2012 Oscars: and the winners are…

Hollywood has chosen French silent film homage The Artist as Best Picture at the 84th Academy Awards.

The film won 5 awards, tieing with Martin Scorsese’s Hugo as the best in show.

Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady) and Jean Dujardin (The Artist) took out the Lead Actor gongs, with Christopher Plummer (Beginners) and Octavia Spencer (The Help) winning Supporting awards.

Kirk Baxter was the sole Aussie recipient, winning Best Editing with US editor Angus Wall for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Baxter also won last year for The Social Network.

Flight of the Conchords‘ Bret McKenzie won Best Original Song for “Man or Muppet” (The Muppets).

Oprah Winfrey had earlier been awarded a Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

The highlight of the show was the return of Billy Crystal as host, including his anticipated opening number, and a stunning acrobatic performance by Cirque du Soliel.

Earlier on the Red Carpet Sacha Baron Cohen tried to attract media attention by appearing in costume as The Dictator and spilling fake ashes of Kim Jong il over Ryan Seacrest. Seacrest insists he was ready for a stunt and brought a spare jacket. As you do.

BEST PICTURE
WINNER “The Artist,” Thomas Langmann, producer
“The Descendants,” Jim Burke, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, producers
“Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close,” Scott Rudin, producer
“The Help,” Brunson Green, Chris Columbus and Michael Barnathan, producers
“Hugo,” Graham King and Martin Scorsese, producers
“Midnight in Paris,”Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum, producers
“Moneyball,”Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz and Brad Pitt, producers
“The Tree of Life,” Sarah Green, Bill Pohlad, Dede Gardner and Grant Hill, Producers
“War Horse,”Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, producers

LEAD ACTOR
Demián Bichir,”A Better Life”
George Clooney, “The Descendants”
WINNER Jean Dujardin, “The Artist”
Gary Oldman, “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy “
Brad Pitt, “Moneyball”

LEAD ACTRESS
Glenn Close, “Albert Nobbs”
Viola Davis, “The Help”
Rooney Mara, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
WINNER Meryl Streep,”The Iron Lady”
Michelle Williams, “My Week With Marilyn”

BEST DIRECTOR
WINNER Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist”
Alexander Payne, “The Descendants”
Martin Scorsese, “Hugo”
Woody Allen, “Midnight in Paris”
Terrence Malick, “The Tree of Life”

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Kenneth Branagh, “My Week with Marilyn”
Jonah Hill, “Moneyball”
Nick Nolte, “Warrior”
WINNER Christopher Plummer, “Beginners”
Max von Sydow, “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Bérénice Bejo, “The Artist”
Jessica Chastain, “The Help”
Melissa McCarthy, “Bridesmaids”
Janet McTeer, “Albert Nobbs”
WINNER Octavia Spencer, “The Help”

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)
WINNER “The Descendants,” Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash
“Hugo,” John Logan
“The Ides of March,” George Clooney & Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon
“Moneyball,” Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin. Story by Stan Chervin
“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” Screenplay by Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)
“The Artist,” Michel Hazanavicius
“Bridesmaids,” Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig
“Margin Call,” J.C. Chandor
WINNER “Midnight in Paris,” Woody Allen
“A Separation,” Asghar Farhadi

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
“A Cat in Paris,” Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli
“Chico & Rita,” Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal
“Kung Fu Panda 2,” Jennifer Yuh Nelson
“Puss in Boots,” Chris Miller
WINNER “Rango,” Gore Verbinski

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
“Bullhead,” Belgium
“Footnote,” Israel
“In Darkness,” Poland
“Monsieur Lazhar,” Canada
WINNER “A Separation,” Iran

DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)
“Hell and Back Again,” Danfung Dennis and Mike Lerner
“If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front,” Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman
“Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory,” Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky
“Pina,”Wim Wenders and Gian-Piero Ringel
WINNER “Undefeated,” TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay and Richard Middlemas

DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)
“The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement,” Robin Fryday and Gail Dolgin
“God Is the Bigger Elvis,” Rebecca Cammisa and Julie Anderson
“Incident in New Baghdad,” James Spione
WINNER “Saving Face,” Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
“The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom,” Lucy Walker and Kira Carstensen

SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)
“Dimanche/Sunday,” Patrick Doyon
WINNER “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore,” William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg
“La Luna,” Enrico Casarosa
“A Morning Stroll,” Grant Orchard and Sue Goffe
“Wild Life,” Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby

SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)
“Pentecost,” Peter McDonald and Eimear O’Kane
“Raju,” Max Zähle and Stefan Gieren
WINNER “The Shore,” Terry George and Oorlagh George
“Time Freak,” Andrew Bowler and Gigi Causey
“Tuba Atlantic,” Hallvar Witzø

ART DIRECTION
“The Artist,” production design: Laurence Bennett; set decoration: Robert Gould
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” production design: Stuart Craig; set decoration: Stephenie McMillan
WINNER “Hugo,” production design: Dante Ferretti; set decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo
“Midnight in Paris,” production design: Anne Seibel; set decoration: Hélène Dubreuil
“War Horse,” production design: Rick Carter; set decoration: Lee Sandales

