83rd Academy Awards open thread

Posted by · 1:07 pm · February 27th, 2011

Alright, I’m ducking out of here for the night.  Feel free to use this space to discuss the show, the winners, whatever strikes you.  The red carpet starts up in about two hours.  I don’t think there will be too much strain on the server, but if things get sluggish, have patience with us.

If you’re looking for a live stream of the Oscarcast, I’m told you can watch here and, of course, Oscar.com (if you don’t mind paying five bucks).  I imagine Justin.tv will have a page, too.  You can check the rundown of awards presentations here.

Once again, if you haven’t joined our pool at Picktainment, do so here.  Meanwhile, my final predictions are here, Guy’s are here and Gerard’s are here.  The aggregated picks of others can be found at Awards Daily, Gold Derby and Movie City News.

And…that should about cover it.  Enjoy the show, be safe, have fun, all of that good stuff.  The checkered flag is in sight.  Check back tomorrow for the season’s final Oscar Talk as Anne and I pick up the pieces and try to figure out what happened.

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  • 1 2-27-2011 at 8:36 pm

    SC said...

    Congrats, TKS. Fans of other movies will be complaining for years to come.

    I got 14 of 24. Not great.

  • 2 2-27-2011 at 8:37 pm

    Sertan said...

    HAIL THE KING!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 3 2-27-2011 at 8:37 pm

    geha714 said...

    O.K. Oscar season is over. Now is all about taking out Gadaffi and movies.

    The Oscar was faster but still uninvolving. Franco was high. Anne was meh.

    I will annoy everyone tomorrow with “You know…”. Good night, everyone.

    And remember, wherever you are, whatever you do, just look around you!

  • 4 2-27-2011 at 8:39 pm

    Jasper said...

    I feel like Winter’s Bone never ever got mentioned once during the telecast (though, it obviously did).

  • 5 2-27-2011 at 8:39 pm

    Hero said...


  • 6 2-27-2011 at 8:41 pm

    Sertan said...

    Was this school kids necessary? What was the point??? At least it could have happened during the telecast!

    The show should have ended with the Best Picture winner!

  • 7 2-27-2011 at 8:41 pm

    PaulH said...


  • 8 2-27-2011 at 8:42 pm

    RichardA said...

    Neither a sweep nor a split, TKS wins.

  • 9 2-27-2011 at 8:45 pm

    Al said...

    Why did they gut the best picture nominees personal montage and introduction throughout the night? I love those. Every nominee gets its due that way.

    Also, major lack of skits/ one liners. The idea of showing hollywood history was good, but they made sure everything was so short that it was never fleshed out.

    Worse than last years. At least we had more battles in Melissa Leo’s war on humbleness.

  • 10 2-27-2011 at 8:49 pm

    Andrej said...

    I’m ranked 329th !! AWESOME :-/

  • 11 2-27-2011 at 8:50 pm

    SJG said...

    So many many great movies this year, and yet I feel like it’s one of my least favorite Oscar seasons ever.

    F’n King’s Speech.

  • 12 2-27-2011 at 8:51 pm

    tunktunk said...

    Tired of critics’ hatred towards any TKS win.

    Andrew O’Hehir tweeted: “OK so they gave best director to the *only* one of 5 nominees who is absolutely, no question, not qualified” in response to Hooper’s win, a director whose movies and TV series have awed me so far. Why the need to belittle his talent and achievements just because he won i/o your favourite. Critics need to grow up.

    James Franco and Anne Hathaway made me cringe from the get go. Not one good moment between to two of them.

    They couldn’t have been more self-congratulatory. Ricky Gervais’s Golden Globe jokes have been spot on. Wish they used his script, though judging by Franco’s performance, I doubt he could have delivered Gervais’s lines. I am usually pretty tolerant of bad hosting, but this has been probably the worst I’ve seen so far.

    I second/third/nth suggestions to have Sandra Bullock as the host.

    I love Brit or Aussie actors with theatre experience who can give a warm, smart and sane speech without being too overwhelmed. American actors should take note.

