Academy Award Winners and Losers: Hudson Valley, NY, Actors Lose (and Vassar Grad Meryl Streep Wins!) Big Time at the Oscars

Poptional Reading’s recap of last night’s Oscars

The 84th Academy Awards aired last night. How did our local Oscar candidates do? Unfortunately, not so great.

Our Best Actresses in a Leading Role nominees, Bedford resident Glenn Close and Bedford native Rooney Mara, both lost to the formidable Meryl Streep for her role in The Iron Lady. (However, we don’t feel too bad: Ms. Streep is a famous Vassar College alumna. Congrats, Meryl!)

Our Best Documentary Feature nominee, Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, made by Northern Westchester resident Joe Berlinger, lost to Undefeated. (That’s Undefeated, the documentary about the Tennessee football team, not The Undefeated, which is about Sara Palin.)

Our Best Adapted Screenplay contender, Scarsdale native Aaron Sorkin’s script for Moneyball, lost to The Descendants and its incontrovertible Hawaiian charms.

And, even in our biggest category of the night — Best Documentary Short — we came up empty-handed. Both God Is the Bigger Elvis, directed by Tarrytown’s Rebecca Cammisa and produced by Scarsdale’s Julie Anderson; and Incident in New Baghdad, made by Katonah resident James Spione; lost to Saving Face, a documentary short about a plastic surgeon who helps women in Pakistan whose faces have been disfigured by acid attacks.

Hey, there’s always next year, right?

As for the awards themselves... they were okay. I’m sure people out there liked Billy Crystal’s throwback-y style of Oscar hosting, but I personally didn’t find his jokes funny. (It doesn’t take a brilliant comedic mind to deduce that both Christopher Plummer and Max Von Sydow are old.) But mercifully, the extra bits that go along with the ceremony were kept to a minimum, so I didn’t have to endure much of the Billy Crystal humor.

I was going to share my favorite of the few extra comedy bits of the evening — wherein Christopher Guest’s comedy troupe reenacts a modern-style focus group for The Wizard of Oz — but it’s not available in embeddable format. (You can see it here if you’re curious.) So instead, I’ll settle for my second-favorite moment of the evening: Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis presenting an award as only the two comedians can do.

You can see the complete list of winners here. What did you think of the awards? Let me know in the comments.

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Marisa LaScala

Marisa LaScala
Elmsford, NY

Associate Editor Marisa LaScala joined Westchester magazine in 2003, and ever since she's blown every paycheck at the Greenburgh Multiplex. She also staunchly defends Richard Kelly, doesn't mind spoiling the endings of trashy movies you're curious about but don't want to pay to see, wishes the Hold Steady would come back and rock out Westchester, misses Arrested Development more than anyone can imagine, and still watches cartoons and Saturday Night Live. You can find more of her cultural criticism at, where she is a staff writer.



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