Sunday, February 26, 2012

2012 Academy Award Winners

Academy Awards 2012
[for films released in 2011]

Most Awards: The Artist (Michel Hazanavicius) and Hugo (Martin Scorsese), 5 each [Iron Lady won 2]

Best Picture: The Artist 
Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

Best Actress: Meryl Streep, Iron Lady [This was Streep's third Oscar, and her 17th nomination, the most ever; her 3rd for acting ties her with Katharine Hepburn]
Best Actor: Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Best Supporting Actress: Olivia Spencer, The Help
Best Supporting Male: Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Best Cinematography: Hugo (Robert Richardson)
Best Film Editing: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Angus Wall, Kirk Baxter)
Best Art Direction: Hugo (Dante Ferretti, Francesca Lo Schiavo)
Best Special Visual Effects: Hugo (Robert Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossmann, Alex Henning)
Best Makeup: Iron Lady (Mark Coulier, J. Roy Helland)
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Descendants (Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash)
Best Screenplay Directly for the Screen: Midnight in Paris (Woody Allen)

Best Music: The Artist (Ludovic Bource)
Best Song: Brett MacKenzie, ‘Man or Muppet’ (The Muppets)
Best Sound Mixing: Hugo (Tom Fleischman, John Midgley)
Best Sound Editing: Hugo (Philip Stockton, Eugene Gearty)

Asghar Farhadi of Iran, with his 
Oscar for best foreign language film

Best Foreign Film: A Separation (dir. Asghar Farhadi, Iran)
Best Documentary: Undefeated (Daniel Lindsay, T.J. Martin, Rich Middlemas)
Best Animated Feature: Rango (dir. Gore Verbinski)

Best Live Action Short: The Short (Terry George, Oorlagh George)
Best Animated Short: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (William Joyce, Brandon Oldenburg)
Best Documentary Short: Saving Face (Daniel Junge, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy)

Note: Never one to miss a chance for propaganda, the Iranian government, which before denounced artists critical of the government and especially filmmakers winning awards at festivals, immediately proclaimed it's first Oscar for foreign language film as "a victory of Israel", which also had a film nominated. In Farhadi's speech, he said that he hoped his film, which is critical of the lack of freedom women possess in his fundamentalist nation, would help remove the "cloud that politics has placed over perceptions of the people of his country".


Kowshik said...

Its expected for best supporting actress. After winning all short of awards, Octavia Spencer going to grab the Oscar too, I guessed before. And here it is. The help gave him a great chance to play the role of outspoken maid Minny here.

Kevyn Knox said...

and Best Costume Design for The Artist.....