84th annual academy awards wrap up

This was Crystal's ninth time hosting the Oscars

Hosting the 84th Annual Academy Awards (more affectionately known as The Oscars) held at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles was Billy Crystal, who has hosted the Academy Awards nine times since 1990, who was filling in for Eddie Murphy.

The opening montage paid tribute to nominated films, The Artist, The Descendants, Moneyball, Midnight In Paris, The Help, Bridesmaids, Hugo, The Adventures Of Tin Tin with various clips of other films being played was fantastic. Billy Crystal also impressed with his humourous song, introducing the nominees for best film. You can watch the opening montage here.

The Artist and Hugo were the big winners of the night winning five awards each. I predicted 19 of the 24 award winners, proving that I had an accuracy of 79%, I’m pretty impressed with myself.

Apart from the award winners, the highlight of the entertainment side of the ceremony was a performance by Cirque du soliel performance.

There was also some controversy on the red carpet when The Dictator (aka Sasha Baron Cohen) emptied an urn full of “ashes” on E! presenter Ryan Seacrest, causing him to change his jacket. While meant as a joke, I found it completely inappropriate.

Here’s a full list of winners:

Best Picture
The Artist
The Descendants

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
The Help
Hugo
Midnight In Paris
Moneyball
The Tree of Life
War Horse 

My prediction: The Artist

Actor In A Leading Role
Demian Bichir, A Better Life
George Clooney, The Descendants
Jean Dujardin, The Artist 
Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Brad Pitt, Moneyball

My prediction: Jean Dujardin, The Artist

Actress In A Leading Role
Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis, The Help
Rooney Mara, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn 

My prediction: Viola Davis, The Help

Actor In A Supporting Role
Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Nick Nolte, Warrior
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Max von Sydow, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

My prediction: Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Actress In A Supporting Role
Berenice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer, The Help 

My prediction: Octavia Spencer, The Help

Animated Feature Film
A Cat In Paris
Chico & Rita
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss in Boots
Rango

My prediction: Rango

Cinematography
The Artist
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Hugo
The Tree Of Life
War Horse

My prediction: The Tree Of Life

Art Direction
The Artist
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two

Hugo
Midnight in Paris
War Horse

My prediction: Hugo

Costume Design
Anonymous
The Artist
Hugo
Jane Eyre
W.E.

My prediction: W.E.

Directing
Michel Hazanvicius, The Artist

Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life

My prediction: Michel Hazanvicius, The Artist

Documentary Feature
Hell and Back Again
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory
Pina
Undefeated

My prediction: Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory

Documentary Short
The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement
God is the Bigger Elvis
Incident in New Baghdad
Saving Face 
The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom

My prediction: Saving Face

Film Editing
The Artist
The Descendants
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Hugo
Moneyball

My prediction: The Artist

Foreign Language Film
Belgium, Bullhead
Canada, Monsieur Lazhar
Iran, A Separation
Israel, Footnote
Poland, In Darkness

My prediction: Iran, A Separation

Make Up
Albert Nobbs
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two

The Iron Lady

My prediction: The Iron Lady

Music (Original Score)
John Williams, The Adventures of Tintin
Ludovic Bource, The Artist
Howard Shore, Hugo
Alberto Iglesias, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
John Williams, War Horse

My prediction: Ludovic Bource, The Artist

Music (Original Song)
“Man or Muppet”, The Muppets
“Real in Rio”, Rio

My prediction: “Man or Muppet”, The Muppets

Short Film (Animated)
Dimanche/Sunday
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
La Luna
A Morning Stroll
Wild Life

My prediction: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

Short Film (Live Action)
Pentecost
Raju
The Shore
Time Freak
Tuba Atlantic

My prediction: The Shore

Sound Editing
Drive
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Hugo
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
War Horse

My prediction: Hugo 

Sound Mixing
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Hugo
Moneyball
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
War Horse

My prediction: Hugo

Visual Effects
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two
Hugo
Real Steel
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Transformers: Dark of the Moon

My prediction: Hugo

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
The Descendants, Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash
Hugo, John Logan
The Ides of March, George Clooney, Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon
Moneyball, Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, Stan Chervin
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Bridget O’Connor, Peter Straughan

My prediction: The Descendants, Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash

Writing (Original Screenplay)
The Artist, Michel Hazanavicius
Bridesmaids, Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig
Margin Call, J.C. Chandor
Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen
A Separation, Asghar Farhadi

My prediction: Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen

Best Dressed

Milla Jovovich wowed in this glittering white one shoulder gown by Elie Saab.

The Help nominee Jessica Chastain wears her best dress of the awards season in this gorgeous black and gold Alexander McQueen creation.

Best Supporting Actress winner Octavia Spencer looked every bit the winner in this sparkling Tadashi Shoji dress.

Michelle Williams hits another dress out of the park this season in this stunning Louis Vuitton dress.

Worst Dressed

Jane Seymour should take a look at her birth certificate as this red dress was not age appropriate.

All I can say about this Sherri Shepherd look is really?

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