Oscar 2012: 84th Academy Awards Results, Fashion, Photos, Videos
Welcome to the Osecar 2012, th 84th Academy Awards. Join us for Oscar 2012 live streaming TV telecast, updates, film geekery and fashion sniping throughout the day. All times AEDT.
Oscar 2012 Results – Final List:
BEST PICTURE – The Artist
- BEST DIRECTOR – Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist
BEST ACTOR – Jean Dujardin – The Artist
BEST ACTRESS – Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR – Christopher Plummer – Beginners
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS – Octavia Spencer – The Help
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM – A Separation – Iran
BEST ANIMATION – Rango
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY – Midnight in Paris – Woody Allen
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY – The Descendants – Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash
BEST ART DIRECTION – Hugo – Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – Hugo – Robert Richardson
BEST SOUND MIXING – Hugo – Tom Fleischman and John Midgley
BEST SOUND EDITING – Hugo – Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty
BEST ORIGINAL SONG – Man or Muppet, from The Muppets – music and lyrics by Bret McKenzie
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – The Artist – Ludovic Bource
BEST COSTUMES – The Artist – Mark Bridges
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE – Undefeated
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT – Saving Face
BEST FILM EDITING – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM – The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore
BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM – The Shore
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS – Hugo – Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossman and Alex Henning
- BEST MAKE-UP – The Iron Lady – Mark Coulier and J Roy Helland
Here’s a reminder of the Oscar 2012 nominations in the top categories.
Best Picture of Oscar 2012
- The Artist
- The Descendants
- Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
- The Help
- Midnight in Paris
- The Tree of Life
- War Horse
Best actor of Oscar 2012
- Demián Bichir, A Better Life
- George Clooney, The Descendants
- Jean Dujardin, The Artist
- Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
- Brad Pitt, Moneyball
Best actress of Oscar 2012
- 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
Best supporting actress of Oscar 2012
- Bérénice Bejo, The Artist
- Jessica Chastain, The Help
- Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
- Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
- Octavia Spencer, The Help
Best actor in a supporting role of Oscar 2012
- Kenneth Branagh, My Week with Marilyn
- Jonah Hill, Moneyball
- Nick Nolte, Warrior
- Christopher Plummer, Beginners
- Max von Sydow, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Best director of Oscar 2012
- Michel Hazavanicius, The Artist
- Alexander Payne, The Descendants
- Martin Scorsese, Hugo
- Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
3.40pm And that’s a wrap folks! While The Artist may have triumphed on stage, the web is saying there was a different frontrunner at the ceremony – Angelina Jolie’s right leg.
Jolie’s lengthy pin now has it’s own Twitter page @AngiesRightLeg which is posting messages like, “Leg here!” and “Look at meeee!!” and “Don’t forget about me!!” There were 2,000-plus followers even before Jean Dujardin was named best actor! It’s now approaching 5,500.
If that’s not enough, here’s the ten best pictures of the show-stopping limb.
It will now be known as the “Adele of The Oscars”.
3.29pm A deserving Meryl Streep takes out Best Actress. If Streep was to have lost, she would have suffered her 15th defeat, but tonight is her night
“When they called my name, I had a feeling I could hear all of America going ‘oh no, cmon, her?’ But whatever.”
3.18pm Natalie Portman presents the award for Best Actor. Jean Dujardin steals the statue from George Clooney’s hot little hands. His first words:
“I love your country”
In Dujardin’s entire performance he spoke just two words – “thank” and “you” – so it is fitting that he uses them again tonight, and several times over
3.01pm With a slow, sweet version of What a Wonderful World, Esperanza Spalding sings over the black-and-white images of the men and women who died over the past year, including Steve Jobs, Tim Hetherington, Jane Russell, Elizabeth Taylor and Whitney Houston.
2.51pm Best Director goes to Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
2.35pm The Bridesmaids cast are on stage to prove women can be funny – but they probably didnt need to use penis jokes and swig from liquor bottles to prove it this time. We all saw the movIE!
2.28pm Woody Allen couldn’t be there to accept his award for best original screenplay, surprise surprise. He wins for Midnight in Paris
2.25pm Angelina Jolie looks FIERCE presenting the award for Adapted Screenplay to The Descendants. She’s got a split that almost goes right up to her navel and she’s not hiding it. She thrusts a leg out to distract everyone from her incredibly monotone delivery.
