I was really out of it watching the Oscars this year, since I haven't seen any of the big nominated films yet, but I was certainly most pleased with two specific winners/moments at last night's show. As a proud Latino/Hispanic, I was certainly happy to see Javier Bardem take the Best Supporting Actor trophy, as I have seen him in many risk-taking provocative roles before, especially in his earlier days as an actor in Spain. Man, his Castilian is very fast and mumbled; I always did find it hard to understand him, the marble mouth that he is. Oh look who just became really big Antonio Banderas! ¡Felicidades a Javier! And though I haven't seen La Vie En Rose, I could certainly tell from little snippets shown of that movie that French actress Marion Cotillard really performed her heart out playing singer Édith Piaf, and she surprised everyone by winning the Best Actress statuette. Congrats to her as well, and her shock/acceptance speech at having won was most moving and awesome. C'est comme un rêve ma petite!
I finally saw Philip Seymour Hoffman in Capote and this dark, dreary, creepy movie was decent. Some fine acting here and I learned lots about a very terrible crime I really knew nothing about before. Truman Capote it seems, was very well-liked and funny whilst drinking and smoking at trendy parties with his literary friends and colleagues, yet I just can't get over that annoying voice he had! LOL! A small, but very effective realistic portrayal of the Latino/Mexican experience in L.A., was the little gem Quinceañera with some pretty good unknown actors including a very studly Jesse García playing a very straight-acting cholo gay dude. I liked the movie a lot; good job to all!
Okay, way past mee bedtime now. Hasta pronto.