The 82nd Academy Awards have just wrapped up and JJ Abrams Star Trek, has made franchise history by taking home Trek’s first Oscar, for Best Makeup. In addition some Star Trek vets took home Oscars, including Michael Giacchino for Up. Also, Chris Pine and Zoe Saldana were on hand as presenters. We have a full report, photos and links to videos and more below.
Star Trek wins for Best Makeup – First Oscar of franchise
Star Trek went in with four nominated in four categories. And as expected Star Trek won for Best Makeup, beating both Il Divo and The Young Victoria. The award is shared by Barney Burman, Mindy Hall and Joel Harlow.
Mindy Hall, Barney Burman, and Joel Harlow with their Makeup Oscars for “Star Trek” – the first Trek wins in history
The Makeup category was presented by uber-Trek fan Ben Stiller. Even though Stiller came out made up as a Na’vi, he joked that he wished he had worn his Spock ears, admitting he had two pairs of them signed by Leonard Nimoy.
Stiller gives the Oscars to the "Star Trek" Makeup artists
As for the other three categories, Star Trek went in as a long-shot, and so it was no surprise that it lost both Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing to The Hurt Locker, and Best Visual Effects to Avatar. Sharing the VFX award for Avatar was Star Trek VI CG supervisor Joe Letteri .
The night was a milestone in Star Trek franchise history. Four previous Trek films had been nominated: Star Trek: The Motion Picture (3 nominations), Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (4), Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (2) and Star Trek First Contact (1). However, JJ Abrams Star Trek is now the first and only Star Trek film to win an Academy Award.
Giacchino Wins For Up
As expected Star Trek composer Michael Giacchino won the Oscar for his Up score. Giacchino told had an inspirational speech about how young people should stick with their creative endeavors. Another Trek vet taking home the gold was Robert Stromberg, a matte artist on TNG, Voyager, and First Contact, who shared the Oscar for Art Direction for his work in Avatar. However, Christopher Plummer (Star Trek VI’s General Chang) who was nominated Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Last Station, lost out to Christoph Waltz for his role in Inglourious Basterds.
Composer Michael Giacchino wins Oscar for "Up"
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Both Avatar and The Hurt Locker went into the Oscars with nine nominations each, but it was The Hurt Locker that walked away the big winner. The Hurt Locker won six awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. Avatar took home three awards. For a complete list of winners visit oscars.org.
Pine, Saldana and Perry Present
The Academy Awards also saw a number Star Trek celebs presenting. First up was Chris Pine, Star Trek’s new James T Kirk, who introduced the clips for the Best Picture nominee District 9. By the way, for those who are wondering, Chris brought his mom as his date for the evening, awww.
Chris introduces "District 9" as Best Picture
Zoe Saldana, Star Trek’s new Uhura, along with Carey Mulligan, presented the three short film Oscars. There was a bit of a funny moment as Zoe had to hike up her dress to avoid tripping on it while descending the stairs.
Carey Mulligan and Zoe Saldana present at the Academy Awards
Finally Tyler Perry, who had a cameo in Star Trek playing the head of Starfleet Academy, presented the Oscar for Best Editing. Perry joked that it was the first and last time his name would be heard at the Academy Awards.
Tyler Perry presents at the Academy Awards
Star Trek producer/director JJ Abrams wasn’t spotted in any of the red carpet photos, but was nabbed going into the Vanity Fair party.
Abrams and his wife attend Vanity Fair Oscar party
Star Trek’s new Spock Zachary Quinto doesn’t appear to have attended, but he was spotted at the Mont Blanc pre-Oscar party last night.
Zach at Mont Blanc pre-Oscar party