2.20pm There are only two nominees for Best Original Song and after much dropping of the cymbals by Will Ferrell and Zach Galiafianakis, Man or Muppet, from The Muppets wins. Miss Piggy will be carrying on like a pork-chop after that news…
2.15pm Penelope Cruz and Owen Wilson introduce the award for Original Score – not much to say here really except for The winner? The Artist!
2.05pm For any Perez-heads out there who are interested in his opinion of the ceremony, here it is:
Zzzzz! Falling asleep! #Oscars
— Perez Hilton (@PerezHilton) February 27, 2012
2.00pm At the age of 82, Christopher Plummer becomes the oldest actor EVER to win an Oscar! Wins Best Supporting Actor for his role in Beginners. He looks at the golden statuette (which turns 84 this year) and says:
“Youre only two years older than me darling, where have you been all my life?”
1.52pm Steve Carrell gets all funny like with The Muppets cameo:
Miss Piggy gets my bacon frying.
— Steve Carrell (@SteveCareII) February 27, 2012
In animation you can be anyone you want to be. If you’re a white man, you can be an Arabian prince. If you’re a black man, you can be a talking donkey.
It almost doesn’t matter that Rango wins the Oscar for best animated feature.
Meanwhile, even Eddie Murphy is having his say, on how he compares to er, himself:
Chris Rock will never live up to Eddie Murphy #Oscars
— Eddie Murphy ® (@_EddieMurphy_) February 27, 2012
1.44pm Robert Downey Jr is filming a reality TV show – The Presenter. It involves a lot of bickering with Gwyneth Paltrow. “What you’re doing is disrespectful,” says Gwynnie. Downey Jnr’s reply:
“I turned down The Descendants to prep for this”
Hit! They’re also handing out the award for best documentary feature. It goes to Undefeated. The film-makers like to swear. Talking of swearing Chris Rock is up next.
1.40pm Cirque du Soleil are on. Their performance is the largest cast the Academy has ever assembled for a single act. Providing the music is Oscar-nominated composer Danny Elfman (Batman, SPider-man, The Simpsons). This is second time Cirque du Soleil has performed during an Academy Awards telecast and all I can say is – wow! But where are ther monkeys? I want flying monkeys.
1.32pm Ali: An Aussie gets up! Kirk Baxter (who won last year for The Social Network) clearly did’t have a speech prepared but he saved it with this:
“Lets get outta here – we’re editors”
1.29pm The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo claims the award for best editing. No film is dominating the field yet.
Oops, I spoke too soon. Best sound editing Oscar goes to Hugo. Very weird acceptance speech – I’d like to thank everyone who has been born and hasn’t been born. Someone’s going to regret that one.
Best sound mixing goes to Hugo. A lot of screaming from the crowd (where’s a good sound mixer when you need one). So that’s Hugo out in front but will it have to make do with the technical awards?
1.25pm Billy Crystal to George Clooney’s girlfriend Stacy Kiebler:
“You’re a lucky girl – he’s a very good kisser”
1.22pm Crystal introduces the first skit. Found footage of the first focus group’s reaction to the Wizard of Oz. It looks as if this one has been written by Christopher Guest and co. Guest is best known for Spinal Tap. A lot of jokes about monkeys and who doesn’t like monkeys?
1.17pm Spencer is the first victim of the dreaded time checkers.
“Please wrap up? I’m wrapping up, I’m freaking out. Oh God, I’m sorry.”
1.09pm Batman is presenting the best supporting actress statue. Ooo, he’s dark, moody and all British. The winner is …. Octavia Spencer, as expected. Standing ovation from the crowd. Here come the tears.
1.08pm Best foreign language film is A Separation. Good call. It’s a great film.
1.04pm Now we have a bunch of stars talking about the magic of movies but it’s coming across like a political advert or plea for money. Baaad.
1.00pm A bunch of other awards have been given out to people who aren’t important. Oscar for Best Achievement in Makeup goes to The Iron Lady, presumably for making Thatcher look like a human being.
The Oscar for Best Achievement in Costume Design goes to The Artist, so right back at ya Scorsese.
12.45pm Tom Hanks gives out the first award, for cinematography. The nominees are The Artist, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Hugo, The Tree of Life and War Horse.
