Posted by Wesley Morris
March 7, 2010 11:38 PM
Another reason I love these live on-stage tributes is because they add
a touch a drama and equality to categories that seem to have foregone
winners, like Bridges and best actor. Before a name is called, an
unknown guy like Jeremy Renner is revealed to be as special and as good
as Morgan Freeman and George Clooney. Look at the gang assembled to
salute best actress! Forest Whitaker extols Sandra Bullock. Michael
Sheen recalls working with Helen Mirren on "The Queen" and hot he was
for her on the set. Peter Sarsgaard cracks a joke at Carey Mulligan's
expense. Oprah Winfrey Oprahfies on Gabourey Sidibe's behalf. Sidibe's
crying. I'm crying. She doesn't need to win. That
was her Oscar. Stanley Tucci deprecates for Meryl Streep (he proposes a nomination cap; imagine that).
Penn then arrives to present to the award to... Sandra Bullock. Wow.
Wow. Wow. Not in my wildest dreams. Her speech is actually touching and
funny. It's the kind of thing only a star could give. Uncle.
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