Monday, March 8, 2010

The Oscars - It All Starts with the Writing and Creative Process

Long after everyone else in my family went to bed last night, I stayed up to watch the 82nd Academy Awards (aka the Oscars). This morning while driving Cari and a friend to high school, the girls talked about how they didn't watch the Oscars because they are so boring. While I don't think the program was exactly boring, I didn't find it overly exciting, either, but a few moments did stand out as being memorable.

One segment I liked was the nod given to writers. Even some of the jabs pointing out the difference between writers and actors were humorous.

What would movies be without the words and creativity of writers? Blank sheets of paper.

Everything starts with writing and the creative process. Here are some of my favorite moments from this year's Oscars:

* Clips and music from one of my all-time favorite movies "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"

* Mark Boal, winner for best original screenplay, "Hurt Locker," talked about how he got his idea for a story while he was a reporter in Iraq

* Geoffrey Fletcher, winner for adapted screenplay, "Precious," encouraged others who "work on a dream everyday"

* Sandra Bullock's win for best actress

* Katherine Bigelow's best director win for "The Hurt Locker"

* Short acceptance speeches

* The winner who encouraged young people to pursue their creative dreams because "taking time to be creative is not a waste of time"

Here's a link to a complete list of winners.

How about you? Any moments stand out as memorable --- or forgetable?

7 comments:

  1. Hi Donna! I, too, enjoyed the Oscars last night. I had quite a few memorable moments, but I'll go with my top one. At the end of the show, Kathryn Bigelow clutching Oscars in both hands, in a total state of shock!

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  2. Hi Becky,
    That was another great moment. I also liked how she thanked the women and men in uniform watching out for the rest of us.
    Donna

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  3. I enjoyed the whole show...it moved quickly using humor, professionalism, and efficiency. Favorite moment when Monique, someone I did not know before, reminded us all to choose the right thing over the popular in our lives. A powerhouse statement society needs to be reminded of often.

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  4. Hi Claudia,
    You're not the only one. Lots of heads were nodding in the audience after Monique made her statement.
    Donna

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  5. I didn't get a chance to watch all of the Oscars, but I caught the end, and especially liked Sandra Bullock's moment in the sun. And that Bigelow thanked the men and women in uniform.

    Some of the things I find funny at the Oscars I'm not sure are meant to be funny. Like Jeff Bridges and his hippie moment in the sun. That guy cracks me up. (Do you think Jeff knows it's 2010? :-)

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  6. I missed the first hour, but found it interesting that, true to form, the program ran WAY over scheduled time.

    Must be something to do with putting a microphone in front of a Hollywoodian.

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  7. Hi Cathy,
    Maybe Jeff Bridges was "in character" during his acceptance speech? If I had a dollar for every time he said "man," I could buy lunch.
    Hi Pat,
    The program did last long, but thank goodness some of the winners got cut off mid-sentence or some of those folks might still be talking.
    Donna

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