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Oscars 2012: 'The Artist' wins for best picture

February 26, 2012 |  8:36 pm

Best Picture: The Artist

Michel Hazanavicius' "The Artist" was named best picture at the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday.

It is the first essentially silent film to win best picture since "Wings" won at the first Oscar ceremony in 1929. Additionally, "The Artist" is the first black-and-white movie to win best picture since "Schindler's List" in 1994.

"The Artist" is a look at the early days of Hollywood starring Jean Dujardin as silent film star George Valentin and Berenice Bejo as the ordinary girl who becomes a silent film sensation. But perhaps the most notable member of the cast is Uggie, the Jack Russell Terrier who potrays Valentin's dog, Jack.

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The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and quickly earned critical acclaim (including a Palm Dog award for Uggie).

It became a year-end critics' favorite, topping several year's-best lists, as well as winning the Critics' Choice Award for best picture. It also won top film awards from the Producers Guild of America, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and best motion picture musical or comedy from the Golden Globes.

The film topped a field that included "The Descendants," "Hugo," "The Help," "Moneyball," "War Horse," "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close," "Midnight in Paris" and "The Tree of Life."

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Photo: Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo in "The Artist." Credit: Peter Iovino / The Weinstein Co.


Oscars 2012: Meryl Streep wins for lead actress

February 26, 2012 |  8:30 pm

Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep won the Oscar for lead actress Sunday at the 84th Academy Awards, for her role playing former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady."

Though the film itself was greeted with mixed reviews, Streep's performance received universal acclaim. In the film, Streep portrays Thatcher throughout her life and career, beginning in her later years and looking back.

This was Streep's third Oscar for lead actress, but her first since "Sophie's Choice" in 1982. Additionally, it was her 17th overall nomination.

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Earlier in the season, she picked up a Golden Globe Award for actress in a drama. It was her eighth Golden Globe (the most for any performer) and her 26th overall nomination.

She competed against Viola Davis in "The Help," Michelle Williams in "My Week With Marilyn," Glenn Close in "Albert Nobbs" and Bérénice Bejo in "The Artist."

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Photo: Meryl Streep. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times.


Oscars 2012: Jean Dujardin wins for lead actor

February 26, 2012 |  8:19 pm

Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo of 'The Artist'

Jean Dujardin won an Oscar for lead actor Sunday at the 84th Academy Awards, for his role in "The Artist," a black-and-white homage to the early days of Hollywood.

In the film, Dujardin plays silent film star George Valentin, who struggles with his place in a world of talkies, all while romancing the new face of cinema, personified by song-and-dance gal Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo).

Though Dujardin was not a major star before this awards season, he's a household name in France. He got his start through a one-man show, enacting the various characters he encountered during his military service.

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Dujardin competed against George Clooney in "The Descendants," Demián Bichir in "A Better Life," Gary Oldman in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" and Brad Pitt in "Moneyball." The 39-year-old actor previously picked up the Golden Globe for actor in a motion picture comedy or musical.

The Academy Awards are taking place in Hollywood and are being televised live on ABC. They are presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, whose membership was recently examined in depth by the Los Angeles Times.

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Photo: Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo of "The Artist." Credit: Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times


Oscars 2012: Michel Hazanavicius wins for director

February 26, 2012 |  7:54 pm

Michel HazanaviciusMichel Hazanavicius, "The Artist"

French newcomer Michel Hazanavicius won the Academy Award for director Sunday evening for "The Artist," a nearly silent, black-and-white film about a silent movie star whose life changes with Hollywood's transition to talking pictures and the arrival of a lovely starlet.

Hazanavicius, who also wrote the screenplay and edited the film, has written and directed several French TV productions, as well as the "OSS 117" movies, which star Jean Dujardin (lead actor in "The Artist") as a French secret agent akin to James Bond. But "The Artist" thrust Hazanavicius, 44, into the spotlight and has afforded him international acclaim. The film, which stars the director's wife Bérénice Bejo as ingenue Peppy Miller, swept the BAFTA awards two weeks ago, taking seven trophies including two for Hazanavicius. He also won the Directors Guild of America award.

For the Oscar, Hazanavicius was up against Terrence Malick for "The Tree of Life," Woody Allen for "Midnight in Paris," Alexander Payne for "The Descendants" and Martin Scorsese, who last month nabbed the Golden Globe for directing "Hugo."

