Well, there goes another Academy Award season, and I would have to say it was a pretty decent show! They confused me at first, mixing up the award order (Supporting winners first, etc...) and I was surprised by how much Hugo took home. Good for them! Except for Best Cinematography because The Tree of Life- no matter how much you hated or loved it- is the epitome of that category. However, Hugo was still magnificent in its own ways, so kudos to everybody! All of the Best Picture nominees were fantastic and the showcase of edits of all the films they showed before the BIG award really made me want to see them all again!
Best parts of the night (besides basking in the Oscar glamour and glory!):
Justin Bieber appearance in the Midnight in Paris skit. So unexpected!
Seeing all the beautiful actresses dressed up- a list too long to include- especially the resilience of Berenice Bejo, Michelle Williams, Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, Jessica Chastain, and Emma Stone, to name a slight few.
Zach Galifianakis & Will Farrell's forced cymbal skit. Little potential but still too much.
Jennifer Lopez & Cameron Diaz showing off their asses. This was just weird. Wait, I just read that Cameron Diaz is Latina...WHAT?! And why is J. Lo there in the first place? Just more drama (see nip slip).
The worst of all: Tom Cruise presenting Best Picture. That's the best you've got Academy??? I can understand if Tom Hooper couldn't make it (filming for Les Miserables perhaps), but what about any of the other impeccable nominees last year: David Fincher, Christopher Nolan, Darren Aronofsky, or Lee Unkrich?
Here are the winners for the 84th Academy Awards:
And more importantly, here is my ballot:
I didn't do as well this year, but I also didn't see all of the short films like I have in previous years. However, I didn't look at any predictions page throughout the season, so being based solely on my viewings, I think I did pretty well!
For a light and refreshing smoothie after a night of cocktails, sweets and carb loading, try this:
1 cup yogurt (Go Greek for extra protein and nutrients!)
1/2 cup each of fresh (or frozen) strawberries, blueberries, peaches, and banana
Add ice, water or milk, and honey to thicken
Nothing like a simple yet tasty smoothie. Enjoy!