Big-time blockbusters stole the show. Being recognized not for the performances on the big screen but for the work done behind the scenes, “Inception” won Best Cinematography, Best Sound Editing and Best Visual Effects. Christian Bale and Melissa Leo of “The Fighter,” which told the story of a boxer’s battle and a family’s struggle, stole the Best Supporting category for their phenomenal acting. Both acceptance speeches were raw and emotional, especially the awed Leo who was at a loss for words. Other winners were “The Social Network” and “Toy Story 3,” whose outstanding achievements added to their award-winning streaks.
After Lady Gaga’s unforgettable entrance at the Grammys, the stars strutting on the red carpet had some competition. The carpet was not the only thing red Sunday night, as several actresses sported the color — though not all of them looked hot. All eyes were on hostess Anne Hathaway until she turned her back to the cameras, displaying her gown’s rosey-bottomed bustle, which caused viewers to ask who her stylist was that night. Glamming up the carpet was Mila Kunis in a lacy, lavender chiffon gown, saving the evening’s appalling wardrobes.
There was a lot of hype about how James Franco and Anne Hathaway would perform onstage as hosts, especially because it was the first time since 1986 that a male and female hosted together. The selection was rumored to give the award show a younger appeal with the two fresh faces, however, the pair’s jokes got old and died out quickly. The heavily edited Oscar promos made them seem convincing, but the two (ironically) didn’t know how to act in the live performance. From Hathaway’s drooping dress to Franco’s deer-in-headlights glare, this duo just didn’t work.