    Over all I loved the spread of wealth. In a year like this with so many great movies, it was good that there has been no sweeps. Though I would have loved to see Fincher take the Best Director, it would have been weird to have an Academy Award winner with what, just three wins?

    Especially happy with Inception wins! One of my favourite movies of the year.

    I hope Helena Bonham Carter gets an Oscar soon. She is so versatile and elevates whatever movie she is in.

  • 13 2-27-2011 at 8:51 pm

    Sertan said...

    Paul H, you need to calm down and take it easy!

    now it is official that the Best Picture of 2010 is The Kings Speech.
    You like it or not, that is what it is. How it will be remembered in 10 years now is a different matter.For now, the winner is TKS!

  • 14 2-27-2011 at 8:52 pm

    Dan said...

    I got 15/24. Disappointed, but it could have been worse. I hope now we can focus on discussing/analyzing movies and not the likelihood of said movies winning awards (at least for a few months).

  • 15 2-27-2011 at 8:54 pm

    Kyle said...

    While I found the big prize to be pretty meh, I’m happy to see my two favorite actors walk away with Best Lead and Best Supporting, along with that very awesome out of nowhere Wally Pfister win, good night for some talented people.

    Kris, thanks for running the most reliable, and among the best oscar sites, to come and spread our nickel’s worth on!

  • 16 2-27-2011 at 8:58 pm

    Sertan said...


    I want to second Kyle. Thank you for running a very sane (!) and reliable site for Oscars!
    I became regular quite late but I am enjoying it not a lot.

  • 17 2-27-2011 at 9:01 pm

    PaulH said...

    Who knows what shit Weinstein pulled behind the scenes. He got the fucking Queen of England to endorse the film. He’s a master manipulator who automatically dis-levels the playing field. I dare any of you to defend this douchebag,

  • 18 2-27-2011 at 9:01 pm

    Sertan said...

    I mean to say “I became regular quite late but I am enjoying it now a lot.”


  • 19 2-27-2011 at 9:02 pm

    alynch said...

    I’ve never appreciated Twitter more than today. Seeing so many people lambast the show in real time took an excruciating telecast and made it downright fun.

    Letterman, you’re off the hook.

  • 20 2-27-2011 at 9:03 pm

    tintin(uruguay) said...

    I hate you KING.

  • 21 2-27-2011 at 9:05 pm

    tunktunk said...

    Kris, I join those who thank you for running a great web site.

    So Weinstein waves his magic wand and gets the Oscar? What kind of a logic is this? TKS is a very good movies that people really loved. Simple as that.

    Oh, sad that Exit Through the Gift Shop did not win. One of my faves this year. Does anyone know who came to the ceremony to represent the movie?

  • 22 2-27-2011 at 9:06 pm

    Armando said...

    Viva el Rey!

    Wonder how they’re doing over Awards Daily… site’s down.

  • 23 2-27-2011 at 9:06 pm

    Sertan said...

    you cannot call her Majesty the Queen of England “f-**ing Queen of England”

    That’s rude! You need to calm down.

  • 24 2-27-2011 at 9:07 pm

    Andrej said...

    Overall I’m happy. The awards were well spread and even if what I deemed as the worthiest winner, The Social Network, didn’t win, at least I was right in predicting that The King’s Speech wasn’t gonna be sweeping. Regardless, I think The King’s Speech’s a nice winner anyways.

    I’m really glad for Inception, though. Tying with The King’s Speech for most Oscars, damn son! ☺

    Can’t wait for The Dark Knight Rises. With Bale, Caine and Freeman all aboard the Oscar club… it’s gonna be sweet.

  • 25 2-27-2011 at 9:11 pm

    Ben M. said...

    My quick thoughts about the show:
    -No real surprises. I guess I was somewhat surprised by the cinematography and score wins, but since they had won guild and globe prizes I don’t see how they could be considered huge upsets. While not in any one category, I am a bit surprised to see King’s Speech blanked in the techs and True Grit across the board

    -Never bet against a Burton film in art direction

    -Inception did very well, more and more I think it, rather than Black Swan, was the fifth BP slot

    – I don’t like it when the lead acting categories are done after best director, and tonight the director win pretty much sealed BP half an hour before it was announced, whereas it seemed like there might be a bit of race after The Social Network’s score and editing wins

    -Hathaway was okay but Franco was very bland, though I was happy that the show seemed a good 15 mins or more faster than usual

  • 26 2-27-2011 at 9:11 pm

    Sertan said...

