The Winners of the 84th Academy Awards! Plus Reactions!

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Well wasn’t that just about the best Oscars in at least the last decade, or since Billy Crystal hosted last? The ceremony was classy but funny, something only Crystal could inject into the show that is typically a snore. Plus the winners were all pretty solid!




The winners go as followed:

The Artist (5)- Best Picture, Director, Leading Actor, Original Score, and Costume Design

Hugo (5)- Best Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Art Direction, Cinematography, and Visual Effects

The Iron Lady (2)- Best Leading Actress and Makeup

Beginners– Best Supporting Actor

The Help– Best Supporting Actress

Midnight in Paris– Best Original Screenplay

The Descendants– Best Adapted Screenplay

Rango– Best Animated Feature

A Separation– Best Foreign Film

The Muppets– Best Original Song

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo– Best Editing


Lets get all the singular winners out of the way first. Each and every single one of them deserved to win their category. I was very happy to see Dragon Tattoo awarded at least one statue. The only one that I might question is Best Adapted Screenplay where I would have loved to see Aaron Sorkin win for Moneyball, but the script for The Descendants was sharp as well and I can see why it won.

Now, clearly the Academy and I disagree on The Iron Lady. Meryl Streep was great but Rooney Mara gave the best performance of the year. My love for Lisbeth aside, Viola Davis was better in The Help than Streep was and deserved to win. Or Rooney Mara, you know, whoever. On the makeup side, come on Academy, give the final Harry Potter movie something! That was an outrage.

Okay, on to Hugo which swept most of the technical awards it got nominated for. To be honest, I really know nothing about either of the sound categories but something tells me that either Dragon Tattoo or Transformers should have won instead. Its win in Best Visual Effects was mind boggling considering it was against Rise of the Planet of the Apes. While Hugo had great cinematography, one could argue that War Horse and Dragon Tattoo were better. However, there is no denying that out of the five, The Tree of Life had the best cinematography. In my opinion, Hugo only deserved to win Best Art Direction. Don’t get me wrong, I loved every second of Hugo, but credit should be given where credit is due and while the film excelled in all the areas in which it was nominated, it was not the best.

Now to the big winner of the night, The Artist. If you have read any of my predictions, top ten lists from the end of 2011, or my review of the film, you know that I am absolutely in love with The Artist. It deserved both Best Picture and Best Director. I did not initially think that Jean Dujardin deserved to win Best Actor, but then I realized how happy I was when he won. As for Best Original Score, lets be real, either of John Williams’ scores probably should have won, but there is no denying the great music used to tell the story in the silent feature. I know nothing about costume design, but again, something tells me another film should have gotten that one and that film is Anonymous. But hey, The Artist was the best film of 2011 and deserves all the recognition.

There you have it folks, another year, another Oscars. The road begins now for the 85th so keep your eyes peeled for potential nominees. How did you feel about tonight’s winners and losers? Sound off below!

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