On the drive home from my Oscar party this evening I was reminded on the radio of a red carpet interview that Meg Tilly gave back in 1985. She had been nominated for Agnes of God and when asked what the nomination and/or win would do for her career, she said bluntly that she was more likely to be an answer to a Trivial Pursuit question. That is very much how the 82nd Academy Awards probably felt to a lot of viewers. While we can all rejoice in a new movie-themed edition of the board game that will ask "who was the first female to win a Best Director Oscar?", what else will we really remember? Will anyone beyond the Oscar reporters and prognosticators remember who won all the acting awards, who was snubbed and why we were all so angry during award season 2010? Maybe not, but in the moment we can take heart in David beating Goliath and vent some frustration away until we start this all over again.
In a glorious turn of events, Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker exceeded even my expectations by winning six Oscars (over my predicted four). Mark Boal grabbing Original Screenplay early in the evening was a siren that Avatar might be in some trouble. But it was the sweep of the two "sound" Oscars away from Dances With Smurfs that signaled it was going to be a good night. Just not for James Cameron or Harvey Weinstein.