    The King’s Speech’s box office is now at $115m.

    So did Harvey bribe and manipulate millions of people to see the movie too?

  • 27 2-27-2011 at 9:12 pm

    Mike M. said...

    The only loss that stung for me was Helena Bonham Carter’s in Best Supporting Actress. She’s such an excellent actress, and I fear this may have been her last shot at the Oscar. She’s always wondeful, but mostly works outside of the Academy’s comfort zone…which is for the best, I suppose.

  • 28 2-27-2011 at 9:15 pm

    Sertan said...

    So True Grit won NOTHING out of 10 nonimations! I wish they nominated Chris Nolan over Coen Brothers, then BD race would have been more interesting..Oh well…

  • 29 2-27-2011 at 9:17 pm

    Hero said...

    Well, 144 for in the pool and 16 for 24 isn’t as bad as I expected.

    Anyhow, the important thing is I had a fun Oscar season, and I want to join in the thanks for Kris for making this such a great site.

  • 30 2-27-2011 at 9:18 pm

    PaulH said...

    I will calm down, promise. :)

    I think The Weinstein Company should be sent on a, say, 10-year vacation from Oscar competition. That should be enough time to get rid of the stench from tonight. And if that’s the “best” the UK Film Council can come up with, maybe they should go the way of the pet rock and hula hoop.

  • 31 2-27-2011 at 9:18 pm

    DarkLayers said...

    Kris mentioned he felt a “Gangs of New York” vibe on “True Grit.”

  • 32 2-27-2011 at 9:18 pm

    tunktunk said...

    Being a Commonwealth citizen can I make a correction: her majesty is not the Queen of England, but is of UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Barbados, etc…

  • 33 2-27-2011 at 9:20 pm

    PaulH said...

    Sertan, yeah; it’s called Oscar Bait 101. Every last thing to ensure an Oscar BP win was in there.

  • 34 2-27-2011 at 9:21 pm

    Nelson said...

    I am 18/24 (or 17/21 which is how I like to count it, shorts are a crapshoot) – same score I got last year.

    -Inception for Cinematography
    -Social Network for Score (they like minimalism, take note)
    -Tom Hooper for Best Director – I predicted it but somehow I was still surprised.

    As always the show was good and fun. In past years they’ve always given the hope that another film could win (last year was Precious, this year Social Network) but in the end its the inevitable. Big fan of all the winners, makes it hard to be upset by anything, SO GLAD Portman won!

    Best Moments:
    -Billy Crystal
    -Kirk Douglas
    -Colin Firth – I’ve just peaked
    -Opening Montage
    -Orchestra doing the scores
    -Autotune of movies
    -Bullock/Bridges classy speeches
    -De Niro and Jude Law

    -Franco’s attitude, Hathaway’s dresses
    -Best Orignal Songs (put me to sleep almost)
    -Best Make-up (gross, much agreed Cate)
    -In Memoriam (anti-climactic ending, maybe because I’m ignorant)

  • 35 2-27-2011 at 9:22 pm

    Nelson said...

    Also, to Incontention, you’ve made this my favorite Oscar season yet, you are the best Oscar blog hands down, love your work and look forward to many more years of this!


  • 36 2-27-2011 at 9:27 pm

    Hero said...

    I’ve just got to say something…

    God bless Harvey Weinstein. He makes so many movies that I want to see. Forget about his campaigning and Oscars bait and the the rest, and just think about the movies. The man had provided me me hours and hours of joy.

  • 37 2-27-2011 at 9:28 pm

    Andrej said...

    Yeah, thank you guys (and krises) for the hard work ☺ It’s been very fun and informative to follow the Oscar race through In Contention. Keep up the great, classy work!

