Oscars: 'Alice in Wonderland' for art directing; 'Inception' for cinematography
Really, guys, we know what they mean.
These were good categories, though, to come after the movie mash-up of the opening by James Franco and Anne Hathaway -- especially the whole "Inception" into Alec Baldwin's dreams bit.
Cinematography went to "Inception's" Wally Pfister. Not exactly a surprise. Pfister took home honors not that long ago from the American Society of Cinematographers. There was a sort of last-minute swell of hope that Roger Deakins might take it home for "True Grit." BAFTA just gave him the honor. But I fear "True Grit" came too late, and it's hard to argue against "Inception," it was groundbreaking... literally.
On the art direction, it wasn't really much of a rabbit out of the hat trick -- 'Alice in Wonderland' looked stunning, a truly inventive visual playground created for the familiar story. And so it was as it should be.
Photo: Tom Hanks presents the award for art direction at the Oscars. Credit: Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press