The 84th Academy Awards Were Bland And Safe To Say The Least. Here Are The Winners In Case Any One Gives A Shit Anymore   Leave a comment

Hey Everybody,

The 84th Academy Awards were as bland and hard to get through as any I’ve ever seen. If it wasn’t for the NBA All-Star game been on at the same time I most likely would have just watched a Blu-ray. The game allowed us to flip back and forth and really only check out the last 4 or 5 awards of the evening, and it was still a tough watch. With badly written  joke and segments that seems like they came up with them back stage 5 minutes before the show started, I can’t imagine how entertaining it could be for any viewer not nominated for an award or with an IQ out of the low double digits. Even some of the stars and attendees looked like they were on the verge of taking a nap at any minute. As far as the award winners, it went like most people figured it would go for the major awards, the Artist took almost all the big one, best picture, director, Jean Dujardin for actor, with best actress going to Meryl Streep for Iron Lady. Hugo took most of the well deserved technical awards leading with cinematography, art direction, sound editing and mixing. The rest of the winners are all below in case you’re still one who is interested and for those who aren’t, I’ve added my options on who should have won and that includes people and thing not even nominated. Enjoy.

Best Picture Best Director
  • The Artist – Thomas Langmann
    • The Descendants – Jim Burke, Jim Taylor, and Alexander Payne
    • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Scott Rudin
    • The Help – Brunson Green, Chris Columbus, and Michael Barnathan
    • Hugo – Graham King and Martin Scorsese
    • Midnight in Paris – Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum
    • Moneyball – Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz, and Brad Pitt
    • The Tree of Life – Dede Gardner, Sarah Green, Grant Hill, and Bill Pohlad
    • War Horse – Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy

    As amazing as the Artist was (and it was a great film that seemed more like a crazy bet that ended up being something really special than an actual choice for Oscar winner) After watching all the films nominated, I really think Scorsese’s HUGO was the my choice for best film this year, hands down. 

  • Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist
    • Woody Allen – Midnight in Paris
    • Terrence Malick – The Tree of Life
    • Alexander Payne – The Descendants
    • Martin Scorsese – Hugo

    Again I think that Scorsese for Hugo was my choice for director this year followed by Woody Allen for Midnight In Paris then I would have gone Hazanavicius for The Artist. But I can truly see why Michel Hazanavicius won, the fact that there is no dialog almost the entire film and it keeps your attention is amazing for sure.

 

Best Actor Best Actress
  • Jean Dujardin – The Artistas George Valentin
    • Demián Bichir – A Better Life as Carlos Galindo
    • George Clooney – The Descendants as Matt King
    • Gary Oldman – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy as George Smiley
    • Brad Pitt – Moneyball as Billy Beane

    This one I do agree with this one, Jean Dujardin was really awesome. In reality the one deserving of best actor wasn’t even nominated, Finders Key from War Horse, playing Joey the Horse. This is one animal I was blown away by, an amazing film with a great cast lead by a Horse that can act better than some of Hollywood’s new young talent(Twilight saga anyone?)

  • Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady as Margaret Thatcher
    • Glenn Close – Albert Nobbs as Albert Nobbs
    • Viola Davis – The Help as Aibileen Clark
    • Rooney Mara – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as Lisbeth Salander
    • Michelle Williams – My Week with Marilyn as Marilyn Monroe

    I can absolutely see why Meryl Streep won here but for me I think (especially after seeing the craptastic performance in the shit pile Nightmare On Elm Street remake) I would have given it to Rooney Mara for Dragon Tattoo, that shit was crazy, crazy good.

Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
  • Christopher Plummer – Beginnersas Hal Fields
    • Kenneth Branagh – My Week with Marilyn as Laurence Olivier
    • Jonah Hill – Moneyball as Peter Brand
    • Nick Nolte – Warrior as Paddy Conlon
    • Max von Sydow – Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close as The Renter

    Another great performance rewarded. The only other one I loved was Nick Nolte in Warrior (the most underrated movie of the year by far)

  • Octavia Spencer – The Helpas Minny Jackson
    • Bérénice Bejo – The Artist as Peppy Miller
    • Jessica Chastain – The Help as Celia Foote
    • Melissa McCarthy – Bridesmaids as Megan Price
    • Janet McTeer – Albert Nobbs as Hubert Page

    Another good choice here, totally deserved.

Best Writing – Original Screenplay Best Writing – Adapted Screenplay
  • Midnight in Paris – Woody Allen
    • The Artist – Michel Hazanavicius
    • Bridesmaids – Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo
    • Margin Call – J.C. Chandor
    • A Separation – Asghar Farhadi

    Loved Midnight In Paris, also loved that Woody Allen didn’t even show up, super rad display of dis-stain for self flagellation. Good show.

  • The Descendants – Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash from The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings
    • Hugo – John Logan from The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
    • The Ides of March – George Clooney, Grant Heslov, and Beau Willimon from Farragut North by Beau Willimon
    • Moneyball – Screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin; Story by Stan Chervin from Moneyball by Michael Lewis
    • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – Bridget O’Connor and Peter Straughan from Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré

    I think I probably would have gone Hugo, Moneyball then in third The Desendents. Clooney made that movie what it was, take him out of the equation and I think it would not have worked for me as well.

