It’s been over a week since the Oscar ceremony and I guess the eerie silence around these parts is an indication that all of us were a bit Oscared out, what with all the movie watching, review writing, predicting, and live blogging. So now that everyone and their mom has chimed in with their thoughts on the telecast, why not us?

I enjoyed it. I know it was the lowest rated Oscars in modern history, but it was fairly entertaining with a great host and good winners. Jon Stewart delivered a funny monologue and did a great job emceeing. He got poor reviews two years ago in what I thought was a fine performance but the reviews seem to be pretty universally positive this time around. He also gets a huge pat on the back for bringing Marketa Irglova back out to give her speech. The tribute to binoculars and periscopes was inspired.

The rest of the montages were pretty weak. On the one hand, we avoided some of the lame montages of recent years (writers on film! all the foreign films to have ever won the Oscar!), but on the other we didn’t get any good ones. These were clearly made in case the strike didn’t end in time and the Academy couldn’t get old movie clips for free, so naturally they used the footage they already owned. Kind of a yawn and self-congratulating. The Oscars presents… another montage about the Oscars!

But let’s talk about the winners. I’m very happy with how it all went down. In the series of articles we posted proclaiming our preferences, my favorite won all but one of the categories (and the one standout, Javier Bardem, is completely deserving anyway). I was happy to see Julie Christie lose and was pleased for the praise lavished on No Country for Old Men. If only their pseudonym Roderick Jaynes had won for Best Editing then the Coens would’ve picked up four Oscars. Tilda Swinton’s win was a very pleasant surprise because you had to think that Cate Blanchett, Ruby Dee, and Amy Ryan all had legs up on her.

Actually, my favorites won much more often than my predictions. And on that note, congratulations to Adam who walked away with the Oscar pool victory. Getting 16 of 24 in this year is a very nice score.

I wouldn’t say there were many upsets, save maybe for Swinton and Marion Cotillard. While the categories were often hard to pick, one of the front-runners generally won. I was a bit surprised to see The Bourne Ultimatum sweep the sound categories and editing. I guess I don’t know much about sound but it seems to me so much of No Country for Old Men was told through sound, while Bourne was more just loud and the editing was merely a case of quantity. The quick cuts sort of made me nauseous. The Transformers shut out was also somewhat surprising. It was a fairly good action flick and it looked really great. And with his loss, Transformers sound mixer Kevin O’Connell lost the Oscar for the 20th time without a win.

No weird shadow performance art this year, which was nice, but some of the song performances sort of fell flat. “Falling Slowly” sounded great, of course, and “Raise It Up” from August Rush came out well, but I don’t think any of Enchanted’s songs translated well to the Oscar stage. “That’s How You Know,” a big, rousing number in the film fell flat on stage. How neat would it have been to see Eddie Vedder or Dewey Cox up there instead?

And so another Oscar season is behind us. I thought it was a terrific year for film with a lot of very deserving nominees. I saw a lot of films for this project and only disliked a surprising few. So here’s to killing our braincells with sports comedies and superhero movies until this fall, when we’ll be back on the lookout for quirky comedies, lush period pieces, and bleak stories about the dark side of humanity full of moral ambiguity.

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