Best Actor Jeff Bridges’ Oscar acceptance speech:
“Oh! Thank you, Academy members! Mom and dad, yeah, look! Whoo!
“Thank you, Mom and Dad, for turning me on to such a groovy profession. Oh, my dad and my mom, they loved show biz so much. I remember my mom, getting all of us kids to entertain at her parties. You know, my dad sitting me on his bed and teaching me all of the basics of acting for a role in Sea Hunt.
“They loved show biz so much and I feel an extension of them. You know, this, this is honoring them as much as it is me. I wanna, I wanna thank Scott Cooper, our wonderful director, for his knowledge of film and country music and for his ability to instill self-confidence in his actors. I thank you for that. Scott, where are you? Raise your hand, man. Yeah! Scotty! Thank you for that, Scott man! And thank you for assembling such a wonderful cast. Maggie Gyllenhaal, Colin [Farrell], wherever he is backstage. And Bobby Duvall, so wonderful you guys brought your heart and soul. I want to thank Barry Markowitz, our wonderful DP, he did such a brilliant job. Judy Cairo, our producer, and Fox Searchlight, our wonderful, our wonderful distributor. Thank you guys for keeping us all together and for making it all happen. T Bone Burnett and Stephen Bruton for bringing all of that great music and those wonderful musicians to the party, man.
“My wonderful team that’s kept me together. Jean Sievers, David Schiff, Rick Kurtzman, CAA, Bob Wallerstein, Loyd Catlett, Tarra Day and Roger Love, man.
“Thank you, guys. And I especially want to thank my gorgeous wife, Sue, we’ve been married 33 years. We have a beautiful family. Three girls, Isabelle, Jessie and Hayley. Thank you, guys. I wouldn’t be up here without you. Thank you so much.”
Photo: Michael Yada / © A.M.P.A.S.
Jeff Bridges, Susan Bridges
Photos: Matt Petit / © A.M.P.A.S.
Best Supporting Actor Christoph Waltz’s Oscar acceptance speech:
“Oscar and [presenter] Penélope [Cruz] that’s an über bingo. I always wanted to discover some new continent and I thought I had to go this way, and then I was introduced to Quentin Tarantino, who was putting together an expedition that was equipped by Harvey Weinstein and Lawrence Bender and David Linde, and he put this script in front of me and he said, ‘This is where we’re going, but we’re going the other way.’
“So Brad Pitt helped me on board and Diane Kruger was there Melanie Laurent and Denis Menochet and Bob Richardson and Sally Menke and Adam Schweitzer and Lisa Kasteler. Everybody helped me find a place. Universal and The Weinstein Company and ICM and Quentin, with his unorthodox methods of navigation, this fearless explorer, took this ship across and brought it in with flying colors and that’s why I’m here.
“And this is your welcoming embrace and there’s no way I can ever thank you enough, but I can start right now. Thank you.”
Oscar winner Christoph Waltz and engraved statuette
In the picture above, Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner Christoph Waltz, whose movie career began in the early ’80s (Kopfstand, Tristan and Isolde), watches as Mark Psaros engraves his Academy Award statuette at the Governors Ball. This year marked the first time that name-engraving was done “live” at the Governors Ball.
Waltz took home his engraved statuette for his performance as a Nazi in Quentin Tarantino’s box office hit Inglourious Basterds.
The 2010 Academy Awards ceremony was held on Sunday, March 7, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.
Photo: Darren Decker / © A.M.P.A.S.
Christoph Waltz and Quentin Tarantino
Seen above are Christoph Waltz and his Inglourious Basterds director, Quentin Tarantino at the Governors Ball. Tarantino was up for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, but lost to, respectively, The Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal.
Christoph Waltz and Quentin Tarantino photo: Todd Wawrychuk / © A.M.P.A.S.
Christoph Waltz and Best Actress winner Sandra Bullock
Academy Award winners Christoph Waltz and Sandra Bullock (with fellow winners Andrew Jones and Richard Baneham in the background) arrive at the Governors Ball. Sandra Bullock won the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in John Lee Hancock’s drama The Blind Side, which turned out to be the biggest sleeper hit of 2009. Last year, Bullock was voted the top box office attraction in the United States.
Both Andrew Jones and Richard Baneham won Oscars for Best Visual Effects for their work on James Cameron’s sci-fi/fantasy adventure Avatar, starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, and Sigourney Weaver.
Andrew Jones, Richard Baneham, Christoph Waltz, and Sandra Bullock photo: Greg Harbaugh / © A.M.P.A.S.
Kristen Stewart: Oscar ceremony
Kristen Stewart clearing her throat didn’t bother me like it did some people, but the horror movie tribute that followed felt completely out of place in a ceremony that didn’t feature any horror films in the running for Best Picture.
Perhaps a sci-fi homage would have been more appropriate, considering Avatar and District 9, but then The Twilight Saga: New Moon actors Stewart and Taylor Lautner would have had to present some other award. (Never mind the fact that despite the presence of vampires, werewolves, and – most frightening of all – humans, the Twilight Saga movies aren’t really horror films.)
Also, as it has been pointed out elsewhere, what Stewart and Lautner were given to recite was incorrect. There were Oscar-winning horror movies long after The Exorcist, including Alien, Aliens, and The Silence of the Lambs – which won Best Picture.
See below clip of Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner on the Oscar 2010 Red Carpet.
Kristen Stewart photo: Matt Petit / © A.M.P.A.S.
