fan of his for such a long time now, he asks questions that other talk show hosts could not get away with and getting them to do random things. Any way Michael Sheen was a guest and even done an impression of graham. They talked about his recent appearance in New Moon as Aro and the impact that this could have on his career, this lead me to think about Michael Sheen . . .
So I am currently sitting watching the Tony Awards, and yes I do realise that this is a movie blog. But so many actors and even shows/plays cross over to the movie genre. I attended the Tony Awards in 2008 and cannot believe that a year has now gone by since I was sitting in the audience myself.
The tribute to the performers who died in the last year has just been on, pictures of the actors who were nominated or won Tony Awards, accompanied by people singing “What I Did For Love” from “A Chorus Line” really broke my heart. I adore that song and some really big named actors have died in the past year. The three that really stick in my head are Paul Newman, Bea Arthur and Estelle Getty. While all of the people were applauded, I could hear a lot of cheers for Bea, she really was loved by the Broadway crowd.
I missed the start of the show which I was so disappointed about! Like the first 10 minutes, so basically the opening number. I turned it on in time to see Liza Minnelli on the stage, which made me smile. I was not too impressed with Shrek in musical form, I don’t no it just did not make me want to go and see it right now. I was however very, very happy when Angela Lansbury won yet another Tony Award. She really is just Mrs. Tony !!! I would not want to be nominated against her, haha.
Frank Langella has just been on presenting and very much amused me, kinda complaning in jest that he was not nominated for the play that he was in, and that award seasons bring out the best in him. He also joked about having an Oscar speech in his pocket still. Yes I am easily amused but he really was fantastic in Frost/Nixon.
Susan Sarandon was also on earlier and looking very good may I add. I cannot believe that this women is in her 60s now and still looking so fantastic, she is in such great shape. She has such a distinctive voice which I also love. Yes I do realise that I have just gone all fangirlish for Susan.
Billy Elliott perfromance was just fantastic, Elton John was on the stage to introduce it too which made it even better in my opinion. It was nice to see a different part of it, and not “Electricity” which was always on UK shows when it first hit the West End. Although my favorite song from this show is “Deep into the Ground”. Very good dancing in this part, it has to win best musical!!!
I actually loved the Legally Blonde performance, it just looks like it would be a really fun show. Just like the movie is really fun too. Harvey Fierstein then came on to present and OMG his voice is just so incredible. He has won 4 tony awards, but I knew him first in Mrs Doubtfire, love it.
Nice to see Angela Lansbury back on the stage to present the life time achievement award good times. I think she is just fabulous, still going strong at her age is incredible. OMG YAY a clip from La Cage aux Folles . . . “I Am What I Am . . . ” with George Hearn talking YAY I totally love him. Ok so the La Cage aux Folles now makes sense as it was for the writer or creator of that show. Whos name I cannot remember.
Anne Hathaway is there too, as she is going to be in Twelfth Night. She was introducing the performance from “Hair”. Hmmm I am not really too sure about Hair either, its not something I would rush out to see. Although it was amusing to see the cast jumping around the audience on some A List celebrities, haha.
Kristin Chenowith is a favorite with the Tony’s. She presented the best musical revival which went to Hair. I enjoyed the clip of Stockard Channing. What would a Tony Awards be without David Hyde Pierce ?!?!?! who was introduced by coming out for the second time tonight, hahahahaha.
YAY Billy Elliott won best actor(s) for all three of the Billy’s. Fantastic! Its Tony history as well, for 3 actors to be winning the Tony Award. Awwww they were all so cute as well, so shocked and overwhelmed and one of them was almost crying. They really had no idea what to say.
Liza is also Mrs.Tony she is presenting the best musical award for the second year in a row . . . possibly even more times than that ?!?! I am guessing anyway. YAY of course Billy Elliott just had to win it, its incredible and from my neck of the woods in the North East England. LOVE IT LOVE IT. Geordie accents all round, haha. The kids just totally loved it.
Ok, So I have wrote a big long report as I was watching the Oscars.
- Hugh Jackman, with a very clever opening in a song featuring all of the nominated films. He was getting involved talking to the actors, and Anne Hathaway joined him on the stage for the Frost/Nixon segment, which was just fantastic.
