2016 Oscars Nominations and Predictions

The long movie awards season is finally coming to an end with the Oscars tonight. It’s been an interesting awards season to say the least. Usually by now, after all the critics and guild awards, you pretty much know who’s going to win at the Oscars. But this year, there’s a lot that is up in the air (except for two, that are 95% sure things) and that’s pretty exciting…or as exciting as an Oscar show can be.

BEST PICTURE

  • The Big Short
  • Bridge of Spies
  • Brooklyn
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant
  • Room
  • Spotlight

Before the nominations were announced, I had already seen 6 of the 8 films nominated, so I was so happy to be ahead of the game this year. It’s been a really strong year for movies, but I can’t even begin to express how disappointed I am that even with the possibility of 10 nominated films, there were a number of REALLY GREAT movies (and actors) that got snubbed. The #OscarsSoWhite controversy is so disheartening and really deserves its own post, so I’m not going to dwell on it here.

Focusing on the nominees at hand, it really is the most exciting Best Picture race in years. We’ve had years where one movie leads the pack throughout the entire awards season making things rather anti-climactic come Oscar night. Most years we have two movies (maayyybe three) that go back and forth in the standings. This year, we’ve got four solid front-runners, with a couple underdogs. My personal pick to win is Spotlight and its got a SAG Award win for Best Ensemble behind it, among other accolades. Like the journalists at the center of the story, Spotlight was about the facts, it was to the point, no frills, effective and emotional. I had an innate feeling that this movie was going to be special before I saw it; I only wish I had gotten to see it sooner when it premiered at TIFF. Now I understand the appeal of the three other front-runners with big guild and critics wins. The Big Short, which won the Producers’ Guild, is without a doubt a really good movie, that makes a boring topic entertaining. The Revenant and Mad Max: Fury Road, even with all their technical accomplishments, are just movies I can’t get behind and they just weren’t movies I was into. On the other hand, Brooklyn, The Martian and Room were all movies I loved, all for different reasons; but of those three, I believe Room has the better chance of rising beyond its underdog status in the category. Bridge of Spies, though a very solid movie in the very classic sense, may be a little too old school in its way to make much impact.

BEST ACTOR

  • Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
  • Matt Damon, The Martian
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
  • Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
  • Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

One of the surest bets of this awards season is that Leonardo DiCaprio will undoubtedly win his first Oscar. Though I admire his performance in the movie, I don’t think it’s anywhere close to being his best, but he’s overdue for a win, so all the signs lead to Leo. I unfortunately haven’t seen Trumbo, so I can’t comment on Bryan Cranston’s performance. Matt Damon and Michael Fassbender were really wonderful in their films. Eddie Redmayne, once again got a transformative role, that is pure Oscar-bait, but back-to-back wins seems unlikely (even though there is precedent, but come on…)

BEST ACTRESS

  • Cate Blanchett, Carol
  • Brie Larson, Room
  • Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
  • Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
  • Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

For a while, the race seemed to be between Brie Larson and Saoirse Ronan, and in my mind, it still is, namely because I can’t decide who I want to see win. Both actresses gave incredible performances that made me cry, and I’m not usually one who cries watching movies and shows. But as the season went on, it’s looking more and more like this is Larson’s to lose. That’s not to say Cate Blanchett wasn’t fabulous as usual in Carol. Same goes with Jennifer Lawrence in Joy, even though it really bothered me that she was supposed to be playing someone way older than she actually is (though that’s more of a movie issue than a J.Law issue). And then there’s Charlotte Rampling in 45 Years, which I didn’t see.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

  • Christian Bale, The Big Short
  • Tom Hardy, The Revenant
  • Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
  • Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
  • Sylvester Stallone, Creed

A case can be made for any of the actors nominated here, though in such a competitive category, there could’ve been an entirely different list of nominees and it still would’ve been amazing. Early on in the season, Mark Rylance was looking like the frontrunner, but that was before Creed came into play and Sylvester Stallone is now looking like the sentimental favourite. I would love to see Mark Ruffalo win, not just because of my love for Spotlight, but because I think Ruffalo doesn’t get enough recognition for all his work and he really deserves it here.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

  • Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
  • Rooney Mara, Carol
  • Rachel McAdams, Spotlight
  • Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
  • Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

