The 84th Academy Award Winners (Live Blog)

The 84th Academy Awards Live Blog

Tonight is the biggest night in Hollywood, the 84th Annual Academy Awards, and I’ve got your winners right here! All night I will be bringing you live updates of who wins, who gets snubbed, and all the crazy hubbub this night has to bring us. The races tonight are close, but only one will win the Oscar in each respective category.

I’ve made my predictions for the 2012 Oscar winners, now all we have to do is sit back and enjoy the show. The Oscars are live tonight on ABC starting at 8pm EST/5pm PST. So, as I said, I will be bringing you the winners as they are announced tonight, so stay tuned in to Turn the Right Corner! Follow me after the jump to see who has won! Morgan Freeman starts us off! The 84th Academy Awards are here!

A spoof montage with Billy Crystal begins.

  • Billy Crystal spoofs The Artist brilliantly with a good plug of his new upcoming film
  • Billy is awoken by a kiss by George Clooney from The Descendants
  • “Say I’m Batman”
  • Bieber is here to get the 18-24 demographic.
  • Crystal eats doody pie (Spoiler Alert)
  • Tom Cruise joins the party
  • They make fun of 3D
  • Billy Crystal as a ginger Tin Tin is pretty good

Billy Crystal has his opening monologue stating it’s his 9th time hosting and of course starts with an opening number. This musical number is good, but it seems like the Academy went a little cheap on the production.

The Winners:

Tom Hanks is the first presenter. And this is kind of strange because as I know the show starts off with supporting actor/actress I thought?

Cinematography

  • The Artist, Guillaume Schiffman
  • The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Jeff Cronenweth
  • Hugo, Robert Richardson (Winner)
  • The Tree of Life, Emmanuel Lubezki
  • War Horse, Janusz Kaminski

I definitely pegged this one to win, but I’m sure The Tree of Life probably was nipping at its heels, but the film was probably too strange for the Academy to like it. The Artist had limitations and War Horse was meh.

Art Direction

  • The Artist: Laurence Bennett (Production Design); Robert Gould (Set Decoration)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2: Stuart Craig (Production Design); Stephenie McMillan (Set Decoration)
  • Hugo: Dante Ferretti (Production Design); Francesca Lo Schiavo (Set Decoration) (Winner)
  • War Horse: Rick Carter (Production Design); Lee Sandales (Set Decoration)

This one was definitely going to win if Harry Potter wasn’t. Hugo had great production value, Scorsese definitely knew what he wanted in this picture.

A retrospective montage of the Academy Awards is displayed with Forrest Gump, Titanic, Twilight (why was this put in there?), The Princess Bride, Amélie, Jaws, Apollo 13, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Godfather, The Hangover, A Few Good Men, The Exorcist, Star Wars: A New Hope, Rocky, and When Harry Met Sally.

Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez come on stage to present.

Costume Design

  • Anonymous, Lisy Christl
  • The Artist, Mark Bridges (Winner)
  • Hugo, Sandy Powell
  • Jane Eyre, Michael O’Connor
  • W.E., Arianne Phillips

Big shocker…

They are definitely trying to get this show underway as fast as possible.

Makeup

  • Albert Nobbs, Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnston and Matthew W. Mungle
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Nick Dudman, Amanda Knight and Lisa Tomblin
  • The Iron Lady, Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland (Winner)

I’m actually baffled by this one. I would have figured Harry Potter had at least this one in the bag.

Another montage of famous actors talking about their first movie experience and how it had affected them. Adam Sandler saw Diamonds are Forever, Brad Pitt saw War of the Gargantuas, Reese Witherspoon, Steve Carrell, Morgan Freeman saw King Kong, Helen Mirren and more speak.

Sandra Bullock comes on to present an award and speak the category in Mandarin, but really speaks it in German.

Foreign Language Film

  • Belgium, “Bullhead”, Michael R. Roskam, director
  • Canada, “Monsieur Lazhar”, Philippe Falardeau, director
  • Iran, “A Separation”, Asghar Farhadi, director (Winner)
  • Israel, “Footnote”, Joseph Cedar, director
  • Poland, “In Darkness”, Agnieszka Holland, director

Not surprised.

Billy says a good joke about the Republican primaries.

Christian Bale comes up on stage.

