The 83rd Annual Academy Awards

>> Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Oscars were given out this past weekend, and I'm glad that my only serious prediction turned out to be correct: Melissa Leo won for Best Supporting Actress in The Fighter. She was the best thing about that movie, and she made everyone else look like amateurs. I'd hoped that Geoffrey Rush would win for Best Supporting Actor, but that's more because he's my favorite actor than because of his performance.

I enjoyed The King's Speech, partly for the story and partly for the performances. Guy Pearce and Helena Bonham Carter were wonderful. It took me a while to recognize Jennifer Ehle, but I hadn't seen her since the last time she'd starred with Colin Firth. They even cast Anthony Andrews, who had played King Edward VIII, to play Stanley Baldwin. Ha.

I had two problems with the movie, though:

  • It should have ended with the speech's conclusion. The ten minutes of smug back-clapping weren't necessary, and given the gravity of the subject, it seemed odd that everyone was so happy. And Winston Churchill saying "I couldn't have said it better myself" was just silly.
  • If you're going to cast Claire Bloom as Queen Mary, you should give her some lines. I saw her in Limelight some time ago, and I've been a fan ever since.
I knew that one of the two little girls was Queen Elizabeth II, but it wasn't until I walked out of the theater that I realized Helena Bonham Carter's character was the Queen Mum. I just read her Wikipedia entry, and she was a fascinating woman.

I should see Limelight again. I wonder if I'll enjoy it as much as I once did.


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