Sunday, February 26, 2012

84th Annual Academy Award Winners

And the Oscar goes to...

Best Picture: "The Artist."

Adapted Screenplay: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, "The Descendants."

Original Screenplay: Woody Allen, "Midnight in Paris."

Actor: Jean Dujardin, "The Artist."

Actress: Meryl Streep, "The Iron Lady."

Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, "Beginners."

Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, "The Help."

Directing: Michel Hazanavicius, "The Artist."

Foreign Language Film: "A Separation," Iran.

Animated Feature Film: "Rango."

Art Direction: "Hugo."

Cinematography: "Hugo."

Sound Mixing: "Hugo."

Sound Editing: "Hugo."

Original Score: "The Artist."

Original Song: "Man or Muppet" from "The Muppets."

Costume Design: "The Artist."

Documentary Feature: "Undefeated."

Documentary Short: "Saving Face."

Film Editing: "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo."

Makeup: "The Iron Lady."

Animated Short Film: "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore."

Live Action Short Film: "The Shore."

Visual Effects: "Hugo."

Oscar winners previously presented off camera because the were tech awards:

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award: Oprah Winfrey.

Honorary Award: James Earl Jones.

Honorary Award: Dick Smith.

Gordon E. Sawyer Award: Douglas Trumbull.

Award of Merit: ARRI cameras.

Pretty much what we all thought - "Artist" sweeps. I liked the movie - and it's an example in my Visual Storytelling Blue Book, so I'm happy.

But what about you? Comments section is open.

- Bill


Sam T. said...

I am glad to see that The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo won something.

Richard J. McKenzie said...

I commented recently about how wonderful THE ARTIST was, and how it is the epitome of what Bill says about 'showing us' the story and not 'telling us' - here's a movie almost entirely without a spoken word. Once again, I recommend this movie highly to all prospective movie-makers and story-tellers.

I only have a few small ideas about how the ending could be 'better'.
At the end, the couple are dancing on stage.
1. John Goodman could have had one last 'mugging'. His face should light up with a - ain't this town great!
2. Where's the dog? The dog was an integral character and should have been rewarded with one last chance to shine.
3. When the director calls for a re-take:
a. Dancers could have come out to take their places onstage - this would be a freebie, as no dance routine would be necessary to choreograph - but it would be implied.
b. The re-take should have been necessary because 'there was a sound problem' -- and this would showcase what bringing sound to the movies did - it brought new technology, which is good and bad - and we could all realize what we lost, when we lost the silence of the film.

Thanks for letting me post this. Now, I have to get back to filming my lowest-budget zombie movie.

Richard J. McKenzie said...

protagonist, antagonist

Who or what is the antagonist in the movie?
Sound - the new technology.
In the end, the antagonist wins. The protagonist must find a way to adapt.

I suggest that the movie could have done a bit better at showing what WE all lost, when that antagonist won.
"We must do a re-take. There was a problem with the sound."
"We never had that problem before."

Thanks again.

Sam T. said...

"Drive" was only nominated in the sound editing category and it did not win anything. Bizarre!

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