At the very beginning of the ceremony I found myself nervous (in an expected and out-of-proportion way) when I heard Cinematography was the first award of the evening. My fears came true when Hugo took the award. Haven't seen the film but this specific award has to be one of my biggest disappointments ever with the Academy. As many others have stated, Cinematography seems to fail more often than other categories to pick the more deserving work and it is a real shame.
Overall was a nice show, way better than last year's uneventful one. Crystal was of course never ground-breaking but playing it safe and in that way he was just serviceable. The beginning segment (video-montage and intro song) felt flat or uneven but there were so many unfunny moments (trying to be so!) from a lot of presenters (Díaz and López, Downey Jr, etc) that he seemed nice. By the way, am I alone in thinking the comments by presenters in the lead acting categories should stop if those are going to seem so fake and obviously/shamelessly taken from the prompter? Never thought I could say this but I missed Bullock's comic timing, which now seems brilliant compared to Portman's deliverance of the lines, no matter how beautiful she was.
The music was, from the beginning, puzzling me. It felt somehow renewed but not in a crazy way (like those previous efforts from 1999 and specially en 2008). It was like some strange equilibrium between a contemporary feeling with the old tradional orchestration. The I saw Rahman and thought he was the explenation. But today I found out Zimmer with Pharell Williams were the musical directors and consultants of the night. Overall they did a pretty decent work.
I really liked some of the reactions from winners, way more moved than the robotic faces and speeches from last year. Spencer, the guys from "Undefeated" and the guys from TGWTDT. Of course Plummer was outstanding with his speech and seeing Streep winning was great, but somehow I guess it lacked some of the expected (by me) "solemnity". However, she gave a wonderful speech... the way she puts it, she doesn't need the award she now has and EVERYBODY think she needed or at least she deserved, but actually she just enjoys a lot her work, and it was great seeing someone not dazzled by the award. Through these bits (including the BAFTA) her personality shines maybe more than her talent.
I am not a fan of The Artist so it was good seeing it not sweeping the night. A surprise win by either Pitt, Oldman or even Clooney would have been great though.
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on Tue Feb 28, 2012 7:18 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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