Hurray for "Up"! It's a charming film, great human and heart! Although I was rooting for "Coraline." At least the "Fantastic Mr. Fox" film didn't win.
As an academy member I got to watch all the shorts and docs and one of best film was "Music by Prudence," the documentary about a hugely deformed girl from Zimbabwe who is the leader of a band – the music is so wonderful and her spirit so positive it broke my heart. I'm so glad the film won. But if you saw the Oscar telecast you remember this black guy who took the stage to accept his award and some fat lady grabbed the microphone away from him and started blathering away about nothing- she pulled a "Kanye West."
Apparently she was the lady who instigated the documentary and now she wastes her 15 minutes of fame- unfortunately, she's probably ruined her career forever- though maybe that's fortunate.
In the short animated film category the Oscar went to "Logorama" a funny take on commercial trademarks. The film is wild and outrageous but it must have cost a fortune yet the digital graphics look very cheap. I was hoping Cordell Barkers' wonderful "Runaway" could be nominated because I felt it was the best film of the year, but no such luck.
And the weird thing was the producer took home the Oscar and the directors couldn't even take the stage because of the academy rules.
Of course the big story was "Hurt Locker" by Kathryn Bigelow upsetting her ex, James Cameron's hugely successful "Avatar." Now I like "Hurt Locker." it is a very powerful story with excellent direction and acting- but even though it's a powerful film I believe it will eventually fade into obscurity while 10 years from now "Avatar" will be an even more popular classic.