LiveBlogging the Oscars 2012
I just figured it out, based on my memories of Oscars past; I’ve been an OscarBot for 50 years; I remember watching the Oscars the year WEST SIDE STORY was the big winner
– which would have been 1961 (if released in 1960) or 1962, because after that, it would have been My Fair Lady and Mary Poppins were 1963, and Sound of Music was 1964, it’s been a full 50 years that I know, for certain, that I’ve been watching the Oscars.
Basically, I was ten by the time I was a full-on OscarBot; it may well have been in 3rd grade when I first watched the Oscars as an acting award, having been onstage for the first time the previous February (Valentine’s Day class play, in1960). Do I remember rightly, George Chakiris didn’t show up that year, he was adverse to all the hoopla? He later moved to France to live and, I believe, came out. I KNEW I always had a crush on him. Now, that man could work The HEAT.
Brian Glazer is drunk (and tiny), but we’re all excited to see what he delivers this year.
17:26 hrs. the 84th annual academy awards, coming up in a second.
Say, “I’m BATMAN”
Billy Crystal has a moving coming out in November, co-starring Oscar winner Marisa Tomei and 2-time Oscar nominee, the Divine Miss Bette Midler, “… something I’d really been struggling to get made for the last five years”, he told Jay Bobbin on Zap2it ( ) which means it’s been in the works since the Divine Miss M brought the Last Gasp of the Divine to Las Vegas! … since she met Shawn, on Kauai in Princeville! Two degrees of separation!
Cinematography goes to “HUGO” Robert Richardson
3rd award, 7th nomination (JFK, the Aviator)
Art Direction HP pt 2 nomnated winner: “HUGO” only 9 to go, says my companion
Production Design: Dante Ferretti
Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo
“Love her. I Love Her”
Costume Design: Mark Bridges, “The Artist”
Makeup: Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland, “Iron Lady”18:00 hrs.
Sandra Bullock presenting Foreign Language film, and the nominees are:
- In Darkness
- Monsieur Lazhar
Winner: “A Separation” (Iran) first Foreign Language win for an Iranian film.
Christian Bale (“He always looks good”, I tell Wayne) presenting Supporting Actress, the first major performance award of the night.
Octavia Spencer, “The Help” This is her first Academy Award. 18:15
Second City alums doing the Wizard of Oz focus group. Go to Second City website:
Opening done by Dakota films. “He’s a very good kisser”, Crystal says of Clooney.
Film Editing: Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall, diligence and patience, won last year for “Social Network”, for ”Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”
“Let’s get out of here.” “All right.”
Sound Editing: Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty,: Hugo” – not quite the runaway train, but certainly in the lead in awards so far tonight.
Sound Mixing: Tom Fleischman and John Midgley, “Hugo” So, what’s that, four so far? 18:31
Cirque de Soleil with music by Danny Elfman
The flyer has buns of steel!
well, it’s live; that’s what’s exciting, when someone stumbles..
this is hard work; it was early in the broadcast when Wayne said, “You missed it.”
Christopher Plummer is 82; Max von Sydow no9minated tonight, 82 years old
“Next year, this will be called the Flomax Theater.” – Billy Crystal
Gwyneth Paltrow to Robert Downey, JR.: “What are you doing here?”
Best Documentary Feature: TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay and Richard Middlemas, “The Undefeated”
Ladies and gentlemen, Chris Rock – “you can be anything you want to be” in animation.
a passing Eddie Murphy joke. Animation is “the easiest job in the world.”
Best animated feature: Gore Verbinski, Rango. This is his first award, and nomination.
He closes his remarks by thanking his beautiful wife and kids. 18:48
Ben Stiller and in the lovely red dress. “Perky gets old too fast”?
Visual Effects: HP Part 2 2nd nomination
and the Oscar goes to “HUGO”, Rob Legato (his second win), Joss Williams, Ben Grossman and Alex Henning (their first win)
I like that they have interview footage of the actual nominees, who work off-screen, that you wouldn’t get to see, otherwise.
