There weren’t many surprises expected going into the Oscars ceremony – although it was thought that if anyone would beat Meryl Streep it was going to be Viola Davis.
Other than that, it was pretty much as expected – with The Artist sweeping 5 categories including Best Motion Picture and Best Direction. I am incredibly happy for the movie, which I first saw in Cannes last year and then again at the New York Film Festival. It’s a charming, heartfelt movie that gave me a rewarding cinematic experience.
As director Hazanavicius said when he thanked the film’s cast, including its canine star Uggie: “It’s life is full of grace and it brings to us joy and happiness.”
82-year old Christopher Plummer became the oldest person ever to win an acting Oscar, saying: “You’re only 2 years older than me, darling, where have you been all my life?”
And the winners were:
Best Picture – The Artist
Best Director – Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Best Original Screenplay – Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
Best Adapted Screenplay – Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Best Actor – Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Best Actress – Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Best Supporting Actor – Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Best Supporting Actress – Octavia Spencer, The Help
Best Cinematography – Hugo
Best Art Direction – Hugo
Best Make-up – The Iron Lady
Best Costume Design – The Artist
Best Sound Mixing – Hugo
Best Sound Editing – Hugo
Best Film Editing – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
For the full list go here.