Suffering from post-Oscar blues? Have no fear, fashion and winners are here to save you from you bitter depression.
To me, there were no real surprises with the winners this year. I have to admit that I did a major fist pump and shouted with pleasure after Meryl Streep won her 3rd Academy Award, this one for Best Actress in a leading role in The Iron Lady. That was the toughest category to predict because the competition was steep, however I believed in my gut that her performance was the best one and if she did not win, well popcorn would have been thrown at my screen in adolescent rage. I also cried when our very own Canadian gem, Christopher Plummer, became the oldest actor in history to win an Academy Award for his role in Beginners at the age of 82. The standing ovation was deserved and his speech was pure class, a shining example of our stereotypical Canadian politeness.
So here is the list of Winners from the evening, with The Artist taking the major crown, being the first silent film to be nominated and win since 1929 (when Hollywood was making the transition from silents to talkies).
Best picture: “The Artist.”
Actress in a leading role: Meryl Streep, “Iron Lady.”
Actor in a leading role: Jean Dujardin, “The Artist.”
Actress in a supporting role: Octavia Spencer, “The Help.”
Actor in a supporting role: Christopher Plummer, “Beginners.”
Directing: Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist.”
Art direction: “Hugo.”
Costume design: “The Artist.”
Makeup: “The Iron Lady.”
Foreign language film: “A Separation,” Iran.
Film editing: “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”
Sound editing: “Hugo.”
Sound mixing: “Hugo.”
Documentary feature: “Undefeated.”
Animated feature film: “Rango.”
Visual effects: “Hugo.”
Original score: “The Artist.”
Original song: “Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets.”
Adapted screenplay: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, “The Descendants.”
Original screenplay: Woody Allen, “Midnight in Paris.”
Live action short film: “The Shore.”
Documentary (short subject): “Saving Face.”
Animated short film: “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.”
Such a grand achievement for the film and its star, Jean Dujardin, who became the first French male actor to win the coveted prize for best performance in a leading role. Now there will be bets on whether or not he will take the route of French actress Marion Cottilard, and become an international sensation, or take a dive and drown as Italian actor Roberto Benigni did after winning his oscar. Let’s hope he takes the successful route! Along with the winners and losers, there was the fashion and entertainment of the Red Carpet. I just want to applaud Sasha Baron Cohan who did what everyone has wanted to do to Ryan Seacrest, to shut up his annoying presence, which was throwing ashes on his suit. Probably the happiest moment of the night for me, aside from Streep’s and Plummer’s win. I also want to credit Billy Crystal for doing a fine job of hosting the event. My favourite part? When he went around and predicted what the celebrities were thinking. I actually cried laughing when he zoomed in on Nick Nolte and said “Rawrrraaarrwwaarrr” (or something to that extent). I could not breathe from the accuracy of this prediction. Now to the real winners: FASHION. Yep. They did a darn good job last night.