Alas, the Academy Awards are over. Which means we now have to wait a whole year to watch the next one. Sadness. But what a night it was at the Chapter 11 Theatre (thank you, Billy Crystal). While the energy in the room definitely seemed low-key compared to other years, I think it was a great show. Although, they did seem to be having some mic issues as everyone I’ve talked to couldn’t understand a word host Billy was singing in the opening number.
The Artist and Hugo tied for most awards this evening, each winning five. The Artist went home with awards for Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for Jean Dujardin, Best Achievement in Directing for Michel Hazanavicius, Best Achievement in Costume Design and Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score. Hugo earned prizes for Best Achievement in Cinematography, Best Achievement in Art Direction, Best Achievement in Sound Mixing, Best Achievement in Sound Editing and Best Achievement in Visual Effects.
And finally, on her 17th nomination, Meryl Streep took home her third Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for her work in The Iron Lady. Can I just say, everybody thought it was gonna be Viola Davis, but I knew my Meryl would take it. Her speech was flawless, sincere and modest, as Meryl always is. Also, Colin Firth’s introduction for her, citing their work on the ridiculous but amazing Mamma Mia!, was hilarious. Also, Jean Dujardin’s speech was the best. Love it when they speak French!
The Help star Ocatvia Spencer won Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role. She had just the right amount of tears and nerves. Not too many to be made fun of, but not too little to have us think she’s a robot. Old man hottie, Christopher Plummer, became the oldest Academy Award winner at 82 went he claimed the prize for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for his amazing performance in Beginners. His speech was fabulous, but really, what else is to be expected of someone so incredible?
The presenters were mostly amusing. Emma Stone and Ben Stiller had me cracking up, while the ladies of Bridesmaids did leave something to be desired. Although I did love Rose Byrne and Melissa McCarthy‘s Martin Scorsese drinking game. And was it just me, or was Angelina Jolie‘s bit a little bit ridiculous to watch? Like, what was up with that leg?
Overall, I’m super pleased with all the winners, Billy Crystal made me laugh (“Thank you, Tom, for whipping the crowd into a frenzy”), the In Memoriam made me cry and I’m still trying to figure out exactly why Twilight was in a montage of great films.
Check out the list of all the winners below! How did you all do in your Oscar pools? I hope you all won loads of money.
Best Motion Picture of the Year: The Artist – Thomas Langmann
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Jean Dujardin for The Artist
Best Achievement in Directing: Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist
Best Short Film, Animated: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore – William Joyce,Brandon Oldenburg
Best Documentary, Short Subjects: Saving Face – Daniel Junge, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Best Short Film, Live Action: The Shore – Terry George, Oorlagh George
Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen: Midnight in Paris – Woody Allen
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published: The Descendants – Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song: The Muppets – Bret McKenzie (“Man or Muppet”)
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score: The Artist – Ludovic Bource
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Christopher Plummer for Beginners
Best Achievement in Visual Effects: Hugo – Robert Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossmann, Alex Henning
Best Animated Feature Film of the Year: Rango – Gore Verbinski
Best Documentary, Features: Undefeated – Daniel Lindsay, T.J. Martin, Rich Middlemas
Best Achievement in Sound Mixing: Hugo – Tom Fleischman, John Midgley
Best Achievement in Sound Editing: Hugo – Philip Stockton, Eugene Gearty
Best Achievement in Editing: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Angus Wall, Kirk Baxter
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Octavia Spencer for The Help
Best Foreign Language Film of the Year: A Separation – Asghar Farhadi (Iran)
Best Achievement in Makeup: The Iron Lady – Mark Coulier, J. Roy Helland
Best Achievement in Costume Design: The Artist – Mark Bridges
Best Achievement in Art Direction: Hugo – Dante Ferretti, Francesca Lo Schiavo
Best Achievement in Cinematography: Hugo – Robert Richardson