Best Supporting Actress nominee Vera Farmiga
Vera Farmiga arrives at the 82nd Academy Awards, held on March 7 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Farmiga was a Best Supporting Actress nominee for her performance in Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air, also featuring Oscar nominees George Clooney and, in the supporting category, Anna Kendrick.
As expected, the year’s Best Supporting Actress winner was Mo’Nique, the favorite among American critics’ groups. She plays Gabourey Sidibe’s mother in Lee Daniels’ urban drama Precious.
Previous Vera Farmiga movies include Breaking and Entering, Joshua, Nothing But the Truth, and Martin Scorsese’s Best Picture Oscar winner The Departed, also featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, and Jack Nicholson.
Vera Farmiga photo: Matt Petit / © A.M.P.A.S.
Best Actress Academy Award winner Charlize Theron (Monster, 2003) is seen above on the Oscars’ Red Carpet. Theron received a second Best Actress nomination for North Country (2005). She lost to Reese Witherspoon in Walk the Line.
Charlize Theron photo: Matt Petit / © A.M.P.A.S.
Fashion designer Tom Ford became an acclaimed filmmaker in 2009 following the release of the psychological drama A Single Man, starring Best Actor Oscar nominee Colin Firth as a gay college professor at a loss after the unexpected death of his companion (Matthew Goode). Also in the cast: Julianne Moore and Nicholas Hoult.
Tom Ford photo: Richard Harbaugh / © A.M.P.A.S.
Anders Østergaard and Lise Lense-Møller
Director Anders Østergaard and producer Lise Lense-Møller, Academy Award nominees in the Best Documentary Feature category for Burma VJ, arrive with U Pyinya Zawta, a leader of Burma’s 2007 revolution, Aye Chan Naing, and guests. The winner was Louie Psihoyos’ The Cove, about the massacre of dolphins in Japan.
Anders Østergaard and Lise Lense-Møller photo: Richard Harbaugh / © A.M.P.A.S.
Oscar hosts Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin
This year, Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin – Meryl Streep’s two leading men in Nancy Meyers’ It’s Complicated – shared duties as Oscar hosts. Martin had previously hosted the 2001 ceremony, when Ridley Scott’s Gladiator was selected as the year’s Best Picture, and the 2003 ceremony, held shortly after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq – and partly for that reason a ratings dud.
Alec Baldwin had never hosted an Oscar ceremony, but he was a Best Supporting Actor nominee for The Cooler (2003).
Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin image: Matt Pettit / © A.M.P.A.S.
Lee Daniels was a Best Director nominee for Precious, toplining Best Actress nominee Gabourey Sidibe, Best Supporting Actress winner Mo’Nique, Paula Patton, and Mariah Carey. Precious received a total of six Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture.
Lee Daniels photo: Richard Harbaugh / © A.M.P.A.S.
Roger Ross Williams and Prudence Mabhena
Academy Award winner Roger Ross Williams and Zimbabwean singer-songwriter Prudence Mabhena are seen above at the Governors Ball following the 2010 Academy Awards ceremony.
There was a quite a bit of talk after Williams’ Oscar acceptance speech was cut short by fellow winner Elinor Burkett. The latter produced the year’s Best Documentary Short winner, Music by Prudence, which Williams directed.
Roger Ross Williams and Prudence Mabhena image: Greg Harbaugh / © A.M.P.A.S.
Best documentary short subject, Music by Prudence: Roger Ross Williams and Elinor Burkett’s Oscar Acceptance Speech. Note: Following her odd appearance onstage during which she cut into Williams’ speech, former Salon contributor Burkett told that online publication’s Kelly Lauerman:
“What happened was the director and I had a bad difference over the direction of the film that resulted in a lawsuit that has settled amicably out of court. But there have been all these events around the Oscars, and I wasn’t invited to any of them. And he’s not speaking to me. So we weren’t even able to discuss ahead of the time who would be the one person allowed to speak if we won. And then, as I’m sure you saw, when we won, he raced up there to accept the award. And his mother took her cane and blocked me. So I couldn’t get up there very fast.”
And you thought those things only happened at the movies…
Asked about the reason for the conflict, Burkett explained that Music by Prudence should have been about the entire band, Liyana, but “the director and HBO decided to focus solely on Prudence.”
Here’s the transcript of the Williams-Burkett Oscar acceptance speech:
Roger Ross Williams: Oh, my god. This is amazing. Two years ago when I got on an airplane and went to Zimbabwe, I never imagined in my wildest dreams that I’d end up here. This is so exciting. This is so exciting. So exciting.
Elinor Burkett: …Let the woman talk. Isn’t that the classic thing? In a world in which most of us are told and tell ourselves that we can’t. Liyana, the band behind this film, teaches us that we’re wrong. Against all odds they did, so we can. So the bottom line is, to me, my role models and my heroes, Marvelous and Energy, Tapiwa, Goodwell, the whole rest of the band and especially Prudence.
Roger Ross Williams: And Prudence who is here. Who is back there. Prudence is here tonight. This is for Prudence.
And here are Roger Ross Williams and Elinor Burkett (above, with Carey Mulligan and Zoe Saldana) answering questions from journalists backstage:
Q. So how did you hear about Prudence, and do you have any plans to expand this into a feature film?
Elinor Burkett: I live in Zimbabwe, and I moved to Zimbabwe five years ago from the Catskills where we both live. And I began to hear the band and Prudence as part of my daily life. And Roger was my neighbor and was asking for ideas for documentary films. And I came up with this idea and I called Roger and he came over and he directed the film. Feature film is being cut for European/ African news and already cut out for sale.
