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Monday, March 5, 2012

Academy Awards Reaction

Another Academy Awards has come and gone.  To me the biggest take-away from the show itself, is that even if Billy Crystal is the best Oscar host in the last 30 yrs his time has passed. His hosting was perfectly serviceable, but instead of being familiar and fun it just felt like a retread that wasn't as funny as it used to be.  To be frank, aside from a couple of decent zingers, the same old-timey jokes he's used before were a bit boring. For my money the best host from the last few years was Hugh Jackman.  It is a bit ironic because I was not expecting anything from him, but that guy put on a show.  Hugh Jackman showed he can sing, he can dance, he is funny(and topical) with charisma and class to spare.  Crystal was always my favorite but it is time to put him out to pasture and bring Jackman back ASAP.

In terms of the actual awards there weren't too many surprises.  If you read my Oscar predictions articles you could see that I got 17 out of 21 correct, so the awards mostly fell how we thought they would. To me the two biggest "upsets" of the evening were Jean Dujardain winning  for Best Actor and Viola Davis not taking home the prize for Best Actress. Dujardain and Meryl Streep are both fantastic actors who gave great performances so it's tough to hold a grudge, but for my money George Clooney and Viola Davis turned in the far superior performances.

The award I was particularly disappointed in was Best Picture.  Now, don't get me wrong I love The Artist, but The Descendants was an almost revelation of a movie.  The Descendants did some of the hardest things to do in a film and made it look both effortless and immediate.  The Descendants using a naturalistic, sincere and truthful style of film-making was able to make a film about the real and sometimes awkwardness of everyday life.  The Descendants was able to make the mundane engaging and important.  The Descendants was a film that deserved to win the night's biggest award and upset The Artist.

Regardless of what you or I thought of the final awards though, we had some fantastic movies in 2011 that we can treasure in the years to come.  To put a capstone on the year in movies 2011 gave us, I will be unveiling my top ten list on Wednesday.  And, then it'll be time to move on to what we can look forward to in 2012, starting with John Carter this coming Friday!

I want to know what you think, so take a look at the a results below leave a comment.  Who do you think got snubbed?  Did you agree with most of the winners?  How did you do on your Oscar ballot?  Let your voice be heard, and make sure to the podcast on Friday for complete Oscar breakdown and reactions.

Visual Effects
Winner - Hugo
Prediction - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Sound Mixing
Winner - Hugo
Prediction - Hugo

Sound Editing
Winner - Hugo
Prediction - War Horse

Live Action Short Film
Winner - The Shore
No Prediction

Animated Short Film
Winner - The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
No Prediction

Original Song
Winner - Man or Muppet
Prediction - Man or Muppet

Original Score
Winner - The Artist
Prediction - The Artist

Winner - The Iron Lady
Prediction - The Iron Lady

Foreign Language Film
Winner - A Separation
Prediction - A Separation

Film Editing
Winner - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Prediction - Moneyball

Documentary Short Film
Winner - Saving Face
No Prediction

Documentary Feature
Winner - Undefeated
Prediction - Undefeated

Costume Design
Winner - The Artist
Prediction - The Artist

Winner - Hugo
Predication - Hugo

Art Direction
Winner - Hugo
Prediction - Hugo

Original Screenplay
Winner - Midnight in Paris
Prediction - Midnight in Paris

Adapted Screenplay
Winner - The Descendants
Prediction - The Descendants

Animated Feature
Winner - Rango
Prediction - Rango

Supporting Actress
Winner - Octavia Spencer
Prediction - Octavia Spencer

Winner - Merly Streep
Prediction - Viola Davis

Supporting Actor
Winner - Christopher Plummer
Prediction - Christopher Plummer

Winner - Jean Dujardain
Prediction - Jean Dujardain

Winner - Michel Hazanavicius
Prediction - Michel Hazanavicius

Winner - The Artist
Prediction - The Artist
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