- Posted February 26, 2012 by
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Oscars Billy Crystal Is 'The Artist' For The 84Th Acadamy Awards
What a night it was at the Hollywood & Highland Center here in Hollywood tonight for the 84th annual Academy Awards.
The drama began on the red carpet about one hour before the show. Actor Sasha Barn Cohen, dressed as a crazy dictator, dumped a Urn of cremated 'ashes' on Ryan Seacrest for the funniest moment on the carpet. The 'pancake mix' was supposed to represent the late leader of North Korea lol...
It was host Billy Crystal's 9th time as the MC, and we were glad he was back. He has been simply the best funnyman to lead the show over the last 20 years, and he did not disappoint tonight.
After his classic usual opening number where he 'kissed' George Clooney, he continued with the great jokes, my favorites were "The Chapter 11 BK Theatre" (The location here in Hollywood was called 'The Kodak' until the company declared bankruptcy a month ago), and the 'Texting' joke about being at the Oscars and the movies.
As Roberta and I expected, 'Hugo' won most of the technical awards, including Cinamatography and Art Direction.
'Iron Lady' won for best makeup, it was amazing how the makeup artists were able to make Streep age.
Best Foreign Film went to 'A Seperation' from Iran, the first for that country.
My pick for Actress in a Supporting Role came true, with Octavia Spencer winning for the film 'The Help'.
The best musical number of the night performed was from the Cirue Du Soleil troop, it was the largest cast they have ever done live.
The best documentary was awarded to "Undefeated", about a football team.
Again, my pick for best animated film was the winner: 'Rango'. We loved this original CGI movie!
Best Director went as expected to "The Artist" and Michel Hazanavicius. He accepted his award with grace.
After the departed were remembered, including Whitney Houston, with a beautiful performance of "It's a Wonderful World", it was time for the best actor Oscar.
The Oscar went to Jean Dujardian for 'The Artist', as expected. He won the SAG award as well.
Up next was the Academy Award for best Actress. My pick won here too, we were so glad that Meryl Streep won - yes, as she said in her acceptance speech "Her Again" - but it was well deserved!
By the way, speaking of well deserved: Christopher Plummer finally won an Oscar at 82 years old - the oldest actor ever to win - for the supporting role in "Beginners". Congrats to him, finally! You can never be too old!
Tom Cruise came out to present the biggest award of the night, "Best Picture". And the Oscar goes to...
"The Artist", just as we expected. The movie is a tribute to the old black and white era of old Hollywood, it was nominated for 10 awards, and it won five. We still need to see this film...
So we shall see you next year on the red carpet. Maybe a blockbuster or crowd favorite will win next time, it was truly a "artsy-fartsy' year for the Oscars for 2012.