After all the speculation, the grueling months of agony waiting for the Oscar results have finally come to an end. Ok, maybe that last sentence is only applicable to me.
The show had a strange dynamic with James Franco and Anne Hathaway as the hosts, and the awkward presentation with Kirk Douglas felt extremely out of place.
Also, the way they presented each award was drastically different than in past years. Usually they do a good job giving a solid clip of the nomineesâ€™ work at their best, but it seemed like the clips they chose did not accurately represent their performances as a whole.
As for the winners themselves, the awards essentially started off as planned. Melissa Leo won best supporting actress for her performance in â€œThe Fighter,â€ â€œToy Story 3â€ won best animated film, and â€œInceptionâ€ won for achievement in cinematography.
Then something strange happened when â€œAlice in Wonderlandâ€ won awards for achievement in art direction and best costume design. It felt like a dark force was twisting reality and I had no idea if I was watching the Oscars or the Razzies.
And the hits kept on coming, with â€œThe Wolfmanâ€ surprising next for Best Makeup. Granted, these categories have never been known for their exclusivity, but I think the Academy should be more select in their choices of film nominations.
The results returned to normalcy as â€œThe Social Networkâ€ scored wins for best film editing, best original score, and best adapted screenplay. Unfortunately, those were the only Oscars the film won last night.
The other acting awards all went down as predicted, with Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, and Colin Firth winning for best supporting actor, best actress, and best actor, respectively.
The first surprise of the major awards occurred in the best director category, where Tom Hooper (â€œThe Kingâ€™s Speechâ€) upset David Fincher (â€œThe Social Networkâ€). And the biggest award of the night followed suit, â€œThe Kingâ€™s Speechâ€ was awarded best picture of 2010.
Although I praised â€œThe Kingâ€™s Speechâ€ on its victory —it was my second favorite film of the yearâ€”I couldnâ€™t help feel a little un-kosher about the decision.
As a whole, â€œThe Social Networkâ€ was the most well made film of 2010. â€œThe Kingâ€™s Speechâ€ had it beat in acting, the component that I predict put Oscar voters over the edge.
The Academy has had a history of making decisions regarding best picture that they end up regretting when they look back on it. (See: â€œForrest Gumpâ€ winning over â€œShawshank Redemptionâ€).
They allow themselves to become emotionally compromised and look at a filmâ€™s accomplishments by how well it can affect viewers on a sentimental level.
That, and their penchant for traditional historical biopics has a â€œKingâ€™s Speechâ€ victory all over it.
While presenting the award for best picture, Steven Spielberg made sure to say that the films that end up not winning the award join an elite group that boasts such films as â€œCitizen Kane,â€ â€œ2001: A Space Odyssey,â€ and â€œThere Will Be Blood.â€ And you know what, â€œThe Social Network?â€ Iâ€™m perfectly fine with that.
Movie reviewer Jason Berlinberg can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and can be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/jasonberlinberg.