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2012 Academy Awards Winners

Oscar.jpgThe winners of the Academy Awards were announced last night and if you paid for Sky in the UK then you could have watched them live, or if like me you watch free television then you had to wait until you woke up to see. I wonder what other countries had to go through to see the show?

Anyway it doesn't matter now as the highlights are out and the winners are all over the news, and there are still the usual surprises in there even if you were expecting The Artist to walk away with everything that it was nominated for.

Here are the winners and the nominees for you, and a few comments for you to ponder over. Let's hear what you thought was good and bad about the winners.

Best Picture
Winner: The Artist
War Horse
The Tree of Life
The Descendants
Midnight in Paris
The Help
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Seriously, was that any surprise considering the way all the other awards have been going this year? I don't mean to sound like it didn't deserve it, but there were a few titles there that really did as well who suffered for the fact that The Artist was released last year. As the winner of Adapted Screenplay said at the BAFTAs this year, it's lucky that the Artist wasn't adapted!

Best Director
Winner: Michel Hazanavicius - The Artist
Alexander Payne - The Descendants
Martin Scorsese - Hugo
Woody Allen - Midnight in Paris
Terrence Malick - Tree of Life

Another non-surprise for most although I was thinking that Martin Scorsese would win it because, well it's the American awards and it is Scorsese. No luck for him though as The Artist gobbles the awards.

Best Actor
Winner: Jean Dujardin - The Artist
Demian Bichir - A Better Life
Brad Pitt - Moneyball
George Clooney - The Descendants
Gary Oldman - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

I don't think that's a surprise either, although I do think that Gary Oldman was in for a damn good shot. Again it's because The Artist was in running this year otherwise I think, and hope, it would have been Oldman.

Best Actress
Winner: Meryl Streep - The Iron Lady
Glenn Close - Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis - The Help
Rooney Mara - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Michelle Williams - My Week with Marilyn

I'm really glad that Meryl Streep won the award as she pulled out a superb performance as Margaret Thatcher, although it has to be said that her performance is part of an ensemble with writer, make-up, and I'm sure coaches all playing a large part in the role. Mind you Glenn Close has a similar role and in a film that has been a personal passion for some time, and the same could be said for Michelle Williams.

Best Supporting Actor
Winner: Christopher Plummer - Beginners
Kenneth Branagh - My Week with Marilyn
Jonah Hill - Moneyball
Nick Nolte - Warrior
Max von Sydow - Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

It's great to see Christopher Plummer winning, I think he's a fabulous actor in everything he does and he's one of these actors I wish could live forever and just keep delivering great performances in great roles. However it also meant that Nick Nolte missed out, and I think he gave a superb performance, as did the excellent Kenneth Branagh.

Best Supporting Actress
Winner: Octavia Spencer - The Help
Berenice Bejo - The Artist
Jessica Chastain - The Help
Melissa McCarthy - Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer - Albert Nobbs

Best Foreign Language Film
A Separation - Iran
Bullhead - Belgium
Footnote - Israel
In Darkness - Poland
Monsieur Lazhar - Canada

Best Documentary Feature
Winner: Undefeated
Hell and Back Again
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory

Best Documentary Short
Winner: Saving Face
The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement
God is the Bigger Elvis
Incident in New Baghdad
The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom

Best Animation
Winner: Rango
A Cat in Paris
Chico and Rita
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss in Boots

I don't know if I have any exceptional feelings about this category, except that thinking about quality of film the last two entries were a surprise that they made it in here at all.

Best Animated Short Film
Winner: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore
La Luna
A Morning Stroll
Wild Life

Best Live Action Short Film
Winner: The Shore
Time Freak
Tuba Atlantic

Best Original Screenplay
Winner: Midnight in Paris - Woody Allen
The Artist - Michel Hazanavicius
Bridesmaids - Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig
Margin Call - JC Chandor
A Separation - Asghar Farhadi

Now that did surprise me, why not The Artist? It still staggers belief to me that Bridesmaids is here.

Best Adapted Screenplay
Winner: The Descendants - Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and 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 Solider Spy - Bridget O'Connor and Peter Straughan

Now I'm not entirely happy with that choice, it clearly should have gone to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy for not only delivering such a complex story into an intelligent and understandable script, but also for the fact that Bridget O'Connor died and her husband Peter Straughan completed work on the script for the film.

Best Cinematography
Winner: Hugo
The Artist
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Tree of Life
War Horse

I don't think it's a great surprise that Hugo won this award, although as with many of the categories it was up against some stiff competition. I do think The Artist was once again the leading contender.

Best Art Direction
Winner: Hugo
The Artist
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2
Midnight in Paris
War Horse

Best Sound Mixing
Winner: Hugo
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
War Horse

Best Sound Editing
Winner: Hugo
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
War Horse

Hugo certainly did well with the sound. Let's hear it for Hugo.

Best 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 and lyrics by Siedah Garrett

With only two entries is it any surprise that The Muppets won? I would have thought there were more than just two original songs in the films of last year, and when those choosing the awards don't even watch the film to see what impact it has with the film itself, it all seems a little unimportant.

Best Original Score
Winner: The Artist
The Adventures of Tintin
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
War Horse

I really did take to the Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy score as it complimented the film wonderfully and helped build on the characters and the tensions in the story. However with a film that has no spoken audio to compete so well against the "talkies" of today I don't think you can argue with how well the score for The Artist did its job.

Best Costumes
Winner: The Artist
Jane Eyre

I'm surprised the costumes of The Artist did so well against those of Hugo, but then again it's just a list of period costumes isn't it?

Best Film Editing
Winner: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Artist
The Descendants

I would have thought that The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo remake would have won a few more awards didn't you?

Best Visual Effects
Winner: Hugo
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Real Steel
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Best Make-Up
Winner: The Iron Lady
Albert Nobbs
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

The Iron Lady definitely had a hard time against Albert Nobbs but it's a deserving win for the work done to make the stars look like their real life counterparts.

So what did you think of the awards this year? Did they go to the deserving winners? Did someone miss out when they shouldn't have? Did The Artist really deserve all the wins it achieved?



God, The Artist. Really?

Its an OK flick, but it just doesn't stack up against some of the other movies. (the score was sweet though!)

For me The Descendants was the movie that should have.... great performances from the leads, great script, great direction and a brilliant supporting actor turn from Matthew Lilliard.

The other film that was missing from all but one of the categories was The Muppets. Sure its not high brow, or intelligent, but it does have character in spades, and love. For a movie that doesn't have a single thing wrong with it, where were the noms?

Injustice was all over the oscars, surely Gary Oldman should have taken home an oscar?

I did manage to win £9.75 on the oscars though, so they must have got something right!

Making a mostly silent, black & white non-independent movie in 2012 was a very bold move and it paid off. The movie is great, Jean Dujardin is great. Not to take anything from the other movies but The Artist just stood apart from all the others... big time!

Not to sound cheesy but just a nomination is already a win in my book. They can't all take the Oscar home.

My injustice was Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, that film was sensational and managed to condense such an incredibly rich story into a film and make it compelling, gorgeous, tension rich, and the lead character was just superb never mind the performances from Gary Oldman and Mark Strong.

It deserved far better recognition and while The Artist is a marvel for attracting audiences and being a silent, is it any wonder with the level of Hollywood pulp out there? Something different can easily attract a larger audience when it's up against the usual rubbish, throw in a great media campaign and make it a strong film in the process and viola.

It was great but I don't think it should have swamped the awards as it did.


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