There weren’t really any surprises with the 2012 Oscar winners. The Arist came up with the Best Picture Win, Meryl Streep was given yet another Oscar for Best Actress, and so on and so forth. Billy Crystal played it safe, and was his usual self, which is a big step up from the James Franco and Anne Hathaway show from last year, but Crystal didn’t bring anything too special to the table. Eddie Murphy would’ve been interesting, but Brett Ratner ruined that from happening. The only interesting part of the Oscars were Robert Downey Jr’s presentation, Sacha Baron Cohen’s prank on the red carpet and Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis showing up as presenters.
Here is the 2012 Oscar Winners list…
Best Motion Picture of the Year
Winner: The Artist (2011) – Thomas Langmann
Not too many people are going to be too steamed about this win, as the Artist was an interesting throwback film with amazing performances. Then again,the Tree of Life and the Descendants could’ve ran away with it too.
Should’ve been nominated? Melancholia and Drive
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Winner: Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady (2011)
Again? Really? Meryl Streep is probably the best actress of all time, but this felt like the safest choice. She now has 17 nominations and 3 wins.
Should’ve been nominated? Tilda Swinton in We Need to Talk About Kevin.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Winner: Jean Dujardin for The Artist (2011)
This was really between Dujardin and Clooney. No other actor nominated in this category stood any real chance.Our dreams of Gary Oldman taking the gold for the delightful upset were shot down.
Should’ve been nominated? Michael Shannon for Take Shelter and Michael Fassbender for Shame.
Best Achievement in Directing
Winner: Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist (2011)
Can’t complain with this win, but Martin Scorsese did direct Hugo beautifully as well.
Best Short Film, Animated
Winner: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (2011) – William Joyce, Brandon Oldenburg
Best Documentary, Short Subjects
Winner: Saving Face (2012) – Daniel Junge, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Best Short Film, Live Action
Winner: The Shore (2011) – Terry George, Oorlagh George
Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
Winner: Midnight in Paris (2011) – Woody Allen
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
Winner: The Descendants (2011) – Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song
Winner: The Muppets (2011) – Bret McKenzie(“Man or Muppet”)
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score
Winner: The Artist (2011) – Ludovic Bource
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Winner: Christopher Plummer for Beginners (2010)
Nick Nolte gave a scorching performance in Warrior, but I suppose it was just Christopher Plummer’s time to get it.
Best Achievement in Visual Effects
Winner: Hugo (2011/II) – Robert Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossmann, Alex Henning
Tied with Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
Winner: Rango (2011) – Gore Verbinski
Best Documentary, Features
Winner: Undefeated (2011) – Daniel Lindsay, T.J. Martin, Rich Middlemas
Best Achievement in Sound Mixing
Winner: Hugo (2011/II) – Tom Fleischman, John Midgley
Should’ve won? Drive or The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Best Achievement in Sound Editing
Winner: Hugo (2011/II) – Philip Stockton, Eugene Gearty
Best Achievement in Editing
Winner: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) – Angus Wall, Kirk Baxter
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Winner: Octavia Spencer for The Help (2011)
Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
Winner: A Separation (2011) – Asghar Farhadi(Iran)
Best Achievement in Makeup
Winner: The Iron Lady (2011) – Mark Coulier, J. Roy Helland
Best Achievement in Costume Design
Winner: The Artist (2011) – Mark Bridges
Best Achievement in Art Direction
Winner: Hugo (2011/II) – Dante Ferretti, Francesca Lo Schiavo