Q. We saw you on the red carpet, we were so excited. We heard the young lady singing and she’s amazing. What do you think this story will do now to introduce people to not only all of the atrocities going on in Zimbabwe, but in Africa in general in terms of the people like this young lady?
Roger Ross Williams: Well, the disabled are the forgotten kids of Africa, and I hope this raises money for the school that Prudence went to, King George the VI School for Disabilities. I hope this raises awareness for the issue. I hope that this helps the band. There’s so much that I hope this film does, and I just I can’t I am in shock, so…
Photos: Michael Yada / © A.M.P.A.S.
Colin Firth, Carey Mulligan, Morgan Freeman, Gabourey Sidibe, Jeremy Renner, Meryl Streep Photos: Matt Petit / © A.M.P.A.S.
Meryl Streep Photos: Michael Yada / © A.M.P.A.S.
Kate Winslet Photos: Matt Pettit / © A.M.P.A.S.
Photos: Matt Petit / © A.M.P.A.S.
Pedro Almodóvar and Quentin Tarantino: Oscar ceremony
Memorable moments at the 2010 Oscar ceremony included Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and All About My Mother filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar (above, together with Quentin Tarantino) introducing some of the Best Foreign Language Film nominees; a moving speech by art director Robert Stromberg (Avatar), who survived some unspecified, potentially deadly illness; and the presence of several John Hughes alumni in an otherwise poorly staged tribute to the director and/or screenwriter and/or producer of Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club, and Home Alone. (Needless to say, an Oscar tribute to the recently deceased Eric Rohmer would have been unthinkable; but Rohmer did get his due at the Césars.)
For the John Hughes tribute, in attendance at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, on Sunday, March 7, were Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, Matthew Broderick, and others. Proof positive that, apart from Kathryn Bigelow and Susan Sarandon, time doesn’t stop for anyone.
Pedro Almodóvar movies
Besides the two titles mentioned above, Pedro Almodóvar has directed about 30 features and shorts, among them:
- Law of Desire (1987)
Cast: Carmen Maura. Antonio Banderas.
- Bad Education (2004)
Cast: Gael García Bernal. Fele Martínez.
- Volver (2006)
Cast: Penélope Cruz. Lola Dueñas. Carmen Maura.
Pedro Almodóvar and Quentin Tarantino photo: Darren Decker / © A.M.P.A.S.
James Taylor and wife at Governors Ball
Pictured above are singer James Taylor and wife Caroline “Kim” Taylor at the Governors Ball following the 82nd Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre. Taylor sang during the Academy’s “In Memoriam” tribute which, as usual, was much criticized for the way it was set up and for several questionable inclusions and several glaring omissions.
James Taylor and wife Caroline “Kim” Taylor photo: Todd Wawrychuk / © A.M.P.A.S.
“I’m the belle of the ball? Yay me!” That’s Gabourey Sidibe, after ABC’s red carpet interviewer went on about her “Cinderella story.” Of the quotes I’ve heard thus far, Sidibe’s joyful remark and her sheer presence have been the highlight of the Oscar Red Carpet.
All but unbeatable Best Supporting Actor nominee Christoph Waltz was asked about his crucial importance to Inglourious Basterds – without an appropriate Nazi, Quentin Tarantino said he wouldn’t have made the film. How does that make you feel, inquired the red carpet interviewer. Waltz replied that he “couldn’t comment” on that, only to go on commenting for a couple of minutes. I hope he remembers his 45-second limit while onstage.
Jake Gyllenhaal plugged Prince of Persia, Sarah Jessica Parker plugged Sex and the City 2, and I’m assuming Matt Damon must have plugged the upcoming Green Zone. (I got distracted during Damon’s brief q&a.)
Another interesting remark: Matthew Broderick’s comment about how difficult it is to even reach the red carpet, as everyone there has to wait in line, go through security and all. At least it isn’t raining. That would have made things worse.
Richard Harbaugh / © A.M.P.A.S.
Oscar winner Mo’Nique with husband Sidney Hicks at the Governors Ball after the 82nd Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, March 7, 2010. Mo’Nique won her Oscar for Lee Daniels’ Precious, in which she plays Gabourey Sidibe’s abusive mother. That was her first nomination.
Photo: Darren Decker / © A.M.P.A.S.
Best Supporting Actress winner Mo’Nique poses backstage with Robin Williams during the 82nd Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, March 7, 2010. Mo’Nique was the expected winner for her work in Lee Daniels’ Precious, in which she plays Gabourey Sidibe’s abusive mother. Robin Williams won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 1998 for his work as Matt Damon’s psychiatrist in Gus Van Sant’s Good Will Hunting.
Photo: Todd Wawrychuk / © A.M.P.A.S.
Best Original Score winner Michael Giacchino poses backstage with Jennifer Lopez during the 82nd Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, March 7, 2010. Giacchino was the expected winner for his work on the blockbuster Up, directed by Pete Docter. Up, also as expected, won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature of 2009.
Photo: Todd Wawrychuk / © A.M.P.A.S.
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Best Costume Design winner Sandy Powell backstage with Tom Ford during the 82nd Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, March 7, 2010. Designer Tom Ford made his first film in 2009, A Single Man, which earned Colin Firth a Best Actor Oscar nomination and a BAFTA Award. Sandy Powell won for the period piece The Young Victoria, starring Emily Blunt and Rupert Friend. When she got onstage to pick up her Oscar, Powell remarked, “I’ve already got two of these at home so I’m feeling greedy.” She then dedicated her award to costume designers working on low-budget movies.
Photo: Todd Wawrychuk / © A.M.P.A.S.
Precious screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher, Up in the Air co-screenwriter Sheldon Turner
Geoffrey Fletcher and Sheldon Turner photo: Matt Pettit / © A.M.P.A.S.