I have to say one thing that's been on my mind post-Oscars, and that is regarding the new presentation of the best acting categories. Yes, it may seem a bit silly and very pompous and egotistical to have actors commending each other, but come on, those presentations were awesome.
Maybe I'm just a sucker for montages, but the montage of previous Best Supporting Actor/Actress, and Best Actor/Actress was very cool and nostalgic to watch, and I think is incredibly motivating for any nominated or aspiring actor/actress. To think that if you won, you would join the legacy of the acting greats seen in the fantastic montages, thanking the Academy for the highest honor in your field, and joining the elite, its a fantastic thought.
And if you lost, how could you be that disappointed when you have acting legends like Anthony Hopkins, Robert DeNiro, Christopher Walken, Eva Marie Saint, etc... take a moment and intimately tell you how wonderful your performance was. I can only imagine the feeling of pride that one could feel joining that list of screen legends, sealing a moment in time, THEIR moment, for everyone to remember. To all aspiring actors, that should be the goal, to see a clip of yourself winning best actor/actress immortalized as these people have (That means you Andrew).
For anyone who missed it, this is what I was talking about: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWiRfTIT0xo
Finally, while we're on the subject, I'm going to go ahead and predict future Oscar winners:
Christian Bale (if he gets out of his action movie groove and back into serious pieces)
George Clooney (again)
Phillip Seymour Hoffman (again)
Daniel Day-Lewis - who is the only actor who was able to make me think he would win Best Actor, hands down, after one viewing of a movie (There Will Be Blood)
Sean Penn (for director)
and of course, the Meryl Streep of our generation: Kate Winslet. That woman's going to win a few more Oscars before she retires, or at least take the nominations record away from Streep.