Monday, February 27, 2012

The Artist, Hugo and Streep win Oscars

As expected the top two movies "The Artist" and "Hugo" dominated the Oscars ceremony with five awards each. And to the surprise of everyone, Meryl Streep grabbed the Oscar for her 'Iron lady" role of Margaret Thatcher. 

"The Artist," a black-and-white love letter to silent film, won best picture, best director for France's Michel Hazanavicius and best actor for Jean Dujardin as an actor who finds his career in danger with the arrival of the talkies. It also earned prizes for costume design and original score. 
"Hugo," Martin Scorsese's 3-D mixture of family adventure and plea for film preservation, collected its prizes in the technical categories: cinematography, art direction, sound mixing, sound editing and visual effects.
as for the best actress award, a majority speculated the award going to Viola Davis  for her formidable portrayal of a maid in the 1960s South in "The Help."  But 'Margaret Thatcher' prevailed upon the judges to award Meryl Streep, who has been nominated record 17 times for the Oscars.

But for the most part, the Oscars were more of the same. Christopher Plummer, who's won every award and critics' group accolade imaginable, earned his long overdue Oscar for supporting actor for the romantic comedy "Beginners," in which he plays a 75-year-old man who finally comes out as gay. At 82, he's the oldest acting winner ever.

There has also been an Oscar for the first time for Pakistan in the category of Documentary - Short Subject, which was bagged by Shermeen Obaid Chinoy for her hair raising 'Saving Face' - a documentary about women being victims of acid throwing.

Read more: News Herald


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