Late Edit (6:38 PT): shows how much I know. Hugo has won four awards: Cinematography, Art Direction, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing, Dragon Tattoo wins Film Editing. The Artist has Costume Design. Billy Crystal is ok. Not killing it, but way better than James Franco and Anne Hathaway last year. Happy that Octavia Spencer won Best Supporting Actress.
Late Edit (7:37 PT): Nice to see that the Academy could screw Harry Potter one last time. To put this in perspective: 15 nominations over the past 10 years = 0 wins. Thanks, Academy. Also, if I ever age as gracefully as Christopher Plummer and win some huge award, that would be freaking awesome. Hugo continues its run, winning Visual Effects, while The Artist takes Score. Descendants wins Adapted Screenplay, while Woody Allen wins Original Screenplay. As usual, he's too cool to be there.
Late Edit (8:45 PT): The Artist wins Best Actor, Director, and Best Picture tonight. If you still haven't watched this terrific film, please do so. It is one of the best experiences i've ever had at the movies in years. Also: was I right, or was I right about Meryl winning Best Actress? She now ties Jack Nicholson for most wins by an Actor or Actress in Oscar history. I'll post the final tally later tonight. Final thoughts should be in by tomorrow morning.
Late Edit (9:11 PT): The final tally (Hat tip to Awards Daily.com)...
Edit From The Count (11:50 CT) Ed Cunningham won an Oscar That is beyond What the fuck. Haven't seen it, never will, don't need to. I know the Son of a bitches' work as a color analyst in college football. He's terrible. No actually he is worse than that. I wonder if he demanded everybody in the theater be thrown out.
- Best Picture: The Artist
- Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
- Best Actress: Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
- Best Actor: Jean Dujardin, The Artist
- Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, The Help
- Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, Beginners
- Best Original Screenplay: Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
- Best Adapted Screenplay: Alexander Payne & Nat Faxon & Jim Rash, The Descendants
- Best Foreign Language Film: Iran, A Separation
- Best Documentary Feature: TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay & Richard Middlemas, Undefeated
- Best Animated Feature: Gore Verbinski, Rango
- Best Cinematography: Robert Richardson, Hugo
- Best Film Editing: Kirk Baxter & Angus Wall, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
- Best Art Direction: Dante Ferretti & Francesca Lo Schiavo, Hugo
- Best Costume Design: Mark Bridges, The Artist
- Best Original Score: Ludovic Bource, The Artist
- Best Sound Editing: Philip Stockton & Eugene Gearty, Hugo
- Best Sound Mixing: Tom Fleischman & John Midgley, Hugo
- Best Visual Effects: Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossman & Alex Henning, Hugo
- Best Makeup: Mark Coulier & J. Roy Helland, The Iron Lady
- Best Documentary Short: Daniel Junge & Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Saving Face
- Best Animated Short: William Joyce & Brandon Oldenburg, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
- Best Live Action Short: Terry George & Oorlagh George, The Shore
- Best Original Song: Bret McKenzie, Man or Muppet, The Muppets