And the Oscar goes to Hugo. That’s one for Scorsese. Nothing for the rest of the field.
And he’s still on. Giving out the Oscar for best art direction now. The nominees are: The Artist, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2, Hugo, Midnight in Paris and War Horse.
The winner…. Hugo. In your face, The Artist.
12.35pm Crystal is making much of the fact that he’s an old has-been. Two minutes in and he’s already singing. And it sucks. Bring on The Muppets … Actually, bring on Eddie Murphy. At least he only sings when he’s a donkey.
12.30pm The show begins. Billy Crystal has inserted himself into scenes from the best picture nominees. The best gag so far – a kiss from George Clooney.
This one’s pretty good too:
“We’re here at the Chapter 11 Theatre”
12.00pm Kristen Wiig in yet another Nudie dress, why does she hate colour?
11.55am Gwynnie tweeted this pic from inside the limo:
11.51am Emma Stone turns up in Nicole Kidman’s Oscar dress from 2007.. what a faux pas! Perez Hilton calls it a “serious fashion fail”.
11.45am This is your last chance to see Octavia Spencer’s chest before she treats herself to the celebratory boob-lift she spoke about last week. In other news, she’s looking stunning in Tadashi Shoji.
Jonah Hill brought his mum as his date. Bless.
Tina Fey in Carolina Herrera and a fake bun …
11.31am Ryan Seacrest dares to interviews Sacha Baron Cohen’s The Dictator. The interview finishes when the actor spills an urn containing Kim Jong Il’s “ashes” all over his suit”. But more importantly, what is Cohen wearing?
“I’m wearing John Galiano, but the socks are from K-mart. Saddam Hussein once said to me, socks are socks, don’t waste money”.
11.25am There’s a lot of debate over exactly what colour the My Week With Marilyn star is wearing. She’s called it coral, others have called it red. The peplum silhouette looks perfect on her.
Rooney Mara in WHITE! She’s shunned her usual black. But people aren’t talk about her gown, theyre talking about her brows.
Maya Rudolph in looks stunning in plum Johanna Johnson, but there was a little too much talk about shapewear! We don’t need to know what’s under that thing! Meanwhile, she spills her secret on how to survive the red carpet:
Meanwhile, Bret McKenzie, who’s one half of Flight of the Choncords is getting some air time.
11.15am Sacha Baron Cohen’s Admiral General Aladeen is here – perhaps not the best time to roll out a p***-take of Middle-Eastern dictators when Syria’s tyrannical President Assad is slaughtering hundredd of his own people daily.
10.59am Comedian Albert Brooks was snubbed by the Academy despite winning over almost veryone else who matters with his menacing turn in Drive. He’s on Twitter and being funny.
I was not on Twitter last year at this time so let me wish The Kings Speech the very best of luck.
— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) February 26, 2012
10.50am Russell Crowe, a man not known for subtlety is keeping his mouth shut about the Oscars. On his account he’s talking to Bryan Adams.
10.42am Viola Davis is a vision in green, sporting some serious squoobs AND her natural hair by “Hair by Mae Alice Davis” (her mum!)
Meanwhile, there’s a lot of praise floating on the Twittersphere for her wigless do:
Viola Davis + natural hair at the Oscars = a proud moment for black womanhood. Viola, thank you from the bottom of my scalp.
— Sonya Ross (@sonyagal) February 26, 2012
10.35am Melissa McCarthy knocks it out of the park. She’s changed her look completely, the colour and beadwork on this dress is perfect combination. Best she’s looked all season, I say.
10.32am We’re used to seeing Jessica Chastain in pastels and blues, but she’s mixed it up for the Oscars with a tricky gold and copper print on black. It’s a difficult one to pull off, but this girl doesn’t need any Help.
10.28am Meanwhile, George Clooney has turned up with Stacey in tow – take that rumour mill! This couple is still kicking it. Clooney says she’s delighted with his nomination:
“I figure if I get hit by a bus today, I did ok.”
Comedian Kathy Griffin reckons Stacy has a strategy:
Clooneys girlfriend is dressed LIKE AN OSCAR! Strategy people!!!
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) February 26, 2012
10.25am Our own Rose Byrne could turn up in a paper bag and look stunning, she’s gone for a hat-trick combination of a Vivienne Westwood gown, Jimmy Choo heels and Chanel jewels – what a designer threesome! Black sequins are the new black.
