Oscar Awards 2012
February 28, 2012 1 Comment
The 84th Academy Awards show was much better than many of the past few years. Undoubtably much of this is owed to Billy Crystal whose wit and charm kept the Oscars moving along with levity and humor. The opening montage was cute and harkened back to Crystal’s many opening Oscar montages where he appeared in a scene from each of the nominated films.
The biggest winners at the star-studded 84th Academy Awards ceremony were the French silent film “The Artist” and period film “Hugo” as they walked away with five honours each. The Artist was named the best picture and also won the best actor and best director’s trophy for Jean Dujardin and Michel Hazanavicius respectively.
This year the Oscar-garnering films are an interesting departure from the usual Academy favorites that award drama-heavy roles and movies over the fanciful “Hugo” or the silent-movie homage “The Artist.”
A complete list of Academy Award winners for the year 2011 is given here in this post keeping the importance of this topic in mind, for the exams to be held in future.
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
France’s most bankable actor, Jean Dujardin won the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his role in French silent film ‘The Artist’ at the glitzy awards ceremony held on February 26, 2012.
The black-and-white French romance, starring Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo, is a tribute to the cinema of 1920s and 30s. Dujardin plays George Valentin, an actor struggling to transition from silent films to talkies in 1930s Hollywood.
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
The American 62 years old veteran actress Meryl Streep, who holds the record with 17 for the most Academy Award nominations by any actor, won the Oscar for the Best Actress in Leading Role on 26 February, 2012 for her portrayal of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady.”
It was Streep’s third Oscar award. She was honored for “Sophie’s Choice” in 1982 and for ‘Kramer vs. ‘Kramer in 1979.
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Canadian actor Christopher Plummer became the oldest Oscar winner at 82 by taking the best supporting actor prize.The best actor in a supporting role award went to Christopher Plummer for his portrayal of a father who comes out as a gay man after his wife dies in Beginners directed by Mike Mills.
Best Actress in Supporting Role
Octavia Spencer, The Help
American actress Octavia Spencer was left in tears as she was awarded the best supporting actress trophy for Reliance DreamWorks’ The Help, in which she essayed the role of a big-mouthed maid named Minny.
2011 Best Picture : The Artist
French silent film ‘The Artist’ directed by Michel Hazanavicius won five Academy Awards on 26 February 2012 including the following categories :
• Best Picture
• Best Costume Design – Mark Bridges
• Best Original Score – Ludovic Bource
• Best Director – Michel Hazanavicius
• Best Actor – Jean Dujardin
The Artist is a black and white film about a silent movie star who fears his downfall after the arrival of talkies. It is a love story and moral tale about fame and its pitfalls. The black-and-white French romance, starring Jean Dujardin and actress Berenice Bejo (real wife of director Michel Hazanavicius), is a tribute to the cinema of 1920s and 30s. The movie is said to be the second silent film to have ever won an Oscar — the first being 1927 film Wings, which was awarded at the first Academy Awards in 1929.
Best Picture in Technical Categories : Hugo
Paris adventure “Hugo”, directed by Martin Scorsese, won five Oscar awards more in the techical categories. Set in 1930s Paris, it is a 3D adventure drama about a boy embroiled in the mystery of his father’s death and an automaton. The film took away the honours in following categories :
• Best visual effects
• Best Cinematography – Robert Richardson
• Best Sound Mixing – Tom Fleischman and
• Best Sound Editing – Philip Stockton and
• Best Art Direction – Dante Ferretti and
Francesca Lo Schiavo
|Best Original song : Man or Muppet, The Muppets|
Michel Hazavanicius for The Artist
The Rest Oscar 2012 Winners:
• Best make up – The Iron Lady
• Best foreign language film – A Separation
Iran’s A Separation became the first Iranian film to win an Oscar
when Sandra Bullock presented director Asghar Farhadi with best
foreign language film. A Separation also won the Golden Globe
trophy in the same category this year. Set in contemporary Iran,
it tells the story of a marriage break-down.
• Best film editing – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
• Best song – Bret McKenzie, Man or Muppet, The Muppets
• Best adapted screenplay – Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash, The Descendant
• Best original screenplay – Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
• Best live action short – The Shore
• Best documentary (short) – Saving Face
Pakistani documentary film Saving Face, which uncovers the story
of hundreds of people, mostly women who become acid attack
victims, received the best documentary (short) title.
• Best documentary (feature) – Undefeated
• Best animated (short) – The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore
• Best animated (feature) – Rango
THE ARTIST and HUGO tied for the most Oscar wins at the 84th Annual Academy Awards 2012.
Hearty Congratulations to all the WINNERS!!!….. and their team.
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