Jean TellerThe 83rd Annual Academy Awards have come and gone. Did you watch?

Not too many surprises. The King’s Speech won Best Picture, with its director, Tom Hooper, taking that award home. And Colin Firth, with a wonderfully low-key and heartfelt acceptance speech, took home the Oscar for Best Actor for his role as the reluctant King George VI.

Natalie Portman, with another heartfelt acceptance speech and a few tears, won Best Actress for her mind-bending turn as a troubled ballerina in Black Swan, and Melissa Leo, as mother/manager Alice Ward in The Fighter, was named Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Her co-star, Christian Bale, took home the honor for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his portrayal of washed-up fighter/brother Dicky Eklund.

James Franco and Anne Hathaway hosted the 83rd Annual Academy Awards.I was thrilled The King’s Speech did as well as it did – it also nabbed honors for Best Original Screenplay for David Seidler. And Portman was a perfect choice for Best Actress, although I was a bit surprised by both Leo and Bale in the supporting categories; perhaps because I haven’t seen The Fighter. An oversight I will have to rectify as soon as the movie appears on DVD.

The emcee duties were shared this year by Anne Hathaway and James Franco, both excellent actors, and Franco was among the nominees for Best Actors. I was, however, disappointed in his performance as Oscar host. Perhaps he was more than a little nervous? Whatever the reason, he seemed wooden and only on occasion did we see glimpses of the wonderful actor we know he is. Hathaway was excellent, and I think she could probably handle hosting duties all on her own.

Also on the that-was-neat list were presenters Sandra Bullock, Jeff Bridges and the comic duo of Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, as well as the unlikely (except they're both British) and funny duo of Helen Mirren and Russell Brand. I suggest the Academy look at pairing Hathaway and Bullock as hosts or asking Downey and Law to bring their banter to the stage next year.

Nebraska Dave
3/1/2011 9:39:36 AM

Jean, Grandson and I went to see Megamind at the cheap seats. We have a movie theatre in town that shows the most popular movies after the main stream theatres have made their millions at the box offices. They get to this theatre about the same time as the DVD rentals are at the Redbox. It's a $2.50 price but unfortunately the snack bar is not discounted. Once the spring garden and outside projects fire up the movie watching suffers. I have about another month of time to watch movies then I'll have start making a list of want to watch movies for next winter. Have a great movie watching day.

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