I've never seen an Oscars show that didn't need judicious use of a fast-forward button, so I recorded last night's event and woke up to the expected (but not particularly welcome) news that THE KING'S SPEECH had cleaned up, winning many of the top trophies.
I predicted TKS to win but didn't believe it was the best candidate - THE SOCIAL NETWORK should have won, easy.
Colin Firth winning Best Actor for TKS was fine - he turned in a very touching performance and deserved to be recognised for it. The same goes for Natalie Portman winning Best Actress for BLACK SWAN - the (terrific) film may have proved to have been too "out there" for the Oscar voters to give it any other awards but I'm pleased that Portman's stunning fearlessness in her role was given the appropriate recognition.
Christian Bale won Best Supporting Actor for his showy role in THE FIGHTER (OK by me) and from the same film, Melissa Leo won Best Supporting Actress. I'm less enthusiastic about the latter - I had earmarked the award for Hailee Steinfeld's breakout performance in TRUE GRIT. I'd also argue that Steinfeld should have been in the Best Actress category, as her role dominates TG...
Even more controversial than TKS winning Best Picture - Tom Hooper taking a Best Director trophy home for the same film. Don't get me wrong - I liked TKS but ANY of the other nominees (Fincher, Aronofsky, Russell, the Coens) would have been a better choice. Dammit, this Oscar had David Fincher's name all over it for TSN. Shameful.
Screenplay Oscars went where everyone thought they would - Adapted to TSN's Aaron Sorkin and Original to TKS.
Of the other awards - TOY STORY 3 winning Best Animated Film was fully expected (and deserved). Great to see Nine Inch Nails' frontman Trent Reznor picked up the Best Score statuette for TSN. Another of my favourite films from last year was INCEPTION - good to see it collected four Oscars, albeit in the technical categories.
Initial reactions to the Oscar show itself appear to go from hostile to downright hostile; celebrated critic Roger Ebert called it "the worst Oscarcast I've seen". Looks like my fast-forward button will be getting a workout later...