All About the Oscars: My Rants and Raves
Were last night's Oscars some of the best in years or what? Not only were the winners a mix of deserving and surprising, but the ceremony was also one of the most entertaining — if still overlong — I've seen in a while. You can read my insta-commentary from last night, or if you prefer a more reflective look at the awards, here's a recap of some of the biggest shocker and more entertainment moments. (Or, check out the full list of 2007 Oscar winners.) Biggest Surprises
- After all the pre-Oscar hype, Babel won nothing but Best Score.
- The on-stage banter was actually funny.
- Happy Feet beat Cars, proving that the Academy likes penguins even more than it likes Pixar.
- The Lives of Others took home the award for Best Foreign Film, renewing my hope that the Oscars aren’t just a popularity contest.
- A good Melissa Etheridge number beat out all three of Dreamgirls' shameless attempts to score a Best Song Oscar.
- Forest Whitaker and Helen Mirren taking home the top acting honors. Their acceptance speeches alone proved what pros they are.
- Martin Scorsese finally gets his directing due.
- "I think I see a few Americans as well. Of course, I'm talking about the seat fillers." — Ellen DeGeneres, in her opening monologue.
- "Sound editing is like sex: It's usually done alone, at night, and surrounded by electronic gadgets." — Steve Carrell
- "Wait, somebody dropped their rolling papers. Oh, here, it's the band." — Ellen DeGeneres, while vacuuming the theater floor.
- "Scorsese calls it 'the first movie he has ever done with a plot.'" — Diane Keaton, as Martin Scorsese came to accept his Best Directing Oscar.
- “To be standing here where the Queen just stood, and Idi Amin, is incredible.” — Graham King, accepting the Best Picture award for The Departed