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Oscars Recap

So, I did manage to watch the oscars last night. Like most television I watch, I recorded it on my PVR for later viewing. I have a few reasons for this. First, my schedule generally doesn't match the broadcasters. Being chained to a particular broadcast schedule really doesn't work that well for me. Secondly, I like being able to skip through commercials. This is perhaps an idea to follow up on a different blog post, but television commercials tend to be more obnoxious than informative over the past several years. Back to the Oscars. I was pleased to see separate musical performances again. The musical medley experimentation from the last Academy Awards really missed the mark, in my opinion. It was nice to see those associated with these works get extra recognition. This also definitively answered a question for me: Zachary Levi did indeed perform his own singing in Tangled.

The opening segment for the Oscars was a great tribute to a number of nominated movies, and I thought the Inception frame was quite fitting. It was nice to see Inception win the technical awards.

The hosting duties were adequate. Anne Hathaway brought some enthusiasm, but I think James Franco was a bit flat. This doesn't really come as too much of a surprise, as that is their public personas. Both performed far better as Academy Awards hosts than the recent Golden Globes host.

I was particularly impressed with the appearance of Kirk Douglas, who presented the Best Supporting Actress award. It was really heartwarming to see this great actor, at 94 up on the screen. He did a great job, and it was quite amusing to see his comedic timing as he kept delaying the announcement of the award. Kirk Douglas was the lead actor, as well as producer for the film Spartacus, played an important role in challenging the Hollywood Blacklist by crediting Dalton Trumbo, one of the Hollywood Ten for writing the screenplay. While many

On the theme of censorship, when Melissa Leo gave her acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress in The Fighter, she uttered one of George Carlin's Seven Dirty Words. While this was apparently bleeped out in some broadcasts, they must have missed it on the channel I was watching. When Leo's co-star Christian Bale later won Best Supporting Actor, he alluded to his own outburst on the set of "Terminator: Salvation".

To no great surprise, Toy Story 3 won for Best Animated Film.

In science fiction news, Shaun Tan won Best Short Film (Animated) for The Lost Thing. Tan had previously won the Hugo Award for Best Professional Artist in 2010, and the World Fantasy Award for Best Artist in 2007.

The big awards were won by The King's Speech, which from the clips shown throughout the show, looks to be quite intriguing. I'm generally interested in character-based movies, and I was hoping this film would win out over The Social Network, although I haven't yet seen either.