Just came back from a mini Oscar girl night party. It's always fun to watch in a group.
I thought they were very good this year. I was really happy about Helen Mirren winning and Forest Whitaker was a pleasant surprise (I routed for Will Smith, but was still happy). Also great was Jennifer Hudson. I love it when the less known win. When she sung with Biance, I thought she really shone. She has a natural type of talent. Hopefully they don't force her to lose 25lbs and look like the rest of the actresses out there today.
Also, I was very happy to see Martin Scorcese win as he has long deserved it. I haven't seen The Departed, but I loved his older films such as Taxi Driver, Kundun and Age of Innocence, the list goes on...
Last night we went to see Pan's Labyrinth. It was a very beautiful film, (though unexpectadly violent). So it deserved the award for cinematography!
The shadow dancer performances were very clever. I also thought Ellen had a great casual, but suitably humourous approach. Loved the vacuum stuff and the digital photo opp with Stephen Spielberg.