1. Al Gore...your movie was boring, and you won because you're famous, your film (which you did not produce or direct) deals with a topic Hollywood is interested (thank you Leo for reinforcing that) and apparently the Academy either really like's Mac computers or they really like PowerPoint presentations. I was very sad as well when dreamgirls lost out to this boring film in the song catagory. A shame. In case anyone is confused, Gore did not win an academy award last night, he just talked a lot.
2. One of the best Academy Award shows in a long time. Good job Ellen. Producers good job for not showing too many montages. (By far the most unnecessary segment was the Michael Mann segment with the American Film clips). The rolling people puppets were kind of wierd, but I liked them, especially when they made the penguins. Also the sound effects orchestra was very impressive.
3. The Martin Scorsese moment was pretty memorable, classy speech and the standing ovation, of course was very moving. All the better because it was followed up with an eventual win by the Departed.
4. I correctly predicted 13 of the awards (Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Adapted Screenplay included) but totally missed it on some of the other catagories. It's fun when it's not all etched in stone. (My wife had 11 right).
5. The Academy Awards are like my birthday I got so many great phone calls and voice messages from friends and family in honor of the day. Thanks to all who called, including those who simply wanted to tell me their favorite part of the presentation was when Will Farrell, Jack Black and John C. Reilly sang their sad ballad.
6. Although some have claimed the academy awards are irrelevant, I feel like their selections were generally in line with the thoughts of main-line culture. The reason my wife was able to select 11 of the winners was largely due to the fact that she has seen most of the films and was selecting who she felt was most likely to win based on their performance (not by tracking their buzz and precursor awards).
7. Disney Pixar's Cars lost out to Happy Feet. You know Pixar is blaming pop culture trends, marketing, and release schedule. Expect the campaign for Brad Bird's Ratatoille to be bigger than ever. (Remember Brad Bird's film The Incredibles scored 4 noms and 2 wins).
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