Academy Awards 2012
February 27, 2012 by staff
Academy Awards 2012, Academy Awards voters have spoken up for “The Artist,” the first silent film to triumph on Hollywood’s biggest night since the original Oscar ceremony 83 years ago.
The black-and-white film picked up five awards in all, including best picture, actor for Jean Dujardin and directing for Michel Hazanavicius. The last time a silent film earned the top prize was when the World War I saga “Wings” was named outstanding picture at the first Oscars in 1929.
“I am the happiest director in the world,” Havanavicius said, thanking the cast, crew and canine co-star Uggie. “I also want to thank the financier, the crazy person who put money in the movie.”
The other top Oscars went to Meryl Streep as best actress for “The Iron Lady,” Octavia Spencer as supporting actress for “The Help” and Christopher Plummer as supporting actor for “Beginners.”
Streep’s win was her first Oscar in 29 years, since she won best actress for “Sophie’s Choice.” She had lost 13 times in a row since then. Streep also won a supporting-actress Oscar for 1979′s “Kramer vs. Kramer,” and has earned a total of 17 nominations.
The win puts her in a category with other three-time Oscar winners Jack Nicholson, Walter Brennan and Ingrid Bergman. Only Katharine Hepburn – with four wins – had more.
“When they called my name, I had this feeling I could hear half of America go, ‘Oh, no, why her again?’ But whatever,” Streep said, laughing.
“I really understand I’ll never be up here again,” she continued. “I really want to think all my colleagues, my friends. I look out here and I see my life before my eyes, my old friends, my new friends. Really, this is such a great honor but the think that counts the most with me is the friendship and the love and the sheer job we’ve shared making moves together.”
Plummer became the oldest Oscar winner in history during the ceremony, winning for his role as an elderly widower who comes out as gay in “Beginners.”
“You’re only two years older than me, darling,” the 82-year-old actor he crooned to his statuette at the 84th Academy Awards. “Where have you been all my life?”
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