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