The Academy Awards 2012
February 27, 2012 2 Comments
Best Picture – The Artist
Well done, The Artist. A deserved win, no doubt. But can it get any more predictable? Hardly. The Artist has been everyone’s favourite for a long time and I am sure less than 0.006% expected ‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close’ crew to stand up to collect the Award.
Actor in a Leading Role – Jean Dujardin (The Artist)
Was a close call as everyone predicted. Jean Dujardin sweeps the Oscar with Clooney undoubtedly left hoping that he would have a chance to play someone who is in as much trouble as his hero in ‘The Descendants’ for another chance to win.
Actress in a Leading Role – Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)
Given, that at least the British television was proclaiming with utmost certainty that Streep was going to be a winner (how they knew that?), – (note they were not saying – she maybe a winner, but certainly will be), few surprises here, at least for the British audience. Streep has been nominated for the Academy Award an astounding 17 times. This is Streep’s third win. Taking into account her “very humble” winner’s speech, however, I think most people have already forgiven her.
Actor in a Supporting Role – Christopher Plummer (Beginners)
At the age of 82, Plummer becomes officially the oldest actor to take home the golden statue. Joking merrily at his age (“You’re only two years older than me, darling (he lovingly looks at the statue), where have you been all my life?”), Plummer replaces Jessica Tandy (Driving Miss Daisy) as the oldest actor to win. Though, as he possibly rightly points out Charlie Chaplin’s honourly Oscar when he was 83 must still count.
Actress in a Supporting Role – Octavia Spencer (The Help)
Spencer was great as a maid, Mini, in ‘The Help’ and was a favourite to win. She gave a very emotional acceptance speech, probably reducing not only herself but everyone else to tears.
Best Director – Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist)
Hazanavicius went up to grab a much expected for him golden statute, and did not forget to pay special complements to Uggie, the dog or perhaps saying that Uggie is ‘not that good’ constitutes slander?
Best Cinematography – Robert Richardson, Hugo
Totalling fifth wins, Martin Scorsese’s Hugo should feel proud of itself.
Best Original Screenplay – Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris)
Everyone was in love with the story. Woody Allen, however, was a no-show at this year’s Academy Award Ceremony. Contactmusic.com reports – ‘Back in 1974, when his hit film ‘Sleeper’ was ignored by the Academy, Woody was quoted by ABC News as saying, “The whole concept of awards is silly. I cannot abide by the judgment of other people, because if you accept it when they say you deserve an award, then you have to accept it when they say you don’t”.’ Conscientious objection on his part should be respected, and at least he did not send anyone funny to collect it for him.
Best Foreign Language Film – A Separation
Another more or less predictable win, even if not predictable, the most deserved.
…If the Oscar Ceremony went smoothly and largely according to plan, the Red Carpet events had a few surprises. For example, maybe the showing up of the Dictator was more or less expected by some, the spilling of the whole content of ‘The Dictator jar’s Kim Jong il ashes on poor (or maybe not so poor) Ryan Seacrest, certainly was not.