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Bérénice Bejo, The Artist
  • Jessica Chastain, The Help
  • Mellisa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
  • Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
  • Octavia Spencer, The Help (Winner)

A great list of first time nominees. I wish McCarthy would win, but it wasn’t going to happen. It was obviously going to go to Octavia, her performance was really great and you could tell on screen she was going to win – and this movie came out in the summer. Octavia had a really great emotional speech.

The Artist is the first silent film to be nominated since 1928. Moneyball is the first baseball movie to be nominated since Field of Dreams in 1989.

Eugene Levy, Jennifer Coolidge, Catherine O’Hara, Fred Williard, and more are in a “test screening” of The Wizard of Oz. A great spoof.

Tina Fey and a weird mustached Bradley Cooper step on stage to present.

Film Editing

  • The Artist, Anne-Sophie Bion and Michel Hazanavicius
  • The Descendants, Kevin Tent
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall (Winner)
  • Hugo, Thelma Schoonmaker
  • Moneyball, Christopher Tellefsen

Shocked. Completely shocked. And so were the editors of the film. Great upset.

Sound Editing

  • Drive, Lon Bender and Victor Ray Ennis
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Ren Klyce
  • Hugo, Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty (Winner)
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl
  • War Horse, Richard Hymns and Gary Rydstrom

Kinda surprised Transformers didn’t win.

Sound Mixing

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Bo Persson
  • Hugo, Tom Fleischman and John Midgley (Winner)
  • Moneyball, Deb Adair, Ron Bochar, Dave Giammarco and Ed Novick
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Peter J. Devlin
  • War Horse, Gary Rydstrom, Andy Nelson, Tom Johnson and Stuart Wilson

Hugo is sweeping up, Marty better have brought a broom. I’m still puzzled that Transformers didn’t win.

Kermit and Miss Piggy appear on-screen to talk about their first memorable movie experience.

Cirque du Soleil perform their interpretation of going to the movies. If I was able to do one of those things that they have done tonight I would be astounded with myself.

Wow, Christopher Plummer is 82 and two years younger than how old the Oscar is.

Pepper Potts and Tony Stark come on stage. Robert Downey Jr. is seen Tebowing behind stage.  RDJ apparently turned downThe Descendants.

Documentary Feature

  • Hell and Back Again
  • If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front
  • Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory
  • Pina
  • Undefeated (Winner)

I have no opinion, but those filmmakers look really really young.

Chris Rock is a presenter.

Animated Feature Film

  • A Cat in Paris, Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli
  • Chico & Rita, Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal
  • Kung Fu Panda 2, Jennifer Yuh Nelson
  • Puss in Boots, Chris Miller
  • Rango, Gore Verbinski (Winner)

Rango was so amazingly animated it comes as no surprise that this film won. It had a great ordeal of voice acting and it was a good story too.

Ben Stiller and Emma Stone come on stage to present. Emma’s first award presentation. Emma Stone calls out Ben Stiller on Avatar make-up.

Visual Effects

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Tim Burke, David Vickery, Greg Butler and John Richardson
  • Hugo, Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossman and Alex Henning (Winner) 
  • Real Steel, Erik Nash, John Rosengrant, Dan Taylor and Swen Gillberg
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, R. Christopher White and Daniel Barrett
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Dan Glass, Brad Friedman, Douglas Trumbull and Michael Fink

Upset city! I can’t believe Hugo won over Apes and Transformers. I would see Harry Potter win over Hugo. Crazy.

Melissa Leo comes up on stage to present.

Best Actor In a Supporting Role

  • Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
  • Jonah Hill, Moneyball
  • Nick Nolte, Warrior
  • Christopher Plummer, Beginners (Winner)
  • Max von Sydow, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Wow, the oldest actor to win an Oscar! Congratulations Mr. Plummer on your first win! He was so great and far better than the other actors in this category.

Billy Crystal uses his psychic powers to predict what actors are thinking in the audience. Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman, George Clooney, Viola Davis, Martin Scorsese, Nick Nolte, and the dog, Uggie, from The Artist were on the hot seat.

The president of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences comes on stage.

Penelope Cruz and Owen Wilson are on stage to present.

Music (Original Score)

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

Wow no proper musical training. That’s pretty talented. The score for The Artist was quite exquisite, powerful, and fun.

Will Farrell and Zach Galifianakis appear to blast Brad Pitt in the face with cymbal crashes. Coming on stage they present.