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"The Artist," which won the Golden Globe for best picture, received 10 total Academy Award nominations, including writing and editing nods for Hazanavicius and best picture.

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Photo: Michel Hazanavicius, director of "The Artist." Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times


Oscars 2012: 'Fantastic Flying Books' wins for animated short film

February 26, 2012 |  7:46 pm

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

“The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore,” a 15-minute film about a man who cares for a library of lively books, won the Academy Award for animated short film on Sunday night.

The making of “Morris Lessmore,” which is Moonbot Studio’s first film, was a hybrid of stop motion with miniatures, computer animation and traditional hand-drawn techniques.

The award went to writer-director William Joyce, who previously worked for Pixar, and co-director Brandon Oldenburg. Joyce also penned the DreamWorks feature “Rise of the Guardians,” which comes out in November 2012.

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“Morris Lessmore” competed against fellow Oscar nominees “Dimanche,” “La Luna,” “A Morning Stroll” and “Wild Life.” The shorts are available as a set on iTunes for $6.99 (with the exception of “La Luna,” as it will screen in front of 2012 Pixar feature “Brave”).

The 84th Academy Awards are taking place in Hollywood and are being televised live on ABC. They are presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, whose membership was recently examined in depth by the Los Angeles Times.

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Photo: "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore." Credit: Moonbot Studios.


Oscars 2012: 'Saving Face' wins for documentary short

February 26, 2012 |  7:43 pm

Saving Face

'Saving Face' 

 "Saving Face" won the Oscar for documentary short at the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday.

The Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy film follows British plastic surgeon Dr. Mohammad Jawad, who returns to his homeland to help victims of acid burns. The film follows one woman as she fights to see that the perpetrators of the crime are imprisoned for life.

The documentary competed against “God Is the Bigger Elvis,” a Rebecca Cammisa and Julie Anderson film about a mid-century starlet who chose the church over Hollywood; “The Barber of Birmingham,” a Gail Dolgin and Robin Fryday film that follows the life of 85-year-old barber James Armstrong and the legacy of the civil rights movement; James Spione’s war film “Incident in New Baghdad”; and “The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom,” a film by Lucy Walker and Kira Carstensen that follows survivors of Japan's 2011 earthquake and their struggle to recover from the wave that crushed their homes and lives.

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The Academy Awards are taking place in Hollywood and are being televised live on ABC. They are presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, whose membership was recently examined in depth by the Los Angeles Times.

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Photo: "Saving Face" filmmakers Daniel Junge, left, and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy at the Oscar nominees luncheon. Credit: Kevin Winter  / Getty Images.


Oscars 2012: 'The Shore' wins for live-action short film

February 26, 2012 |  7:40 pm

'The Shore'

"The Shore," a 30-minute film about an expatriate Irishman returning home for the first time in 25 years, won the Academy Award for live-action short film on Sunday night.

The win marks the first Oscar for director-writer Terry George, who was nominated for two features: original screenplay for “Hotel Rwanda” and adapted screenplay for “In the Name of the Father.”

The latter feature is one of multiple films by George, including "The Shore," about the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Shot in the director’s native Belfast, the short stars Irish actor Ciarán Hinds as the man returning to the Emerald Isle.

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George shares the award with producer and daughter Oorlagh George.

"The Shore" competed against fellow Oscar nominees "Pentecost," “Raju,” "Time Freak" and "Tuba Atlantic." The shorts are available as a set on iTunes for $6.99.

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Photo: Ciarán Hinds stars in Terry George's "The Shore." Credit: Aidan Monaghan Photography.


Oscars 2012: Woody Allen wins for original screenplay

February 26, 2012 |  7:30 pm

Woody Allen

"Midnight in Paris" writer-director Woody Allen won the Oscar for original screenplay at the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday night.

The Paris-set film stars Owen Wilson as a successful Hollywood screenwriter who roams the streets of the French city encountering literary and artistic megaliths of the past in his present. Allen directed the love letter to Paris, which also stars Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Adrien Brody, Tom Hiddleston and Kathy Bates.

