Oscars 2012: Awards season ends with a bang for The Artist!

End of Awards season.

The Academy Awards concluded Sunday night on a rather predictable but triumphant note for Hugo and particularly for The Artist which received 5 oscars:
Best Original Score, Best Costumes, Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor in a leading role for Jean Dujardin whom has become a household name in The US within only a few months.

The film which premiered in Cannes last in May 2011 became a year-end critics’ favorite, topping several year’s-best lists, as well as winning the Critics’ Choice Award for best picture. In addition it won top film awards from the Producers Guild of America, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and best motion picture musical or comedy from the Golden Globes and the Academy des Cesars in its native France.

if “The Artist” phenomonal success on both side of the Atlantic seems to underline the audience need for something fresh and different in an era of 3Ds and other fancy special effects frenzy, it was also embraced in the US like a real love letter to Hollywood’s cinema particularly the cinema of the 20’s 30’s,

A movie that is a great risk, but that is also real art, it goes back to simple storytelling and tell a beautiful story that really touches people. Ultimately you walk away loving it.

funnily enough this had to come from a french team, the fruit of the amazing creative vision of Director Michel Hazanavicius, and the audacity of Thomas langmann who produced it.

It’s a movie that is a great risk, but it’s ultimately art and it’s what, I think, this whole competition is about,” she explained. “In this day and age you have your Avatars and so much 3-D and so many special effects, and to go back to simple storytelling and tell a beautiful story that really touches people to the core—people walk away loving it.”

Hugo (Martin Scorcese) also received 5 oscars for cinematography, art direction, sound editing, sound mixing and visual effects.
unsprinsingly the “Incredibly loud” left empty-handed but then again, why it was nominated in the first place is kind of a mystery.

The descendents, starring George Clooney as father of three who has to come to term not only with his wife’s death but also with the late discover of her “pre-mortem” infidelity only got one Oscar for Best Adapted screenplay.

Meryl Streep, a winner for her staggering portrayal of a doddering Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady,” made her victory look like a shock. But she hadn’t won since 1983, despite the fact that she reigns as the actor with the most nominations in Academy history, with 17 in all!

However one might object that the oscars has no longer much relevant besides its self-congratulatory tradition of Awards distribution and glamorous parade of designers outfit,

Gone are the days it seems where you could have daring film being awarded for being different, challenging. The fact that shame (Steve Mc Queen), and Drive (Nicolas Winding Refn) were the big absent of this years’s ceremony is rather baffling . ALthough both films have received critical acclaim and where hits among audiences internationally, it was totally overlooked by the Academy which might have considered the sexual content of Shame for example unsuitable for a potential contender.

In fact Both strong bold performances by Michael Fassbender and Ryan Gosling were put aside or simply ignored by most Awards ceremonies this year.

To the list of performances that were snub, you can add Leornado Di Caprio (Edgar),this seems to be a recurrent affair in his case, Carey “Mulligan” (Shame/Drive) and Albert Brooks (Drive) Viggo Mortensen (A dangerous method) and it goes on.

So have the Oscars become too consensual, too “clean” and lazy?. Is there any room left for more films like Drive, Shame or the likes of “Crash” (which was awarded best picture in 2006 or even “Boys don’t cry” Which had Hilary Swank scoring the oscar for best actress in a leading role in 2000.

One can only hope that the Academy if anything will continue if anything to work on its entertainment value. The return of Billy Crystal as a host might help (or not) I say Bring on Mr Zach Galifianakis!!!

..and the oscars goes to.

The Artist, The Descendants, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, The Help, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The Tree of Life, War Horse

Demian Bichir – A Better Life
George Clooney – The Descendants
Jean Dujardin – The Artist
Gary Oldman – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Brad Pitt – Moneyball

Glenn Close – Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis – The Help
Rooney Mara – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady
Michelle Williams – My Week with Marilyn

The Artist, The Descendants, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, The Tree of Life

Kenneth Branagh – My Week with Marilyn,
Jonah Hill – Moneyball,
Nick Nolte – Warrior
Christopher Plummer – Beginners
Max von Sydow – Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Berenice Bejo – The Artist
Jessica Chastain – The Help
Melissa McCarthy – Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer – Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer – The Help

By Fab Poller

for the full list of winners please go to “Awards Season 2011-2012′ section

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