Best Animated Feature Best Foreign Language Film
  • Rango – Gore Verbinski
    • A Cat in Paris – Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli
    • Chico and Rita – Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal
    • Kung Fu Panda 2 – Jennifer Yuh Nelson
    • Puss in Boots – Chris Miller

    Love me some Rango. A good year for adult geared animation.  So weird to see no Disney or Pixar at all. I bet they were surprised as well. 

  • A Separation (Iran) in Persian – Asghar Farhadi
    • Bullhead (Belgium) in Dutch and French – Michaël R. Roskam
    • Footnote (Israel) in Hebrew – Joseph Cedar
    • In Darkness (Poland) in Polish – Agnieszka Holland
    • Monsieur Lazhar (Canada) in French – Philippe Falardeau

    Didn’t get to see any of these.

Best Documentary – Feature Best Documentary – Short Subject
  • Undefeated – TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay, and Richard Middlemas
    • 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 – Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky
    • Pina – Wim Wenders and Gian-Piero Ringel

    Didn’t get to see any of these.

  • Saving Face – Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Daniel Junge
    • 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
    • The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom – Lucy Walker and Kira Carstensen

    Didn’t get to see any of these.

Best Live Action Short Film Best Animated Short Film
  • The Shore – Terry George and Oorlagh George
    • Pentecost – Peter McDonald and Eimear O’Kane
    • Raju – Max Zähle and Stefan Gieren
    • Time Freak – Andrew Bowler and Gigi Causey
    • Tuba Atlantic – Hallvar Witzø

    Didn’t get to see any of these.

  • The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore – William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg
    • Dimanche – Patrick Doyon
    • La Luna – Enrico Casarosa
    • A Morning Stroll – Grant Orchard and Sue Goffe
    • Wild Life – Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby

    Didn’t get to see any of these.

Best Original Score Best Original Song
  • The Artist – Ludovic Bource
    • The Adventures of Tintin – John Williams
    • Hugo – Howard Shore
    • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – Alberto Iglesias
    • War Horse – John Williams

    This is always a hard one to predict but the score in The Artist was key to understanding half the story and feeling being portrayed. I did love the War Horse score as well as the Hugo one. Can see why it went to The Artist 

  • Man or Muppet” from The Muppets – Bret McKenzie
    • “Real in Rio” from Rio – Sérgio Mendes, Carlinhos Brown, and Siedah Garrett

    Got to love the Muppets.

Best Sound Editing Best Sound Mixing
  • Hugo – Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty
    • Drive – Lon Bender and Victor Ray Ennis
    • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Ren Klyce
    • Transformers: Dark of the Moon – Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl
    • War Horse – Richard Hymns and Gary Rydstrom

    I likey…

  • Hugo – Tom Fleischman and John Midgley
    • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce, and Bo Persson
    • Moneyball – Deb Adair, Ron Bochar, David 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

    As it should be.

Best Art Direction Best Cinematography
  • Hugo – Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo
    • The Artist – Laurence Bennett and Robert Gould
    • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 – Stuart Craig and Stephanie McMillan
    • Midnight in Paris – Anne Seibel and Hélène Dubreuil
    • War Horse – Rick Carter and Lee Sandales

    Not surprised in the least, great sets and effects. An amazing look into 1930’s Paris.

  • Hugo – Robert Richardson
    • The Artist – Guillaume Schiffman
    • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – Jeff Cronenweth
    • The Tree of Life – Emmanuel Lubezki
    • War Horse – Janusz Kamiński

    There is a few shots that had my mouth gaped open with how technically hard they would be to pull off. Pure genius here.

Best Makeup Best Costume Design
  • The Iron Lady – Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland
    • Albert Nobbs – Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnson, and Matthew W. Mungle
    • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 – Nick Dudman, Amanda Knight, and Lisa Tomblin

    Not a surprise. The one thing I love about the film was the make up. Brilliant artists. The make up in The Harry Potter finale was a very close second, some super cool work there.

  • The Artist – Mark Bridges
    • Anonymous – Lisy Christl
    • Hugo – Sandy Powell
    • Jane Eyre – Michael O’Connor
    • W.E. – Arianne Phillips

    There was lots of competition this year in costumes. I liked The artist wardrobe but I like Hugo’s better. In eye popping saturated color and 3D the outfits came alive.  

Best Film Editing Best Visual Effects
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter
    • The Artist – Anne-Sophie Bion and Michel Hazanavicius
    • The Descendants – Kevin Tent
    • Hugo – Thelma Schoonmaker
    • Moneyball – Christopher Tellefsen

    This is an interesting choice. I really liked Fincher’s Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, the editing was good and interesting but once you see Hugo, I think there is more going on there.

  • Hugo – Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossmann, and Alex Henning
    • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 – Tim Burke, David Vickery, Greg Butler, and John Richardson
    • Real Steel – Erik Nash, John Rosengrant, Danny Gordon 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 E. Butler, and John Frazier

    It definitely was filled with effect that might not have been so obvious a choice as TF3 or Apes but there is a whole wack of great visuals in Hugo no doubt. 

Honorary Academy Awards

The Academy held its 3rd Annual Governors Awards ceremony on November 12, 2011, during which the following awards were presented.[11]

Academy Honorary Award
  • James Earl Jones
  • Dick Smith
Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
  • Oprah Winfrey

All and all a pretty good year for films and a boring year for award shows, but now that it’s all over we can concentrate on the killer year ahead of us. Some really great big tent pole movie are on their way, hope to see you there.

Till Next Time. Stay Tuned.

J.

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