2012 Awards Season: Live Blogging the Oscars... Best Picture... The Arist
It's Oscars night. (Actually, it's 3:43 in the morning as I'm typing this, but I thought I would get a jump on the celebration.) As I do every year, I will follow the announcements live and update our list of Oscar winners. However, this year I will be doing it a little differently and the list of nominees below will include the favorites as picked by our readers in Italics and as picked by me in Bold. So you can watch live and tell when I'm out of the running for our Oscar contest. (I figure it will take at least 17 wins out of 24 to come out on top. Maybe even 18 or 19 wins.) So, will The Artist be the big winner tonight as our readers predict? Or will Hugo score the upset? Stay tuned to fine out.
The categories and nominations are...
- Saving Face
- The Shore
- The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
- Ludovic Bource for The Artist
- "Man or Muppet" from The Muppets
- Before we get to the notes and reactions about the winners, one last note / reaction about our contest. Our readers and I agree on a lot of categories. Going from the top, it isn't until we reach Best Feature Length Documentary that we disagree and even then, it's close. In fact there are more categories where there is a disagreement between who I think will win and who I think should win.
And now on to the actual winners...
After a particularly poorly timed computer crash, live blogging begins now.
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY
- Hugo wins for Cinematography, which is deserved, but neither me nor our readers predicted. This could be a very good omen for Hugo's chances overall, and a very bad omen for my chances at winning our Oscar Prediction Contest. (Although I'm not eligible for the prizes regardless.)
- Two awards in and Hugo has two wins. This one was expected, on the other hand.
- The Artist won for Costume Design, which is another award that was predicted by both our readers and myself. Had it lost here, it could have been a long night for the film.
- I was hoping Monsieur Lazhar (Canada) would win, but practically everyone expected A Seperation (Iran) to win, and it did.
- Really? The Iron Lady had better make-up than Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2. Granted, CG effects have replaced a lot of make-up special effects, but still.
- While our readers picked The Artist for Best Editing, I and the Academy picked The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I have to thank What the Flick for that one.
- On the other hand, our readers picked correctly that Hugo would win Sound Editing, while I was going for War Horse. I figured it was such Oscar bait it would win at least one award and this one seemed like the most obvious choice.
- I'm so glad I was wrong here and Hugo won over Transformers: Dark of the Moon. However, in my defense, this is a category where a really bad movie can win an Oscar.
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
- Rango won, which is a result that should surprise very few people. Although I still think Winnie the Pooh deserved the Oscar.
- Hugo wins again over our readers' favorite, Rise of the Planet of the Apes. With five wins, Hugo could be the big winner of the night.
- The Artist picks up only its second award. Had it lost here, it would have been seen as a shock and would have made me suspect it would lose Best Picture.
- "Man or Muppet" from The Muppets wins Best Original Song. It was the obvious choice in a strange year with only two nominees.
- I don't know if Alexander Payne will win an Oscar for Directing in his career, but he has another one writing for The Descendants
- The Shore won for Best Live Action short over Tuba Atlantic, and now I have no chance of topping our readers overall.
- Saving Face won over our favorite, The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom. Short films are notoriously hard to predict.
- Our readers went two for three on the shorts, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore winning for Best Animated Short film.
- I wanted Martin Scorsese to win for Hugo, Michel Hazanavicius winning for The Artist was the most likely result.
- Meryl Streep winning for Iron Lady is arguably the closest we've had to an upset all night, as Viola Davis for The Help was picked by most to win. However, Meryl Streep had such a long losing streak, her winning wasn't really a shock.
- The night ends with The Artist picking up the top prize, which should really go to the Weinsteins' Oscar campaign managers. And in a few years, most people will argue The Descendants or Hugo deserved it more.
Date posted: 2012-02-26