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Jon Stewart did a decent job at the 80th annual Oscars last night but certain segments made me wonder if some of the sketches were built in plugs.youtube-iphone.jpg

Jon Stewart had some funny moments at the Academy Awards. He nailed a lot of jokes, excelling of course with his trademark political humor. He was gracious during the ceremony. He even ushered singer Marketa Irglova back on stage for her acceptance speech for the song “Falling Away” from Once after she was abruptly cut off.

He seemed quite taken back by new technologies though. Stewart was featured watching Lawrence of Arbia on his iPhone. He battled 11-year old singer, Jamia Simone Nash, from August Rush in a game of Wii Sports tennis.

Engadget readers are left to debate whether the skits were merely a paid for advertisements or a celebration of new technology and pop culture.

The iPhone may have been a tool to make fun of some of the petty arguements that were center stage during the writer’s strike. Essentially studios and writers were fighting over profits from downloads that may end up on iPhone’s 4 1/2 by 2 1/2 inch screen.

Neither Nintendo or Apple were official sponsors of the Academy Awards. A list of sponsors included American Express, Coca-Cola, General Motors, L’Oréal, Mars, Mastercard, McDonald’s, J.C. Penney, ad firm Procter & Gamble, and Unilever. I am curious how Apple and Nintendo managed to sneak their way on the show.

I guess, good for them. They got the perfect promotion spot and waived the reported $1.8 million advertising fee. The commercials during the Oscars are only second to the Super Bowl in price.

Javier Bardem, Best Supporting Actor, for No Country for Old Men dedicated his Academy Award to his mother. He added in a small thanks in Spanish for her. I figured I would translate it for those who do not have the advantage of three years of high school Spanish under their belts (or an online translator).

Original Acceptance Speech:

bardem.jpgWow. Alright, this is very amazing. It’s a great honor for me to have this. I want to I have to speak fast here, man. Thank you to the Coens for being crazy enough to think that I could do that and put one of the most horrible haircuts in history over my head.

Thank you for really proving my work. I want to share this with the cast, with the great Tommy Lee Jones, with the great Josh Brolin, with the great Kelly MacDonald. And I want to dedicate this to my mother, and I have to say this in Spanish, and I’m sorry…

2008_bardemj_02.jpgMama esto es para ti. Esto es para tus abuelos, para tus padres, Rafael y Matilde. Esto es para los comicos de Espana que han traido la dignidad y el orgullo a nuestro oficio.

Esto es para Espana. Y esto es para todos vosotros.

Thank you very much!”

Translated:

“Mom this is for you. This is for your grandfathers, for your parents, Rafael and Matilde. This is for the Spanish comics that have brought the dignity and the pride to our position.

This is for Spain. And this is for all you”.

Oscar Highlights

The 80th anniversary Academy Awards had a couple surprises on their winner’s list. Diablo CodySmaller pictures like Once and La Vie En Rose astonished audiences with their wins. No Country for Old Men stole the show, deservedly, with four wins.

Once beat out all three nominated songs for Disney’s Enchanted. I would have figured by numbers alone Enchanted would seal the deal. Marketa Irglova was let back on stage by host Jon Stewart after first being cut short. She had some touching words aimed at struggling artists in her acceptance speech, “And, you know, fair play to those who dare to dream and don’t give up. And this song was written from a perspective of hope, and hope at the end of the day connects us all, no matter how different we are”.

Juno is an indy script with a low-end Hollywood budget, which makes a huge difference. Diablo Cody, who’s real name is Brook Busey-Hunt, gained a lot of applause for her anticipated win.2008_blanchettk_01.jpg She has led an eventful life going from getting a media studies degree in Iowa, to stripping, to blogging, to screen writing. Cody came out of the woodwork for this film but I anticipate there will be a lot more from her.

There is one person I believe was totally overlooked. Cate Blanchett was completely passed over. I can’t be upset that she lost to Marion Cotillard for best actress. I am still writhing over the fact that she lost the Supporting Actress nomination for I’m Not There. There is no way she should have gone home empty handed!

Though this was no surprise Daniel-Day Lewis took home the Best Actor award. I would have given up on awards shows altogether if that wasn’t the case.

The Peoples’ Oscar Pool

Oscars are the Superbowl of the media crowd. Everyone has their input and picks their teams before the big game. Oscar nominations have been out for nearly a month but I have not been on the ball so here goes.

The Oscars for the most part are stupid; leave it up to other actors to congratulate their buddies on a job well done. There are so many rules and restrictions that a lot of good films cannot even qualify.image3760431.jpg

It is impossible for me to see every movie so I am just judging based on what I have seen and other audience and critic responses for those that I haven’t.

I will go in the order of the official release so here goes:

Actor in a Leading Role: Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood can attribute all of its success to the buzz around his performance. Sadly, this is the first performance I have taken notice of him though I have seen him in many other roles. Viggo Mortensen comes in second for his role in Eastern Promises.

Actor in a Supporting Role: This vote is based solely on bias. I have not seen a majority of the films in this category except No Country for Old Men. Javier Bardem was fierce as Anton. That character was very intense and made me want to curl up into a ball and lock all my doors.

Actress in a Leading Role: I missed this category entirely. I saw Juno twice and although I love Ellen Page and thought she was stupendous, I don’t think she has a chance of really winning.

0540023100.jpgActress in a Supporting Role: Cate Blanchett, Cate Blanchett, Cate Blanchett! She was really fun and did a great impression (encompassing attitude, sound, and personality) as Bob Dylan in I’m Not There. I think Ruby Dee might win because the Academy often likes to give the nod to people they have missed over the years as a gesture of “well, we owe you one”. Ruby was only in American Gangster for a total of five minutes. I really hope they take that into account. This is a tough category because Saoirse Ronan did well in Atonement. I think the Academy is apprehensive about giving awards to child actors so she will get passed over. But, good luck to her in ten years!

Just a bit of trivia the youngest winning actor was Adrian Brody at age 29 for The Pianist. Keisha Castl-Hughes was the youngest female to be nominated at age 13 for The Whale Rider.

Animated Feature Film: This was not a good year for animated films, which I am generally a big propionate. I would rather see the Oscar go to Persepolis though I have yet to see it than see Ratatouille win. Ratatouille was a cute movie but it really did not have any lasting qualities.

Directing: This is really a toss up between No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood. As long as both movie receive a million awards, I will not be disappointed with either choice.

ellen-page.jpgBest Picture: I might as well copy what I said about directing. I can not believe the Micheal Clayton is even in this category. I think my favorite review of that movie is “it is like entering on the third act of a play”. The story started after Clayton was a star lawyer, after he lost his family, after all the big important plot details already happened. It was Erin Brockovich without the tits or the personality.

Writing (Best Original Screenplay aka not a book first): I think this is where Juno could get its recognition. The writing was witty and it is not up against many hard contenders: There Will Be Blood and No Country for Old Men were both adapted a play and a book respectively.