82nd Annual Academy Awards Results and Commentary (2010)

  • Date of Ceremony: Sunday, March 7, 2010
  • For films released in: 2009
  • Host(s): Alec Baldwin (video) and Steve Martin (video)
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Welcome to Digital Hit Entertainment’s coverage of the 82nd Annual Academy Awards ceremony which took place on March 7th, 2010.

8:30 PM ET

The show opens with the nominees for Best Actor and Actress walking out on stage. Funnily, their seat-fillers come up to walk them to their seats.

8:32 PM ET

Neil Patrick Harris (who said he wouldn’t be here on Twitter) starts off with a song about “no one wants to do it alone”, a reference to tonight’s two hosts, Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin.

8:34 PM ET

Steve and Alec descend from the rafters. Alec introduces Steve by saying, “Ladies and gentlemen, I am pleased to introduce actor, writer, musician, Grammy and Emmy winner, one of the most enduring entertainers of all time, Mr. Steve Martin.” In return, Martin says, “Thank you. And this is Alec Baldwin.”

Some of their best quips:

“Anyone who has ever worked with Meryl Streep always ends up saying the same thing,” says Martin. “‘Can that woman act’ and ‘What’s up with all the Hitler memorabilia?’”

“In Precious, Gabourey Sidibe is told she’s worthless, nobody likes her, and that she has no future. Hey, I’m with CAA, too,” quips Baldwin.

Let’s get on with the show…

8:44 PM ET

Penelope Cruz is tonight’s first presenter. She’s presenting Best Supporting Actor. And the Oscar goes to Christoph Waltz for Inglourious Basterds.

“…Quentin, with his unorthodox methods of navigation, this fearless explorer, took this ship across and brought it in with flying colors and that’s why I’m here.” – Christoph Waltz

8:50 PM ET

Ryan Reynolds introduces the clip for Best Picture nominee The Blind Side.

8:55 PM ET

Cameron Diaz and Steve Carell are presenting Best Animated Feature. They intro a clip of the animated characters talking about being nominated. And the Oscar goes to Up and director Pete Docter.

“Boy, never did I dream that making a flip book out of my third grade math book would lead to this.” – Pete Docter

9:00 PM ET

Amanda Seyfried and Miley Cyrus negotiate walking with their dress trains as they come out to present Best Song. And the Oscar goes to “The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)” by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett.

“I’d like to thank my wife Anna, I love you more than rainbows, baby.” – Ryan Bingham

9:05 PM ET

Star Trek’s Chris Pine introduces the clip from the Best Picture nominee District 9.

Alec introduces Tina Fey and Robert Downey Jr. who talk about the different needs of writers and actors. Says Downey Jt., “Actors want scripts with social relevance, warm-weather locations, phone-call scenes that can be shot separately from that insane actress that I hate and long, dense columns of uninterrupted monologue.” They then present Best Original Screenplay to Mark Boal for The Hurt Locker.

“I would also like to thank and dedicate this to the troops, the 115,000 who are still in Iraq, the 120,000 in Afghanistan and the more than 30,000 wounded and 4,000 who have not made it home.” – Mark Boal

Matthew Broderick and Molly Ringwald present a clip package paying tribute to the late director John Hughes. They’re followed by past Hughes’ alumni Jon Cryer, Anthony Michael Hall, Ally Sheedy, Judd Nelson and Macaulay Culkin who all pay tribute to the director.

9:27 PM ET

Carey Mulligan and Zoe Saldana introduce a clip package about short films. They then present Best Animated Short. And the Oscar goes to Logorama. Nicolas Schmerkin accepts.

Carey and Zoe now present the Oscar for Documentary Short Subject. And the Oscar goes to Music by Prudence. Director Roger Ross Williams begins to speak and then producer Elinor Burkett comes up on stage and cuts Williams off part way through.

“…Let the woman talk. Isn’t that the classic thing?” – Elinor Burkett

Apparently the pair have had a legal tussle over the film and aren’t talking to each other. This is definitely the “Kanye West moment” of the 82nd Academy Awards. Williams has said that after the legal wranglings, Burkett is a producer “in name only.” A lot of bad blood between the two.

They also present Live Action Short Film…we’re just whipping through the shorts section I guess. And the Oscar goes to The New Tenants. Joachim Back and Tivi Magnusson accept.

9:38 PM ET

Ben Stiller comes out dressed as a Na’vi from Avatar. He speaks some Na’vi which he translates as “This seemed like a good idea in rehearsal.” He then presents Best Makeup. And the Oscar goes to Star Trek’s Barney Burman, Mindy Hall and Joel Harlow.

“We thank J.J. Abrams, your vision inspired us, your energy kept us going and your insistence on perfection brought us here.” – Mindy Hall

9:43 PM ET

Jeff Bridges introduces the clip for the Coen Brother’s A Serious Man.

9:47 PM ET

Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams are presenting Best Adapted Screenplay. And the Oscar goes to Geoffrey Fletcher for Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire. He’s quite moved.

“This is for everybody who works on a dream every day. Precious boys and girls everywhere.” – Geoffrey Fletcher

9:52 PM ET

“I wrote that speech for him,” says Martin. He then introduces Queen Latifah.

Latifah speaks about the Governors Awards that were presented on November 14th.

9:55 PM ET

Robin Williams has the task of presenting tonight’s Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. And the Oscar goes to Mo’Nique for Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire.

“I want to thank Miss Hattie McDaniel for enduring all that she had to so that I would not have to.” – Mo’Nique

10:01 PM ET

Colin Firth introduces the clip for An Education.

10:05 PM ET

Sigourney Weaver presents Art Direction. And the Oscar goes to Avatar’s Rick Carter, Robert Stromberg and Kim Sinclair.

