"The Artist" Wins Big at the Oscars

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The Artist tops off its triumphant run throughout this awards season with a big night at the Oscars. And the winners are... in bold:

BEST PICTURE

The Artist
The Descendants
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
The Help
Hugo
Midnight in Paris
Moneyball
The Tree of Life
War Horse

DIRECTING

The Artist, Michel Hazanavicius
The Descendants, Alexander Payne
Hugo, Martin Scorsese
Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen
The Tree of Life, Terrence Malick

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Demián Bichir in A Better Life
George Clooney in The Descendants
Jean Dujardin in The Artist
Gary Oldman in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Brad Pitt in Moneyball


ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Kenneth Branagh in My Week with Marilyn
Jonah Hill in Moneyball
Nick Nolte in Warrior
Christopher Plummer in Beginners
Max von Sydow in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close


ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Glenn Close in Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis in The Help
Rooney Mara in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady
Michelle Williams in My Week with Marilyn


ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Bérénice Bejo in The Artist
Jessica Chastain in The Help
Melissa McCarthy in Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer in Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer in The Help


ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

A Cat in Paris, Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli
Chico & Rita, Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal
Kung Fu Panda 2, Jennifer Yuh Nelson
Puss in Boots, Chris Miller
Rango, Gore Verbinski


ART DIRECTION

The Artist. Production Design: Laurence Bennett; Set Decoration: Robert Gould
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan
Hugo. Production Design: Dante Ferretti; Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo
Midnight in Paris. Production Design: Anne Seibel; Set Decoration: Hélène Dubreuil
War Horse. Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Lee Sandales


CINEMATOGRAPHY

The Artist, Guillaume Schiffman
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Jeff Cronenweth
Hugo, Robert Richardson
The Tree of Life, Emmanuel Lubezki
War Horse, Janusz Kaminski


COSTUME DESIGN

Anonymous, Lisy Christl
The Artist, Mark Bridges
Hugo, Sandy Powell
Jane Eyre, Michael O'Connor
W.E., Arianne Phillips

DOCUMENTARY (Feature)

Hell and Back Again, Danfung Dennis and Mike Lerner
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front, Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky
Pina, Wim Wenders and Gian-Piero Ringel
Undefeated, TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay and Richard Middlemas


DOCUMENTARY (Short Subject)

The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement, Robin Fryday and Gail Dolgin
God Is the Bigger Elvis, Rebecca Cammisa and Julie Anderson
Incident in New Baghdad, James Spione
Saving Face, Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom, Lucy Walker and Kira Carstensen


FILM EDITING

The Artist, Anne-Sophie Bion and Michel Hazanavicius
The Descendants, Kevin Tent
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
Hugo, Thelma Schoonmaker
Moneyball, Christopher Tellefsen


FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Bullhead, Belgium
Footnote, Israel
In Darkness, Poland
Monsieur Lazhar, Canada
A Separation, Iran


MAKEUP

Albert Nobbs, Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnston and Matthew W. Mungle
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Nick Dudman, Amanda Knight and Lisa Tomblin
The Iron Lady, Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland


MUSIC (Original Score)

The Adventures of Tintin, John Williams
The Artist, Ludovic Bource
Hugo, Howard Shore
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Alberto Iglesias
War Horse, John Williams


MUSIC (Original Song)

"Man or Muppet" from The Muppets, Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie
"Real in Rio" from Rio, Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown Lyric by Siedah Garrett


SHORT FILM (Animated)

Dimanche/Sunday, Patrick Doyon
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg
La Luna, Enrico Casarosa
A Morning Stroll, Grant Orchard and Sue Goffe
Wild Life, Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby


SHORT FILM (Live Action)

Pentecost, Peter McDonald and Eimear O'Kane
Raju, Max Zähle and Stefan Gieren
The Shore, Terry George and Oorlagh George
Time Freak, Andrew Bowler and Gigi Causey
Tuba Atlantic, Hallvar Witzø


SOUND EDITING

Drive, Lon Bender and Victor Ray Ennis
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Ren Klyce
Hugo, Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty
Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl
War Horse, Richard Hymns and Gary Rydstrom


SOUND MIXING

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Bo Persson
Hugo, Tom Fleischman and John Midgley
Moneyball, Deb Adair, Ron Bochar, Dave Giammarco and Ed Novick
Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Peter J. Devlin
War Horse, Gary Rydstrom, Andy Nelson, Tom Johnson and Stuart Wilson


