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2012 Academy Awards…The Oscars!!

27 Feb

I haven’t watched the Oscars in about 2-3 years.  For a while there, it was getting too political with the actors using the platform of the Academy Awards to pontificate their views on what Americans should be supporting and what is bad about the state of our politics.  Basically all the liberal actors were ripping the conservative administration.  Since this isn’t a political blog, I’m not getting into all that.  What I will say is that when I am watching a show for entertainment I don’t like propaganda being force-fed to me for 3 hours…whether I agree with it or not.   But I decided to tune in because, what else was I going to do, and I was pleasantly surprised that this was not “Meet the Press…Celebrity Style.”   But it still doesn’t mean the broadcast was good.

Let’s start with the big debate on Twitter last night (and leading up to the Oscars)…Billy Crystal as host.  I didn’t hate Billy Crystal as much as other people did.  I thought he was fine.  Were some of his bits old and tired, sure.  But I’ve seen worse.  I’ve never put as much emphasis on the host of an awards show as some other people have.  Over the course of 3 hours we get about 30-40 minutes of the host.  So as long as that person isn’t detracting from the enjoyment of the show and really God awful, I don’t pay that much attention to them.  Plus, I don’t think the host is why you chose to watch the Oscars.   I kept seeing comments on Twitter about how young people didn’t know who Billy Crystal was and therefore that was a bad thing.  So because they didn’t know who Crystal was, did they stop watching the Oscars?  I doubt it.  If Channing Tatum was the host, would more people tune in?  I doubt it.  Well maybe if he did the show shirtless I could see a bump in the female demo.  And that’s not a knock on Crystal or Tatum.  I just chose to believe that people who want to watch the Oscars, will watch regardless of who the host is.  Now having said that, I am campaigning for Chris Rock to host again.  That guy is flipping hilarious!!!!  I laughed more during his 5 minutes than I did for the whole 3 hours.  He was great.  And he brought some life to a really dead broadcast.   The other person who was great was Emma Stone.  She was so delightfully dorky and silly I could watch her host an awards show because she brings so much energy and excitement.   That is one thing I agree with Twittershpere on, Crystal was very dull at times.   Overall though, he didn’t bother me and it was nice to see him on stage again.

Next there was the other dominating topic on Twitter….the HORRIBLE sound on the show.  Not only could I barely hear Crystal’s opening melody and Tom Hanks’ opening speech, but the rest of the night, there was some sort of feedback or vibration in the background as each person spoke.  It was horrible.  Before the Oscar’s began, the producer in the truck was telling Robin Roberts (who looked awesome) how they spent 4 months preparing for this night so everything would run smoothly.  Well in those 4 months did ANYONE think to check to make sure the sound would work properly?  At one point, someone on Twitter asked if the mics were bought at Five Below.  It was awful.

Finally, the flow of the show.  Did we really need 3-4 montages of actors talk about how movies have impacted them and why movies are great and magical?  Why did I not get to hear more of Octavia Spencer’s acceptance speech?  Because she was told to wrap it up quickly.  And why was she told to wrap it up quickly?  Because we needed to get to the montage where I had to hear Adam Sandler talk about how awesome movies are.   Seriously?  Look, I’m all for making sure these acceptance speeches don’t go on as long as The English Patient.  But I think they can have a little more time than just 2 minutes to collect their thoughts and thank who they would like to thank.  I think we’ve gone from one extreme to the other.  Instead of montages about the first movie an actor ever saw, I would rather watch clips of the Best Picture movies.  I know they used to do that when only 5 pictures were nominated and now there are 8-10 depending on the year.  But you spent 1-2 minutes showing clips of past movies that won or were nominated.  Who cares.  Show me “The Artist” which I know nothing about.  Show me why I should go see this.  Show me “Hugo”, “Moneyball”, etc.  This night is to celebrate those movies and their accomplishments.  So let’s see them!!!  We had to sit through 4-5 minutes of the “Wizard of Oz” focus group.  What exactly did that accomplish (other than seeing Catherine O’Hara and Christopher Guest whom I love.)  I could have been learning more about “War Horse” and “The Tree of Life.”  You know what else I missed?  When people would perform the songs nominated for Best Original Song.  Now I realize it was slim picking this year and only two songs were nominated.  But I still would have liked to have seen them.

As for the good stuff.  I am THRILLED that Octavia Spencer and Christopher Plummer won for their supporting roles.  I was also stunned to see Dean Pelton from Community up on the stage winning an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for “The Descendants.”   Go Jim Rash!!!!!  I also loved his mocking stance of Angelina Jolie on stage…priceless!!!!  Since I haven’t seen “The Artist” or “Hugo” I can’t comment on their awards but they were clearly the movies to be seen (according to the Academy) so congratulations to all who won!!!   The biggest snub of the evening though, had to be Viola Davis for “The Help.”    It’s certainly no shame to lose to the woman who is arguably the greatest actress of our generation in Meryl Streep.  But this seemed to be Viola’s year.  She was SENSATIONAL in The Help.  Meryl Streep was Meryl Streep.  Always divine and spot on with her character but I though Davis was the brightest star of the bunch.   Can I also say that I was FLOORED when Natalie Portman announced that this was Gary Oldman’s FIRST Oscar nomination.  HIs first????    WHAT???  I was speechless when I heard that.  The man is genius.  He is the male Meryl Streep.  How was he never nominated before?  I can’t get over that!