“Category fraud” aside, I want Alicia Vikander to win. She was just incredibly fantastic in The Danish Girl (not to mention Ex Machina) and she’s just going to be such a huge star going forward. Jennifer Jason Leigh is surprisingly a first-time Oscar nominee, but again, I haven’t watched Hateful Eight so I can’t comment. Kate Winslet is great as usual in Steve Jobs, but she’s already a winner. I hate to count out my Canadian girl Rachel McAdams, whom I love in just about every movie she’s done, but I think she’ll win only if there’s an overwhelming love for Spotlight; her day will come eventually. Rooney Mara did some incredible work herself in Carol, working alongside Cate Blanchett, and she’s the one that’ll give Vikander a run for the Oscar win.

BEST DIRECTOR

  • Lenny Abrahamson, Room
  • Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, The Revenant
  • Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
  • Adam McKay, The Big Short
  • George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road

I think one of the most surprising things about this list of nominees is that Ridley Scott was left off of it, for his great work on The Martian. I was among the many who thought he was a lock for a nomination and even possibly a win. With the omission of Scott, the odds on favourite to win is George Miller, which would be a well-deserved win for the Hollywood vet but first-time nominee. Like I said before, I wasn’t really into Mad Max, but you can’t argue with the creativity involved in creating that universe on screen. If Miller doesn’t win, some are saying that overwhelming support for The Revenant could get Inarritu a back-to-back win in the category.

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

  • Bridge of Spies – Matt Charman, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
  • Ex Machina – Alex Garland
  • Inside Out – Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley, Ronnie del Carmen
  • Spotlight – Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer
  • Straight Outta Compton – Jonathan Herman, Andrea Berloff, S. Leigh Savidge, Alan Wenkus

Well, two of these five screenplays are nominated for the big prize, so odds are it’s going to come down to Spotlight or Bridge of Spies, with Spotlight ultimately taking it. It should be noted however, that the three other screenplays in contention should also have been nominated for Best Picture because they were all amazing and inventive in their own ways. Ex Machina is such a simple thriller in concept, but a whole new take on the genre in execution. Pixar continues with its tradition of making grown adults cry with Inside Out, and honestly how can you fault them for that? Then there’s Straight Outta Compton, a biopic done right that shines a light on one of the defining rap groups of all-time.

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

  • The Big Short – Adam McKay, Charles Randolph
  • Brooklyn – Nick Hornby
  • Carol – Phyllis Nagy
  • The Martian – Drew Goddard
  • Room – Emma Donoghue

I used to make an effort to read the books that a lot of movies are based on, but in recent years, I just haven’t had the time. Because of its seeming front-runner status, The Big Short is the favourite to win here, for turning a dull (but relevant) topic such as the financial crisis, and making an entertaining film. I do think there’s something to be said about an author adapting her own novel into a movie screenplay and succeeding, as Emma Donoghue has done with Room.

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Oscars 2015 – Recap + Thoughts

Last night, movie awards season came to an end with the 87th annual Academy Awards. It was a really interesting year for film, with a lot of REALLY GOOD movies, but none that really stood out and took hold of frontrunner status. Still a good year, nonetheless.

BEST PICTURE

  • American Sniper
  • Birdman – WINNER
  • Boyhood
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Imitation Game
  • Selma
  • The Theory of Everything
  • Whiplash

Before the show itself, there were a lot of people saying that any one of these movies could win. That being said though, Birdman and Boyhood were believed to be the frontrunners, with American Sniper right behind them. Personally, Whiplash was my favourite, but my favourite movie never wins (hello, The Social Network!). I was actually quite proud of myself for actually being able to watch all of this year’s nominees, though they all truly interested me. Well, exception being The Grand Budapest Hotel – I wanted to watch to see what all the fuss was about, but I’ve never been a fan of Wes Anderson’s work. This is what my rankings would’ve looked like: Whiplash, The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything, Birdman, Boyhood, Selma, American Sniper, The Grand Budapest Hotel. In the end, Birdman came out victorious, which isn’t all that surprising. Hollywood likes a good movie about itself (makes the entire award just seem kind of on the selfish side, huh?)

