The 2012 Academy Awards aired tonight on ABC and although there were no blockbuster films like Titanic or Avatar to pull in a huge TV audience, this year’s Oscars still had some shining and memorable moments, both good and bad. Below are the top 10 best moments from the 2012 Oscars:
- Meryl Streep reigns supreme. Meryl Streep won her third Academy Award this evening, meaning she can now be compared to Jack Nicholson, Ingrid Bergman and Walter Brennan, who have also won three Oscars. Streep won the 2012 Oscar for Best Leading Actress for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. After her standing ovation, Streep said sheepishly, “When they called my name, I could feel one half of America going, ‘Oh, no. Oh, come on. Why her again? But, whatever!’” The leading lady of Hollywood went on to thank her husband first and added, “The thing that counts the most with me is the friendships and the love and the sheer joy we have shared making movies together.” Very, very nice, Meryl. That was well said and well deserved.
- Billy Crystal returns as the host with the most. Like Neil Patrick Harris did at this year’s People’s Choice Awards, Billy Crystal opened the 2012 Academy Awards with a song and dance number. However, Crystal’s truly shining moments came with his quick barbs. Some of his best tonight were, “Please welcome a recurring dream of mine, Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez” and “Meryl Streep is either the greatest actress of all time or a dedicated hoarder” (when listing her accomplishments).
- Christopher Plummer makes history. Christopher Plummer won a 2012 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in Beginner. He made history tonight by becoming the oldest actor ever to receive an Oscar. During his acceptance speech, he quipped, “You’re only two years older than I am. Where have you been all of my life?” After his standing ovation, Plummer thanked his wife for coming to his rescue. Afterwards, Billy Crystal joked, “Congratulations to Christopher Plummer. The average age of winners has now jumped to 67.”
- Octavia Spencer wins an Oscar for The Help. Spencer brought the audience of Hollywood heavyweights to its feet when she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. In a highly emotional speech, she thanked Steven Spielberg (whose DreamWorks was the studio behind The Help) for changing her life. Of all the awards, the audience was most appreciative and welcoming of Spencer’s win for her role as the tart-tongued maid Minny Jackson.
- The Artist and Hugo tie in a dead heat. When the 2012 Oscar nominations were announced, Hugo led with eleven, but tonight it landed in a dead heat with The Artist. Both films walked away with five wins. However, The Artist scored the most major wins for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Leading Actor, Best Costume Design and Best Original Score. Hugo scored wins for Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Directing and Best Sound Mixing. In the end, The Artist was the big winner at the 2012 Academy Awards.
- Cirque de Soleil wows the audience. There weren’t live performances at the 2012 Oscars as in years past, but the performing troupe from Cirque de Soleil Iris wowed the audience with a high-flying acrobatic routine that honored decades of films. Cirque left mouths open with its astonishing routine set to music from North by Northwest, Titanic, Spider-Man and Gone with the Wind. Cameras caught George Clooney and Stacy Keibler being enthralled by the show, as were millions of TV viewers. Host Billy Crystal said after the powerful performance, “Wow. I pulled a hamstring just watching that.” He also joked, “Now it’s a party. We’ve got puppets and acrobats. We’re a pony away from being a bar mitzvah.”
- The cast of Bridesmaids shocks with crude jokes. The most memorable moments are not always the most stellar. However, humor adds a lot to an awards show. This was the case when all six stars of Bridesmaids took the stage at the 2012 Oscars. The gals dished out some raunchy, but LOL zingers when they presented the award for Best Live Action Short Film. Kristen Wiig took the stage and said, “Six beautiful, some say handsome, women were invited by the Academy not only to present three awards, but also to shatter the common belief that size does not matter.” She then joked, “Ah, I hate to tell you guys this, but it kind of does.” In the end, The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore took home the award presented by the bridesmaids.
- Whitney Houston is included In Memoriam. After much speculation last week about whether the producers of the 2012 Oscars could pull it off, Whitney Houston was included in the In Memoriam segment at the 2012 Oscars. She was the second star to be included in the emotional piece. Other stars that were featured included Jane Russell, Peter Falk, Cliff Robertson, Steve Jobs, Jackie Cooper and Ben Gazzara. Elizabeth Taylor was the last star to be featured in the touching segment.
- Jennifer Lopez has a possible malfunction. Some of the most memorable moments are not always the best, but they will definitely be the most talked about around water coolers this week. This is exactly the case of Jennifer Lopez and her possible wardrobe malfunction, which remains a huge topic on Twitter. Dressed in a form-fitting Zuhair Murad gown with a plunging neckline, Lopez presented Best Costume Design and Best Makeup awards with Cameron Diaz. During their moment in the spotlight, it did seem as if Lopez unintentionally exposed a little more skin than planned in what could be termed as the fashion faux pas of 2012. Right after the presentation, Twitter lit up like a Christmas tree in a Chevy Chase film with the hash tag @JLosNipple. Was Jennifer Lopez the Janet Jackson of the 2012 Academy Awards?
- The Dictator douses Ryan Seacrest. One of the most talked about moments of the 2012 Oscars happened before the show even began to air on ABC. While covering the red carpet for E!, host Ryan Seacrest was surprised by Sasha Baron Cohen when The Dictator actor supposedly spilled the ashes of Kim Jong Il all over Ryan’s Burberry tuxedo. Afterwards, Seacrest admitted, “I’m a victim of comedy. I had an idea something was coming. I didn’t know in what fashion or form.” He later posted on Twitter, “My mom always told me to pack two jackets for red carpets, always wondered why. Now I know.”
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