Oscars – the awards that got ignored

The awards season finally came to a close last night at the 83rd Oscars. After weeks of speculation, there were no surprises, in fact if we hear The King’s Speech mentioned one more time we’ll scream. So, instead of boring you all with what you already know and who looked good on the red carpet (quickly though – yay! Natalie Portman), we thought we’d look at the less-publicised Oscars – those no less important awards that get over-shadowed by the big guns.

The nominations for Best Foreign Language Film were really strong, there was a very interesting mix, all with far from simple plots.

Danish film In a Better World took away the Oscar, beating off competition from Mexico’s Biutiful, Greece’s Dogtooth, Canada’s Incendies and Algeria’s Outside the Law.

The film tells the story of a separated couple who’s family is gradually falling apart, particularly when the two teenage sons begin a bitter and violent feud. It also won the Golden Globe for best foreign language film.

Director Susan Bier, said: “I am so truly honored and grateful and happy,”

Another category which had many people undecided was Best Documentary. The award went to Inside Job, directed by Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs.

The fact that Inside Job took away the award is a clear indication of the times. It is a harsh assault on the banking world, showing its role in the financial meltdown of 2008, the consequences of which we are still dealing with today.

It was picked over Banksy’s Exit Through the Gift Shop, Lucy Walker’s Waste Land, the Afghan war doc Restrepo, and environmental odyssey, Gasland.

The winner of the Best Animated Film was no surprise – Toy Story 3 (yawn). More interesting was the Best Animated Shorts category.

It was kind of assumed that Pixar’s Day & Night would walk away with the award, considering it has had, without a doubt, the most exposure in the competition, as it was played before Toy Story 3 in cinemas. However it was The Lost Thing, from Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann that won.

The Australian short, which is narrated by Tim Minchin (London-based Aussie comedian with big hair who sings) is the story of a boy’s relationship with a half octopus, half metallic creature. It’s a quirky story with bucket loads of poignancy which probably sent it home a winner.

Other Oscar winners you might not have heard much about include:

Best Documentary Short – Strangers No More, Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon

Best Live – Action Short – God of Love, Luke Matheny

Best Make-up – The Wolfman, Rick Baker and Dave Elsey

Best Sound Mixing – Inception, Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo, and Ed Novick

Best Sound Editing – Inception, Richard King

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