Best Supporting Actress goes, with little suspense, to Anne Hathaway who is sweet as always and utters a little “It came true” when handed her award. I know there are some Anne haters out there, but the Princess of Genovia just won an Oscar so it’s a good day in my book.
More than an hour into the show, presenter Sandra Bullock got up to hand out an award and expressed our sentiments about the show, its pace and our combined fear that we’d run out of alcohol before the evening was over while struggling to open the envelope.
Then Kristen Stewart emerges on stage with a visible limp, after arriving to the awards on crutches from injuring her foot. Mark my words, it’s only a matter of time before her gimpy walk gets turned into the new lesbian pimp walk. Though, come on Harry Potter, you could have offered Bella Swan your arm for support. I mean, I know you don’t want to confuse the two franchises but everyone knows yours are better already.
Adele comes out to awe us by singing “Skyfall” and then delight us by winning for “Skyfall.” She’s half way to an EGOT and charming as very as she gets choked up and then tells the assembled audience, “amazing.” Come back, Adele. Never leave us, Adele.
Oh, and if you are wondering why the cast of Chicago got yet another plug at the Oscars – Richard Gere, Renee Zellweger, Queen Latifah and Zeta-Jones came out to present the musical awards – it’s because the show’s producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron also producer the 2002 musical. Are they allowed to blatantly try to boost their DVD sales like that?
Back to the show, Barbra Streisand closed out a night of stellar female vocalists – J-Hud and Adele and Babs, oh my – by singing “Memories” in honor of its writer Marvin Hamlisch who passed away last year. It was Streisand’s first appearance at the Oscars in 36 years and she was, of course, like buttah.
Three hours into the show and with little hope for an amicable ending, the biggest awards of the nights came in quick succession. Ang Lee won for Best Director for Life of Pi, and I again feel the nostalgic sting of Brokeback Mountain losing to Crash.
The Jennifer Lawrence wins Best Actress and makes us love her even more by falling on her way to the podium. Her tumble, henceforth to be known as the J-Fall, was perfect, as was her gentlemen co-stars Bradley Cooper and Hugh Jackman rushing to help her up. She recovered gamely on her own and joked about her subsequent standing ovation only coming because of her embarrassing trip. Let’s be best friends forever, Jennifer. Signed, everyone.