Monday, February 27, 2012
The winners of the 84th Academy Awards are in! While I myself was hoping for some unexpected winners, most of the results were as predicted. We will give the list below, with some comments. Although Hugo and The Artist both won 5 oscars, The Artist is definitely the big winner here, securing the more 'important' oscars. Now, without further ado, here they are!
Best Picture: The Artist
== Definitely a worthy victor, and no surprises there. It's been decades since a silent movie won this most prestigious award.
Best Actor: Jean Dujardin, The Artist
== To bring a silent movie in a convincing manner, requires skill.
Best Actress: Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
== Ahh Meryl. One of the greatest of all time. This was her seventeenth(!) nomination and third win. Look at her fantastic, funny and emotional reaction: Meryls reaction
Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, Beginners
== The oldest winner ever, but so very much deserved, and to be honest, not only for this movie
Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, The Help
== Very emotional acceptance speech. That's what the oscars are all about.
Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
== This one was between Michel Hazanavicius and Scorsese, both directing a movie about the beginning of the film medium. But, it wasn't Scorseses best...
Best Original Screenplay: Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
== For a man far in his seventies, still writes amazing screenplay. Very much deserved award.
Best Adapted Screenplay: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxton, Jim Rash, The Descendants
== It's very hard to rewrite a story into something new, without seriously harming the original. This is what they achieved.
Best Animated Feature: Rango
== Very original animated movie, gracefully perfected by Depp.
Best Foreign Language Film of the Year: A Separation (Iran)
== The obvious winner. I haven't seen it yet, but will soon enough.
Best Original Score: The Artist, Ludovic Bource
== Music is very important in every movie, but maybe even more so in a silent movie. Brought in a superb fashion by Bource and the Brussels Philharmonic
Best Original Song: Man or Muppet, The Muppets; Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie
Best Achievement in Art Direction: Hugo
Best Achievement in Cinematography: Hugo
== Amazing how one feels like one is actually in Paris, living the story. These two awards are a well earned tribute to those who made that happen.
Best Achievement in Costume Design: The Artist
Best Documentary Feature: Undefeated
Best Documentary Short Subject: Saving Face
Best Achievement in Film Editing: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
== Many a movie fanatic (myself included) don't really know what an editor exactly does. All I know is he or she makes the 'raw' movie look the way he looks at the end. Since The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is an amazing movie, i'd say: job well done!
Best Achievement in Makeup: The Iron Lady
== A bit surprising to me. Best explained through this picture:
Best Animated Short Film: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
Best Live Action Short Film: The Shore
Best Achievement in Sound Editing: Hugo
Best Achievement in Sound Mixing: Hugo
== Once more, music can make or break a movie. Well deserved.
Best Achievement in Visual Effects: Hugo
== A bit surprising. Harry Potter was the real winner here in my opinion. That movie is just one big visual effect.
And that's it! It was an amazing show. Comments or reactions are most welcome.