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“ MakeupÂ : “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!