Oscars 2010 – The Show

Possibly the most predictable Oscars in recent times. But what was the show like? Well I thoroughly enjoyed it last year and that was because of host Hugh Jackman and some changes made to the show. I had also seen most of the nominated films and was much Team Rourke thinking we were going to see Mickey win for his role in “The Wrestler” a film I really loved. But that didn’t happen and then the very overrated Slumdog took the big prize, I pretty much fell out of love with the Oscars.

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Tony Awards 2009

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.

Oscars 2009 – After Thoughts

So after having a night to read other people’s views and opinions on the 2009 Oscars. I decided to now see my view on the whole show and how the awards went. Now looking at who won what, it really was the most predictable Oscar night in recent memory. The only real shock was Sean Penn winning for ‘Milk’ as yes he was good but Mickey Rourke in ‘The Wrestler’ was incredible. Mickey really should have walked away with the Oscar.

The other complaint I now have is best original screenplay, yes ‘Milk’ had a good screenplay but it was all based on the real events and actual words Harvey Milk spoke so that isn’t totally original (yes I know some of it would have been put in my the writer). But a real gem of an original screenplay was ‘In Bruges’ totally unique and different from anything that has been done before. It should have been recognised for how clever, funny and heartfelt the whole story was. It is a film which has everything and one of my favorite films of last year.

Lets hope that next year, it will be more uncertain who is going to take home which award. A bit more competition and that the academy actually picks the best 5 films of the year to compete for best picture.

Oscars 2009 – The Show Pictures

So, I found the whole show fantastic and very well put together. Yes, it was probably a little less formal than previous years but maybe that is a good thing at this point in time. My favorite new thing was the whole 5 previous winners of the acting awards for each category introducing and presenting the nominees then the winner of this years award. I hope this is an idea that will follow on for many years to come.

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Oscars 2009 – Red Carpet Pictures

Some pictures from the 2009 Oscars . . . on the red carpet.

Starting with my favorite man at the moment, Mickey Rourke. I thought he looked great as he kept his own style and went for something totally different. I want to know what was going on with Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s hat, I mean its the Oscars, come on no beanie type hats.

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