2012 Oscar Winners: ‘The Artist’ is Named Oscar’s Best Picture


2012 Oscar Winners

Billy Crystal hosts the 2012 Academy Awards
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The season has finally come to an end. The 2012 Oscars have come to a close and things went pretty much as expected with a few hitches in the technical awards and what some may look at as a surprise win for Meryl Streep for Best Actress over Viola Davis, but even if you had Davis there (as I did) you most likely had Streep as your number two so you weren’t exactly blown away.

Getting the expected out of the way, The Artist took home a total of five Oscars including Best Picture, Director (Michel Hazanavicius), Actor (Jean Dujardin), Original Score (Ludovic Bource) and Costumes (Mark Bridges), the latter of which is really the only “surprise” win. I had The Artist winning five Oscars but instead of Costumes, I expected that fifth Oscar to come for Film Editing, which went to last year’s winners in Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Tied with The Artist with five Oscars was Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, which had a field day in the technical categories and started the night off with two wins in a row for Cinemtography and Art Direction. It also won for both Sound Editing and Mixing and also edged out Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 for Visual Effects.

Going into the night, the only other film I expected to go home with multiple Oscar wins was The Help and while Octavia Spencer won for Best Supporting Actress it just wasn’t meant to be for Viola Davis. For Best Actress Meryl Streep heard her name called for her work in The Iron Lady, which became the only other film to win more than one Oscar, winning for Best Makeup earlier in the evening.

Looking back at my predictions, I ended up 19 for 24 as I was saved by my predictions in the shorts categories, pulling off the unlikely task of predicting all three correctly. Outside of Streep’s win for Best Actress my misses came early beginning with Cinematography where I thought The Tree of Life would take it, I had Hugo for Costumes, The Artist for Editing and Rise of the Apes for Effects. Oh well, you can’t win ’em all.

As for the show itself, it got off to a rocky start as the opening montage of movie clips mashed up with Billy Crystal inserted for “comedic” effect didn’t really play too well and neither did his opening song and dance number. However, presenters such as Chris Rock, Emma Stone, Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis won me over late in the game and in the end the night sailed by rather smoothly. Crystal even had a few solid one-liners, appearing to take a page out of Golden Globes presenter Ricky Gervais‘ book.

Octavia Spencer at the 2012 OscarsLooking at the speeches I’d have to say Octavia Spencer gave what I perceived to be the most heartfelt and Jean Dujardin is just so damned charismatic it’s hard not to like that guy even if you are among the group of The Artist haters. As I said during the live blog, if you haven’t done so yet, go watch Dujardin and Hazanavicius’ OSS 117 films. They are streaming on Netflix Instant, you have no excuses… well, unless you don’t have Netflix.

I would also like to add that during the In Memoriam section of the night, a segment I normally tune out, I thought Esperanza Spalding did a wonderful rendition of “What A Wonderful World” and I really liked the presentation as it was largely dominated by elegant black-and-white images of those we lost over the year, leading up to the final look at Elizabeth Taylor. For once I really thought they nailed that portion of the show.

So overall, not a bad night. Of course, we can complain about the winners until we’re blue in the face, but it is what it is. People are celebrating movies and I guess, in the end, that’s what it’s all about. Just below are all the winners highlighted in bold and red along with the final Oscar tally.

If you missed my live blog of the event with Laremy Legel you can click here for our second-by-second rundown of the show. And with that said, look for my list of next year’s contenders very, very soon. That’s right, no rest for the weary!

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Oscar Tally
  1. The Artist won 5 Oscars
  2. Hugo won 5 Oscars
  3. The Iron Lady won 2 Oscars
  4. A Separation won 1 Oscar
  5. Beginners won 1 Oscar
  6. The Descendants won 1 Oscar
  7. The Muppets won 1 Oscar
  8. The Help won 1 Oscar
  9. Midnight in Paris won 1 Oscar
  10. Rango won 1 Oscar
  11. Undefeated won 1 Oscar
  12. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo won 1 Oscar
Best Picture
  1. The Artist
  2. The Descendants
  3. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
  4. The Help
  5. Hugo
  6. Midnight in Paris
  7. Moneyball
  8. The Tree of Life
  9. War Horse
Best Actor
  1. Jean Dujardin
    (The Artist)
  2. Demián Bichir
    (A Better Life)
  3. George Clooney
    (The Descendants)
  4. Brad Pitt
  5. Gary Oldman
    (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy)
Best Actress
  1. Glenn Close
    (Albert Nobbs)
  2. Rooney Mara
    (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)
  3. Viola Davis
    (The Help)
  4. Meryl Streep
    (The Iron Lady)
  5. Michelle Williams
    (My Week with Marilyn)
Best Supporting Actor
  1. Christopher Plummer
  2. Max von Sydow
    (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close)
  3. Jonah Hill
  4. Kenneth Branagh
    (My Week with Marilyn)
  5. Nick Nolte
Best Supporting Actress
  1. Janet McTeer
    (Albert Nobbs)
  2. Berenice Bejo
    (The Artist)
  3. Melissa McCarthy
  4. Jessica Chastain
    (The Help)
  5. Octavia Spencer
    (The Help)
Best Director
  1. Michel Hazanavicius
    (The Artist)
  2. Alexander Payne
    (The Descendants)
  3. Martin Scorsese
  4. Woody Allen
    (Midnight in Paris)
  5. Terrence Malick
    (The Tree of Life)
Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
  1. The Descendants
  2. Hugo
  3. The Ides of March
  4. Moneyball
  5. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Writing (Original Screenplay)
  1. The Artist
  2. Bridesmaids
  3. Margin Call
  4. Midnight in Paris
  5. A Separation
Animated Feature Film
  1. A Cat in Paris
  2. Chico & Rita
  3. Kung Fu Panda 2
  4. Puss in Boots
  5. Rango
Documentary (feature)
  1. Hell and Back Again
  2. If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front
  3. Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory
  4. Pina
  5. Undefeated
Foreign Language Film
  1. Bullhead
  2. Footnote
  3. In Darkness
  4. Monsieur Lazhar
  5. A Separation
  1. The Artist
  2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  3. Hugo
  4. The Tree of Life
  5. War Horse
Film Editing
  1. The Artist
  2. The Descendants
  3. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  4. Hugo
  5. Moneyball
Music (Original Score)
  1. The Adventures of Tintin
  2. The Artist
  3. Hugo
  4. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
  5. War Horse
Music (Original Song)
  1. “Man or Muppet” from The Muppets
  2. “Real in Rio” from Rio
Sound Mixing
  1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  2. Hugo
  3. Moneyball
  4. Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  5. War Horse
Sound Editing
  1. Drive
  2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  3. Hugo
  4. Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  5. War Horse
Art Direction
  1. The Artist
  2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
  3. Hugo
  4. Midnight in Paris
  5. War Horse
Visual Effects
  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
  2. Hugo
  3. Real Steel
  4. Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  5. Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  1. Anonymous
  2. The Artist
  3. Hugo
  4. Jane Eyre
  5. W.E.
  1. Albert Nobbs
  2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
  3. The Iron Lady
Live-Action Short
  1. Pentecost
  2. Raju
  3. The Shore
  4. Time Freak
  5. Tuba Atlantic
Animated Short
  1. Dimanche/Sunday
  2. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
  3. La Luna
  4. A Morning Stroll
  5. Wild Life
Documentary Short
  1. The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement
  2. God Is the Bigger Elvis
  3. Incident in New Baghdad
  4. Saving Face
  5. The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom
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