The 79th Annual Academy Awards: A Dreamy Affair
Last night's Oscar broadcast was a stellar spectacle to behold. Director Martin Scorsese who, in the past, had been nominated 8 times overall 6 of which (this year included) were for direction at last received this year's Academy Award for Best Director for The Departed. Actress Helen Mirren and actor Forest Whitaker won Oscars for their portrayals of historical figures Queen Elizabeth II in Mirren's case, Idi Amin in Whitaker's in The Queen and The Last King of Scotland respectively. Actor Alan Arkin won honors for Best Supporting Actor for his work in Little Miss Sunshine.
As predicted, singer/actress Jennifer Hudson walked away with Best Supporting Actress honors for her portrayal of Effie White in the big-screen adaptation of Dreamgirls. Hudson's win is spectacular on many levels, not least of all her much-publicized humble beginnings as an immensely talented, but sorely overlooked contestant on the Fox "reality show", American Idol. Indeed, Simon Cowell the show's resident "brutally honest" judge (in)famously said to Hudson:
"I think you're out of your depth in this competition."
In the end, Jennifer Hudson proved that American Idol was but a stepping stone to something much better. She owes 'Idol a program that made a weekly sport out of spurning her and her considerable talents little or nothing.
Congratulations to all of the 79th Annual Academy Award winners!
Categories: Martin Scorsese; Forest Whitaker; Alan Arkin; Jennifer Hudson; Academy Awards; American Idol
Posted at 07:49 pm by Mervin Malone