This is the year we say goodbye to “Harry Potter”
2011’s Best Supporting Actress, Melissa “F*bomb” Leo, presenting Best Supporting Actor
and the Oscar goes to: Christopher Plummer, the oldest actor ever to win an Oscar, for “Beginners”. That one I had picked early on, I knew, even without seeing it that it is a memorable performance.
“You’re only 2 years older than me, where have you been all my life?” 19:02
“Ewan McGregor, that superb artist.”
and he thanks “[mes] agents provocateurs, who’ve tried so hard to keep me out of jail
“My daughter Amanda and my long-suffering wife,
“Elaine, who deserves the Nobel Peace Prize, for coming to my rescue every single day of my life.”
That was a moment for the books. I’m so pleased, so happy that he won.
I’m going to see “NAPOLEON” by Abel Gance, on April 1st, which is my classmate, Carolyn’s birthday. Made in 1927, great shades of “The Artist”, 19:07
Billy Crystal comes back on camera, “The average age of Supporting Actor winners has now jumped to 67.”
In the audience, there’s the dog from “The Artis”, a true natural performer.
the President of the Academy of Arts and Sciences, “to promote excellence, to celebrate that common thread that joins us all by going into the movie theater.”
Penoelope Cruz and Owen Wilson to present the musical awards
That is a groges dress, and Penelope is dressed well, too.
Best Original Score: Ludovic Bource, “The Artist”, with no formal training. This is his first award and nomination.
“My wife, Sara is there. Thank you, Michel.”
Wo; Ferrel and Zach Galafinakis as lousy cymbal players in white tuxes.
When you Wish Upon a Star, Mon River, and I’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp”
and the Oscar goes to Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie, for “Man or Muppet”
He thanks his wife, Hannah and (3?) kids 19:20
Angelina presenting Best Screenplay Adaptation, and the Oscar goes to Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash, former members of the Goundlings, for “The Descendants”
“We bow to our fellow nominees” his mother from Omaha, and dedicate it to here, just like Havier Bardem
and thanks for letting me skin=p nursery school so we could go to the movies.”
and the Oscar for Original Screenplay goes to Woody Allen, for “Midnight in Paris”, who once again, doesn’t show up.
That was another one I successfully picked, right from the start. I knew he wouldn’t get Director, but he was the front runner for screenplay
Don Rickles, talking about “moments of honesty”. What a world.
The band is remarkable, they keep cutting to small groups of musicians situated in Box seats, I think. Very striking. 19:33
This is the year of the beautiful white gown, Mila Joovich comes out to recap the Scientific Achievement Awards, presented earlier.
Maya Rudolf, Kristen Wiig and “Here are the Bridesmaids”
Live Action shorts: Terry George and Oorlagh George, “The Shore”
and the Oscar for Documentary Short film goes to Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, “Saving Face”
Daniel thanks his wife and his editor
and turns the stage over to the Pakistani woman who deserves the Oscar stage. “This is for you.”
Best animated short film goes to William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg, for “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, “2 swamp rats form Louisana”, who collectively thank their wives and their families.
The final acting awards coming up next, along with Best Director. 19:47
Michael Douglas presenting Best Director “who was Occupying Wall Street, old school”
He looks good, and strong, for someone as reportedly ill as he is.
Michel Hazanavicius; that was a no-brainer; I knew they had given it to Marty too recently, after being neglected for his entire career. Do they not like him, at the Academy?
Thanks Aggie, the dog. “He’s not that good, but thank you,” and the money people.
The greatest actor of our generation, or a compulsive (award) hoarder, the incomperable Meryl Streep presents the special awards to Oprah, the “gob-smacked” James Earl Jones, and Dick Smith (Honorary Oscar).00
“The night belongs to Oscar.” – James Earl Jones 18:00
A moment for those we’ve lost this year. What a wonderful world, what a wonderful mment.
my boy, Ken Russel
and Farley Granger. Whitney, and Peer Falk “As you wish”
Cliff Robertson – I saw him, live, once, when I went to visit my friend Joan Rivers, at one of her tapings, for the Oscar program the year Russell came up from Alabama.
