I’ld like to thank the Academy…

OscarLast night was a class act. The overall theme of the night was the magic of movies. And this did remind me why I do love the movies. Billy Crystal was at the top of his game; though he did laugh at his own jokes, but I’ll attribute that to nerves. His medley, though rushed due to 9 nominees instead of 5, was spot on.

The past few years I wasn’t interested in the host or thrilled who was hosting; and the pictures for nomination weren’t ones that I looked forward to. So yes, Mr. Crystal pulled me in. The In Memorium, was done tastefully with an excellent choice in song, and it wasn’t a popularity contest since applause was held till the end.  And even though I hadn’t seen many of the pictures nominated I was excited and drawn to most of them. I know I will seek them out and watch them. Especially Hugo, The Descendants, The Artist, Moneyball and War Horse. Moneyball for Sorkin’s writing, Hugo, for the nostalgia and view it through the child’s eyes. The Artist bringing back the magical times of the silver screen. Why elaborate, I want to see them all, be drawn in and told a story. And hopefully in most cases, wish they would never end.

The Winners are…

Best Picture
▪ The Artist
Best Actress in a Leading Role
▪ Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Best Actor in a Leading Role
▪ Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Best Director
▪ Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Short Film (Animated)
▪ The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg
Documentary Short
▪ Saving Face, Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Short Film (Live Action)
▪ The Shore, Terry George and Oorlagh George
Writing (Original Screenplay)
▪ Midnight in Paris, Written by Woody Allen
Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
▪ The Descendants, Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash
Music (Original Song)
▪ “Man or Muppet” from The Muppets, Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie
Music (Original Score)
▪ The Artist, Ludovic Bource
Best Actor In a Supporting Role
▪ Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Visual Effects
▪ Hugo, Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossman and Alex Henning
Animated Feature Film
▪ Rango, Gore Verbinski
Documentary Feature
▪ Undefeated
Sound Mixing
▪ Hugo, Tom Fleischman and John Midgley
Sound Editing
▪ Hugo, Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty
Film Editing
▪ The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
▪ Octavia Spencer, The Help
Foreign Language Film
▪ Iran, “A Separation”, Asghar Farhadi, director
▪ The Iron Lady, Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland
Costume Design
▪ The Artist, Mark Bridges
Art Direction
▪ Hugo: Dante Ferretti (Production Design); Francesca Lo Schiavo (Set Decoration)
▪ Hugo, Robert Richardson

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