Sunday evening, February 26, 2012, was a star studded extravaganza in Hollywood. The 84th Annual Academy Awards took place at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood with Billy Crystal hosting for the 9th time, only Bob Hope has hosted more. You have to love an award show that has a performance by Cirque de Soleil.
The big winner as expected was “The Artist”; taking Best Picture, Directing to Michel Hazanavicius and Best Actor in a Leading Role to French heart-throb, Jean Dujard for his role as the silent film star George Valentin. The losers were some of the biggest names in Hollywood including Brad Pitt and George Clooney.
The Oscar for Costume Design was also awarded to “The Artist” beating out “Anonymous”, “W.E.”, “Jane Eyre” and “Hugo.”
Meryl Streep, not surprisingly, won the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role for the second time. She also has a Supporting Actress Oscar. She has received more nominations than any other actress in history 17 at the time of this Academy Awards. She beat out Michelle Williams, Viola Davis, Rooney Mara and Glenn Close to win the award.
In the early part of the show, it was all about “Hugo” as the film took away the Oscar in five categories. They started off by winning in Cinematography and moved on to Art Direction, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects. It wasn’t a surprise considering the wonderful detail that was created in the Paris Train Station. The big losers in the visual effects category were “Harry Potter and the Deadly Hollows Part 2” and the “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.” Neither of these films was given any hope of winning since historically, films that are not nominated for the Best Picture award don’t win in the visual effect category.
There was no surprise when it came to makeup and the Oscar went to Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland for “The Iron Lady” and the phenomenal job that the makeup artists did to transform Meryl Streep into Margaret Thatcher. The loser in this category was again, “Harry Potter and the Deadly Hollows Part 2.” The Harry Potter series had never won an Oscar and now never will. With all the box office success that the films have earned, according to Billy Crystal, 7.7 billion dollars-worth, who really cares, certainly not the fans of these movies.
The award for Best Animated Film Award went to “Rango” beating out “Kung Fu Panda 2” and “Puss in Boots.”
Octavia Spencer won the award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in “The Help,” beating out some talented competition. Her response was to thank the Academy for “putting me with the hottest guy in the room.”
The Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role went to Christopher Plummer for “Beginners.” It was his first Oscar Award at age 82, making him the oldest person ever to win an Oscar. He said when he left his mother’s womb, he was already rehearsing his acceptance speech, fortunately for the audience, he had forgotten it. He was very gracious in his acceptance and spoke directly to his fellow nominee, Max von Sydow.
Overall, it was a night with few surprises but plenty of entertainment and lots of great dresses. Thus ended the 2012 Academy Awards show.
Photo credit: “Michel Hazanavicius” by Georges Biard. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Michel_Hazanavicius.jpg#/media/File:Michel_Hazanavicius.jpg
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