Music (Original Song)

  • “Man or Muppet” from The Muppets, Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie (Winner)
  • “Real in Rio” from Rio, Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown, Lyric by Siedah Garrett

I don’t even know why this category existed this year. “Man or Muppet” just had such stiff competition this year.

The Angelina Jolie comes on stage to present. Her skeleton arms scare me.

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

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

Hell yeah for Dean Craig Pelton, Jim Rash, winning! The Descendants definitely deserved to win. The story had such greater depth of emotion than any of its fellow nominees, and it wouldn’t have been made possible without these screenwriters.

Writing (Original Screenplay)

  • The Artist, Written by Michel Hazanavicius
  • Bridesmaids, Written by Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig
  • Margin Call, Written by J.C. Chandor
  • Midnight in Paris, Written by Woody Allen (Winner)
  • A Separation, Written by Asghar Farhadi

Laughed that Woody wasn’t there. He’s probably had enough of the Academy after how long he’s been in the business.

Another actor montage of how they perceive movies.

Milla Jovovich comes on stage to talk about technical awards that are not a part of the big show.

The cast of Bridesmaids, Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig, and the others comes on stage to talk about length… of short films.

Short Film (Live Action)

  • Pentecost, Peter McDonald and Eimear O’Kane
  • Raju, Max Zähle and Stefan Gieren
  • The Shore, Terry George and Oorlagh George (Winner)
  • Time Freak, Andrew Bowler and Gigi Causey
  • Tuba Atlantic, Hallvar Witzø

Rose Byrne and Melissa McCarthy present the next award of shorts taking a pull for a “Scorsese” mention.

Documentary Short

  • The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement, Robin Fryday and Gail Dolgin
  • God is the Bigger Elvis, Rebecca Cammisa and Julie Anderson
  • Incident in New Baghdad, James Spione
  • Saving Face, Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
  • The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom, Lucy Walker and Kira Carstensen

Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper present.

Short Film (Animated)

  • Dimanche/Sunday, Patrick Doyon
  • The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg (Winner)
  • La Luna, Enrico Casarosa
  • A Morning Stroll, Grant Orchard and Sue Goffe
  • Wild Life, Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby

Michale Douglas comes on stage to present.

Best Director

  • Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist (Winner)
  • Alexdander Payne, The Descendants
  • Martin Scorsese, Hugo
  • Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
  • Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life

The DGA awards proved correct. Many may think Scorsese was robbed, but whatever. This was a close and tough category to pick who would win.

A very dedicated hoarder – so says Crystal – came on the stage in a gold toga known only as the Meryl Streep to talk about the Governor Awards…? Darth Vader’s voice is on stage.

The memorandum is now on. Esperanza Spalding performs “What a Wonderful World” – did she perform last year? Whitney Houston, Steve Jobs, Peter Falk (the grandfather from The Princess Bride), a few producers of the Oscars, and many, many more are remembered.

Another talking head montage about acting filled with Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Ed Norton, Robert Downey Jr., Jonah Hill, Robert De Niro, Patton Oswalt, Tom Cruise and more show up.

Last year’s Best Actress winner, Natalie Portman, is on stage to present.

Best Actor in a Leading Role

  • Demian Bichir, A Better Life
  • George Clooney, The Descendants
  • Jean Dujardin, The Artist (WINNER)
  • Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  • Brad Pitt, Moneyball

It was gonna go either way between Clooney and Dujardin. I would have rather seen Clooney win, but Dujardin was very animated and incredible in his role as George Valentin.

Last year’s Best Actor, Colin Firth, comes on stage to present.

Best 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 (Winner)
  • Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn

Streeeeeeeeeep! Called it. The Academy LOVES British royalty. With her 17 nominations, she has now won 3.

HAHAHA Tom Cruise presenting best picture.

Best Picture

Oh man never saw that coming… Silent films will now be the next 3D and handy cam trends in Hollywood.

Billy Crystal did a great job hosting. He was far superior than the past few years since Hugh Jackman in 2009. The Oscars were semi-predictable this year. The real shocker was all the technical awards Hugo earned. This year sucked overall for films compared to last year. Movies from 2010 were just far more superior and had me more involved than this year.

Well the Oscars are over. I got 15 of 24 right this year – not as good as my Oscar predictions last year, but oh well. Until next time folks!

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