A few thoughts on last night's ceremony.
1) James Franco's hosting job may have been bizarre, but it was entertaining. His facial expressions while Sandra paid tribute to his 127 Hours performance were priceless: a very funny mix of uncomfortable smiling, false arrogance, and plain-old embarrassment. His "congratulations....nerds" after the sci-tech awards was pretty awesome as well. In fact, my biggest laugh of the night was during the opening tribute to Back to the Future, when Franco implored Michael J. Fox to get out of the way of the incoming Delorean. It probably helped that it was a taped segment. PS: If Franco really doesn't smoke pot (as he claims) then he took waaaay too many xanex.
2) Melissa Leo probably didn't convert any snarky critics with her acceptance speech for The Fighter. I'm happy for her though; she seems like she really wanted it, and women of a certain age are routinely ignored.
3) Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross' score for The Social Network may be my all-time favorite Oscar-winner in this category. I listened to it on the car ride home after the ceremony, and it's still almost impossible to believe that the Academy recognized such a bold, non-traditional choice.
4) Believe it or not, Alice in Wonderland is the first Tim Burton film to win for Best Costumes. It's also only the third fantasy or sci-fi film to ever win; the other two being the original Star Wars in 1977, and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King in 2003.* I didn't much care for the ugly, over-worked production design of Alice, but the costumes were definitely memorable without giving me a migraine.
* You could perhaps count 1992's winner, Bram Stoker's Dracula, but I don't.