The 2010 Oscars was hailed as the year when a DVD swept the board with The Hurt Locker winning six awards. Two years and a Kings Speech later, another phenomenon has swept the board: the silent movie. The Artist, a fresh director’s take on old Hollywood, won five awards at the Oscars, a ceremony hosted for the 10th time by the supremely talented Billy Crystal. The Artist won Best Motion Picture, Best Leading Actor, Best Director, Best Costume Design and Best Original Score. It tied with Hugo, directed by Martin Scorsese which won five less prestigious technical awards in quick succession.
Before the golden statues were handed out, Sacha Baron Cohan created a scene which embarrassed Ryan Seacrest and promoted his film The Dictator by pouring “Kim Jong Il’s” ashes over the presenter whilst walking the red carpet. Once the show began, Billy Crystal provided the entertainment as host of the 84th Academy Awards, inserting himself into some of the year’s biggest films and performing a song a dance numberIn a ceremony lacking any real surprises, what did shock me were the amount of unfortunate snubs including some of the most thrilling films with the most exciting actors and astonishing performances. Films including the sublime documentary Senna, the superb Warrior (which was missed by most people due to the raging success of The Fighter) and the brilliant Hanna.
A category lacking two performances that shouldn’t have been over looked is Best Actor. Michael Fassbender in Shame and Ryan Gosling in Drive. These two actors have become pillars in the acting world, crafting performances that really stretch their talent and abilities. A nomination for the brilliant animation that took place in Tintin was also deserved especially a beautifully crafted chase scene which, if you have seen it, is very memorable indeed. This is an especially lacking category seeing how a film such as Rango won, when, if Tintin were thrown into the mix, it would have trounced it’s competition. It seems, as you would expect from America, they played it safe in some respects. With the taboo subject of sexual addiction, it would appear to be an un-Oscar-esque film. The portrayal of a man struggling to keep his private and work life separate due to his sexual addiction is a theme rarely seen tackled so for it to be snubbed in such a way truly harsh.
The full list of nominations and winners are below. Despite the failure to acknowledge some of the year’s better films, there are some more than deserved winners. I have included a brilliant video showcasing those left out this year, take a look, see what you think!
The Artist – winner
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Midnight in Paris
The Tree of Life
The Artist – Michel Hazanavicius – Winner
The Descendants – Alexander Payne
Hugo – Martin Scorsese
Midnight in Paris – Woody Allen
The Tree of Life – Terrence Malick
Jean Dujardin – The Artist – Winner
Demián Bichir – A Better Life
George Clooney – The Descendants
Gary Oldman – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Brad Pitt – Moneyball
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christopher Plummer – Beginners – Winner
Kenneth Branagh – My Week With Marilyn
Jonah Hill – Moneyball
Nick Nolte – Warrior
Max von Sydow – Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady – Winner
Glenn Close – Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis – The Help
Rooney Mara – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Michelle Williams – My Week With Marilyn
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Octavia Spencer – The Help – Winner
Bérénice Bejo – The Artist
Jessica Chastain – The Help
Melissa McCarthy – Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer – Albert Nobbs
BEST ANIMATED FILM
Rango – Winner.
A Cat in Paris
Chico & Rita
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss in Boots
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
The Descendants – Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash – Winner.
Hugo – John Logan
The Ides of March – George Clooney & Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon
Moneyball – Screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin
Story by Stan Chervin
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Midnight in Paris – Woody Allen – Winner.
The Artist – Michel Hazanavicius
Bridesmaids – Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig
Margin Call – J.C. Chandor
A Separation – Asghar Farhadi
Hugo – Production Design: Dante Ferretti, Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo – Winner.
The Artist – Production Design: Laurence Bennett, Set Decoration: Robert Gould
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 – Production Design: Stuart Craig, Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan
Midnight in Paris – Production Design: Anne Seibel, Set Decoration: Hélène Dubreuil
War Horse – Production Design: Rick Carter, Set Decoration: Lee Sandales
Hugo – Robert Richardson – Winner.
The Artist – Guillaume Schiffman
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Jeff Cronenweth
The Tree of Life – Emmanuel Lubezki
War Horse – Janusz Kaminski
The Artist – Mark Bridges – Winner.
Anonymous – Lisy Christl
Hugo – Sandy Powell
Jane Eyre – Michael O’Connor
W.E. – Arianne Phillips
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Undefeated – Winner.
Hell and Back Again
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
Saving Face – Winner.
The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement
God Is the Bigger Elvis
Incident in New Baghdad
The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom
BEST FILM EDITING
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall – Winner.
The Artist – Anne-Sophie Bion and Michel Hazanavicius
The Descendants – Kevin Tent
Hugo – Thelma Schoonmaker
Moneyball – Christopher Tellefsen
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
A Separation – Iran – Winner
Bullhead – Belgium
Footnote – Israel
In Darkness – Poland
Monsieur Lazhar – Canada
The Iron Lady – Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland – Winner.
Albert Nobbs – Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnston and
Matthew W. Mungle
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Part 2 – Nick Dudman, Amanda Knight and Lisa Tomblin
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
The Artist – Ludovic Bource – Winner.
The Adventures of Tintin – John Williams
Hugo – Howard Shore
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – Alberto Iglesias
War Horse – John Williams
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
Man or Muppet – The Muppets, Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie – Winner
Real in Rio – Rio, Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown
Lyric by Siedah Garrett
BEST ANIMATED SHORT
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore – William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg – Winner
Dimanche/Sunday – Patrick Doyon
La Luna – Enrico Casarosa
A Morning Stroll – Grant Orchard and Sue Goffe
Wild Life – Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby
BEST LIVE SHORT
The Shore – Terry George and Oorlagh George – Winner
Pentecost – Peter McDonald and Eimear O’Kane
Raju – Max Zähle and Stefan Gieren
Time Freak – Andrew Bowler and Gigi Causey
Tuba Atlantic – Hallvar Witzø
BEST SOUND EDITING
Hugo – Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty – Winner
Drive – Lon Bender and Victor Ray Ennis
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Ren Klyce
Transformers: Dark of the Moon – Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl
War Horse – Richard Hymns and Gary Rydstrom
BEST SOUND MIXING
Hugo – Tom Fleischman and John Midgley – Winner.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Bo Persson
Moneyball – Deb Adair, Ron Bochar, Dave Giammarco and
Transformers: Dark of the Moon – Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Peter J. Devlin
War Horse – Gary Rydstrom, Andy Nelson, Tom Johnson and
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Hugo – Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossman and Alex Henning – Winner.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Part 2 – Tim Burke, David Vickery, Greg Butler and
Real Steel – Erik Nash, John Rosengrant, Dan Taylor and Swen Gillberg
Rise of the Planet of the Apes – Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, R. Christopher White and Daniel Barrett
Transformers: Dark of the Moon – Scott Farrar, Scott Benza, Matthew Butler and John Frazier.