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Oscars 2012- Winners & Snubs

And there were winners and there were winners. Nobody lost. The 84th Academy Awards were  a celebration of the wonder and awe that the cinema inspires in all of us. Hosted by the evergreen Billy Crystal for the 9th time if I am not mistaken, this year’s Oscars were an ode to the magic of silver screen.  As expected, The Artist took home several of the top awards, including Best picture, Best director (Michel Hazanivicius) and Best Actor (Jean Dujardin). Martin Scorsese’s Hugo was another winner with 5 and the  The Iron Lady with two honors which included Meryl Streep‘s third Oscar. Woody Allen won with a best original screenplay win for his movie Midnight in Paris.

Almost most of the awards went to the predictable winners. Yes I too predicted them to win but I felt there were others who deserved to win got snubbed.  I would call Meryl Streep’s win was also for a surprise as Viola Davis was widely seen as the favorite in this category for her unassuming turn in “The Help.” which won her a Actor’s Guild so I consider her as a snub. Meryl Streep on her win said- “I could feel half the audience going her, oh god, not her again,”. “But, oh well,” she laughed and showed others what she deserved.

George Clooney was another snub according to me. Jean Dujardin is very good in The Artist but Clooney with his role of a father and a man in denial who is trying to cope up with relationships and his internal fight. A truly humane character which somebody or other will surely relate to.  Marty aka Martin Scorsese  didn’t win anything but his movie won 5 including wins in Cinematography, Visual Effects, and Sound Mixing. Marty also got most Thank You’s in the whole show.  Rango received the Best Animated Picture which I believed should have been given to The Adventures of Tintin which didn’t even got nominated.

With Oscars people talk about speech’s and dresses and etc etc. This one had its moments too. Our very own Jennifer Lopez in her  Oscar gown with a plunging V-neck by Zuhair Murad gave the audience a “tit”ilating view.  Uggie, the adorable dog in best-picture winner “The Artist,” got a place on the stage. Jolie’s slitted skirt and legs generated buzz on Twitter with hashtags like #angiesrightleg. Christopher Plummer became the oldest Oscar winner at 82  for  “The Beginners also gave one of the best speech. Iranian movie A Separation got the Best Foreign Film & A Pakistani Director won the Best Documentary Short Subject with the Saving Face.

So in all there were moments and there are winners. Some go home with the Oscars and some go with better luck next time hopes.

Here is the complete list of winners-

Best Picture
War Horse
The Artist
The Descendants
The Tree of Life
Midnight in Paris
The Help
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Best Actress
Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Rooney Mara, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Viola Davis, The Help
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady *WINNER
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn

Best Actor
Demian Bichir, A Better Life
George Clooney, The Descendants
Jean Dujardin, The Artist *WINNER
Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Brad Pitt, Moneyball

Best Director
Michel Hazanivicius, The Artist *WINNER
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life

Short Film (Animated)
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore *
La Luna
A Morning Stroll
Wild Life

Documentary Short Subject
The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement
God Is the Bigger Elvis
Incident in New Baghdad
Saving Face 
The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom

Short Film (Live Action)
The Shore 
Time Freak
Tuba Atlantic

Best Original Screenplay
Michel Hazanivicius, The Artist
Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, Bridesmaids
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris *WINNER
J.C. Chandor, Margin Call
Asghar Farhadi, A Separation

Best Adapted Screenplay
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, The Descendants *WINNER
John Logan, Hugo
George Clooney, Beau Willimon and Grant Heslov, The Ides of March
Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin and Stan Chervin, Moneyball
Bridget O’Connor and Peter Straughan, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Music (Original Song)
“Man or Muppet” from The Muppets, Bret McKenzie *WINNER
“Real in Rio” from Rio, Sergio Mendes, Carlinhos Brown and Siedah Garrett

Music (Original Score)
John Williams, The Adventures of Tintin
Ludovic Bource, The Artist *WINNER
Howard Shore, Hugo
Alberto Iglesias, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
John Williams, War Horse

Supporting Actor
Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Nick Nolte, Warrior
Christopher Plummer, Beginners *WINNER
Max von Sydow, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Visual Effects
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Real Steel
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon

Best Animated Feature
A Cat in Paris
Chico & Rita
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss in Boots

Documentary Feature
Hell and Back Again
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory

Sound Mixing
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon
War Horse

Sound Editing
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon
War Horse

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

Supporting Actress
Berenice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer, The Help *WINNER

Best Foreign Feature
In Darkness
Monsieur Lazhar
A Separation 

Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnston and Matthew W. Mungle, Albert Nobbs
Nick Dudman, Amanda Knight and Lisa Tomblin, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland, The Iron Lady *WINNER

Costume Design
The Artist 
Jane Eyre

Art Direction
The Artist
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Hugo *
Midnight in Paris
War Horse

The Artist
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
The Tree of Life
War Horse


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