In case you zoned out after Sacha Baron Cohen spilled “Kim Jung Il remains” all over Ryan Seacrest and all the other red carpet chatter, here’s what you missed for the Academy Awards!
Billy Crystal was excellent by the way. Glad to see him back on screen and hosting for the 9th time! Plus, the Cirque Du Soleil performance was amazing! If you missed it, YouTube it. Totally worth it. Anywho, back to the awards!
Winner: The Artist
We went with Moneyball. The Academy went with The Artist. There’s really no bad choice in this pool of the greatest flicks of 2011. Big win for Michel Hazavanicius and the whole cast and crew!
Winner: Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist
It could have gone to anyone, but this is a big win for the French director of the silent film that took the U.S. by storm.
Winner: Jean Dujardin
E! chose George Clooney with their poll and they were completely wrong! Glad to see The Artist get the nod and for him to give such an electrifying acceptance speech!
Winner: Meryl Streep
E! said Viola Davis and so did the viewers at home. I think she was more than deserving it for her moving role in The Help, but you can’t beat the irreplaceable Meryl Streep in her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady!
Best Supporting Actor
Winner: Christopher Plummer
Another great group, but Christopher Plummer‘s powerful performance in Beginners sealed the deal. Congrats to the oldest actor to ever receive an Academy Award!
Best Supporting Actress
Winner: Octavia Spencer
She was so excited and shocked that she could not even stand up on her feet on the walk up. The standing ovation made it that much more nerve-wracking, but it was great to see her so humbled and overwhelmed by the experience. She could not have reacted any better to the big announcement.
B’s prediction of The Tree of Life was off but it was a great field so it could have gone to any of the five nominees.
Best Film Editing
Winner: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The winning pair are repeat winners after they took the same award home last year for The Social Network.
Animated Feature Film
I would have been upset to see this fun movie for the whole family not easily pull in the Oscar for an Animated Feature Film.
Winner: The Artist
I could barely pay attention to who won the Oscar because Cameron Diaz and J-Lo were absolutely gorgeous. But Mark Bridges definitely deserved to collect his first Academy Award for the black and white silent film.
Winner: The Artist
Excellent pick. Made the movie.
Winner: Saving Face
Great cause, great film.
Best Sound Editing
Hugo really hauled in the hardware this year. This one was a toss up, but we were glad to see Hugo walk away with it!
Winner: The Iron Lady
The makeup room is where all films get their magic and The Iron Lady completely disguised Meryl Streep, just like magic. K & B both thought it should be Harry’s first, but no dice for the actual magical series finale.
Short Film (animated)
Winner: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
Congrats to William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg for their first nomination and their first Academy Award!
Short Film (Live Action)
No surprise here, after the Sound Editing Oscar was given out to the same winning film.
With Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Hugo, Real Steel, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and Transformers: Dark of the Moon, this was a really strong category. Cheers to HUGO for running away with this one (and many more)!
One of many wins for the film.
Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Winner: The Descendants
Great to see the film get some credit where credit is due.
Writing (Original Screenplay)
Winner: Midnight in Paris
Woody Allen. Enough said.
Foreign Language Film
Winner: Iran, “A Separation”
I could not understand anything that he said during the acceptance speech, but it was well-deserved.
Music (Original Song)
Winner: The Muppets “Muppet or Man”
One of the best movies in the year, in my opinion. Glad that they won something tonight. Plus, it was great to see Bret McKenzie up there to accept the award. I loved Flight of the Conchords.
Robert Downey Jr.’s intro was great, but Undefeated was excellent! B: 1 Academy Awards: also 1 for picking the film.
That’s all folks!
What are your thoughts on the winners? Who was snubbed? Who got lucky? Tell us about your excitement and/or grievances in the comments section below!