Don't you just love the excitement of the Oscars? From the Red Carpet dresses to the anticipation and the winning speeches.This year I wasn't hoping for any movie to win in particular at the 84th Annual Academy Awards as I have in previous years, but overall I enjoyed Billy Crystal's hosting and there were even a few surprises on the night.
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: HUGO
BEST ART DIRECTION: HUGO
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS: HUGO
BEST SOUND EDITING: HUGO
BEST SOUND MIXING: HUGO
One of the biggest surprises was how fantastic an evening Martin Scorsese's Hugo had, winning six Oscars but missing out on Best Picture and Best Director. I've said all along that I was thoroughly charmed by the movie and it looks like the Academy voters were too.
Automaton movie prop from Hugo
Be sure to check out these fantastic costumes and props from Hugo on display. Unfortunately, even though Sandy Powell was nominated for Costume Design for Hugo, she didn't win.
BEST PICTURE: THE ARTIST
BEST DIRECTOR: MICHEL HAZANAVICIUS
BEST ACTOR: JEAN DUJARDIN
BEST COSTUME DESIGN: MARK BRIDGES
The other big winner of the night was the silent black and white movie, The Artist, with three of the major awards and a fourth for costume design. I've not seen the film and I'm not particularly inclined to either, it just doesn't hold any appeal for me.
BEST ACTRESS: MERYL STREEP (THE IRON LADY)
BEST MAKE-UP: MARK COLIER & J. ROY HELLAND
I was equally pleased and disappointed that Meryl Streep won the Oscar for Best Actress as I thought Viola Davis was equally deserving. Saying that, Meryl totally deserved the award for her portrayal of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and so too did the make-up team, even if the movie itself was a bit underwhelming overall.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: OCTAVIA SPENCER (THE HELP)
Even though Viola missed out, Octavia Spencer worthily won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role as 60's house-maid 'Minny Jackson', adding to her Golden Globe.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER (BEGINNERS)
Adding to his Golden Globe win, Christopher Plummer took home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of a gay man coming out late in life. I thought the film wasn't that amazing, but he was very good in it.
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM: RANGO
Another surprise of the evening, Rango stole the Oscar from DreamWorks who had not one but two films up for the animation category, although both were sequels, Puss in Boots and Kung Fu Panda 2.
BEST ORIGINAL SONG: MAN OR MUPPET (THE MUPPETS)
Beating off only one other competitor for the animated movie, Rio, The Muppets deservingly won the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
BEST FILM EDITING: THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
With five nominations, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo had to settle for just one win for Best Film Editing last night.
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
One of these days Woody Allen will turn up to receive one of his many awards.
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: THE DESCENDANTS
Even though George Clooney didn't win the Best Actor Oscar, it was nice to see this sweet film recognised.
And that's it for another year, let's hope 2012 has much better films that 2011 had to offer...