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Monday, 27 February 2012
The 84th Annual Academy Awards
I love the Oscars.
This won’t come as any surprise to anyone who’s been
watching or listening to the show, but it’s true. I love the Oscars. And I make
time for them. Since 2002, I have watched the Oscar telecast and been amazed,
moved, stunned and occasionally bored rigid by the night.
Last night/this morning was a night of few surprises but a
lot of heart.
The biggest surprise seems to be The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo winning for Best Editing. Most of
the other big awards went the way they were supposed to. But more of that
Billy Crystal was on top form, taking hosting duties for the
ninth time. He made for an affable and charming host with the occasional barb
thrown in for good measure (his little crack about being in Christian Bale’s eye-line
before the volatile actor came on to announce Best Supporting Actress was
rather nice). He also made a very touching personal tribute to former Academy
producer Gil Cates, who passed away in the last year, before the ‘In Memoriam’ segment.
It may just have been me, but the ceremony felt a lot more
streamlined this year. It may be due to the fact that there were nine films
nominated for Best Picture, but they dispensed with individual segments for
each of the Best Picture nominations; instead, they played together as a
montage before the main prize was announced. Similarly, there was no full
performance of the songs nominated for Best Original Song; a bit of an odd
oversight considering there were only two songs, and I would have paid good
money to see the Muppets on the Oscar stage. All of this brought the running
time in to approximately three-and-a-quarter hours (including copious ad
On to the awards themselves.
Artist took Best Picture. It also took Best Director (Michel Hazanavicius),
Best Original Score (Ludovic Bource), Best Costume Design (Mark Bridges) and
Best Actor for Jean Dujardin. As you may know, I plumped for George Clooney in
the Best Actor category but, hey, five out of six ain’t bad (and I did better
than last year!). The Gallic exuberance of Hazanavicius and Dujardin in their
acceptance speeches was truly touching and they are both very worthy winners.
Not to be outdone, the other paean to the art of the movies,
Martin Scorsese’s Hugo also took home
five technical awards (Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Sound
Mixing, Best Sound Editing and Best Visual Effects)- again, all well-deserved.
Even without the 3D addition, Hugo is
one of the most visually stunning films of the last twelve months.
No surprises in the other acting awards with Meryl Streep picking
up her third Academy Award, after twenty-nine years, for The Iron Lady; Octavia Spencer ‘freaking out’ after being awarded
Best Supporting Actress for The Help
and Christopher Plummer giving a very dignified and lovely acceptance speech
when he picked up Best Supporting Actor for his role in Beginners (which makes him the oldest actor not only to win Best
Supporting Actor but to win a competitive acting Oscar; at 82, he surpasses
Jessica Tandy who won at the age of 80 for Driving
The guest hosts for each award, as usual, varied in quality.
My personal favourites were Chris Rock presenting the award for Best Animated
Feature (in those two minutes, he showed more edge and charisma than he did
when he actually hosted the Oscars); Emma Stone and Ben Stiller presenting Best
Visual Effects (with Stone skewering some of Stiller’s previous Oscar
appearances, which I have personally found increasingly insufferable) and the
cast of Bridesmaids who paired off to
present the three Short Film sections. There was also some wonderful banter between Robert Downey Jr and Gwyneth Paltrow as they presented Best Documentary Feature.
All in all, an absolutely wonderful night celebrating the
best in movies.
Below is the full list of winners at the 84th Annual
Best Picture: The Artist
Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist)
Best Actor: Jean Dujardin (The Artist)
Best Actress: Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)
Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer (Beginners)
Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer (The Help)
Best Original Screenplay: Woody Allen (Midnight In Paris)
Best Adapted Screenplay: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim
Rash (The Descendants)
Best Animated Feature: Rango
Best Foreign Language Film: A Separation
Best Original Song: ‘Man Or Muppet’ from The Muppets
Best Live Action Short Film:The Shore
Best Animated Short Film:The Fantastic Flying Books Of Mr
Best Documentary (Short Subject):Saving Face
Best Documentary (Feature): Undefeated
Best Visual Effects: Hugo
Best Sound Editing: Hugo
Best Sound Mixing: Hugo
Best Art Direction:Hugo
Best Cinematography: Hugo
Best Original Score: The Artist
Best Costume Design:The Artist
Best Make-Up:The Iron Lady
Best Editing: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Congratulations to all winners!
And now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to bed - it's been something of a long night.