Jackie Cooper, Ben Gazzara, and Liz, “Thank you with all my heart.”
A lot of technical people in this list; I knew that as going to happen, because I’d been noticing a lot of behind the camera notices of peoples’ passings. 20:07
Here’s Natalie Portman in a lovely strapless red gown, presenting Best Actor, and the Oscar goes to Jean Dujardin, truly “The Artist”. He’s so good-looking! And our country loves you back.
And he thanks his lovely wife, who is in the audience tonight.
Gary Oldman’s first Academy Award nomination, after all these years… and Sirius Black, as well as the notorious Count Dracula.
I still don’t want to see “MONEYBALL” 20:20
Mr. Colin Firth, last year’s Best Actor winner, presenting the award for Actress in a Leading Role, which is awarded to Wayne asks, “Is that a rug?”
I think, and Wayne agrees, that Viola Davis will be the selection. Meryl, I was gay and we were happy. Meryl’s 17th nomination, they keep reminding us, as the “Iron Lady”.
This is the 3rd Academy Award and 17th nomination for Meryl Street – she is now tied with Katherine Hepburn; her first win since 1982 (?) “but, Whatever.”
She thanked her husband, Don, first; and then her hairdresser.
[There you go, Shawn. Wayne and I, we’re together, and we’re thinking of you.]
and Roy. ”I see my life before me, my old live, my new life.”
“I’ll never be here again,” she says.
Best Picture presenter (before the cameras since 19 years old), Tom Cruise. He’s looking good, but he’s looking like he’s getting old, and his wardrobe is very expensive, Wayne adds.
And that was when my battery ran out, my computer shut down, and I was left .. hanging. I left you, my imaginary readers, hanging. Did it surprise me that “The Artist” won Best Picture? Yes, and no.
It was lovely, I enjoyed it, but I wanted it to be … more. I just watched the STARGATE DVD with commentary by Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin, who co-wrote the movie, the other day, and I enjoyed the movie thoroughly, when I went to see it in the theatre when it was first in release, but I wanted it to be .. I don’t know .. more, somehow. I felt that way about “The Artist”, but not about “HUGO”.
Am I disappointed HUGO didn’t win? Have I always been disappointed that “Wizard of OZ” didn’t win? Of course I am; I mean, WofOZ won for Best Song, its year – “Over The Rainbow” was the Oscar-winning song that year. But I’ve been telling people that HUGO was the best film experience I’ve had since Contact, which, of course, didn’t win, either; but then, it was flawed, in its execution. I mean Jody Foster and Matthew McConnaughey? Not believable for a moment, but Jody Foster as the father-obsesses lesbian whose big conflict is between Tom Skerritt and David Morse, one of whom is dead, and the other is wildly inappropriate. Add the Indian woman back in form the novel as a love interest for Ellie Arroway, and the movie would have been that much stronger – but that wasn’t the movie that Carl Sagan would have made, from his own book. And, he did deservedly win Best Screenplay adaptation, for it. But it was flawed, in its execution, but it lifted me up in a way that only a handful of films ever have. At the time, I thought Contact was the best film made since … well, since The Wizard of Oz. I was impressed with its intelligence, and marveled that it ever got made (kind of like, “An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn”, which managed to be too smart for its own good, and atrociously bad, all at the same time.
But HUGO made me feel the same way that CONTACT did, so that I knew, with the same breath, that it was my favorite for the Oscar, and didn’t have a chance in hell of ever winning. Too much whimsey makes the Academy’s collective *ss itch. They’ll nominate ALICE, but they’ll give it to HANNAH AND HER SISTERS. Yes, the latter was a better film, but what does THAT have to do with Academy politics, a topic I’ve never well understood, as exhibited by my innate lack to project the winners from one year to the next.
Yes, really; my battery ran out, I forgot to bring my adapter cord with me, so I had to get home to plug it in here to recover what I hadn’t previously published, and started rambling about Best Picture, which may be the best or the worst part of the blog. Not that anyone would notice. I’m writing, not to be read, but to be rid of it.
Now I can say I’ve done it, and I can say, “Goodnight, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are.”