Oscars 2012 – The Winners

Here’s a round-up of last night’s Oscar ceremony:

As pretty much everyone predicted The Artist won for Best Picture and it’s director Michel Hazanavicius won Best Director, both of which were definitely well deserved awards for a truly original and beautiful film. Jean Dujardin from The Artist also won for the award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, again rightly so for an amazing performance and for generally being one of the nicest men in the world. I did feel slightly bitter that Gary Oldman didn’t win for his performance as George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, but I’m sure he’ll win EVENTUALLY (maybe for Wettest County next year?). At least The Academy have finally acknowledged his existence now so I suppose that’s a plus…

And also as everyone guessed Meryl Streep won Best Actress in a Leading Role for her portrayal as Margaret Thatcher – I’ve not seen The Iron Lady yet (not that I particularly want to given the subject matter) but she’s bound to be amazing in it as always. Octavia Spencer won for The Help for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (another film I’ve not yet seen) and the man with one of the greatest voices in the world, Christopher Plummer, won Best Actor in a Supporting Role for the excellent Beginners.

Elsewhere Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash won Best Adapted Screenplay for The Descendants (that’s a book???) and Woody Allen won Best Original Screenplay for the cute Midnight in Paris but didn’t show up to collect the award. Also the Iranian film A Separation won for Best Foreign Language Film (I was surprised The Skin I Live In didn’t show up in that category though). And the trippy Rango won for Best Animated Film and Bret McKenzie won for Best Original Song for the amazing ‘Man or Muppet’ (best title EVER).

And the ceremony itself? Billy Crystal was PAINFULLY unfunny (also did we really need to see yet another montage of the years films with his noggin superimposed into them?), at one point I was actually wishing James Franco and Anne Hathaway would come back… The most laughs came from Chris Rock presenting for Best Animated Film (host soon?) and from Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis when they presented for Best Original Song, complete with cymbals. And Rose Byrne and Melissa McCarthy were great when they stepped up to present Best Documentary Short and carried on a drinking game they started at the SAG Awards – whenever they hear the word ‘Scorsese’, they have to have a drink. And they did.

So another year gone yet again. Here’s hoping more ground-breaking, brilliant films get nominated next time round and we don’t have the exclusion of the next Drive/Shame/We Need To Talk About Kevin. But then again…

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~ by square-eyed-geek on February 28, 2012.

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