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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

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

March 8, 2010 at 11:12 AM

Last word on the Oscars

Well, that was a long night, wasn’t it? A few more thoughts, before we close the book on the 82nd annual Academy Awards . . .
— The more I think about Barbra Streisand presenting the directing award to Kathryn Bigelow, the more interesting it gets. For those who remember the Oscars of maybe twenty years ago, it was a huge diss that Streisand wasn’t nominated for directing “The Prince of Tides” (which got a nod for best picture and many other major nominations), and I remember many presenters making comments about it that during the ceremony, along the lines of “did this movie direct itself”? It makes total sense that it would be Streisand who would present the award to the first woman who won it — but hmm, aren’t they not supposed to know who wins? Wouldn’t it have been strange and awkward if, despite Bigelow being favored, Cameron’s name had been in the envelope? I wonder.
— Steve Martin was much, much funnier than Alec Baldwin. Did Alec not show up for rehearsal? Did Steve swipe all the good lines? Did Steve write all the good lines?
— I am aware that Kristen Stewart is, in certain circles, the most famous person in the world, and is under untold pressures. Still, for someone who makes a living as an actor, getting through a sixty-second introduction without playing with her hair and fidgeting doesn’t seem like too much to ask.
— A reader called me this morning to share her thoughts on the Oscars and said that she thinks in ten years, we’ll still be watching “Avatar” but will have forgotten “The Hurt Locker.” I think we’ll have forgotten both of them, along with “The Blind Side” and most of the best picture picks, and will still be watching “Up.” But we’ll have to wait and see. And on that note, if you’re interesting in revisiting Oscar’s past and righting its wrongs, consider attending the 20/20 Awards next Monday night, which will examine the Oscars of 20 years ago.
And finally, as our last look at the Oscars, the backs of three of the night’s prettiest gowns. Penelope, Vera, Anna — hope you all had a lovely time, and that your dresses didn’t get stepped on. See you next year.

(Photo credit: Richard Harbaugh, copyright A.M.P.A.S.)

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