The Oscars have gotten its swagger back!
Usually a predictable bore, the most anticipated award show of the season has regained its title as the “Most Surprising Award Show” after last night’s 84th Annual Academy Awards ceremony.
The E! pre-show was definitely the perfect indication of how outrageous the ceremony was going to be. While walking the red carpet, Sasha Baron Cohen, dressed as his upcoming character The Dictator, did the unexpected when he dumped ashes on Ryan Seacrest while being interviewed by the E! host. Cohen was visibly absent after that incident and Seacrest, in all his metro-sexual glory, stopped interviewing celebs in favor of a wardrobe change. First jaw dropping moment of the night!
Once the show started, previous Oscar host Billy Crystal proved he is still one of the funniest guys in the biz. His opening montage about the nominated films was hysterical and included cameos from different celebs like The Biebs as well as some lip-lock action with George Clooney. Funny stuff!
The first two awards belonged to Hugo in the categories for Cinematography and Art Direction.
The first acting accolade went to the amazing Octavia Spencer for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Help. Spencer was the clear front-runner for the Oscar, and she received the first standing ovation of the night during her tearful acceptance speech.
Christopher Plummer, at 82-years-old, became the oldest recipient of an Oscar in an acting category. The veteran actor won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in Beginners. Plummer also received a standing ovation and graciously thanked his wife for her continuous support over many years.
A stellar performance by Cirque Du Soleil brought in the third standing ovation. Celebs love nothing better than half-naked retired gymnasts performing tricks.
The Muppets won an Oscar, to the delight of Kermit and Miss Piggy who were in attendance, for Best Original Song.
Meryl Streep, aka the best actress of all time, won the Best Actress Oscar for her role in The Iron Lady. No surprise there!
However, the final shock of the night belonged to The Artist. The silent film won the Oscar for Best Picture, Best Director for Michel Hazanavicius and Best Actor for Jean Dujardin. No Oscar for you George Clooney!
Overall, this Academy Awards was the most entertaining in years. Let’s keep the momentum for next year.
Here is a full list of the winners:
Academy Award for Achievement in Cinematography: Hugo
Academy Award for Achievement in Art Direction: Hugo
Academy Award for Achievement in Costume Design: The Artist
Academy Award for Achievement in Makeup: The Iron Lady
Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film: A Separation (Iran)
Academy Award for Actress in a Supporting Role: Octavia Spencer, The Help
Academy Award for Achievement in Film Editing: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Academy Award for Achievement in Sound Editing: Hugo
Academy Award for Achievement in Sound Mixing: Hugo
Academy Award for Best Documentary Film: Undefeated
Academy Award for Best Animated Film: Rango
Academy Award for Achievement in Visual Effects: Hugo
Academy Award for Actor in a Supporting Role: Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Academy Award for Best Original Score: The Artist
Academy Award for Best Original Song: The Muppets
Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay: The Descendants
Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay: Midnight in Paris
Academy Award for Best Live Action Short: The Shore
Academy Award for Best Documentary Short: Saving Face
Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
Academy Award for Achievement in Directing: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Honorary Oscars: Oprah Winfrey, James Earl Jones, and Dick Smith
Academy Award for Actor in a Leading Role: Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Academy Award for Actress in a Leading Role: Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Academy Award for Best Picture: The ArtistChristopher Plummer, Cirque du Soleil, E!, George Clooney, Jean Dujardin, Justin Bieber, Meryl Streep, Octavia Spencer, Ryan Seacrest, Sasha Baron Cohen, The 84th Annual Academy Awards, The Artist, The Help