I did watch most of Ben Stiller’s introduction to the Best Make-Up Oscar, chiefly because I was wondering if he was going to mention Sacha Baron Cohen. Although Stiller’s humor is of the sort that brings out the axe murderer in me, I actually chuckled a couple of times thanks in part to reaction shots of James Cameron. (Cameron’s wife, Suzy Amis, seemed to be enjoying herself much more than he was at first.)
I also found it curious that Stiller was dressed up as a Na’vi, as Avatar didn’t get a Best Make-Up nomination. Much of the Na’vi look was created by computer graphics artists, not make-up artists.
Ben Stiller as a Na’vi photo: Michael Yada / © A.M.P.A.S.
Best Actress winner Sandra Bullock
I watched the Best Actress announcement hoping against hope that Meryl Streep would pull an upset. She didn’t.
I started watching Sandra Bullock’s speech hoping she would mention her Worst Actress Razzie victory the previous evening, but gave up on it a few seconds later. After those “This Is Your Life” homages, I couldn’t take any more speeches – even though I’d only managed to watch the first minute or so of Michelle Pfeiffer’s homage to Jeff Bridges before tuning out.
Sandra Bullock photo: Michael Yada / © A.M.P.A.S.
Macaulay Culkin, Matthew Broderick, Jon Cryer, Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy, Anthony Michael Hall and Judd Nelson backstage during the 82nd Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, CA, on Sunday, March 7, 2010. The seven performers were at the 2010 Oscarcast paying tribute to filmmaker John Hughes, who died last year. Among Hughes credits as producer, director, and/or writer were Home Alone, St. Elmo’s Fire, Pretty in Prink, and The Breakfast Club.
Photo: Todd Wawrychuk / © A.M.P.A.S.
Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams pose backstage with Best Adapted Screenplay winner Geoffrey Fletcher during the 82nd Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, March 7, 2010. Fletcher was the surprise winner in the Best Adapted Screenplay category, as most pundits expected the Oscar to go to Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner for Up in the Air. While on the Oscars’ red carpet, Jake Gyllenhaal mentioned his upcoming film, The Prince of Persia. Rachel McAdams recently played opposite Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law in Sherlock Holmes.
Photo: Todd Wawrychuk / © A.M.P.A.S.
Jeff Bridges, Susan Bridges, Robert Osborne
Photo: Greg Harbaugh / © A.M.P.A.S.
Best Original Song: “The Weary Kind” from Crazy Heart. Composers T Bone Burnett and Ryan Bingham shared the award. Below is Bingham’s 2010 Oscar acceptance speech:
“Thank you so much. I’d like to thank my wife Anna, I love you more than rainbows, baby. My uncle Clay, my band, Jack Whigham, Scott Cooper, the cast of Crazy Heart, Jeff [Bridges] and Maggie [Gyllenhaal] and Colin [Farrell] and Mr. Bob [Robert Duvall]. Everyone at Fox Searchlight and Mr. T Bone Burnett and Stephen Bruton. Thank you all so much.”
Photo: Crazy Heart (Lorey Sebastian / 20th Century Fox)
Fisher Stevens and Jon Cryer
2010 Academy Award winner Fisher Stevens and actor Jon Cryer, a John Hughes alumnus and Two and a Half Men co-star, are seen above at the Governors Ball.
Actor-producer Fisher Stevens took home the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature for Louie Psihoyos’ The Cove, about dolphin-killing in Japan – humankind at its most bloodthirsty. Jon Cryer was in attendance to pay tribute to John Hughes; Cryer was featured in Pretty in Pink, with Molly Ringwald.
Fisher Stevens and Jon Cryer photo: Todd Wawrychuk / © A.M.P.A.S.
Best Original Song winner Ryan Bingham poses with Amanda Seyfried backstage during the 82nd Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, March 7, 2010. Ryan Bingham won for the song “The Weary Kind,” which he co-composed with T Bone Burnett for Scott Cooper’s drama Crazy Heart, starring Jeff Bridges. Amanda Seyfried is the female lead in the romantic drama Dear John, co-starring Channing Tatum.
Photo: Todd Wawrychuk / © A.M.P.A.S.
Christoph Waltz Photo: Richard Harbaugh / © A.M.P.A.S.
Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams movies
2008 Oscar presenter Jake Gyllenhaal has been shortlisted for one Academy Award: Best Supporting Actor for his performance as a gay cowboy in Ang Lee’s epoch-making romantic drama Brokeback Mountain (2005). Also in the cast: Heath Ledger as Gyllenhaal’s love interest, Anne Hathaway as his wife, Michelle Williams as his lover’s wife, Kate Mara as his lover’s daughter, and Randy Quaid as the two lovers’ boss.
In movies since 2002, the Canadian-born Rachel McAdams has been featured in about 10 films since then. Here is a trio of notable titles:
- Wedding Crashers (2005).
Director: David Dobkin.
Cast: Owen Wilson. Vince Vaughn. Rachel McAdams. Isla Fisher. Christopher Walken. Jane Seymour. Bradley Cooper. Keir O’Donnell. Henry Gibson. Rebecca De Mornay. David Conrad.
- The Notebook (2004).
Director: Nick Cassavetes.
Cast: Rachel McAdams. Ryan Gosling. James Garner. Gena Rowlands. James Marsden. Sam Shepard. Joan Allen. Kevin Connolly. David Thornton.
- Mean Girls (2004).
Director: Mark Waters.
Cast: Lindsay Lohan. Rachel McAdams. Tina Fey. Lacey Chabert. Amanda Seyfried. Amy Poehler. Tim Meadows. Lizzy Caplan.
Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams photo: Matt Pettit / © A.M.P.A.S.