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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

February 22, 2009 at 6:22 PM

Oscars by design

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Photo: Nick Wall / Paramount Vantage
OK, I get it now – the evening’s big concept is to organize things around the concept of making a movie, from start to finish. So, writing awards first, followed by design. “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” gets its first two Oscars for art direction and makeup; “The Duchess” wins for costumes. (I am now, it should be noted, seven for eight, but will no doubt fall apart once we get to the sound awards.)
Perhaps now is the time to mention the extreme injustice of being the one of two winners, as in the case of the “Benjamin Button” art directors, who loses the coin toss and speaks second at the podium. The first person gets to blather on and on, thanking his wife and the producers and everyone under the sun, and the second person barely gasps out a thank-you to his mom and dad before the orchestra’s sending him off. Totally wrong, but they’re all winners anyway.

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