The Academy Awards

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Last night was the 79th annual Academy Awards. While others were grousing about their Oscar burn-out (which tells me they are paying too much attention to the Hollywood promotional machine), I found this years awards to be delightfully entertaining. This could partially be attributed to the fact that one of the films I was rooting for, Guillermo del Toro’s “Pan’s Labyrinth” swept up three awards early in the show (art direction, makeup, and cinematography).

Guillermo del Toro (center) with fellow Mexican film directors.

Sadly “Pan’s Labyrinth” didn’t pick up the coveted award for best foreign film, but I think winning three Academy Awards isn’t too shabby. It was also nice to see that Helen Mirren picked up the best actress award. While Mirren was very good in “The Queen”, she’ll always be Morgana from John Boorman’s “Excalibur” to me.

Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth and Morgana.

Also of note for my readers is the fact that the documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” won two Academy Awards, one for best documentary feature, and one for best original song (written and performed by Melissa Etheridge). Oh, and Martin Scorsese finally got his Oscar. For a full list of last nights winners click, here.

In related news, Nicolas Cage and his horrid remake of “The Wicker Man” got shut out at this years Razzies (“Basic Instinct 2” dominated most categories). I personally think Cage was robbed, when you see a highlight reel like this, how could you not think it the worst movie you saw this year?