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27 February 2012

My thoughts on the 84th Academy Awards

Well, it is all over now, and I must say I am pleased with the results with my predictions being quite accurate. The Artist undoubtedly stormed the Academy, and it was great to see Hugo and The Artist win what it did. However, I am sure there are some who feel they did not deserve to get as much as they did, but I don't take the awards completely serious. However, the annual awards we have such as OScars, BAFTAS and Golden GLobes allow films and filmmakers to get awards for their efforts. The Artist took home 5 Oscar wins and so did Hugo. As always, some will be pleased and some will not with this years results, but for me, I am relatively satisfied with the results.

The Artist
Wins: 
Best Picture
Best Actor- Jean Dujardin
Best Original Score- Ludovic Bource
Best Costume Design- Mark Bridges
Best Director- Michel Hazanavicius
This was ultimately my favourite film of this year and I found it simply enchanting. It has been one of my favourite cinema-going experiences in a good while, and is deserving of the categories it won.



A Separation

Wins: 
Best Foreign Language Film
This is a great film indeed that follows marital issues- something that occurs worldwide, which makes it so accessible for audiences everywhere. The script was solid and the acting was great. It definitely deserves this win.



Midnight in Paris

Wins: 
Best Original Screenplay- Woody Allen
I had a very good feeling that Midnight in Paris would win this and it is very deserving of this. The script was very fresh and was filled with great sentimentality. Thumbs up to Woody Allen. 











The Help

Wins: 
Best Supporting Actress- Octavia Spencer
I am reasonably happy that Spencer got this award, as she was equally as greate as Viola Davies in the film.

Hugo

Wins: 
Best Cinematography- Robert Richardson
Best Art Direction- Dante Ferretti; set decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo
Best Visual Effects
Best Sound Editing
Best Sound Mixing
It may not have won big main categories, but with its visual richness, it got best cinematography, visual effects and art direction. Clearly a technical achievement in the eyes of the academy. 



The Descendants

Wins: 
Best Adapted Screenplay
I would have liked to see George Clooney win best actor, but it seems Dujardin stole the show. Anyway, for best adapted screenplay I thought Hugo would win, but, I guess not.



Rango

Wins: 
Best Animated Film
This was definitely this years best animated film from my perspective and after 2 viewings, I can say that this crisply animated wonder is an excellent homage to the western genre. It is deserving of winning best animated film.


The Iron Lady
Best Actress- Meryll Streep
Best Make-Up- Mark Coulier, J. Roy Helland
I am sure this surprised some people, but to an extent Streep deserves this award. The film may not be spectacular, but Streep carries it through very nicely. 


Category Win Predictions Made: 15
Correct Win Predictions Made:10

I am surprised how many correct predictions I made, but some were not as wanted to win, but rather I felt were going to win. There are some people out there who did not like The Artist which is fine, as every film will have multiple opinions good and bad. For me, it has been one of the best films in the past 10 years that is simply wonderful to watch as a filmgoer. 


It seems that the Academy have taken a liking to nostalgia this year. With The Iron Lady beign a biopic set throughout the ages, Hugo and The Artist being set in the 20's and 30's and even The Help being set in the 60's. The two films that won the most awards have something in common- they are both homages to cinema. I am talking of The Artist and Hugo of course. 


Overall, I think Oscar night went well. What do you think?

1 comment:

  1. I'm so glad The Artist and Jean won, it's great that a movie that is so lovely and made with genuine passion and great ideas finally won BP. And Uggie was there which I loved :)

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