I had the good fortune to watch the 84th Annual Academy Awards with a group of good friends last night. It was a fun and exciting night of the film industry thoroughly lovin’ itself. (Complete list of winners is at the bottom.) But there are a few more awards that I think need to be mentioned.
Here are Dilovely’s Extra Oscars, in no particular order:
- The award for Best Oscar Party Hostess goes to our friend K, who does such a great party every year, complete with swag bags, starfruit in the punch, golden-iced Oscar-shaped cookies, and a remarkably convincing statuette decorating the table. This year included a creative movie-related name contest for the potluck items – and her own Red Velvet Carpet Cupcakes were decorated with tiny edible silver stars. It was a classy shindig.
- The award for Best Potluck Dish Name went to Skye, for her work on Extremely Cold and Incredibly Delicious (homemade ice cream sandwich cookies).
- The award for Best Oscar Trivia Score went to… Me! This is the first year I did any preparation for my Oscar picks and the traditional trivia, and I can tell you, research pays off. Apparently the Trivia Master (Skye) and I visited some of the same websites – and I was able to remember 5 of the 7 men who have each won two Best Actor Oscars (if you’re curious, they are Spencer Tracy, Gary Cooper, Marlon Brando, Jack Nicholson, Fredric March, Dustin Hoffman, and Tom Hanks), and all 3 of the Best Pictures with the most awards at 11 (Ben-Hur, Titanic, and LOTR: ROTK). Plus, I’m good with movie theme songs, as it turns out.
And now, at the actual ceremony…
- The award for Best Dress (and this is in my own estimation, with no knowledge of designers or fashion trends) goes to Penelope Cruz. Her dress was my hands-down favourite.
- Other nominees for Best Dress would be Cameron Diaz, Glenn Close, Michelle Williams, and Octavia Spencer.
- The award for Best Ugly Dress (a.k.a. Worst Dress, but I know they don’t have Worst categories at the Oscars) goes to Meryl Streep, who, we all agreed, looked great from the neck up – but that dress just seemed like a Vegas-inspired potato sack.
- The award for Best Skeleton Impression has to go to Angelina Jolie. It was a close race between her and Rose Byrne, but Angelina’s stick-leg trick, which she managed even whilst presenting, struck me as so ridiculous as to give her the, uh, leg up. (Sorry, had to be said.)
- The award for Best Presenter Banter goes to Emma Stone, against straight man Ben Stiller. She was ostensibly star-struck and giddy and she totally pulled it off, in spite of being a humongous star herself by now.
- The award for Best Cute Accent in an Acceptance Speech has to go to Bret McKenzie of Flight of the Conchords (and his New Zealand accent), who won for his song Man or Muppet. He’s just adorable.
- Other nominees, though, would be the French guys – Jean Dujardin, Michel Hazanavicius, and Lucien Bource. I like me some French accents.
- The award for Best Foreign Language Presenting goes to Sandra Bullock. Did you know she spoke German Chinese?
- The award for Best Disarming Sincerity is tied between Meryl Streep and Octavia Spencer. Meryl said when they announced her name, she heard half of America groaning “Ugh – her! Again!” As if she isn’t incredibly deserving. And I’ve always wondered why more people don’t say “I’m freaking out!” in their speeches, like Octavia.
- The award for Best Sheer Star Power goes to George Clooney. He wrote, produced, and starred in The Ides of March – which was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay – but also happened to get nominated for Best Actor in the Descendants… and still manages to look gorgeously easygoing and down-to-earth. That guy is OFF THE HOOK awesome.
And my personal Big Raspberry Award goes to… I’m sorry… Billy Crystal. I think his hosting reign is over. His opening insert-himself-into-nominated-pictures montage was funny (you had to laugh at the kiss between him and George Clooney), but his old people jokes, French people jokes, black people jokes… they just weren’t funny. Even the Jewish jokes were iffy. And he’s forgotten the art of deadpan. I winced a few too many times for enjoyment.
Robert Richardson, Hugo
Best art direction
Best costume design
Best make up
Best foreign language film
Best actress in a supporting role
Octavia Spencer, The Help – against Berenice Bejo (The Artist), Jessica Chastain (The Help), Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids), Janet McTeer (Albert Nobbs)
Best film editing
Best sound editing
Best sound mixing
Best documentary feature
Best animated film
Best visual effects
Best actor in a supporting role
Christopher Plummer, Beginners– against Kenneth Branagh (My Week with Marilyn), Jonah Hill (Moneyball), Nick Nolte (Warrior), Max von Sydow (Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close)
Best original score
Ludovic Bource, The Artist
Man or Muppet, The Muppets
Best adapted screenplay
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash, The Descendants
Best original screenplay
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
Best live action short
Best documentary short
Best animated short
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore
Michel Hazavanicius, The Artist – against Alexander Payne (The Descendants), Martin Scorsese (Hugo), Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris), Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life)
Best actor in a leading role
Jean Dujardin, The Artist – against Demian Bichir (A Better Life), George Clooney (The Descendants), and Gary Oldman (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Brad Pitt (Moneyball)
Best actress in a leading role
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady – against Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs), Viola Davis (The Help), Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn)
The Artist – against The Descendants, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, The Help, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The Tree of Life, and War Horse
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