BEST ACTOR

  • Steve Carrell, Foxcatcher
  • Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
  • Michael Keaton, Birdman
  • Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of EverythingWINNER

Much had been said about the Best Actor race, in what was a very competitive year. When the actors who didn’t make the cut could add up to another ballot in and of itself (like Jake Gyllenhaal for Nightcrawler, David Oyelowo for Selma), you know it was a hard year. In the end, most bets were placed between Keaton and Redmayne. I think the favourite going in was Keaton, because of his long career, this being his first nomination, and the idea that he probably won’t get another role like this. But Redmayne was absolutely incredible in his portrayal of Stephen Hawking, that when it came down to it, you had to reward his performance.

BEST ACTRESS

  • Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night
  • Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
  • Julianne Moore, Still Alice – WINNER
  • Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
  • Reese Witherspoon, Wild

While the Actor race was a tough race to call from top to bottom, the Actress race was pretty much done. As far as the nominations went, the only “surprise” was Cotillard’s inclusion, as some had pegged Jennifer Aniston for her role in Cake to take the fifth slot. But the overall predictability of the nominations highlighted the fact that there really aren’t a lot of GOOD roles for women right now in the industry. The real meaty roles seem to fall on these wonderfully talented women’s male counterparts. That being said, it was without a doubt Julianne Moore’s year to win, after four previous nominations. I was so bummed I didn’t get to see Still Alice premiere at TIFF (scheduling issue, so friends got the tickets), but thankfully managed to squeeze in a screening of it right before the Awards. Moore was incredible, portraying a character diagnosed with early on-set Alzheimer’s, and brought out a scary truth about the disease and how it affects the person and everyone around them.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

  • Robert Duvall, The Judge
  • Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
  • Edward Norton, Birdman
  • Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
  • J.K. Simmons, Whiplash – WINNER

The hype surrounding Simmons and Whiplash was definitely warranted; he was terrifyingly good. I’ve got nothing else.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

  • Patricia Arquette, Boyhood – WINNER
  • Laura Dern, Wild
  • Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
  • Emma Stone, Birdman
  • Meryl Streep, Into the Woods

To me, it seemed like this category could’ve been filled in many different ways, which is a good and bad thing. The good is that there are roles for women in Hollywood, but on the flip side, most of the time it is in Supporting a male lead. An argument could have been made to put Arquette in Best Actress, but then she wouldn’t have been guaranteed the win. Meryl Streep, as much as a legend that she is, is getting nominated simply for being Meryl Streep. Because if you look at it, we could’ve had Jessica Chastain in the mix for A Most Violent Year, Carmen Ejogo for Selma or longshots like Rene Russo for Nightcrawler and Tilda Swinton for Snowpiercer. Back to Arquette though, I really do think she should’ve been put in lead actress because Boyhood was just as much about her character as a single mom, trying to do right by her kids, as it was about the title boy. Arquette really gave a layered performance that was bolstered by the fact that we get to see her age naturally.

BEST DIRECTOR

  • Alexandro G. Iñárritu, Birdman–WINNER
  • Richard Linklater, Boyhood
  • Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher
  • Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game

At the beginning of Awards season, there was the possibility of two female directors being nominated: Angelina Jolie for Unbroken and Ava DuVernay for Selma. Unfortunately, that didn’t pan out. When looking at the nominees, it was clear that it was going to come down the same way as Best Picture – Birdman or Boyhood. Many, including myself, thought we were once again going to see Director and Picture go to different films (How I wish that happened in 2011. Fincher was robbed that year! I digress). Iñárritu gave the movie a very distinct look, with its seamless transitions that made it seem as though it was one take. But Linklater had such a creative mind to do this film that took 12 years to make, and not just a movie taking place in a 12 year time span. I thought for sure Linklater was going to take it here, with Birdman winning (as it did) Best Picture. I was wrong.

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

  • Birdman, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo – WINNER
  • Boyhood, Richard Linklater
  • Foxcatcher, E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness
  • Nightcrawler, Dan Gilroy

It’s Original Screenplay, anything could’ve happened. Birdman vs. Boyhood. The Grand Budapest Hotel with Anderson’s off-beat vision. I was hoping for Nightcrawler, but alas, Birdman won.

