So, the Oscars have been awarded and the awards season has finally come to a close. There were few surprises during the 84th Academy Awards, and like most predicted, The Artist was the big winner on the night scooping five awards for Best Picture, Best Actor (for Jean Dujardin), Best Director (Michel Hazanavicius), Best Original Score and Best Costume.
Maybe George Clooney should have been awarded Best Actor and Terrence Malick should have snagged the Best Director award, but the Academy will do what it wants and it wanted to heap praise on The Artist.
The Award for Best Actress went to Meryl Streep, and again it wasn’t a surprise – it’s the her third nod from the Academy and her performance as Margaret Thatcher was the favourite to snag the little bald fellow. The Iron Lady was the 17th nomination of her illustrious (if some say over rewarded) career and if the Academy had the courage then they would have given the award to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’s Rooney Mara, who delivered an unwavering performance in a brave Hollywood feature.
Christopher Plummer won Best Supporting actor for Beginners – again he was the favourite, having played terminally ill and homosexual- the clichéd awards favourites. It can’t be begrudged as Plummer has had a strong career in a variety of roles, over many decades, even if he faced stiff competition from Kenneth Branagh, Max von Sydow and Nick Nolte. Did Jonah Hill even have a chance?
Octavia Spencer won Best Supporting Actress for The Help, a weak category that also feaured Jessica Chastain, Spencer’s The Help co-star, who really should have been nominated for Tree Of Life.
It was a nice to award Woody Allen for Midnight In Paris, even if it wasn’t his best work, but it was one of the strongest efforts in its category (could The Artist really have won?). The Descendants picked up Best Adapted Screenplay, offering some love to Alexander Payne Hawaii set feature, which was snubbed elsewhere.
There were few surprises for the 84th Academy Awards, with the winners falling in line with the perditions. Maybe 2013 will shake things up a bit!