“Jim Cameron, this… this Oscar sees you. Clearly, your vision is so deep…” – Rick Carter

10:09 PM ET

Alec and Steve introduce Tom Ford and Sarah Jessica Parker, who in turn introduce the nominees for Best Costume Design. And the Oscar goes to Sandy Powell for The Young Victoria.

“I’d like to dedicate this one to the costume designers that don’t do movies about dead monarchs or glittery musicals. The designers that do the contemporary films and the low-budget ones actually don’t get as recognized as they should do, and they work as hard.” – Sandy Powell

10:12 PM ET

Charlize Theron introduces the clip for the Best Picture nominated Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire.

10:17 PM ET

Martin and Baldwin show a filmed bit spoofing Paranormal Activity.

10:18 PM ET

Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner pay tribute to horror movies with a clip collection.

10:22 PM ET

Zac Efron and Anna Kendrick introduce a package, narrated by Morgan Freeman, that discusses the art of Sound Editing and Mixing. The Oscar for Sound Editing goes to Paul N.J. Ottosson for The Hurt Locker.

“Twenty-three years ago, I… sold everything I had to come and be part of what you guys do over here.” – Paul N.J. Ottosson

Anna and Zac then present the Oscar for Sound Mixing. And the Oscar goes to The Hurt Locker’s Paul N.J. Ottosson and Ray Beckett. So much for Avatar sweeping all the technical awards.

“Again, thank you so much. It’s a little bit embarrassing. And to quote Kathryn, ‘spoils of riches.’ “ – Paul N.J. Ottosson

10:28 PM ET

Elizabeth Banks, who hosted the Science and Technical Awards, paid tribute to the winners of the ceremony hosted last month.

10:29 PM ET

John Travolta introduces the clip for Inglorious Basterds.

10:34 PM ET

Out strolls Sandra Bullock to present the award for Best Cinematography. And the Oscar goes to Avatar’s Mauro Fiore.

10:37 PM ET

Demi Moore introduces this year’s In Memoriam segment which is musically accompanied by James Taylor singing The Beatles’ In My Life.

10:45 PM ET

Jennifer Lopez and Sam Worthington greet each other as they present the nominees for Original Score. The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers accompanies the music. And the Oscar goes to Up’s Michael Giacchino. He makes a lovely speech supportive of creativity.

“I know there are kids out there that don’t have that support system so if you’re out there and you’re listening, listen to me: If you want to be creative, get out there and do it. It’s not a waste of time. Do it. OK?” – Michael Giacchino

10:53 PM ET

Gerard Butler and Bradley Cooper present Visual Effects. And the Oscar goes to Avatar’s Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham and Andrew R. Jones.

“To everyone watching, thank you for the great appreciation you’ve shown for our film. And just remember the world we live in is just as amazing as the one we created for you.” – Joe Letteri

10:56 PM ET

Jason Bateman introduces the clip from Up in the Air.

11:01 PM ET

Alec Baldwin introduces Matt Damon. Matt’s here to present Best Documentary Feature. And the Oscar goes to Louie Psihoyos and Fisher Stevens for The Cove.

“I just want to say that it was an honor to work on this film and to try to make an entertaining film that also tries to enlighten everybody.” – Fisher Stevens

11:05 PM ET

Tyler Perry talks about the choices film editors make then presents the Oscar. And the Oscar goes to The Hurt Locker’s Bob Murawski and Chris Innis.

“And thank you to the Academy for giving this award to a movie that was made without compromise. We didn’t have any preview screenings or focus groups or studio notes.” – Bob Murawski

11:08 PM ET

Keanu Reeves introduces the clip for The Hurt Locker.

11:14 PM ET

Martin and Baldwin introduce Quentin Tarantino and Pedro Almodovar. “When they asked us to introduce Quentin and Pedro it was funny since those are our pet names for each other,” says Martin. They’re teaming up to present Best Foreign Language Film. And the Oscar goes to Argentina’s The Secret in Their Eyes.

“It is on behalf of a crew and cast that comprise mostly of people that I love and that are very close to my heart that I want to thank the Academy for not considering Na’vi a foreign language, first of all.” – Juan Jos Campanella

11:18 PM ET

Kathy Bates introduces the clip for Avatar.

11:23 PM ET

Tim Robbins, Julianne Moore, Colin Farrell, Vera Farmiga and Michelle Pfeiffer – who have worked with the various nominees – pay tribute to the nominees. Kate Winslet then presents Best Actor. And the Oscar goes to Jeff Bridges. He gets a standing ovation. He is truly excited to win it.

“Oh! Thank you, Academy members! Mom and dad, yeah, look! Whoo! Thank you, Mom and Dad, for turning me on to such a groovy profession. “ – Jeff Bridges

11:39 PM ET

Time for Best Actress. Michael Sheen, Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Stanley Tucci and Peter Sarsgaard pay tribute to the Best Actress nominees. Sean Penn then presents the award. And the Oscar goes to Sandra Bullock.

“Did I really earn this or did I just wear you all down?” – Sandra Bullock

11:52 PM ET

Barbra Streisand is here to present Best Director. And the Oscar goes to Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker. She’s the first woman ever to win a directing Oscar.

“…I’d just like to dedicate this to the women and men in the military who risk their lives on a daily basis in Iraq and Afghanistan and around the world. And may they come home safe. Thank you.” – Kathryn Bigelow

11:58 PM ET

Tom Hanks is here for the night’s final award, Best Picture. And the Oscar goes to The Hurt Locker.

“Thank you so much. This has been such a dream. Beyond a dream for all of us who have lived for so long with this story.” – Mark Boal

12:02 AM ET

Steve Martin ends by saying, “This show is so long that Avatar now takes place in the past.”

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