Itâ€™s been a crazy couple of days â€“ as I knew it would be. I still feel the need to say that though. I also still canâ€™t believe the Oscars have come and gone. I know by now you would know the winners â€“ and I donâ€™t have to list them here â€“ so I will instead reflect on my time in
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The Oscars themselves are a creation of dedication, attention to detail and glorious star-power. So many big names come out â€“ even if they themselves are not nominated (hello, Zac Effron?) I loved seeing how things are behind the scenes: the hours of preparation, the stressing on the part of the producers (I like being reminded that itâ€™s not just me who over-worries almost everything!) and the last-minute wardrobe malfunctions (apparently Moâ€™Nique and Amanda Seyfried both had one).
Thousands of journalists come to this Oscar stage â€“ and thatâ€™s not just counting those who live in LA (and there are a great deal of them here!). As a lone journo, I kept getting asked â€œwhereâ€™s your crew?â€ and Iâ€™d point to my huge bag and say with glee: â€œhere!â€ But what you soon learn is that you need to find your place and find your own story among all the others. The South African presence at this yearâ€™s Oscars for me, was greater than the three-hour (and a bit more) ceremony itself. It went beyond that â€“ before, and after.
That said, I loved the genuine moments at the Oscars. The tears Sandra Bullock cried. The child-like cheers Jeff Bridges gave. The outlandishness of Moâ€™Nique backstage when she told the press officer just how she wanted to do the Question-and-Answer-session. Oh, and Sarah Jessica Parkerâ€™s dress â€“ it was my best (Charlizeâ€™s was my worst).
I hope that this is only the beginning â€“ or I should say, the middle because Tsotsi and indeed, Yesterday, first got the ball rolling with their nominations, as did Charlize with her win â€“ and that South Africaâ€™s presence at the Oscars only grows and grows. And I hope that we can soon have another good reason to shout: Viva South
Kathryn Bigelow: Best Director, Best Picture: The Hurt Locker
Sandra Bullock, Best Actress: The Blind Side
Best Actor, Jeff Bridges: Crazy Heart
Best Supporting Actress, Mo’Nique: Precious