VISUAL EFFECTS

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Tim Burke, David Vickery, Greg Butler and John Richardson
Hugo, Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossman and Alex Henning
Real Steel, Erik Nash, John Rosengrant, Dan Taylor and Swen Gillberg
Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, R. Christopher White and Daniel Barrett
Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Scott Farrar, Scott Benza, Matthew Butler and John Frazier


WRITING (Adapted Screenplay)

The Descendants, Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash
Hugo, Screenplay by John Logan
The Ides of March, Screenplay by George Clooney & Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon
Moneyball, Screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin. Story by Stan Chervin
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Screenplay by Bridget O'Connor & Peter Straughan


WRITING (Original Screenplay)

The Artist, Written by Michel Hazanavicius
Bridesmaids, Written by Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig
Margin Call, Written by JC Chandor
Midnight in Paris, Written by Woody Allen
A Separation, Written by Asghar Farhadi

 

COMMENTARY

"This year's broadcast was cadaverous, a depressing slog through routines that didn't seem spruced-up but rather brought artificially and monstrously back to life," writes the New Yorker's Richard Brody.

"The whole night looked like an AARP pep rally," finds the New York Times' Alessandra Stanley. Vulture's writers comment on the highs and lows. And for the Guardian, Adam Boult collects some of the evening's most notable tweets.

Asghar Farhadi's acceptance speech is making the rounds:

At this time, many young Iranians all over this world are watching us, and I imagine them to be very happy. They are happy not just because of an important award, or a film or a filmmaker, but because at the time, in talk of war, intimidation and aggressions exchanged between politicians, the name of their country, Iran, is spoken here through her glorious culture — a rich and ancient culture that has been hidden under the heavy dust of politics. I proudly offer this award to the people of my country. A people who respect all cultures and civilizations, and despise hostility and resentment.

And back in the Guardian, Saeed Kamali Dehghan gathers initial reactions from Iran.

Tweets Matt Dentler: "In case you were wondering, Undefeated marks the first time a SXSW premiere won an Oscar. Spellbound was the first nominee."

"Didn't last night's disastrous Oscar telecast sometimes feel weirdly like a festival of Romney campaign gaffes?" asks the New Yorker's Hendrik Hertzberg. "The caricature Mitt can't seem to stop confirming is that he's a rich, out-of-touch, tin-eared, cold-hearted jerk. For Oscar, the nightmare is that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and its shambolic, elephantine celebration of itself, is old and out of it, knows that it's old and out of it, and knows that we know it's old and out of it — and, last night, doubled down on being old and tried desperately to joke its way out of being out of it."

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  • profoblivion

    Between The Artist winning best picture and the death of Erland Josephson, it’s been a truly sad evening indeed.

  • Kyle Lewis

    Lubezki loses to Richardson for Best Cinematography. Hazanavicius beats Malick and Woody Allen. These awards are meaningless.

  • Graveyard Poet

    The Oscars was a colossal waste of time—depressingly predictable and groan inducing in its traditionalism, as usual. Does anyone find it ironic that America’s highest award for cinema was given to a French film which pats us on the back as we celebrate the bygone years of the silver screen while, in complete contrast, France’s most esteemed award for cinema was given to an American film which captures the everyday life of a small town American family and boldly defies narrative conventions? What does this say about the state of American cinema? As usual, we are afraid of facing the deeper questions and prefer the comfort of familiar pleasures.

  • cinemaofdreams

    I have always had a love/hate feeling towards the Oscars. I can not state my opinion about the winners this evening, other than Octavia Spencer’s win was emotional and genuinely moving, because I’ve seen so few of the films. They seemed to really be pushing what’s right about Hollywood as usual and giving a veiled plea for people to return to the cineplex so 2012 isn’t the abysmal year box office-wise 2011 was. What they don’t get is that they cranked out such rubbish that people figured they can see it in the comfort of their homes later down the line at less cost. Meanwhile, Independent box office receipts were good considering the economy. There are two trends here that Hollywood just does not seem to want to acknowledge; many moviegoers want quality films and the day of the big screen experience is evolving if not dying.

  • Elisa

    I’m not keen about any award shows but because I’m crazy about this film I followed the show on Twitter. Congrats The Artist!

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