I like to watch the Oscars. I love the dresses, the exposure to movies I otherwise would not have watched, the glitz the glamor, all of it. My husband generally goes into another room and plays guitar since he has no interest in it whatsoever, so it’s a nice time for me. I don’t even begin to claim to understand all of the intricacies and methods to choosing the nominees and the winners but it is nice to see recognition being given to people who wouldn’t otherwise be seen, like the short films, visual effects, cinematography, etc. I get a little pouty when my pick doesn’t win for something, but I don’t hold it against anyone. The one irritating point of the night was the sound off the mic was really bad, very tinny and echo-y and they never really got it in hand.

84th Academy Awards

 

And the winners are:

 

Best Picture
The Artist

Best Actress
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

Best Actor
Jean Dujardin, The Artist

Best Director
Michel Hazanivicius, The Artist

Short Film (Animated)
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

Documentary Short Subject
Saving Face

Short Film (Live Action)
The Shore

Best Original Screenplay
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

Best Adapted Screenplay
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, The Descendants

Music (Original Song)
“Man or Muppet” from The Muppets, Bret McKenzie

Music (Original Score)
Ludovic Bource, The Artist

Supporting Actor
Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Visual Effects
Hugo

Best Animated Feature
Rango

Documentary Feature
Undefeated

Sound Mixing
Hugo

Sound Editing
Hugo

Film Editing
Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Supporting Actress
Octavia Spencer, The Help

Best Foreign Feature
A Separation

Makeup
Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland, The Iron Lady

Costume Design
The Artist

Art Direction
Hugo

Cinematography
Hugo