Written by Paul Stathakis  |  February 27, 2012

 

Some notes on yesterday’s Oscars ceremony (for complete list of winners, please scroll down):

 

– Ceremony score: A+. It was classy, sharp, and all about Old Hollywood. Billy Crystal made things fun and “The Artist” received all the awards it deserved!

– ‎”The Artist” won 5 Academy Awards last night including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor! I won’t hide it: I was really rooting for “The Artist” this year, especially Jean Dujardin.

– Billy Crystal’s score as host of the Oscars: A+. He was calm, cool, funny, animated, and everyone seemed to enjoy seeing him on stage again. He involved the stars, he sang, and he prepared a nice introduction too.

– Best Oscar moments: there were a few. For starters, Billy Crystal opening the ceremony in classic Broadway fashion. He sang a song which subsequently presented the 9 nominated films. He also brought back the mind-reading skit where he reads the thoughts of certain actors. Pretty funny. Emma Stone and Ben Stiller’s little skit was simply hilarious. Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis showing up on stage with cymbals was a hilarious moment. I was in tears when Galifianakis dropped his cymbals, twice. 82-year-old Christopher Plummer, who is Canadian, winning for Best Supporting Actor for his work in “Beginners” was a touching moment. With this win, Plummer not only won his first Oscar but entered the Oscar’s history book as the oldest actor to win an Academy Award. And then came three of the best wins: Jean Dujardin winning the Oscar for Best Actor, Michel Hazanavicius winning for Best Director, and “The Artist” winning for Best Picture.

– My Oscar predictions score: 8/9. I called Best Actress in Viola Davis’ favor for her performance in “The Help” but Meryl Streep instead won for her performance as former U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady.”

 

Complete list of winners:

 

BEST PICTURE

“”The Artist”

 

BEST DIRECTOR

Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist”

 

BEST ACTOR

Jean Dujardin, “The Artist”

 

BEST ACTRESS

Meryl Streep, “The Iron Lady”

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Christopher Plummer, “Beginners”

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Octavia Spencer, “The Help”

 

ANIMATED FILM

“”Rango”

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

““A Separation”, Iran

 

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash, “The Descendants”

 

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

““Midnight in Paris” by Woody Allen

 

DOCUMENTARY

“”Undefeated”

 

ORIGINAL SCORE

Ludovic Bource, “The Artist”

 

ORIGINAL SONG

““Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets,” music and lyrics by Bret McKenzie

 

ART DIRECTION

Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo, “Hugo”

 

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Robert Richardson, “Hugo”

 

COSTUME DESIGN

Mark Bridges, “The Artist”

 

FILM EDITING

Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”

 

MAKEUP

Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland, “The Iron Lady”

 

VISUAL EFFECTS

Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossman and Alex Henning, “Hugo”

 

SOUND EDITING

Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty, “Hugo”

 

SOUND MIXING

Tom Fleischman and John Midgley, “Hugo”

 

DOCUMENTARY SHORT FEATURE

“”Saving Face”