Allen's original screenplay won the Golden Globe and Writers Guild of America award and earned a nod at the BAFTA Film Awards. At the Oscars, Allen was nominated for director and the film was nominated  for best picture and art direction.

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The director previously won Oscars for "Hannah and Her Sisters" and "Annie Hall."

"Midnight in Paris" bested "The Artist" writer-director Michel Hazanavicius, "Bridesmaids" writers Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig, "Margin Call" writer-director J.C. Chandor and "A Separation" writer-director Asghar Farhadi.

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Photo: Woody Allen in November 2011. Credit: Jennifer S. Altman / For The Times


Oscars 2012: 'The Descendants' wins for adapted screenplay

February 26, 2012 |  7:27 pm

The Descendants
"The Descendants" writers Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash won the Oscar for adapted screenplay at the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday night.

The film stars George Clooney as an embattled father of two who learns that his comatose wife has been cheating on him. Payne, Faxon and Rash based the screenplay on Kaui Hart Hemmings' novel.

The film also won the Writers Guild of America award for adapted screenplay and two Golden Globe awards (lead actor for Clooney and best picture in the drama category). Payne, who also directed and produced the Hawaii-set film, previously won a directing Oscar for the film "Sideways."

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"The Descendants" writers beat out "Hugo" writer John Logan; "The Ides of March" writers George Clooney & Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon; "Moneyball" writers Steven Zaillian, Stan Chervin and last year's champ Aaron Sorkin; and "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" writers Bridget O'Connor & Peter Straughan.

The Academy Awards are taking place in Hollywood and are being televised live on ABC. They are presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, whose membership was recently examined in depth by the Los Angeles Times.

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Photo: George Clooney, Shailene Woodley and Nick Krause in "The Descendants." Credit: Fox Searchlight.


Academy Awards 2012: 'Man or Muppet' wins for original song

February 26, 2012 |  7:19 pm

Original song: 'Man or Muppet' from 'The Muppets'

“Man or Muppet,” penned by Bret McKenzie, took the Oscar for original song, besting the only other nominated work in the category, “Real in Rio.” The winning song, from Walt Disney Pictures’ “The Muppets,” the first film featuring the iconic Jim Henson characters in more than a decade, was sung largely by Jason Segel and Peter Linz, who voiced the Muppet Walter.

“Man or Muppet” was one of three songs from “The Muppets” that were on the original shortlist for Oscar song contention. The song is one of the more sincere pieces of music in “The Muppets,” with Walter and Segel’s Gary caught in an identity crisis. Songwriter McKenzie is best-known for his work on “Flight of the Conchords.”

“Real in Rio,” from animated film “Rio,” was composed by Brazilian musicians Sérgio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown, with lyrics penned by pop songwriter Siedah Garrett. It was one of three songs from the 20th Century Fox film on the original shortlist for Oscar song contention, and is repeated at multiple parts in the film.

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A total of 39 songs were on the shortlist for Oscar consideration, including works from the Bollywood film “DAM999” and biopic “Machine Gun Preacher.” Clips of all 39 songs were screened to voting members of the academy’s music branch, and nominees were determined by an averaged point system of voting.

If no song receives an average score of 8.25 or higher, there are no nominees. If only one song achieves that score, it and the song receiving the next highest score are the two nominees. If two or more songs (up to five) achieve that score, they are the nominees.  

Last year, four songs were nominated, and the winning track was Randy Newman’s “We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3.” The nomination process for original song has been a matter of debate since the 2008 awards, when three songs from “Enchanted” were nominated. Likewise, three songs from “Dreamgirls” were nominated at the awards that aired in 2007.

A rule change was instituted for the 2009 ceremony, stating that a maximum of two songs may be nominated from any film. If more than two songs from a movie achieve a score of 8.25 or more, the two with the highest scores are the nominees.

To be eligible, a song must consist of words and music, both of which are original and written specifically for the film. A clearly audible, intelligible, substantive rendition of both lyric and melody must be used in the body of the film or as the first music cue in the end credits. 

The Academy Awards are taking place Sunday night in Hollywood and are being televised live on ABC. They are presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, whose membership was recently examined in depth by the Los Angeles Times.

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-- Todd Martens

Photo: Walter (a Muppet, of course), Jason Segel and Amy Adams in "The Muppets." Credit: Scott Garfield / Disney


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