The 84th annual Academy Awards

It wasn't the most surprising Academy Awards ceremony, but it certainly was a history-making one. Meryl Streep won her third Oscar, joining an elite club with fellow three-time Oscar winners Jack Nicholson, Walter Brennan and Ingrid Bergman. Only Katharine Hepburn with four wins had more. Meanwhile, Jean Dujardin became the first Frenchman to win best actor and Christopher Plummer became the oldest acting winner ever at the age of 82. The Artist was also the first silent film to win the best-picture award since the first Oscar ceremony 83 years ago.

All of that is quite impressive for an awards ceremony that has been criticised for not including any major blockbusters in its best picture category, and overlooking performances from the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio in J. Edgar and Michael Fassbender in Shame, not to mention the fact that Drive was not nominated.

While I'm still grumbling about these oversights, the Oscars were actually a pretty good awards show this year and the return of Billy Crystal as host was a good choice. When in doubt, go for Crystal. His opening montage was not his best, but it was still entertaining.

Earlier on the red carpet, Sacha Baron Cohen almost threatened to steal the show in a clever way to promote his new film. Cohen was dressed in character for The Dictator and spilled a vase of what he said were the ashes of the late North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il on E! host Ryan Seacrest. I'm sure some people found it rude, but I think it was hilarious, especially considering how seriously Seacrest takes himself. Well played, Cohen, well played.

The Academy has largely got its award winners right this year too. It was great to see Aussie Kirk Baxter take home an award for film editing for his work on The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and it was a big night for The Artist and Hugo.

Here is the full list of the winners:

BEST PICTURE - The Artist
BEST DIRECTOR - Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist)
BEST ACTOR - Jean Dujardin (The Artist)
BEST ACTRESS - Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)
SUPPORTING ACTOR - Christopher Plummer (Beginners)
SUPPORTING ACTRESS - Octavia Spencer (The Help)
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY - Midnight in Paris
ADAPTED SCREENPLAY - The Descendants
CINEMATOGRAPHY – Hugo
MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE) - Ludovic Bource (The Artist)
MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG) - Man or Muppet, from The Muppets (New Zealander Bret McKenzie)
SOUND EDITING – Hugo
SOUND MIXING – Hugo
FILM EDITING - The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Australian Kirk Baxter)
VISUAL EFFECTS – Hugo
ART DIRECTION – Hugo
COSTUME DESIGN - The Artist
MAKE-UP - The Iron Lady
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM - A Separation (Iran)
ANIMATED FEATURE FILM – Rango
DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE) – Undefeated
DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT) - Saving Face
SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION) - The Shore
SHORT FILM (ANIMATED) - The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore

Oscar winners previously presented this season:
Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award - Oprah Winfrey
Honorary Award - James Earl Jones
Honorary Award - Dick Smith
Gordon E Sawyer Award - Douglas Trumbull
Award of Merit - ARRI cameras




Best dressed women:
1) Milla Jovovich was stunning in white.
2) Gwyneth Paltrow looked elegant in white too.
3) Angelina Jolie looked great in black and her leg even caused a Twitter frenzy, prompting someone to create a Twitter account for it. She certainly did like sticking it out.
4) Octavia Spencer showed curvy women how to look fabulous.
5) Stacey Kiebler looked like an Oscar trophy. This dress could have looked terrible on someone else, but she pulled it off well.

Worst dressed women:
1) Viola Davis. What happened to her chest in that dress?
2) Natalie Portman. Nice bling, awful dress.
3) Emma Stone. What was with that bow thing on her shoulder?

Best dressed men:
1) Colin Firth. He always looks good.
2) Brad Pitt. I'm liking the long hair he's been growing lately too.
3) Jean Dujardin. Classy.

What did you think of the Oscars?

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