The 84th Annual Academy Awards 2012 Recap (Flick)

Posted on | March 7, 2012 | 2 Comments

Meryl Streep won. (I didn’t want her to win, instead I wanted Viola Davis for her role in The Help in which she plays a black maid in the 60s). Jean Dujardin won (I wanted him to win, for his role in The Artist in which he plays George Valentin, a silent movie actor who falls in love with a soon to be talkie movie actress). I could go on and on and on but instead I’ll give you a rundown of the winners, the speeches, Billy Crystal, my incorrect predictions and no not the dresses.

Lets start with Billy Crystal. The Academy’s idea: to hire Billy Crystal as a host in order to hold old the older viewers attention instead of hire Anne Hatheway and James Franco type hosts to bring in younger viewers. Did I think it worked? Sure, he was funny, especially in the opening montage where he inserted himself into movies from this year. Although what I found even more funny was Crystal singing about all of the Best Picture nominees to the tunes of famous songs.

I predicted 20 out of 24 Academy Awards correctly, however, I almost wish I had predicted less correctly. Not because I didn’t agree with all of the winners, (I actually didn’t however) but because I wanted to be surprised. Here are the four Academy Award categories that I predicted incorrectly.Billy Crystal

Best Visual Effects:
Winner: Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossman and Alex Henning for Hugo
My prediction: Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, R. Christopher White and Daniel Barret for Rise of the Planet of the Apes
My Thoughts: I really wished this went to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. The Oscars haven’t been very nice to the Harry Potter franchise, so I think it would have been nice to see this go to Deathly Hallows Part 2. On top of that, was there anything that great about the effects in Hugo? I mean the dream sequence was just about it! Nowadays special effects have advanced so much that (I think) if all a film has effects wise is a CG train and an automaton’s head with CG I don’t think it should win an Academy Award.

Best Actress:
Winner: Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady
My Prediction: Viola Davis for The Help
My thoughts: This was probably the most heated category… up until the last minute. At first Streep seemed to be the frontrunner, then Davis took the lead and it remained that way. Then, the week before the two actresses were neck in neck and then Davis seemed to have taken the lead again. (If you think I’m dramatizing it ask yourself this question: who did you think would win?)

Best Editing:
Winner: Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
My Prediction: Annie Sophie Bion and Michael Hazanavicius for The Artist
My Thoughts: First of all, I haven’t seen Dragon Tattoo. Second of all, I wanted Moneyball to win. Third of all, I admit this was a surprise.

Best Cinematography:
Winner: Robert Richardson for Hugo
My Prediction: Emmanuel Lubezki for The Tree of Life
My Thoughts: I did actually want Hugo because of it’s wonderful tracking shot at the beginning, although Lubezki’s shaky almost handheld looking work for Tree of Life was a close runner up and my second favorite in the category. The Oscars love epic not new so I understand why this went to Hugo.

There weren’t a lot of great “moments,” but hey Crystal was funny and there were four surprises. My favorite speech would be Octavia Spencer’s and The Artist’s producer’s. “I would like to thank Billy Wilder, Billy Wilder and Billy Wilder.” That and when Michel Hazanivicius (also in the Best Picture speech) told his kids to go to bed soon, would, in my opinion sum up the night.



2 Responses to “The 84th Annual Academy Awards 2012 Recap (Flick)”

  1. Steve Itkin
    March 25th, 2012 @ 5:23 am

    I was with you on Viola Davis!

  2. flickflack
    April 4th, 2012 @ 7:42 am

    Maybe next year. In 2012, she’ll be starring in Won’t Back Down. Thanks for the comment! From, Flick

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