80th Annual Academy Awards

By Danielle Feole
March 13, 2008

Daniel A. Anderson/Orange County Register/MCT

Oscars were swept away by strictly talent this year. The Academy Awards took place Feb. 24 at 8:30 p.m. in Los Angeles, Ca. at the Kodak Theater.

Jon Stewart hosted the Oscars again this year. His humor and charm helped this year’s award show to be very successful and entertaining.

This year leading roles went to stars outside the American culture, which could cause some controversy. Best actor went to Daniel Day-Lewis who is Anglo-Irish for “There Will be Blood.” Best actress was taken by Marion Cotillard, who is French, for “La Vie en Rose.” Britain’s Tilda Swinton and Spain’s Javier Bardem took the supporting actor and actress roles. They are all wonderful actors, but not the typical Hollywood stars and starlets.

“I thought the Oscars were really exciting and fun this year, but my favorite part was when the leading actress won, because you could tell how much it meant to her,” Maggie Walmsley, junior psychology major, said.

The Coen brothers (directors) were ecstatic after the multiple awards they won for “No Country for Old Men.” However, some stars weren’t as lucky. George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Julie Christie were not given an Oscar.

Diablo Cody’s Oscar for her screenplay in “Juno” was accepted with much excitement.

The show included many performances from the Disney film “Enchanted,” starring Amy Adams and Patrick Dempsey. Other performances included songs from “August Rush” and “Once.”

I didn’t think the performances were as entertaining as some of the previous years,” Lauren DiCintio, an elementary education major, said.

The stars come to the Oscars much better dressed compared to other award shows. Gentlemen are elaborately dressed in designer tuxes with nice dress shoes, rather than a rocker wearing sneakers with a suit. The ladies are draped in extravagant jewelry and beautiful gowns.

Best actress Marion Cotillard, looked gorgeous in a Jean Paul Gaultier white beaded mermaid gown. Nearly every actress was swarming with diamonds and complementing gowns, including Jessica Alba, Miley Cyrus, Hilary Swank and Heidi Klum.

The worst dressed of the evening was Oscar winner Swinton. Swinton paraded down the red carpet in a loose fitting single-sleeved black dress, that looked as if she was ready for a funeral.

“La Vie en Rose,” won an Oscar for best make up. The Film editing Oscar went to, “The Bourne Ultimatum.” “Atonement” won an Oscar for best music.

The Academy Awards were very successful this year and shined with talent and radiance. Every winner stepped up to the podium, giving speeches of thanks and seemed to really appreciate all that they worked for.

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