How'd We Do at the Oscars?

The short answer: not so great. There were a couple of big Oscar wins for people from our area, but, in general, I'd say the lower Hudson Valley could've been better represented at the Oscars this year.

I will say, though, that the acceptance speeches from our winners were done with flair. And by "flair," I mean a blatant, obstinate disregard for the rules.

Take Aaron Sorkin, for instance. The Scarsdale native won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for his work on The Social Network. He's won roughly a jillion awards for his script so far this year, so he came to the Oscars with some well-thought-out remarks. That's fairly typical. The magic happens, though, when the band strikes up the "move it along" music. Sorkin didn't blink. He didn't speed up. He didn't cut it short. He just deliberately made it through the rest of his speech as the music swelled behind him. He was not leaving that podium until he finished what he had to say. I almost expected to see a big hook come out from the side of the stage to try and snag him. It was a battle of wills, and Sorkin definitely won. Watch it here while the obviously-bootleg clip is still up; the music kicks in after a minute, and he goes on for nearly another full minute.

While Sorkin won for The Social Network, though, the movie—based ever-so-loosely on the life of Dobbs Ferry native Mark Zuckerberg—didn't have a strong showing overall. It also won for Best Editing and Best Score (which went to Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor, for those of you who remember the 90s), but didn't win awards for Sound Mixing, Lead Actor, Cinematography, Director, or Picture. It just goes to show that the Academy members might be the few in the universe that aren't addicted to checking their Facebooks.

Sorkin wasn't the only local who accepted an Oscar with attitude on Sunday. Stone Ridge resident Melissa Leo took her Best Supporting Actress statue for her work in The Fighter—and almost immediately dropped the big F-bomb. Yeah, that's how we do it in the New York-metro area! I couldn't blame her for being flustered, though. Her name was announced after an interminable intro by Kirk Douglas, who went on some kind of tangent about Australians. The whole thing was the biggest train-wreck moment of the night. Let's watch her, shall we?

Warning, this is another of those bootleg, taped-the-tv things, so watch it before it's forced to be taken down for YouTube terms-of-service violations. Also, this clip is uncensored. The F-bomb comes in around the 1:30-mark, after some awkward flirting with Douglas and some stumbling around. (If you want to watch Douglas's rambling lead-up, you can do so here, until the clip is taken down.)

The bespectacled man the cameras flashed to during Leo's acceptance speech, when she says "actors?" That's actually The Fighter director David O. Russell, who grew up in Mamaroneck. He didn't win for Best Director, either. (The honor went to Tom Hooper of The King's Speech.) Other local nominees to not bring home statues are William Sarokin, a Mount Kisco resident and Purchase College alum who was nominated in the Sound Mixing category for Salt (Inception won); and Northern Westchester resident Alan Menken, who was up for Best Original Song for a number from Tangled. The award went to Randy Newman for his song from Toy Story 3—and maybe you can see him perform it when he comes to the Tarrytown Music Hall on Friday—but Menken's song is pretty sweet, so let's end on that note.

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Marisa LaScala

Marisa LaScala
Elmsford, NY

Articles 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 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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