- Best Supporting Actress – 5 previous winners appeared on the stage to present the nominations. Goldie Hawn, Whoopi Goldberg, Anjelica Huston, Tilda Swinton and I cannot remember who the 5th was. Each of them talked about one of the nominees. This is the first time the awards have been done like this and was a very good touch. Winner – Penelope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona).She began her speech by saying she thought she was going to faint. Share with fellow nominees and thanked a few people including Woody Allen for writing such good in depth female characters. *This wasn’t really a big shock as Penelope had been picking up awards at a lot of the other ceremonies.
- Steve Martin and Tina Fey are the presenters, for screenplay awards. Good graphics of a computer screen with the words appearing across as they spoke. Best Original Screenplay – Winner – Dustin Lance Black (Milk). Sean Penn looked really happy when this was announced. Dustin was rather emotional and in his speech told how the story of Harvey Milk really helped him in his life and realise that things can change for the gay community. *Not really a surprise, as this was his first screenplay on a very powerful story with a good movie out of it. I was hoping for a big shock win for my favorite ‘In Bruges’. Best Adapted Screenplay – Winner – Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire). Start of the Slumdog Sweep . . .
- Jennifer Aniston and Jack Black are the next presenters. An Animation year book is shown with all the animated films from 2008. Best Animation – Winner – WALL.E. Great reaction from Jack Black who screamed.
- Hugh Jackman is back to tell us what happens next in the moving making process. The next two presenters appear, these being Daniel Craig (YAY) and Sarah Jessica Parker (two of my favorites so I was happy!). Art Direction – Winner – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. *First win for Benjamin Button. Back to DC and SJP. Costume Design– Winner- The Duchess. *Possibly a little bit of a shock with Benjamin Button and Milk being in the category. Best Make Up – Winner – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. *Win number 2, I was kind of hoping for ‘The Dark Knight’ to get an award early on.
- Robert Pattinson aka Edward Cullen and Amanda Seyfried (from Mamma Mia!) introduced the Romance in 2008 yearbook.
- Presenters Natalie Portman and Ben Stiller (dressed and behaving like Joaquin Phoneix) which was extremely funny and I really do not know how Natalie managed to not laugh even a little bit at the way Ben was going on wandering around as she was reading the nominations. Cinematography – Winner – Slumdog Millionaire. *That’s number 2 now for Slumdog.
- Jessica Biel presented a recap of the Sci-tech awards.
- James Franco and Seth Rogan on video clip, being the characters from ‘Pineapple Express’. Watching some of the nominees which are the serious films at laughing at them which is just too funny. This is my favorite comedy moment so far.
- James Franco, Seth Rogan and some guy who’s name I did no write down come on to present an award. Best Live Action Short Film – Winner – Spielzugland (Toyland). *Which James couldn’t pronounce and Seth started laughing, which was also rather amusing
- Hugh!!! Starts talking about how Mamma Mia has now sold more tickets than Titanic in the UK. This is the beginning of a huge medley of songs from loads of musicals. The newer song was top hat and tails with stars names said in it. Singing in the Rain, Hey Big Spender, West Side Story, Beyonce then joins Hugh on stage. Grease, your the one that I want. Sound of Music, Chicago . . . All That Jazz . . . Moulin Rouge, Lady Marmalade. Enter Vanessa Hudson, Zac Efron, Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper. One Night Only from Dreamgirls, Hairspray you can’t stop the beat. At last sung by Beyonce, High School Musical 3. Evita. Mamma Mia. I absolutely loved this segment, defiantly my favorite part. I am a total musical geek so this was just brilliant.
- Best Supporting Actor – 5 Previous winners take to the stage to present the nominees and the award. These were, Christopher Walken, Kevin Kline, Cuba Gooding Jr, Alan Arkin and Joel Grey. Winner- Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight).Collected by- His father, Mother and sister. So the rumours of them attending were true, I spied Christopher Nolan so figured he would collect it. But it was brilliant that Heath’s family collected it. His father said it was humbling and thanked the academy for recognising the talent in which Heath possesed. His mother said that tonight they would celebrate what Heath achieved. His sister said they often joked about appearing on the Oscars to collect an award and wishes he was here tonight, and they accepted the award on behalf of his beautiful Matilda. *Probably not a dry eye in the house after this one, it was very moving and so upsetting at the same time, but so well deserved for Heath as he is truly fantastic as the Joker. Many of the A List stars looked close to tears too.
- Hugh again, moving onto the post production of a film. The action of 2008 yearbook.
- Presenter Will Smith. Jokes that the best thing about action films, is the fans. Outstanding Visual Effects– The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. *That’s number 3. Outstanding Sound Editing– The Dark Knight. *That’s number 2. Sound Mixing-Slumdog Millionaire. #3. Film Editing– Slumdog Millionaire. #4.
