...Most importantly: The Coen Brothers. The brothers took some of the most important awards, being Best Movie, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Director. So yeah, I guess the Coens were pretty happy, although you wouldn't know it from the nonchalant way they accepted their awards. Kudos to them, and also thank you very much, since I predicted all three of their victories in the Oscar pool at work. Of course, as usual, I didn't win it, but for a change I came second and didn't finish hopelessly last.
Some observations about the Oscars this year:
Least unexpected victory: Ratatouille. I haven't seen Persepolis yet, and am pretty sure it's a wonderful movie, but can anything really beat this Pixar masterpiece?
Hey, I do know her!: When I saw her name on the list of nominees, Marion Cotillard didn't ring a bell. Then I saw her accept her award and had to dash over to the IMDB to check if I was seeing things right. And yes, she is the girl from the French Taxi-movies (couldn't find a subtitled version, sorry)!
Ouch! Three nominations in one category (Best Song), and no victory? That was hurt the Enchanted people to no end...
Also completely expected: Daniel Day Lewis for Best Actor, Javier Bardem for best Supporting Actor and Diablo Cody (Juno) for Best Original Screenplay.
Three Oscars for Bourne? I haven't seen the third part in this very enjoyable series yet, but giving it three awards smells of the type of we-havent-given-the-first-two-movies-any-awards-so-lets-give-some-to-the-third-part practices that propelled the third Lords of the Rings movie to victory.
Best Visual Effects to The Golden Compass? I would have sworn Transformers would get this one. And why didn't Transformers win anything at all? They're disrespecting Michael Bay! But still, I would have won that damn Oscar-pool if Transformers had taken it...