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84th Academy Awards: Sunday, February 26, 2012 Winners



Lights, Camera and Action - The 84th Academy Awards, Sunday, February 26, 2012 - And, The Oscar Goes to..

Final Voting:
The Academy votes are based on nostalgia, the story, script, acting, artistry and production. They do not care for movies like Transformers. And, instead select movies that are well crafted.  The voters are comprised of the Hollywood elite including actors, actresses from young to old, producers and others connected with the film industry. Started in 1927 and is by invitation only - 5000 + members.

Winners:  Movies in 2011 focused on entertaining the audience, evoking emotions, creating goodwill and finally giving a salute to the history of film making.

Best Supporting Actress:  Octavia Spencer for The Help.  The movie, The Help, was one of the best films of the year.  The characters, the story, the set and the chemistry between all of the actors was unforgettable.   Personally, have seen The Help three times and each viewing evokes the same emotions.   Spencer's performance as Minnie, in The Help was superb.  Watch out if the award goes to someone else - they might get chocolate pie!

Best Supporting Actor:  Christopher Plummer for The Beginners.   Have not seen this film but all nods are for Plummer.   Plummer was riveting in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.   And, of course, cannot forget Captain Von Trapp in the Sound of Music.  At 80, Plummer is still at the top of the Hollywood game.

Best Actress:  Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady in her role as Margaret Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, Prime Minister of United Kingdom.  Apparently, the performance was riveting and mesmerizing capturing the essence of BaronessThatcher.  One viewer commented that Streep was completely unrecognizable. She had become The Iron Lady.  Oscar trivia:  Streep has won 3 Oscars, Ingrid Bergman - 3, Jack Nicolson - 3, Walter Brennan - 3, and Katherine Hepburn - 4.  Meryl Streep is the best actress of the era.  Betting odds - will receive another Oscar in the next decade.

Best Actor:   The acting nod went to Jean Dujardin for The Artist.  The Artist is a well crafted and engaging film with Dujardin as George Valentin.  This silent film is unforgettable.

Best Director:  Michel Hazaravicius for The Artist.  Hugo is a delightful, cinematic feat that is pure magic in film.   One of the best movies of the year. 

Best Movie of the Year:  The Artist -  A must see masterpiece.  The film is unique, and acting brilliant.  One film not to be missed.

84th Oscars - Sunday, February 26, 2012 - Last Year Fashion 2011

Last year - The 83rd Academy Awards show on Sunday, February 27, 2011 was a victorious win for the actors from across the pond. “The Kings Speech” took home the gold with the best picture, best director, best actor and best screenplay. A clean golden sweep. And a firm reminder that a well-told story is what movie goers enjoy.

The fashion apparel was brilliantly bold and a banner year for high fashion. Anne Hathaway, host of the soiree, stole the show wearing seven unforgettable "to die for" gowns. These ensembles were breathtaking with the vivid red and off the shoulder Valentino making a showstopping statement on the runway. The hair and red lips with minimal jewelry caused a ripple of envy. 




Amy Adams was also a fresh vision in a glamourous sequined column frock in a rich royal purple.




Sunday, February 26, 2012 -  Which fashionista will stop the press and be The Queen for the evening, The Lady in Waiting and alas sadly The Frumpy Frog Queen?  Will it be: Angelina Jolie,  Michelle Williams, Rooney Mara,  Octavia Spencer, Berenice Bejo, Melissa McCarthy or........ Stay tuned for the 84th Academy Awards show this Sunday, February 26, 2012!




