Tonight, I’m just going to quickLY discuss the winners and losers. Tomorrow or sometime next week, I’ll make a longer post about what I thought of the actual ceremony/Billy Crystal and the Oscar season as a whole.
FOR THE FULL LIST OF WINNERS, CLICK HERE.
First…for the dependable readers out there, I want to apologize for not posting predictions. And, really, I want to apologize for not being as invested in the 2012 movie season as I was last year. This week, I was contracted with an ugly case of the stomach flu, so I’ve pretty much spent the week lying in bed, groaning, holding my stomach, vomiting at the vomit stank coming out of my trash bag. So…I didn’t really have time to post predictions. And, frankly, I didn’t have much of a mind to think about who I would have predicted for a lot of the categories.
Like for the Screenplay categories. It’s not shocking that The Descendants and Midnight in Paris won. However…would I have predicted that? I dunno…I think I would have predicted The Artist for Original and thrown a curve ball and predicted Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy for Adapted. But…who knows? I think all four of these films are wonderful so I would have been happy either way. Actually…I would have been happiest with Bridesmaids winning. Think of it…”Oscar Winner, Triangle Sally”. So great. However, The Descendants may very well be my favorite movie of the year so I was very happy to see it win for Screenplay…esp. since Community’s Jim Rash shared the prize. (And he was pretty hilarious tonight…more on that another time).
As much as I loved The Descendants and George Clooney’s performance…the right leading actor won. Jean Dujardin was brilliant in The Artist. He was funny. He showed so much emotion with his face. He proves that you can be silent for a full movie and still be genius. And he was. And…after appearing on SNL, he’s pretty much the coolest person ever. I’m not gonna lie…it would have been cool if his co-star Berenice Bejo had won for her category…but I’m just glad The Help has an Oscar and Octavia Spencer’s performance is a good representation for the film and its many great performances. And…let’s admit it. Christopher Plummer had to win. End of story.
Speaking of The Help…I have very mixed feelings concerning Viola Davis losing. Viola Davis gave the best female performance of the year. She was my personal pick…and I thought the Oscar was hers. However…Meryl Streep is friggin’ amazing in EVERYTHING she does, and I’m very glad that she won her third Oscar, and that I was alive to see it. I was actually very giddy when Colin Firth initially called out her name. And I still am. But…this will always be a bittersweet moment for me (well…until Viola wins in the future hopefully). I know a lot of people are happy about this and I’m right there with them. But…if I was the one to pick…I still would have given it to Davis. Oof.
Anyway, onto the two other big awards. Y’know…Hugo won a lot of technical awards in the beginning of the ceremony (including Cinematography and Visual Effects wtf), so I thought that Martin Scorcese (take a swig of vodka) would win. So I was little surprised that Michel H-whatever won for The Artist…but not really. The Artist also won for Best Picture. There isn’t much to say about the win. It’s been the favorite since the beginning of the season. It’s a deserved win…I have no problem with it. I don’t really like silent films, but I loved this movie. So…go it.
For the most part…the rest of the wins weren’t shocking. Rango and A Separation won for their respective categories. (OK, maybe it was a little shocking that A Separation won because a lot of time, Foreign Language film is unpredictable…but A Separation was so huge this year that the voters couldn’t resist . Some people even think it should’ve been nominated for Best Film…I haven’t seen it so I’ll have to wait and see if I agree with that.) But, really, most of the wins were safe…
…except for one. And that is Best Film Editing. This is an important category because it’s been a LONG while since a film has won Best Picture…without at least getting nominated for this category. So for people (like me and nerds) who are obsessed with movie awards, this is a very important category. Many thought that either The Artist or Hugo would win. Even The Descendants winning wouldn’t have been too shocking. But, instead, the Academy really went out on a limb and gave Girl with a Dragon Tattoo. This doesn’t really make up for the movie getting snubbed Picture and Direction…but it’s still pretty nice!
Check back later for my review of the ceremony and my closing thoughts on this Oscar season. Thanks for reading!
Also…I have a message for the Meryl Streep fans…don’t be stupid. Don’t be smug. You got your way. Meryl won. Don’t be political. Don’t make comments like “I’m glad voters gave it to the best performance, and not for the actress with the darkest skin”. Seriously let’s not play this. You’re not speaking for Streep when you make idiotic comments like that. You’re only speaking for your stupid self. Be happy. Rejoice! But…don’t be stupid.
And Viola fans…don’t be stupid also. Don’t talk about how racist the Oscars are and all that junk. Be sad because you thought the BEST ACTRESS lost tonight…not because another black actress lost.