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

  • American Sniper, Jason Hall
  • The Imitation Game, Graham Moore – WINNER
  • Inherent Vice, Paul Thomas Anderson
  • The Theory of Everything, Anthony McCarten
  • Whiplash, Damien Chazelle

First of all, Whiplash really should’ve been in Original, instead of here, but the Academy has such weird rules. In this case, they made the claim that Chazelle adapted it from his short film, when in fact the short film (essentially a scene from the original screenplay) was made simply as a tool to get the film made. Weird, I tell ya. Anyways, I also can’t believe Gillian Flynn did not get nominated for adapting Gone Girl, her own novel! There were so many ways in which the movie couldn’t have worked, because of how the book was set-up, but Flynn managed to do it brilliantly. As for Moore, who won for The Imitation Game, I certainly feel like he did a great job in bringing the story to life. Because honestly, if you just look at the basic story, the movie could’ve ended up being really boring and pretentious. The outcome was far more thrilling and obviously a little bit Hollywood-ized to get there, but enthralling and intriguing nonetheless. In a lesser year, it probably could’ve made a proper claim for Best Picture.

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

  • Big Hero 6 – WINNER
  • The Boxtrolls
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • Song of the Sea
  • The Tale of Princess Kayuga

The Lego Movie was robbed! Everyone knows that (except the Academy, apparently). I’ll admit though, I hadn’t seen any of the actual nominated movies, soooo I can’t really say much about it.

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

  • “Everything is Awesome” from The Lego Movie
  • “Glory” from Selma – WINNER
  • “Grateful” from Beyond the Lights
  • “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me
  • “Lost Stars” from Begin Again

I’ve made my love for Begin Again and “Lost Stars” known over the past year, so of course I was over the moon that it got nominated here! But as much as I love it, there was no way it was winning, since it was up against the emotional powerhouse song that is “Glory.” Plus, considering “Glory” was the last song performed before the award was handed out, and the reaction it received after the performance, it was a done deal.

Ending Thoughts:

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, but I feel like there’s no winning with the telecast itself. No matter how hard they try, something always seem off. This year’s show was no exception. We’ve seen Neil Patrick Harris host a multitude of other award shows, so we figured he’d be dependable, but some of the bits fell a little flat.

I love me some musical numbers to liven up the show a little, but I say just stick to the Best Original Song nominees. I mean, I only got 2 minutes of “Lost Stars” (which should’ve included a bit of Keira Knightley singing) and Adam was kinda not on his game, though still nice to see the rest of Maroon 5! And I think everyone could’ve used a little bit more “Everything Is Awesome” (Love the Lego Oscars!) But, as has been the case in recent years, extra time has been allotted to a musical performance that adds nothing to the show. The purpose of watching these award shows is to celebrate the past year in film, not honour classic films of years/decades past. So despite Lady Gaga sounding perfectly good singing The Sound of Music, it was a completely unnecessary time filler.

This year’s telecast featured a lot of statements being made within the acceptance speeches, acknowledging that the world we live in is nowhere near perfect. Some people had issue with these “political statements” being made at an award show, but I was happy to hear it. It’s inherent that actors would thank their families and team of people, but to use the opportunity of being up on that stage as a platform for awareness is a really good thing for them to do.

“Comic book movies” are rarely ever recognized at these award shows, but watching the telecast you (meaning me) had to wonder: what’s the ratio of actors who are/have been/will be in comic book movies vs. those who aren’t? Because we had (nominees and presenters): Keaton & Affleck (Batman); Ruffalo & Norton (Hulk); Simmons (J. Jonah Jameson); Cooper (Rocket Raccoon); Stone (Gwen Stacy); Cumberbatch (Dr. Strange); Cotillard (Talia al Ghul); Jones (Felicia in Amazing Spider-Man 2); Chris Evans (Captain America/Human Torch); Scarlett Johannson (Black Widow); Chris Pratt (Star Lord); Zoe Saldana (Gamora); Paltrow (Pepper Potts); Miles Teller (new Mr. Fantastic); Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn in BvS); Jared Leto (Joker in BvS); Kerry Washington (Alicia Masters in Fantastic 4); Idris Elba (Heimdall in Thor); Nicole Kidman (Dr. Meridian in Batman Forever). Phew!

