The wait is finally over. The Academy Award winners were announced this Sunday with ‘The Artist’ taking home five Oscars. The black and white silent film was competing against some of the biggest eight names in Hollywood including Brad Pitt Starrer ‘Moneyball’, Daniel Craig starrer ‘The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo’, Steven Spielberg’s ‘War Horse’, Sarah Green starrer ‘The Tree of Life’ and George Clooney starrer ‘The Descendants’.
The 84th Academy Awards night started off with a Billy Crystal skit paying homage to nominations and a surprise appearance by Justin Bieber helped get the night a ‘18-24 demographic’ like never before.
The silent film taking home the Oscars for the best movie was expected with Jean Dujardin the star of ‘The Artist’ having won the Bafta two weeks back. Michel Hazanavicius, the director of ‘The Artist’ was elated and said that he was the happiest director in the world after receiving the honour for the best director. Sceptics do not think that this movie would bring back the ‘Silent’ Era back to Hollywood but most actors and directors were all praise for the attempt and the recognition it deserved.
Merly Streep won the best ‘Actress in a Leading Role’ category for ‘The Iron Lady’. Merly had won critics over for her performance that brought to life Margaret Thatcher, who rose through the Conservative Party to become Britain’s first Prime Minister. The mannered portrayal of Margaret Thatcher rising from humble beginnings to rewrite history is one of the best performances by the actress yet. This is the actress’s 17th Oscar nomination in her long acting career spanning over 35 years.
Apart from all the fuzz generated by ‘The Artist’, another film that was in the limelight all night was ‘Hugo’. The film bagged five Oscars for Cinematography, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects categories.
The best Actor in Supporting Role was won by Christopher Plummer for ’Beginners’ and the award for the best actress in Supporting Role found its way to Octavia Spencer for ‘The Help’. Christopher Plummer became the oldest actor in the history of the Academy to be awarded at age 82. He was seen elated at his elusive Oscar victory and pointed out the similarity between his age and the Academy Award history.
Octavia Spencer had an emotional evening with her describing her state as ‘Freaking out’. She was left standing speechless after running out of her allotted time to speak to the audience. The night was magical for the winners and the audience alike with some brilliant performances and the contemporary shimmer of the Award night staying as vivid as they were eight decades back.