Monday, February 27, 2012

The 84th Annual Academy Awards!

The 84th installment of the Academy Awards is well underway, and there are many categories and films to honor and congratulate. As the ceremonies commence, we must not forget the people behind and in front of the camera who have put all their hard work and efforts into making films as they should be: the best and most spectacular shows ever to exist on this planet! With this Live Blog update, I'll be putting up the list of categories and winners of the show. SPOILERS of course, so click "Read More" only if you're sure!

Thanks goes to the source posts and Slash Film for the list!

UPDATE: The Oscars have wrapped up! See the complete list of winners below!
Best Picture
  • The Artist WON
  • The Descendants
  • Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
  • The Help
  • Hugo
  • Midnight in Paris
  • Moneyball
  • The Tree of Life
  • War Horse
Best Director
  • Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist  WON
  • Alexdander Payne, The Descendants
  • Martin Scorsese, Hugo 
  • Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
  • Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life
Best Actor In a Supporting Role
  • Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
  • Jonah Hill, Moneyball
  • Nick Nolte, Warrior
  • Christopher Plummer, Beginners  WON
  • Max von Sydow, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
  • Bérénice Bejo, The Artist
  • Jessica Chastain, The Help
  • Mellisa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
  • Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
  • Octavia Spencer, The Help WON
Best Actor in a Leading Role
  • Demian Bichir, A Better Life
  • George Clooney, The Descendants
  • Jean Dujardin, The Artist WON
  • Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  • Brad Pitt, Moneyball
Best Actress in a Leading Role
  • Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
  • Viola Davis, The Help
  • Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady WON
  • Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
Animated Feature Film
  • A Cat in Paris, Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli
  • Chico & Rita, Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal
  • Kung Fu Panda 2, Jennifer Yuh Nelson
  • Puss in Boots, Chris Miller
  • Rango, Gore Verbinski WON
  • The Artist, Guillaume Schiffman
  • The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Jeff Cronenweth
  • Hugo, Robert Richardson WON
  • The Tree of Life, Emmanuel Lubezki
  • War Horse, Janusz Kaminski
Foreign Language Film
  • Belgium, “Bullhead”, Michael R. Roskam, director
  • Canada, “Monsieur Lazhar”, Philippe Falardeau, director
  • Iran, “A Separation”, Asghar Farhadi, director WON
  • Israel, “Footnote”, Joseph Cedar, director
  • Poland, “In Darkness”, Agnieszka Holland, director
Music (Original Song)
  • “Man or Muppet” from The Muppets, Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie WON
  • “Real in Rio” from Rio, Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown, Lyric by Siedah Garrett
Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
  • The Descendants, Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash WON
  • Hugo, Screenplay by John Logan
  • The Ides of March, Screenplay by George Clooney & Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon
  • Moneyball, Screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin.  Story by Stan Chervin
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Screenplay by Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan
Writing (Original Screenplay)
  • The Artist, Written by Michel Hazanavicius
  • Bridesmaids, Written by Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig
  • Margin Call, Written by J.C. Chandor
  • Midnight in Paris, Written by Woody Allen WON
  • A Separation, Written by Asghar Farhadi
Art Direction
  • The Artist: Laurence Bennett (Production Design); Robert Gould (Set Decoration)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2: Stuart Craig (Production Design); Stephenie McMillan (Set Decoration)
  • Hugo: Dante Ferretti (Production Design); Francesca Lo Schiavo (Set Decoration) WON
  • War Horse: Rick Carter (Production Design); Lee Sandales (Set Decoration)
Costume Design
  • Anonymous, Lisy Christl
  • The Artist, Mark Bridges WON
  • Hugo, Sandy Powell
  • Jane Eyre, Michael O’Connor
  • W.E., Arianne Phillips
Documentary Feature
  • Hell and Back Again
  • If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front
  • Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory
  • Pina
  • Undefeated  WON
Documentary Short
  • The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement, Robin Fryday and Gail Dolgin
  • God is the Bigger Elvis, Rebecca Cammisa and Julie Anderson
  • Incident in New Baghdad, James Spione
  • Saving Face, Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy WON
  • The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom, Lucy Walker and Kira Carstensen
Film Editing
  • The Artist, Anne-Sophie Bion and Michel Hazanavicius
  • The Descendants, Kevin Tent
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall WON
  • Hugo, Thelma Schoonmaker
  • Moneyball, Christopher Tellefsen
  • 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
  • The Iron Lady, Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland WON
Music (Original Score)
  • The Adventures of Tintin, John Williams
  • The Artist, Ludovic Bource WON
  • Hugo, Howard Shore
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Alberto Iglesias
  • War Horse, John Williams
Short Film (Animated)
  • Dimanche/Sunday, Patrick Doyon
  • The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg WON
  • La Luna, Enrico Casarosa
  • A Morning Stroll, Grant Orchard and Sue Goffe
  • Wild Life, Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby
Short Film (Live Action)
  • Pentecost, Peter McDonald and Eimear O’Kane
  • Raju, Max Zähle and Stefan Gieren
  • The Shore, Terry George and Oorlagh George WON
  • Time Freak, Andrew Bowler and Gigi Causey
  • Tuba Atlantic, Hallvar Witzø
Sound Editing
  • Drive, Lon Bender and Victor Ray Ennis
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Ren Klyce
  • Hugo, Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty WON
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl
  • War Horse, Richard Hymns and Gary Rydstrom
Sound Mixing
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Bo Persson
  • Hugo, Tom Fleischman and John Midgley WON
  • Moneyball, Deb Adair, Ron Bochar, Dave Giammarco and Ed Novick
  • 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 Stuart Wilson
Visual Effects
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Tim Burke, David Vickery, Greg Butler and John Richardson
  • Hugo, Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossman and Alex Henning WON
  • 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, Dan Glass, Brad Friedman, Douglas Trumbull and Michael Fink

Special Mentions:

* Billy Crystal's montage was awkward but hilarious. The 9-time Oscar host got kissed by George Clooney?!

* Christian Bale is awesome, and not only as Batman. Period.

* Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy of The Muppets are at the Oscars. No kidding.

* One Spectacular performance by Cirque Du Soleil!

* Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow on stage! Reprising their Iron Man couple status, and saying "Honey"! Aww!

* Christopher Plummer wins Best Supporting Actor for Beginners, making him the oldest Oscar winner at 82!

* Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis take stage. As "serious" musicians. LOL.

*James Earl Jones, Dick Smith, and Oprah Winfrey. Honorary Oscar Awardees!

*The Artist wins big awards: Best Picture; Best Actor in a Leading Role; Costume Design; and Best Music (Original Score);

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