Tonight, Sunday, February 26th all of Hollywood came together to celebrate film and honor some of their finest efforts. The Academy Awards® hosted by screen stars veteran Billy Crytsal was telecasted around the world live from the Hollywood and Highland Center from Hollywood, California into over two hundred countries.
The silent film The Artist and Martin Scorsese’s film Hugo were both big winners of the night, winning a total of 5 Oscars® each. The Artist won for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Costumes, Best Editing and Best Original Score and Hugo won for Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Visual Effects and both sound awards. The last time a silent film won Best Picture was the first Academy Awards and was bestowed upon the recently restored film Wings.
The Best Actor Oscar® went to Jean Dujardin for his performance as silent film screen star George Valentin. His almost entire silent performance was deemed best by Hollywood as he stated “I love it here.”
The Best Actress Oscar® was the big surprise of the night giving Meryl Streep her third Oscar® for her portrayal of Great Britain’s Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady.”
Best Supporting Actress Oscar went to Octavia Spencer for her work in The Help. And rounding off the acting awards is seasoned actor Christopher Plummer for his sensitive performance in Beginners. It is very hard to believe that this is Plummer’s first Oscar® and it definitely a wonderful way to honor his life’s work as well.
Woody Allen has added another Oscar® to his collection for Best Original Screenplay for the beautifully written Midnight in Paris.
Other Oscars® were won tonight to:
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: Undefeated, TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay and Rich Middlemas
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT: Saving Face, Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: A Separation, Iran
BEST MAKEUP: The Iron Lady, Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland
BEST MUSIC – ORIGINAL SONG:“Man or Muppet,” from The Muppets – Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie
BEST SHORT FILM – ANIMATED: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg
BEST SHORT FILM – LIVE ACTION: The Shore, Terry George and Oorlagh George
For Up To Date News on the Oscars®, please see Kay’s Facebook page: 84th Annual Academy Awards & Check back here again for a slide show from tonight’s red carpet fashion event.
Whatever your movie choice this week, please remember your movie theater etiquette: silence your cell phones & no texting, please don’t talk during the film and remove your children if they become a distraction to other audience members. Don’t forget that laughing, crying and cheering are always approved behavior and even encouraged. And please don’t come to the movies ill, and please return when you are well!
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-Kay Shackleton is a film historian with special focus on Silent Films, see her work on SilentHollywood.com