Live blog: The 84th Academy Awards
Published: Saturday, February 25, 2012
Updated: Monday, February 27, 2012 18:02
The 84th Academy Awards are scheduled to air at 7 p.m. tonight on ABC, and, by golly, we're going to live blog it from start to finish.
11:34 p.m. BEST PICTURE: "The Artist"
There you have it. "The Artist" is top dog (get it?) this year, which is no real surprise. Disappointing choice to me, but it's been the Academy's prerogative over the last few years to reward indie fare rather than populist fare, even if it's not deserving. Their loss, as it will just continue to cause ratings to dwindle.
Final tally: Eight right, one wrong.
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11:27 p.m. BEST ACTRESS: Meryl Streep, "The Iron Lady"
Biggest surprise so far. "The Help" was the kind of social commentary the Academy has historically swooned over, so I assumed Viola Davis was a lock. But hey, it's Meryl Streep.
That said, Rooney Mara should have won this. She was the only nominee who truly moved me, for better or worse.
Side note: First wrong pick. Seven-of-eight with the big dog yet to go.
11:17 p.m. BEST ACTOR: Jean Dujardin, "The Artist"
No surprise. It would take a minor miracle at this point to derail "The Artist" from a Best Picture win. Would have gone with Brad Pitt or the perennial badass Gary Oldman here, myself.
Also, was hard to take my eyes off Natalie Portman, the presenter, who I am destined to make my spouse some day. Look at her. She reared a freaking child in the last year.
Side note: Still perfect. Seven right with two more categories to go.
11:06 p.m. The In Memoriam segment, aided by Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World." (Also, there's Esperanza Spalding, in case you forgot about her since last year's Grammys.)
If anyone is wondering why Steve Jobs was on there, it's likely because he was the co-founder and CEO of Pixar. Whitney Houston makes an appearance and Elizabeth Taylor is the last face shown.
10:51 p.m. BEST DIRECTOR: Michel Hazanavicius, "The Artist"
There went any doubt that "The Artist" wouldn't win Best Picture. If I had a vote, Terrence Malick would win for "The Tree of Life," despite all the film's flaws. It was truly something to behold.
Side note: Still perfect. Six categories, six correct.
10:44 p.m. BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM: "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore"
I'm furious. "La Luna" is possibly Pixar's best short film.
10:41 p.m. BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: "Saving Face"
Acceptance speech was too serious. Needed another "SCORSESE!"
10:39 p.m. BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM: "The Shore"
I'm digging Crystal so far, but the "Bridesmaids" cast would have been a home run as co-hosts.
10:28 p.m. BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: "Midnight in Paris"
I was worried "The Artist" would sneak off with this one, but "Midnight in Paris," whose real triumph was its screenplay, rightfully wins here.
Side note: Five. For. Five.
10:25 p.m. BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: "The Descendants"
No surprise here, either. This is probably the biggest win "The Descendants" will get.
Presenter Angelina Jolie flashing leg reminded me: This year's ceremony has felt pretty brisk so far, at least relatively speaking. Can never complain too much about that.
Side note: I remain perfect. Four-for-four.
10:17 p.m. BEST ORIGINAL SONG: "Man or Muppet" from "The Muppets"
I loved "The Muppets." In fact, I have a hard time saying it wasn't the film of 2011. Not winning here would have been a sham, though I found "Life's a Happy Song" to be a better song off the film's soundtrack.
I also love Zack Galifianakis. The Oscars needs more presenters like him to make this show relevant again.
10:13 p.m. BEST ORIGINAL SCORE: "The Artist"
Incredibly obvious here. You can't have a silent film without a score.
10:01 p.m. BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Christopher Plummer, "The Beginners"
Would have gone with Jonah Hill in "Moneyball" here, just because of how much it took for me to respect him an actual thespian.
That said, no surprise here. Plummer is the old guy who's never won an Oscar before, so he gets the seemingly typical Oscar that the Academy feels they sometimes owe.
Side note: I've gotten all three of the categories I predicted right so far.
9:55 p.m. BEST VISUAL EFFECTS: "Hugo"