Last night was the 83rd Academy Awards ceremony. In the past 83 years, the Oscars have only had two female hosts: Whoopi Goldberg and Ellen DeGeneres. Twelve women have served as co-hosts, including Anne Hathaway, who last night ‘co-hosted’ the ceremony with James Franco.
I use the term ‘co-host’ loosely. Now, the Urchins have a great fondness for James Franco. In fact, we would like very much for him to a) be our friend and b) cast us in his upcoming reworking of Three’s Company. However, James lost some major points last night when he decided not to show up to his Oscars co-hosting gig. Yes, he was physically in the Kodak Theatre, but he brought no enthusiasm or energy to his work.
It wasn’t just that he was playing the straight man to the hilarious and charming Anne Hathaway. Anne was in fact both funny and endearing, but James wasn’t acting. He wasn’t doing anything, really. I understand that the reason for casting him was to attract a young demographic and his legion of fans, but I bet they also probably hoped he’d bring some artistry to the job. He did not. Anne would have been much better off without her co-host. She essentially carried the show on her shoulders as it was.
But Failure Franco aside, the Awards were overall entertaining and some very deserving artists went home with statues. As many predicted, Natalie Portman won Best Actress for her role in Black Swan, Colin Firth won Best Actor for The King’s Speech, and as I had hoped (and by hoped I mean vowed never to watch a movie again unless he won), Aaron Sorkin won Best Adapted Screenplay for The Social Network. Perhaps the most surprising win of the night was The King’s Speech for Best Picture, which beat the likes of The Social Network, Black Swan, and True Grit.
The ceremony also contained some great moments from host Anne Hathaway and the presenters. 94 year old Kirk Douglas was funny, classy, and brave as he flawlessly delivered joke after joke despite slurred speech from his 1996 stroke. James’s one redeeming moment was his participation in the opening number:
Keep scrolling through the tiny videos above to find Anne showing off her singing abilities and comedic timing in a bit about fellow actor ‘Huge Jackass.’ The best acceptance speech of the night was Colin Firth by a long shot. As he walked to the stage, I whispered, I’m nervous. How can he possibly top his Golden Globes speech? Touche, Firth. Touche.
And the best presenting of the night was by Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis. Just kidding. They were awful. The best presenters were Jude Law and Robert Downey, Jr.
And then there were the dresses. Oh, the dresses. Here are the nominees for Best Dressed at the Academy Awards:
And the award for Best Dressed goes to…Cate Blanchett! Stop by tomorrow for your 2011 Urchie Award winners!