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Why the Red Carpet is so Precious
By Sam Johnson (Intern)
Published March 11, 2010


Why the Red Carpet is so Precious

By Sam Johnson
Sentinel Intern

And the award goes to…is not only a catchy phrase, but a line that every artist desires to hear with their name attached to it Oscar night. March 7, 2010 marked the 82nd Academy Awards Show hosted at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA. The night was filled with everything from the best and worst dressed, to memorable, heartfelt acceptance speeches, a few unexpected surprises and who could forget the hilarious punch lines from hosts Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin. The pre-show opened with Sherri Shepard of The View who spoke with several actors/actresses and also gave the millions watching worldwide the opportunity to play fashion police. Penelope Cruz, Sandra Bullock, Queen Latifah, Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslett were all amongst the elite who wore dresses that could easily take one’s breath away in the blink of an eye.

Monique was also amongst this radiant group of women. She wore a cobalt blue Tadashi gown with a gardenia in her hair in honor of Hattie McDaniel who was the first African-American woman to win an Oscar which was a simple yet brilliant look for her. Monique received a plethora of awards all across the board for her performance as Mary Johnston a verbally, physically and sexually abusive mother of a troubled teen in Precious (inspired by the novel PUSH by Sapphire) Despite the recognition from other guilds and organizations none of them came close to the crowning achievement of getting the gold. She received a standing ovation for what was considered an obvious win leading the Oscar polls by 45 percent. As her name was called for Best Supporting Actress Monique humbly walked to the stage and held back tears thanking the academy, her husband, Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey. She also paid respect to one of her leading female inspirations “I want to thank Miss Hattie McDaniel for enduring all that she had to so that I would not have to”.

Throughout the night the Oscars were full of surprises. One of the most notable things that occurred was when Roger Ross Williams received the award for his short film Music by Prudence and was unexpectedly interrupted by one his producers during his acceptance speech. It was huge disappointment and reminiscent of the Kanye West tyrant when Taylor Swift was robbed of special moment. She randomly walked on stage getting in front of him expressing her appreciation as if the award was really hers. The look on his face was priceless and well deserving because this is a moment that every artist dreams of; but that moment does not compare to the nightmare that occurs when someone else takes the spot when the light is supposed to be shining on you.

On a lighter note, it was refreshing to see one of Hollywood’s favorite’s Sandra Bullock earn her first Oscar for Best Actress for her role as a caring wife and mother Leigh Anne Tuohy in The Blind Side. She definitely has a niche for comedy as she delivered her sarcastic love and admiration for her partner in crime Meryl Streep. As Bullock’s name was called she slowly got up to head towards the stage and it appeared she was about to walk into the arms of Meryl Streep who was extending a hug to congratulate her. Unfortunately, that sign of affection was a mere myth but never became a reality as Bullock looked directly at Streep only to turn away leaving her nearly falling out of her seat or better yet leaving her on the blind side.

Geoffrey Fletcher made history by winning his first Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for Precious. In one of the most memorable speeches of the night he dedicated his award “This is for everybody who works on their dream everyday; precious boys and girls everywhere”. Fletcher was truly honored and definitely surprised by his victory. But nothing could top the humor of Steve Martin who took full credit for writing his acceptance speech. Kathryn Bigelow also made her mark by becoming the first female to win an Academy Award for Best Director for her masterpiece The Hurt Locker which was the biggest winner of the night with 6 awards out of its 9 nominations. This was also the first time 10 films nominated for Best Picture as oppose to the usual amount of 5. The success of The Hurt Locker did come as a surprise to many who thought that Avatar was going to own the night especially in the category of Best Picture. Though the Awards ceremony is a bit lengthy (around 3 1/2 hours) it’s always worth the watch alone for the fashion sense, another opportunity to see your favorite stars, and it’s usually good for a laugh (if they have the right host) Here’s an overview of this year’s winners

Best Picture Film Editing

The Hurt Locker Bob Murawski and Chris Innis: The Hurt Locker

Actor in a Lead Role Foreign Language Film

Jeff Bridges: Crazy Heart The Secret in their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)

Argentina Directed by Juan Jose Caampanella

Actor in Supporting Role Makeup

Christoph Waltz: Inglorious Bastards Star Trek: Barney Burman, Mindy Hall &

Joel Harlow

Actress in a Lead Role Music (Original Score)

Sandra Bullock: The Blind Side Up: Michael Giacchino

Actress in a Supporting Role Music (Original Song)

Mo’Nique: Precious Ryan Bingham & T Bone Burnett

“The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)”

Animated Feature Film Short Film (Animated)

Up: Pete Docter Logorama: Nicolas Schmerkin

Art Direction Short Film (Live Action)

Avatar: Rick Carter, Robert Stromber (Art Direction) The New Tenants: Joachim Back,

Kim Sinclair (Set Decoration) Tivi Magnusson

Cinematography Sound Editing

Avatar: Mauro Fiore The Hurt Locker: Paul N.J. Ottosson

Costume Design Sound Mixing

The Young Victorian: Sandy Powell The Hurt Locker: Paul N.J. Ottosson & Ray Beckett

Directing Visual Affects

Kathryn Bigelow: The Hurt Locker Avatar: Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum,

Richard Baneham and Andrew R. Jones

Documentary Feature Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

Louie Psihoyos and Fisher Stevens: The Cove Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire

Screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher

Documentary Short Writing (Original Screenplay)

Roger Ross Williams and Elinor Burkett The Hurt Locker

Music by Prudence Written by Mark Boal


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