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Sunday Minute
No. 239 | February 26, 2012

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The Artist is the big winner of the night, with five Academy Awards including Best Picture.  Hugo also picked up five Oscars, all in technical categories.

The Oscars are tightly scripted and short on suspense.  If there was a surprise, it was Meryl Streep‘s Best Actress win for The Iron Lady, her first in nearly thirty years.  That answered my question, “Will she ever win again?”  As she noted in her speech, the answer to that question now is “No.”  One pair of upset winners were the editors for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall, who seemed genuinely surprised and at a loss for words.  The most emotional speech was Octavia Spencer‘s.  Jean Dujardin was was grateful in English, then overjoyed in French.

Billy Crystal is a class act and did a fine job, just about all you need for the Oscars.

I did pretty fine too in my predictions, with 18 picks out of 24 (one better than last year).  Respectable, perhaps a shade better.  (Any * below indicates a winner I predicted.)

Summary of Oscar wins by feature film:

The Artist — 5
— 5
The Iron Lady
— 2
The Help — 1
Beginners — 1
Midnight in Paris — 1
The Descendants
— 1
A Separation — 1
— 1
Undefeated — 1

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo — 1
The Muppets — 1

Winners by category:

Best Picture*

WINNER:  The Artist

Actor in a Leading Role*

WINNER:  Jean Dujardin, The Artist

Actress in Leading Role

WINNER:  Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

Actor in a Supporting Role*

WINNER:  Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Actress in a Supporting Role*

WINNER:  Octavia Spencer, The Help


WINNER:  Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

Writing (Original Screenplay)*

WINNER:  Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)*

WINNER: Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash, The Descendants

Animated Feature Film*

WINNER:  Rango

Documentary (Feature)*

WINNER:  Undefeated

Documentary (Short Subject)

WINNER:  Saving Face

Foreign Language Film*

WINNER:  A Separation

Short Film (Animated)*

WINNER:  The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

Short Film (Live Action)*

WINNER:  The Shore

Art Direction*




Costume Design*

WINNER:  The Artist

Film Editing

WINNER:  The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo


WINNER:  The Iron Lady

Music (Original Score)

WINNER:  Ludovic Bource, The Artist

Music (Original Song)*

WINNER:  “Man or Muppet,” The Muppets

Sound Editing*


Sound Mixing*


Visual Effects*


The Pause Button

So wraps up another year in movies.  Time for me to hit the pause button again.  For a while longer…till next time.

Quote of note
—Al Zimmer (John Goodman), The Artist (2011)


Posted By: John Farmer
Last Edit: 14 May 2012 @ 11:12 AM

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  1. KarmaSartre says:

    Great job John. You know what they’ll go for.

    Best I saw this year was “The Secret in Their Eyes” (probably not a 2011 release).

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