I used to get excited about the Oscars, but that was before I discovered, in a big way, non-mainstream and foreign language cinema. For the past decade, as I've seen more new films year on year - 212 in 2010 - The Oscars has seemed ever more like a hugely expensive salute to cinematic mediocrity, and last night was, depressingly, no different. So, let's take a look at some of the results and see why they're WRONG!
Winner: The Social Network; Trent Reznor / Atticus Ross
WRONG! because: The best original score of 2010 was not even nominated. The fact that Daft Punk's score for Tron Legacy - a score so good it's more memorable than the film - didn't get nominated isn't a surprise from a body as conservative as AMPAS, but it does make a mockery of this category. The same thing is likely to happen next year; however good The Chemical Brothers' score for Hanna is I'd bet against a nomination.
Winner: Inception; Wally Pfister
Foreign Language Film
Winner: In a Better World
Winner: The Social Network; Kirk Baxter / Angus Wall
WRONG! because: No nomination for Lee Smith's editing of Inception? Has AMPAS lost its collective mind? (note: yes). If there was only one category in which Inception deserved to win (note: there was) then it was this one, if only for Smith's astonishing feat of cutting together action scenes on four separate levels of reality in a way that was easy to follow throughout the film's last half hour.
Winner: The King's Speech; David Seidler
Winner: The King's Speech; Tom Hooper
Winner: The Fighter; Melissa Leo
Winner: The Fighter; Christian Bale
Winner: Black Swan; Natalie Portman
Winner: The King's Speech; Colin Firth
Winner: The King's Speech