So another Oscars on the books! Any surprises? Still reeling from any snubs? Favourite part of the telecast? Sound off!

Looking Ahead to the 2013 Grammys

I don’t often write posts looking ahead to events and making predictions, but then a funny thing happened. While watching TV with my family a few weeks ago, Canadian network CTV aired a promo for the re-release of Katy Perry’s album Teenage Dream and I said to my siblings “Look at that! Music sucks so much right now, that they have to advertise an album that has essentially, been out for 2 years” (the re-release itself has been out for months.) To which my brother responded, “It does suck…So what are they gonna do for the awards stuff?” My brother, for the record, could care less about the Grammys (or any other awards shows for that matter), but for him to make such an observation, that’s kind of a big deal. And so the question is: With pop music not being entirely great this past year, what will come of the Grammys with its focus being on appealing to the mainstream audience?

*NOTE: My music knowledge is far greater in the pop category, so forgive me if my focus is on pop music*

Generally speaking, in terms of the overall Grammys, it is in my honest (and slightly biased) opinion that Kelly Clarkson will come out on top when nominations are announced. Stronger was such a great album, not to mention the title track itself is one of the best songs all year (that you’re probably still not sick and tired of hearing). After Kelly, I think Coldplay’s a pretty solid bet for nominations for their album Mylo Xyloto, as well as Grammy favourite John Mayer for Born and Raised.

The category that scares/worries me the most, as has been the case for the past few years, is Best New Artist. I feel like it gets harder and harder to determine who the best new artist is, because there hasn’t really been a standout new artist. I mean last year, Bon Iver won, where he was up against Nicki Minaj, The Band Perry, J-Cole, and Skrillex. If it wasn’t for the fact that he had won a Grammy at the 2011 show, I would’ve bet my money on Bruno Mars being nominated and winning the category; but he did win, making him ineligible in the category for 2012, per Grammy rules. Guesses for who could potentially be nominated? I think Ed Sheeran has made enough of an impact to garner a nod and even a win. Representing Country, I’m going to take a wild guess and say Thompson Square or Hunter Hayes (based purely on observation). Representing Hip-Hop, I wonder if Childish Gambino can sneak in there. Which means 2 spots left, that could go to any of the following who had hit singles this past year: fun., Ellie Goulding, Carly Rae Jepsen, One Direction, Karmin, Gotye.

So some predictions (however off-base they will probably be) in some of the categories:

RECORD OF THE YEAR

  • Kelly Clarkson, Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)
  • Coldplay, Princess of China [ft. Rihanna]
  • Jason Mraz, I Won’t Give Up

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

  • Kelly Clarkson, Stronger
  • Coldplay, Mylo Xyloto
  • John Mayer, Born and Raised
  • Florence + the Machine, Ceremonials
  • Miranda Lambert, Four the Record

BEST SOLO POP VOCAL PERFORMANCE

  • Kelly Clarkson, Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)
  • Jason Mraz, I Won’t Give Up
  • Adele, Set Fire to the Rain
  • John Mayer, Shadow Days
  • Ed Sheeran, The A-Team

BEST POP VOCAL PERFORMANCE BY A DUO/GROUP

  • Maroon 5, One More Night
  • Coldplay, Princess of China [ft. Rihanna]
  • Taylor Swift, Safe and Sound [ft. The Civil Wars] —> I really think they’re going to put this under pop, if nominated, just because the Grammys can be weird when it comes to this category

BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM

  • Kelly Clarkson, Stronger
  • Maroon 5, Overexposed
  • Florence + the Machine, Ceremonials
  • Jason Mraz, Love is a Four Letter Word
  • John Mayer, Born and Raised

The Grammy nominations will be announced live on their annual Nomination Concert on December 5th, airing on CBS. Taylor Swift will be co-hosting with LL Cool J, and Maroon 5 will be one of the performers. Until then, any thoughts as to who might get nominated? Who really are the best new artists of the past year? Can we possibly see some lesser known (but equally talented, if not more) artists get nominated this year? Sound off!

Award Weekend: Creative Arts Emmys & MTV VMA 2009

A little bit late here with my take on this weekend’s awards shows.

