Couple of words about the Oscars 2012. Overall, I think this was the fairest distribution of the prizes on my memory. The Artist and Hugo were my favourites, and I am glad they were both given considerable amount of Oscars. The Artist got the important ones, whereas Hugo got the technical ones, but this is perfectly justified. And this dog, Uggie, is now a legend!
I am also glad that the Descendants won almost nothing - it was well below the level of the other movies nominated. And yes, Muppets got the Oscar as well! Nevermind it is for the best original song only, it is still such an achievement for generally not-for-oscars movie.
Rango was also my clear favorite to win the best animation, especially considering the other nominees.
So, overall, that was a very good, and, in my opinion, just ceremony. I can only hope that the tradition of giving the Oscars to the movies that can be understood by wider audience is going to be continued in the future.
P.S. Sacha Baron Cohen was as provocative as usual.
The full list of winners:
Michel Hazanavicius - The Artist
Jean Dujardin - The Artist
Meryl Streep - The Iron Lady
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christopher Plummer - Beginners
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Octavia Spencer - The Help
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
A Separation - Iran
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Midnight in Paris - Woody Allen
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
The Descendants - Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash
BEST ART DIRECTION
Hugo - Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo
Hugo - Robert Richardson
BEST SOUND MIXING
Hugo - Tom Fleischman and John Midgley
BEST SOUND EDITING
Hugo - Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
Man or Muppet, from The Muppets - music and lyrics by Bret McKenzie
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
The Artist - Ludovic Bource
The Artist - Mark Bridges
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
BEST FILM EDITING
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore
BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Hugo - Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossman and Alex Henning
The Iron Lady - Mark Coulier and J Roy Helland