Hugo (2011): Asa Butterfield, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christopher Lee, Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jude Law


Hugo is an enthralling tale about an orphan, Hugo, Butterfield, his late father, Law, and a mysterious broken automaton holding the answer to the past and unbeknownst to him the future. Hugo a young orphan fixes the clocks and gadgets in a Paris train station during the 1930's.  The various clocks keeping time in the train station provide the perfect windows to watch the bustling station activity, creating a story within a story as the viewer follows the Station Instructor, Cohen, chasing after orphans, or the woman sipping espresso with an unfriendly dog.  Yet, the main interaction in the film is between a robot automaton, a cranky toy shop owner, George, Kingsley, and Isabelle, Moretz, who befriends lonely Hugo.  As the story unfolds, Hugo states that "movies are the projection of dreams" setting the stage to marvel at the historical film making by George Melies (1861-1938) French Illusionist & Filmmaker, while solving the puzzle of the automaton and ultimately "fixing" the emptiness of the core players.  His skills with tools and making the clocks work parallels the creative efforts in films where every frame is strategically placed culminating in a timeless  "working" masterpiece.   Hugo's strong will and stubbornness pushes him to seek the truth and in finding the truth fixes himself and others.  The cinematography, acting, script, visual effects and storyline is marvelously brilliant.

Hugo is a warm and well told story sending a message to take notice of others and to comprehend the thin and frail thread that binds humanity.   A salute to film making, to the well told story and acting with the reminder not to stop, nor settle, and instead run forward embracing life with adventure and purpose.   The movie grips the audience from beginning to end with laughter, tears, and awe. Cohen is funny yet seriously touching and Butterfield is captivating as Hugo.  Johnny Depp produced the movie and Martin Scorsese, directed the film.  Both are strategically placed in Hugo for a brief moment. This is one film that will not be forgotten.  Don't miss Hugo in 3D!

Hugo is nominated for 11 Oscars including Best Picture 2011.   Prediction - will take the Best Picture Oscar.

Side note: After seeing the film - google George Melies and Martin Scorsese whose childhood was spent looking through windows.

'50/50' (2011): Seth Rogan, Joseph Gorden-Levitt, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard, Angelica Huston

True story about a friendship between Rogan, Kyle, and Levitt, Adam, diagnosed with a malignant tumor.  Adam is 27 years old, seemingly in perfect health, is stunned with the prognosis.  Kyle stands by Adam throughout treatment with humor, grace and wit providing support.   Huston, Diane, plays an overbearing worry wort mother and Kendrick, Katherine, a young first time counselor befriends Adam demonstrating kindness with no expectations.   Howard, Rachel, Adams girlfriend is every ones worst nightmare - selfish and self involved.   When illness strikes, it is always a test for ones friendships and family.   Rogan shines as an honest and forthright best friend not afraid to speak the truth and reminding Adam that the "best" friendships are built on positive and negative communication combined with no strings attached.  This story of  unconditional love cues the audience that real friends must be valued, cherished and accepted. Additionally, family always stands firmly by even if dysfunctional. Storyline brilliant, acting superb, funny and dramatic comedy with a serious message about friendship and the meaning of life. One of the best films in 2011 -laughter, tearful and joyous.


Midnight in Paris (2011): Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Michael Sheen, Marion Cotillard, Kathy Bates

Midnight in Paris is a witty and clever film by Woody Allen.  A romantic comedy surrounding a couple traveling with parents to Paris on business.  Gil, a struggling writer, Wilson and Inez, McAdams compares relationship to another couple in Paris and wonder if the grass is greener? Wilson bored with the intellectual snobbery of the pretentious Paul, Sheen, decides to venture forth in the streets of Paris after midnight.   And, something wonderful happens.  Paris cinematography is breathtaking with cafes, architecture and fashion combined with images of Monet paintings and ultimately love.   Allen at his best.  Wilson, is brilliant, as the moody author who is inspired by the past. Glorious, ingenious storyline, acting brilliant with a message about humanity: to experience joy, stop and smell the roses and avoid people pontificating bombastic topics.  If art, in all forms,  is a passion - be magically swept away and reminded to enjoy life and never compare or covet thy neighbor.  Instead gloriously embrace life.

Midnight in Paris is nominated for Best Picture.  Woody Allen nominated for Writing - Original Screenplay