Charlie’s Angels star Farrah Fawcett and Golden Girls diva Bea Arthur may have best been known for their work in television, but they both also starred in numerous films. So why exactly did the Academy Awards seemingly ignore both actresses in the Memoriam tribute Sunday night?
The Memoriam video is a traditional part of every Academy Awards and last night the Oscars paid tribute to fallen stars such as Patrick Swayze, Ron Silver, Natasha Richardson and David Carradine. Two very well known names in particular, however, were missing from the tribute – Farrah Fawcett and Bea Arthur.
Farrah Fawcett is best known, of course, for her role on Charlie’s Angels and TV films like The Burning Bed. However, she also starred in movies like The Cannonball Run, The Apostle and Extremities, for which she was nominated for a best actress Golden Globe. Golden Girls star Bea Arthur also had a notable film career, including roles in the Oscar-nominated film Lovers and Other Strangers and Mame.
Fans of both actresses are upset the two were not included in the Oscars Memoriam tribute, especially since the Academy did include Michael Jackson. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences responded to the controversy by saying that there just is not enough time to include everyone in the film industry that passed away over the last year. “Every year it’s an unfortunate reality that we can’t include everybody, spokeswoman Leslie Unger said, according to the London Daily Telegraph.
We’re sure it is difficult as hell to decide who will be included in the memorial montage every year, but leaving out people like Farrah Fawcett and Bea Arthur just seems totally off the rocker. Half the people in the montage had less recognition in the movie industry than these two amazing ladies. If Michael Jackson gets to be considered a “movie star” then not including Arthur and Fawcett is just plain rude.
There may be 10 strong nominees for Best Picture at the 2010 Academy Awards, but only two of them are really considered to be in contention for the top prize. Most Oscar buffs have narrowed the true field of competitors for Best Picture down to Avatar or The Hurt Locker. We think it would be most delightful if the Academy Award voters surprise the hell out of us by awarding the Best Picture honor to a film that actually deserves it instead.
That pretty much sums up how we feel about the Oscars this year in general. We’d like to see the films and actors that truly represent the best creations and performances of the year actually get credit it for it this time around. Too often, the Oscars go to films that got the most buzz or earned the most money at the box office. The actors win Oscars, many times, because of who the actors are, not how well they portrayed the characters they were supposed to be representing.
In light of this, we give you our list of 2010 Academy Award winners and losers if we had any choice in the matter – which, of course, we don’t. We’re sure you’ll probably vastly disagree with many of our choices, but hey, that’s what the comments section is for, right? So check out our picks and then flame away if you don’t like them. And tell us who you think deserve to be the real winners of the evening.
Writing (Original Screenplay):
Probably Win: The Hurt Locker Should Win: A Serious Man
Considering how pissed off some actual military service men are about how unrealistic The Hurt Locker screenplay is, we wouldn’t give it this prize. There is such a thing as creative license, but not when you are writing a film based on people who are losing their limbs and lives in real life.
Writing (Adapted Screenplay):
Probably Win: Up in the Air Should Win: Precious
Up in the Air was a great film and we feel it probably will not get much of the recognition it deserves this year at the Oscars. However, Precious wasn’t just a great screenplay, it was a shockingly amazing screenplay. Every word in it packed a punch to the gut and we think it really deserves this prize.
Music (Original Song):
Probably Win: “Down in New Orleans” – The Princess and the Frog
Should Win: “The Weary Kind” – Crazy Heart
For some reason everyone loves that damn song from that terrible movie and keeps predicting it will win. We hope not. The song from Crazy Heart is by far the better choice here.
Music (Original Score):
Probably Win: Up Should Win: Up
Up deserves it, Up should win it. We won’t argue with this one.
Animated Feature Film:
Probably Win: Up Should Win: Up
Again, no argument here. The rest of the nominees don’t really even compare. Honestly though, Avatar should have been nominated in this category instead of Best Picture. Yeah, yeah, not all of it was animated, but enough of it was to make it a whole lot less about acting than digital manipulation.
Best Supporting Actress:
Probably Win: Mo’Nique – Precious Should Win: Mo’Nique – Precious
Most are predicting Mo’Nique will take this category, partially as a nod to the film itself because it will likely lose out on the bigger prizes. We feel that Mo’Nique deserves the Best Supporting Actress nod entirely on her own merit.
Best Supporting Actor:
Probably Win: Christoph Waltz – Inglourious Basterds Should Win: Christoph Waltz – Inglourious Basterds
Overall, we really didn’t like this film. It was a bit over the top macho BS and bad accents. But Christoph Waltz was a standout in the film and in the rest of the Supporting Actor pack. We’d give him the statue.
Probably Win: Sandra Bullock – The Blind Side
Should Win: Gabourey Sidibe – Precious
We love Sandra Bullock and have nothing against her, but seriously – her role in The Blind Side was not brain surgery. Gabourey Sidibe, on the other hand, was friggin’ awesome in Precious playing a role most well-seasoned actresses would fail at miserably. Hats off to Meryl Streep, who should have deserved the Oscar any other year, but our vote is with Sidibe.
Probably Win: Jeff Bridges – Crazy Heart
Should Win: Jeff Bridges – Crazy Heart
We hope the Academy will actually get this one right as most predict they will. Jeff Bridges knocked this one out of the park.
Probably Win: Kathryn Bigelow – The Hurt Locker
Should Win: Jason Reitman – Up in the Air
Kathryn Bigelow will likely win this one because the Academy Awards loves “firsts”. As in, the first woman in history to win a Best Director Academy Award. We think that’s kind of sexist. Being Best Director for overly dramatic scene switches, awkward dialogue and carefully controlled explosions doesn’t impress us that much. Up in the Air, on the other hand, was a masterpiece of subtlety and detail thanks to Jason Reitman – what a real Best Director winner should be honored for.
Probably Win: The Hurt Locker
Should Win: Precious
No, we did not choose Avatar as our pick for Best Picture instead of The Hurt Locker. The Hurt Locker has spurred so much ridicule and anger from every military service member we know, we can’t even stand to hear the film’s name. Avatar, on the other hand, is basically a bigger version of FernGully with a smattering of other ripped off ideas thrown into the mix. Just because it made a ton of money and everyone in the friggin’ world saw it does not make it the end all and be all of film-making. For real, gut-wrenching, heart-tearing, serious film artistry – we give it to Precious all the way around.
The 2010 Academy Awards kicks off at 8 PM EST/5 PM PST on ABC.