OT, weekend and the Oscars

Last weekend was, in fact, not a weekend at all… if it hadn’t been for the Oscars. This has really been my only “fun activity” for the past two days.

Why, you ask?

Because I had to work overtime this weekend.
I stayed in the office until 10 p.m. on Friday and came in for another 5 hours on Saturday, all due to a deadline that we had to meet today.
I wasn’t particularly thrilled about it, but the good things are:

a) I’ll soon be done with a project that I’ve been working on for what feels like forever (a couple of months at least!),

b) I have earned some extra vacation time (which is always a good thing), and

c) my name will appear in an official publication for the first time. That alone is pretty exciting and worth the overtime.

Besides work, I had to run some errands on Saturday morning. After 5 hours at the office in the afternoon, I got home, had some dinner and then pretty much fell asleep on the couch and slept for about 14 hours straight. I was simply exhausted.

On Sunday I had to do some cleaning and filing at home and when I finally sat down on the couch to watch the Academy Awards, I had definitely earned it.

Here are the winners:

Picture: “Slumdog Millionaire
Actor: Sean Penn, “Milk
Actress: Kate Winslet, “The Reader
Director: Danny Boyle, “Slumdog Millionaire”
Foreign-Language Film: “Departures,” Japan
Original Song: “Slumdog Millionaire”
Original Score: “Slumdog Millionaire”
Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award: Jerry Lewis
Film Editing: “Slumdog Millionaire”
Sound Mixing: “Slumdog Millionaire”
Sound Editing: “The Dark Knight
Visual Effects: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Documentary, Short Subject: “Smile Pinki
Documentary Feature: “Man on Wire
Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight”
Short Film: “Spielzeugland
Makeup : “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Costume: “The Duchess
Art Direction: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Animated Short Film: “La Maison en Petits Cubes”
Animated Feature: “WALL-E
Adapted Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy, “Slumdog Millionaire”
Original Screenplay: Dustin Lance Black, “Milk
Supporting Actress: Penélope Cruz, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona

I personally really agreed with Kate Winslet and Sean Penn getting the Oscar for “Best actress and actor”. I love them both!
I also think that Heath Ledger totally deserved – even post-mortem – the Oscar for playing “Joker” in “The Dark Knight” (even though I still only have seen parts of it). Admittedly, I have not seen “Slumdog Millionair” yet, but I do believe that this film got too many Oscars. I actually like to see the awards distributed a little more. Therefore, I was really pleased with the award for best costume design for “The Duchess”. Have you seen this movie?

I watched it on the plane on my way back from Germany and even though I hadn’t heard much about it before and didn’t really know what to expect, I thought it was a fantastic movie and Keira Knightely should have been nominated for her performance. If you get the chance, rent the movie and check it out sometime.

P.S. Oh yes, one more thing:  I received my 10-year-Green Card in the mail on Saturday! That was quick! I am impressed USCIS!

  1. Congrats on the green card. Moreover congrats on the publication. That is really awesome. I’m not much for academy awards but I am happy that Ute was happy. Haha. She screamed when Kate Winslet won. haha.

  2. congrats on the gc.
    I am reading Slumdog Millionare and I love it so far. I usually read the book first before I see the movie. Also John and I loved the “Dark Knight” – we saw it about a month ago and found it amazingly good. Esp. Heath. Well deserved.

  3. well, as i managed to f*ck up and tape only the “live from the red carpet” and not the show itself *kicking herself in the butt again* i have no idea how the show was *pouts* but i’m glad you enjoyed it and got to wind down a bit from the loooong week. also YAY on the publication, that is pretty exciting girl! i’m proud of you!!! even though that meant you having no time for a phone chat on friday ;) big smooch and HDGDL!

  4. PS: extra vacation days are always good because that way, on your next trip to germany, you can plan for a stop-over in bremen :)

  5. First up congrats on the green card! Now you at least don’t have to deal with that bureaucracy for a while anymore! Sorry about the workload you had during the weekend. But doesn’t it feel great to finish and wrap up a project? And then even get published!!! Congrats on that as well!

  6. hi oscar buddy. that show was so much fun!!! i loved the host! :) oh and kate totally deserved it! i was so happy i think i woke people up cause i screamed. haha. i gotta see slumdog millionare. i agree though i like it when everyone gets something. i thought dustin lance black’s speech was so moving. and of course i cried when heath’s parents accepted the oscar. oh i love award shows :) will email you now. kisses

  7. YAY for the Oscars!! I TOO have an obsession with this event!! Love ALL OF IT!
    Dustin Lance Black..double yay and some tears!
    Heath Ledger’s sister accepting the award on behalf of his sweet Matilda…heart warming!
    Angelina and Brad smiling at Jennifer Aniston on stage…good!
    There’s sooo much more…I’m glad you got your greencard so quickly!

  8. hey that weekend doesn’t sound that bad at all. since extravacation time is a precious thing for u i think it’s great you got some. and i guess that’s how it is in service or whenever u have deadlines it has it’s price.;-) but i know u manage that. congrats again on the greencard. finally nothing to worry about anymore, huh?
    i am glad for kate and sean, too.

  9. Stumbled upon your blog again – CONGRATS To the Green card. Paula, Tampa

  10. oh yeah the duchess was good. i cried some tears over that one.
    Happy for you that the project is done!!! Do you feel bored now?
    And GC… YAY!!!!

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