  • 38 2-27-2011 at 9:28 pm

    PaulH said...

    “God bless Harvey Weinstein. He makes so many movies that I want to see. Forget about his campaigning and Oscars bait and the the rest, and just think about the movies. The man had provided me me hours and hours of joy.”

    Cut it out, Harvey.

  • 39 2-27-2011 at 9:45 pm

    Hero said...

    I wish I had Harvey’s back account. ;)

  • 40 2-27-2011 at 9:51 pm

    Samuel said...

    I’m quite happy for The King’s Speech. It wasn’t my favourite movie, but it is a good film and it doesn’t deserve the smearing it’s got on the blogosphere. It will age well, I think.

    Credit to incontention for having a long-term view on these things and not go down the smearing road.

  • 41 2-27-2011 at 9:53 pm

    Samuel said...

    Also, I know the show wasn’t great overall. But it didn’t have interpretive dance. That makes it beat last year easily.

  • 42 2-27-2011 at 9:57 pm

    Mitchell said...

    I kind of feel bad for Tom Hooper that he’s going to get so much hate for simply doing his job and that other people voted for him.

    Also: I think everyone who was on stage at some point was funnier and/or more entertaining than Franco and Hathaway. Great job by everyone but them. Kirk Douglas was fantastic.

    Another also: You guys have the best movie site on the Internet. Thanks to a great year. Now, I demand 2011 predictions by tomorrow! ;)

  • 43 2-27-2011 at 10:10 pm

    Ripley said...

    Congrats to all the winners, I think they all are well deserved. Those who are haters – stop watching the Oscars, you’ll only be disappointed. I never take them seriously after Crash, The Departed and THL all won. It is a popularity contest, like prom queen. And the best liked film won, luckily this year it is my favorite too.

    TKS, Inception and TSN were in my top 5 films of the years, so they all did well. I am especially happy for The King’s Speech 4 wins, a great accomplishment in a stellar year for cinema!

  • 44 2-27-2011 at 10:15 pm

    Pencho15 said...

    Last year I didn’t like many films, if the kings speech have won then I would have been happy. But this year there was such a great competition that I feel it is a shame it have won. The other films deserved better. Also, it’ve been two years in a row in wich the major awards are so predictable, the award misses much of the exciment with so many oscars already decided weeks before the ceremony.

  • 45 2-28-2011 at 7:48 am

    JJ1 said...

    Happy for The King’s Speech. It’s not my favorite film of the year, but I’ve been pulling for it ever since it’s been hated on in some circles.

  • 46 3-01-2011 at 4:05 am

    Rex said...

    Ok, first of all how the F**k ‘King’s Speech’ took ‘best adapted screenplay’ i have no words for. I read the shooting script for ‘Inception’ and to me it is obviously better. I personally don’t care that ‘Dark Knight’ didn’t get nominated in the past, it didn’t deserve it, but the writing for ‘Inception’ is genius! GENIUS! Chris should have won for ‘adapted screenplay’ and at least nominated for Directing.
    Hans Zimmer got robbed in my opinion. I have listened to Trent and Atticus’s score many times and Zimmer’s many many times. I don’t get it. Inception is clearly better. It stands alone better. Works with the film better. In every way is superior. Two maybe three tracks (cues) of Social Network are great, but ‘best score?’ not even close.
    A. R. Rahman got robbed as well. ‘If I rise’ was COMPLETELY SUPERIOR to Randy Newman’s forgettable mumbling. Pathetic…

    King’s Speech best picture? S-s-seriously? Does everyone on the academy have a friend who stutters? Let alone films that didn’t get nominated that I thought were better (Shutter Island, an example why so many good films don’t come out till the end of the fricking year), to me, Black Swan, Inception, The Fighter, Social Network, 127 Hours – ALL BETTER. Why does the Academy have to be so SAFE? oh, and Kick-Ass was also better but i guess most great comedies aren’t serious enough…
    Boy is my thumb Not on the pulse of academy voters…

  • 47 3-01-2011 at 4:08 am

    Rex said...

    and I’m glad i found this site a few months ago…best place on the web for film awards, thanks!