Lastly, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the fashion last night.  Overall, I thought it was stunning.  Very elegant and classy.  I’m not going to mention the men because as Brad Pitt said, they were black and white tuxes.  They have it easy.  The only person I need to comment on is Tom Cruise.  I swear to God that man hasn’t aged in 20 years.  I want to be drinking what he’s drinking because he still looks hot as ever.

My favorite dresses of the evening have to go to Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone, Milla Jovovich, Rooney Mara, Gwyenth Paltrow (minus the cape), Michelle Williams, Cameron Diaz, and Tina Fey.   But the BEST look on the red carpet was hands down Penelope Cruz.  That lavender off the shoulder gown was stunning and looking perfect on her.   The WORST look of the evening…Jennifer Lopez.  For pete’s sake woman, can you tuck the Ta Tas in for one night?   We all know how much you love yourself but really, this is the Oscars not a wet t-shirt contest.  I found it so ironic that she and Cameron Diaz were presenting for costumes and Diaz’s line was about “something tight enough to show you’re a woman” and Lopez’s line was “and something loose enough to show you’re a lady.”  Guess Lopez decided to show us she was not a lady.

What were your thoughts on the Oscars last night?  Did you love it?  Hate it?  Who do you think was most deserving and most snubbed?   Also, here is the winner list below:

Actor in a Leading Role

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

Actor in a Supporting Role

Kenneth Branagh in “My Week with Marilyn”
Jonah Hill in “Moneyball”
Nick Nolte in “Warrior”
Christopher Plummer in “Beginners” ** WINNER
Max Von Sydow in “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”

Actress in a Leading Role

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

Actress in a Supporting Role

Bérénice Bejo in “The Artist”
Jessica Chastain in “The Help”
Melissa McCarthy in “Bridesmaids”
Janet McTeer in “Albert Nobbs”
Octavia Spencer in “The Help” ** WINNER

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
“Rango” Gore Verbinski ** WINNER

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
“Hugo”
Production Design: Dante Ferretti; Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo ** WINNER
“Midnight in Paris”
Production Design: Anne Seibel; Set Decoration: Hélène Dubreuil
War Horse
Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Lee Sandales

Cinematography

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

Costume Design

“Anonymous” Lisy Christl
“The Artist” Mark Bridges ** WINNER
“Hugo” Sandy Powell
“Jane Eyre” Michael O’Connor
“W.E.” AriAnne Phillips

Directing

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

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”
Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs
“Pina”
Wim Wenders and Gian-Piero Ringel
“Undefeated”
TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay and Richard Middlemas ** WINNER

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
“Saving Face”
Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy ** WINNER
“The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom”
Lucy Walker and Kira Carstensen

Film Editing

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

Foreign Language Film

“Bullhead” Belgium
“Footnote” Israel
“In Darkness” Poland
“Monsieur Lazhar” Canada
“A Separation” Iran ** WINNER

Makeup

“Albert Nobbs”
Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnston and Matthew W. Mungle
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”
Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng
“The Iron Lady”
Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland ** WINNER

Music (Original Score)

“The Adventures of Tintin” John Williams
“The Artist” Ludovic Bource ** WINNER
“Hugo” Howard Shore
“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” Alberto Iglesias
War Horse” John Williams

Music (Original Song)

“Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets” Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie ** WINNER
“Real in Rio” from “Rio” Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown Lyric by Siedah Garrett

Best Picture

“The Artist” Thomas Langmann, Producer ** WINNER
“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” Nominees to be determined
War Horse” Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers

Short Film (Animated)

“Dimanche/Sunday” Patrick Doyon
“The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg ** WINNER
“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
“The Shore” Terry George and Oorlagh George ** WINNER
“Time Freak” Andrew Bowler and Gigi Causey
“Tuba Atlantic” Hallvar Witzø

Sound Editing

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

Sound Mixing

“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
David ParkerMichael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Bo Persson
“Hugo”
Tom Fleischman and John Midgley  **WINNER
“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
“Hugo”
Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossman and Alex Henning ** WINNER
“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

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

“The Descendants” Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash ** WINNER
“Hugo” Screenplay by John Logan
“The Ides of March” Screenplay by George Clooney & Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon
“Moneyball” Screenplay by 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” Written by Michel Hazanavicius
“Bridesmaids” Written by Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig
“Margin Call” Written by J.C. Chandor
“Midnight in Paris” Written by Woody Allen ** WINNER
“A Separation” Written by Asghar Farhadi

 
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