Review: 84th Academy Award Results

So as expected The Artist ran away with the ballots at the 84th annual Academy Awards last night, strolling away from the pack with no more than five Oscars, while still tying with Martin Scorsese’s Hugo for the most golden statues. The dominance of the movie was widely predicted, but stiff competition from apparent Academy favourite The Descendants starring George Clooney left doubt in the air surrounding just how many Oscars the silent people’s champion of film would take away.

With Michel Hazanavicius taking best director and the charismatic Jean Dujardin deservedly taking best actor, the biggest triumph was emphatically making the clean sweep and scooping up the coveted best film award, beating away Clooney’s flick, two Brad Pitt movies, Hugo and the Spielberg-driven juggernaut that is War Horse.  Though comparably less of a money generator than all those flicks, The Artist made a substantial profit after its release and subsequent critical acclaim, and its success at the biggest awards ceremony in film is another sounding shot that stereotypically, big-budget Hollywood epics don’t strictly rule the roost when it comes to grabbing the gold at the Oscars.

In other results from the show, Meryl Streep took best actress for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in biopic The Iron Lady in another predictable result, A Separation expectedly walked away with best foreign language film and George Clooney’s movie The Descendants got the consolation prize of best adapted screenplay after being mauled by The Artist in all other categories. In addition to this, a touching moment saw the 82 year old legend Christopher Plummer earn his first Oscar for his supporting role in the film Beginners.

Also the ceremony was inevitably washed with a mix of controversial and newsworthy moments which will make the highlight reel for next year’s advertisements. The picks of the bunch of these moments lay squarely at the feet of a seductive Angelina Jolie and her ludicrous leg-flashing stance while presenting the best original screenplay award and a bizarre interaction on the red carpet between Ryan Seacrest and the arrival of Sacha Baron Cohen’s new character. Dressed as the fictional dictator from his upcoming film, Cohen laid weeks of speculation of being banned from the ceremony to rest after a clearly orchestrated publicity stunt resulted in Cohen purportedly spilling the ashes of Kim Jong-Il over the amiable Seacrest. After weeks of threatening to axe him from the ceremony if any such stunts occurred, the Academy’s part in the scheme meant that Cohen remained for the event and the ceremony likely drew more eyeballs as a result.

All in all, the Academy Awards have been and gone for another year to little surprise yet more importantly to no outrage, as overall the right films won the right awards. Though this ultimately makes the awards a predictable occasion, that’s surely far better than having a film come from left field and swipe awards from more deserving pictures purely for shock value. In reflection, the big event will be remembered for the supremacy of Hazanavicius’ The Artist and how sometimes the right film gets all the credit from the occasionally bizarre decision-makers that constitute the Academy.

 

Results from the 84th annual Academy Awards:

Best Film: The Artist

Best Leading Actress: Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady
Best Leading Actor: Jean Dujardin – The Artist
Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer – The Help
Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer – Beginners
Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist
Best Animation: Rango
Best Foreign Language Film: A Separation
Best Documentary: Undefeated
Best Make-Up: The Iron Lady
Best Cinematography: Hugo
Best use of 3D: Hugo
Best sound editing: Hugo
Best sound mixing: Hugo
Best visual effects: Hugo
Best costume design: The Artist
Best score: The Artist
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Descendants

 

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~ by jrhett on February 27, 2012.

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