What is the deal with the random salute to the musical at the Oscars? While we are glad that musicals are returning to the big screen, this renaissance has been going on for several years now. And yes, we can say we enjoyed the more live performance and “process based” version of the Oscars, the musical salute was still a little strange. Maybe they just needed something for Hugh Jackman to do after his opening number (which was, incidentally, quite good. And who knew Anne Hathaway could sing?)
Congratulations to The Dark Night (filmed in Chicago) for its wins in Sound Editing (Richard King) and Best Supporting Actor (the late Heath Ledger) and its nominations for Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Make Up, Visual Effects, Sound Mixing, and Film Editing.
Congratulations to playwrights David Hare (Best Writing - Adapted Screenplay), John Patrick Shanley (Best Writing - Adapted Screenplay), Peter Morgan (Best Writing - Adapted Screenplay) and Martin McDonagh (Best Writing - Original Screenplay) for your nominations.
On a somewhat unrelated note, this blogger missed Jack Nicholas at this year’s Oscar ceremony. Hopefully Jack will be returned to us at next year’s show.