First, on Saturday, was the Creative Arts Emmys. The Primetime Emmys are this coming Sunday, but of course they couldn’t air everything so they have a different ceremony for the creative awards. The ceremony has yet to air (that will take place on Friday on E! I believe), but I just wanna simply discuss some of the winners.

  • Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Justin Timberlake won this for his stint as a guest host on SNL! Huge JT fan here so I was so excited to hear he won! Seriously, every time Justin hosts SNL or even when he just randomly shows up, it is MUST SEE TV. He totally deserved the award. Now let’s see if he can win on Sunday for Outstanding Music & Lyrics (i think that’s what the category is called?)
  • Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Tina Fey! SNL was soo on point last season, especially during election season. We all know that Tina Fey was so awesome and hilarious for her impersonation of Sarah Palin. I think it was pretty much a given that she’d win. It really would’ve been wrong if she didn’t!
  • Outstanding Choreography: It was a tie between Rob Ashford (for the “Musicals are Back!” number at the Oscars) and Tyce Diorio (for his Adam and Eve piece on S4 of SYTYCD). I love SYTYCD but out of the 4 routines nominated from the show, I kinda wish it was NappyTabs’ “Bleeding Love” hip-hop routine or Mia Michaels’ door routine, “Mercy.” Whatever. But the routine that I REALLY wanted to win was Derek & Julianne Hough’s Jive to “Great Balls of Fire.” I’m a little biased just because I frickin love them! But in all honesty, I mean we really gotta give them kudos, especially Julianne, because she performed this routine the week after she had surgery! 
  • Outstanding Special Class – Short Form Live Action Program: Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog! Finally! Joss Whedon gets some Emmy love! and dare I say this is just the beginning for Neil Patrick Harris related wins?

Now onto last night’s MTV Video Music Awards. What can be said about it that hasn’t already been said?

  • MJ Tribute was just amazing! The dancers at the beginning, each dressed according to a certain MJ era, was done in great taste. And then Janet came out for Scream! INCREDIBLE! Not to mention that she was joined by a whole slew of outstanding dancer/choreographers including Wade Robson, Brian Friedman, Tyce Diorio, Laurie Ann Gibson, and many others, all of whom were no doubt inspired by Michael.
  • Katy Perry can write some pretty damn catchy songs. But sing live she cannot. Additionally, she should not have been allowed to sing We Will Rock You. I’m sorry, it was just bad.
  • The moment @ the awards show that will live on forever and discussed more than the MJ Tribute? Kanye West taking away Taylor Swift’s moment. Seriously, that was such a douche move on Kanye’s part and incredibly rude. Poor Taylor was getting her moment, winning her first Moonman, every one in the audience being so incredibly happy for her (the look on Pink’s face was like a look of extreme proudness) and ‘Ye had to go and ruin it! Like WTF?! The camera cuts to Beyonce and she didn’t even know what to do at that moment.
  • umm Lady Gaga…Honestly, I have never liked her. I think she’s also like Katy Perry in that she can’t sing live. I’ll give her this though: Thanks for hiring Mark Kanemura and Paula Van Oppen as your backup dancers, because they are amazing dancers (plus from following his Twitter, Mark is such an incredibly huge GaGa fan).
  • Adam Brody presenting!! aww I’ve missed seeing you on my TV screen every week…
  • New Moon looks 10x better than Twilight. Seriously. And btw, great choice on casting Dakota Fanning. Perfect choice for the role of Jane. Cute but creepy.
  • Pink. I’ve seen her perform live before (when she opened up for JT during the first leg of the FutureSex/LoveShow) and she already started doing her acrobatics up high. Seriously, she’s got major points for bravery and style.
  • Props to Beyonce for being so incredibly classy upon receiving the award for Video of the Year. Allowing Taylor Swift to come back on stage and let her have her moment. I’ve always respected Beyonce but she just put herself on a whole other level with this class act.
  • Jay-Z and Alicia Keys totally brought it on “Empire State of Mind.” Love this song! But Lil Mama coming up at the end? umm what the hell?

Overall, this was definitely a memorable VMA to say the least. For the good and bad, people will remember this year’s award show. And I think that’s all MTV could really hope for. Now, even though its an entirely lost cause, if only MTV would start airing MORE music videos. No more if this The Hills crap. Please? Thanks.