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Guillaume Schiffman, “The Artist”
Jeff Cronenweth, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
WINNER Robert Richardson, “Hugo”
Emmanuel Lubezki, “The Tree of Life”
Janusz Kaminski, “War Horse”

COSTUME DESIGN
Lisy Christl, “Anonymous”
WINNER Mark Bridges, “The Artist”
Sandy Powell, “Hugo”
Michael O’Connor, “Jane Eyre”
Arianne Phillips, “W.E”

FILM EDITING
“The Artist,” Anne-Sophie Bion and Michel Hazanavicius
“The Descendants,” Kevin Tent
WINNER “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
“Hugo” Thelma Schoonmaker
“Moneyball,” Christopher Tellefsen

MAKEUP
“Albert Nobbs,” Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnston and Matthew W. Mungle
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” Nick Dudman, Amanda Knight and Lisa Tomblin
WINNER “The Iron Lady,” Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)
“The Adventures of Tintin,” John Williams
WINNER “The Artist,” Ludovic Bource
“Hugo,” Howard Shore
“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” Alberto Iglesias
“War Horse” John Williams

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)
WINNER “Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets,” music and lyrics by Bret McKenzie
“Real in Rio,” from “Rio,” music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown; lyrics by Siedah Garrett

SOUND EDITING
“Drive,” Lon Bender and Victor Ray Ennis
“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” Ren Klyce
WINNER “Hugo,” Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty
“Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl
“War Horse,” Richard Hymns and Gary Rydstrom

SOUND MIXING
“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Bo Persson
WINNER “Hugo,” Tom Fleischman and John Midgley
“Moneyball,” Deb Adair, Ron Bochar, Dave Giammarco and Ed Novick
“Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Peter J. Devlin
“War Horse,” Gary Rydstrom, Andy Nelson, Tom Johnson and Stuart Wilson

VISUAL EFFECTS
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” Tim Burke, David Vickery, Greg Butler and John Richardson
WINNER “Hugo,” Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossman and Alex Henning
“Real Steel,” Erik Nash, John Rosengrant, Dan Taylor and Swen Gillberg
“Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, R. Christopher White and Daniel Barrett
“Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” Scott Farrar, Scott Benza, Matthew Butler and John Frazier

The broadcast is repeated at 7:30pm tonight on GO! and 12:15am on StarPics.

11 Comments:

  1. Kylie, I was with you, Angelina Jolie looked absolutely ridiculous posing as she was presenting. Loved that the writers of The Descendents bagged her for it!!

  2. While a lot of the comedy was weak (the Wizard of Oz focus group sketch was awful and a waste of time) and I switched over when the Bridesmaids came on, I did mostly enjoy seeing all the old and new faces and clips of movies, etc. again (having watched Oscar shows for almost 30 years now).

    The Artist was a very good movie with wonderful performances and deserved to win.

    I agree with @justin regarding the visual effects category. The other more popular movies had some great effects work and were surely more impressive than Hugo.

  3. I’m going to go against the crowd for once and be proud in doing so. This was the best Oscar telecast I have seen. Billy Crystal wasn’t his best but he was still way better than hosts of recent years.

    But as it is with most things in TV and movies that I watch, the music has a huge influence into how much I like a film or TV event (it’s the reason why I was very happy to back The Artist for Best Picture). Hans Zimmer has created a new Oscar theme that is different to the traditional themes of award shows but this is why it’s so good.

    Can’t remember the last time I watched the Oscars the whole way through without fastforwarding a single frame. Definitely will be staying on my PVR for a lot longer than originally anticipated.

  4. @alfagirl – I have to agree with you. The whole thing was very underwhelming and even the Bridesmaids girls jokes fell flat!

    And what was with Angelina Jolie’s stance while reading out the nominations???!

  5. Yeah it was pretty awful, Billy Crystal was just painful, almost all of his jokes fell flat, the music number was a waste of time. It was also so annoying that they had to keep filling the show with looking back at the history of film, and why moviea are so special. On that note, if you want to fill people with wonder, don’t include Adam Sandler in your video featurettes, the man disgraces and tarnishes the legacy of cinema.

  6. I was looking forward to Billy Crystal coming back. He did do a good job but I still felt the whole show lacked in atmosphere. When it was over I sat there for a minute and thought “is that it?”. I was disappointed. Granted it was much better than the fiasco last year. I don’t know what I was hoping for. Is it just me? I’m interested to hear what others thought.

  7. Here is one thing I hate about the Oscars, giving the technical awards to the more Oscar bait films even the though the Hollywood blockbuster films had better work.

    Let me state I love Hugo, and hate Transformer movies. But how were the visual effects in Hugo more award worthy than the work in Transformers, Planet of the Apes or Harry Potter?

    How was the make-up in The Iron Lady superior to that of Harry Potter? One had people made to look like magical and mythical beings to outstanding effect, the other made Meryl Street look a bit more like Margaret Thatcher.

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