- Presenter Eddie Murphy for theJean Hersholt Award– Winner- Jerry Lewis.
- Back to the lovely Hugh Jackman again. Mentions how Audery Hepburn said ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ was much better with a score. That’s right onto the music awards. Original Score– Winner- Slumdog Millionaire. Then onto Original Song which were then sung. John Legend sung the song from Wall.e after Peter Gabriel would not perform as he was asked to not sing the whole song. Winner- Slumdog Millionaire. #6 now.
- Hughy! Presenters Liam Neeson and Freida Pinto. Foreign Language Film– Winner- Departures (Japan).
- Queen Latifah. Tribute to people who we have lost over the past year. She began to sing a song (I do not know if this was a new song for the show, or if it is an old song I haven’t checked yet.) “I’ll be seeing you all in the old familiar places. The pictures were shown on the screens and the last person to show was Paul Newman with a clip from one of his films.
- Back to Hugh, who introduces the president of the academy (who did not make a speech) and that there is going to be a new president next year. Presenter Reese Witherspoon for the best director award. Direction– Winner- Danny Boyle. While yes I do dislike, Slumdog Millionaire. I do really like Danny Boyle, he just seems so genuine and a nice guy. In his speech he first jumped up and down on the stage apparently being like tigger. He began by saying that the show is bloody wonderful from the theatre. Firstly thanked his family and even mentioned the social club, haha.
- Best Actress in a Leading Role– the 5 previous winners who were presenting, Sophia Loren, Shirley MacLaine, Halle Berry, Nicole Kidman and Marion Cotillard. I was hoping for Julia Roberts in all honesty. But loving Shirley MacLaine, shes just awesomeness. Winner- Kate Winslet. YAY for Kate :-). Its taken her to 6 nominations to get her first win and I am so pleased for her. I loved how she held Angelina Jolie’s hand as she walked to the stage, just too cute especially after the whole forgetting her from the Golden Globe speech. *Speech- that she probably had a version of this speech when she was 8 years old with a shampoo bottle, and it certainly wasn’t a shampoo bottle now. Thanked her family and friends, and asked her dad to whistle, which he did and she screamed was brilliant. Mentioned people she worked with from Peter Jackson, to Emma Thompson and then her Sam (Mendes). And that she couldn’t believe being in a caterogry with Meryl Streep.
- Best Actor in a Leading Role– the 5 previous winners were, Robert DeNiro, Sir Ben Kingsley, Adrien Brody, Michael Douglas (YAY) and Sir Anthony Hopkins. YAY for Michael Douglas! But were was Jack Nicholson ?!?! Why wasn’t he at the Oscars ?!?! And why did they say Sir for Ben and not for Anthony?!?!?! Winner- Sean Penn.Wow, I really must say that I thought Mickey was going to get it, and I am so sad that he didn’t get it, but Sean was still a very worthy winner. Dustin Lance Black, was shown a couple of times crying. *Speech- Thanked his friends, the support, Cleve Jones. Gus Van Sant the director. The people who do not support gay marriage to have a good hard think about it and that we have to have equal rights for everyone! but my favorite part and quote of the whole Oscars “Mickey Rourke rises again and he is my brother.” Mickey then blew him a kiss.
- Hugh introduces Steven Spielberg.
- Best Picture – A look back at the different films nominated for best picture in the past. Winner- Slumdog Millionaire. I was really hoping for an upset but it didnt happen.
- Hugh Jackman, ends the show.
Overall it was a very good show, and much better than last year. The only thing it really missed was Jack Nicholson sitting grinning in the front row. I mean how can you have an Oscars without Jack?!?! I think some of the surprises for the presenters for the acting awards were the best parts, although a few of them did walk the red carpet, but others did not. I also hope they bring back Hugh Jackman as host next year.
Why didn’t you burn the tapes?
I can imagine at the time and probably still now that was the first question everyone would have been thinking. With such a scandal why weren’t the tapes exposed of in some way or form. I mean it seems as though everyone involved was waiting for the tapes to be found. You cant exactly deny it if you have been recorded saying certain things. I didn’t really know too much about the interview before seeing the film, although I do have the actual interviews on DVD but have not got round to watching them yet, just to see the difference and how much drama was added to make the film a bit more entertaining.
So the following are the nominations for the 81st Annual Academy Awards.
Winners to be announced on Sunday, February 22nd.