10.22amMilla Jovovich in Elie Saab haute couture. True Hollywood glamour, looking like a Milla-ion dollars she is. Guiliana Rancic goes for a mildly reptilian look, but her hair is pulled back so tight my head hurts.
And here are some other stars wearing expensive clothes they have been paid to wear (if only real people’s lives were like that). They are: Guiliana Rancic and Sarah Hyland.
Sarah Hyland dons regal purple – age appropriate and very pretty. This Modern Family starlet hasn’t put a foot wrong this awards season
10.22am Milla Jovovich in Elie Saab haute couture. True Hollywood glamour, looking like a Milla-ion dollars she is. Guiliana Rancic goes for a mildly reptilian look, but her hair is pulled back so tight my head hurts.
10.17am Do you remember Penelope Anne Miller? There’s no reason you should, because she was last a star almost 20 years ago in Carlito’s Way. She’s back now, riding on The Artist’s wave of popularity, in which she stars.
10.00am You want pics of celebrities on a red carpet. Then today is your lucky day. Enjoy.
9.50am The most highly anticipated fashion reveal on the red carpet today? It’s not Angelina, it’s not Michelle, Gwyneth or Meryl. It’s the muppet’s resident fashionista, Miss Piggy. The porcine actress has confirmed she is a happy as a pig in the proverbial after being dressed for the evening by the magnificent Zac Posen:
“Moi will wear a trés fabulous dress designed especially for moi by Zac. It’s a magnificent creation, just like moi. The theme for my dress is ‘Wow! as in ‘Wow, nobody else could pull that off except Miss Piggy. It’s designed to catch your eye, and make George, Brad and Kermie drool all over me.”
9.45am Could this be a little hint as to who Posh has been busy styling?
Happy Oscar day! Excited to see what Rooney Mara and Michelle Williams will wear x vb
— Victoria Beckham (@victoriabeckham) February 26, 2012
9.35am Over to you Ali. Ryan Seacrest has just confirmed Sacha Baron Cohen WILL be attending the ceremony as the dictator to terrorise the red carpet.. Can’t wait to see the bearded tyrant unleashed!
Just confirmed I will be interviewing the dictator today…trying to figure out what the heck to ask him, ideas?? #eredcarpet
— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) February 26, 2012
9.30am Talking of nudity, here’s when the Oscars did it with taste. Over to you David Niven:
9.25am So why has the Academy turned to some old geezer who was last funny on screen in 1991? Because it was staring down the barrel of a public relations nightmare after the man hired to host the Oscars, Eddie Murphy, walked at the 11th hour. Murphy, another comedian who hasn’t been funny on screen for even more years than Crystal (Shrek doesn’t count), walked because the man hired to produce the Oscars, Brett Ratner, said “rehearsing was for fags” and then subsequently wrote this open letter to the entertainment industry:
Over the last few days, I’ve gotten a well-deserved earful from many of the people I admire most in this industry expressing their outrage and disappointment over the hurtful and stupid things I said in a number of recent media appearances. To them, and to everyone I’ve hurt and offended, I’d like to apologize publicly and unreservedly.
As difficult as the last few days have been for me, they cannot compare to the experience of any young man or woman who has been the target of offensive slurs or derogatory comments. And they pale in comparison to what any gay, lesbian, or transgender individual must deal with as they confront the many inequalities that continue to plague our world.
So many artists and craftspeople in our business are members of the LGBT community, and it pains me deeply that I may have hurt them. I should have known this all along, but at least I know it now: words do matter. Having love in your heart doesn’t count for much if what comes out of your mouth is ugly and bigoted. With this in mind, and to all those who understandably feel that apologies are not enough, please know that I will be taking real action over the coming weeks and months in an effort to do everything I can both professionally and personally to help stamp out the kind of thoughtless bigotry I’ve so foolishly perpetuated.
As a first step, I called Tom Sherak this morning and resigned as a producer of the 84th Academy Awards telecast. Being asked to help put on the Oscar show was the proudest moment of my career. But as painful as this may be for me, it would be worse if my association with the show were to be a distraction from the Academy and the high ideals it represents.
I am grateful to GLAAD for engaging me in a dialogue about what we can do together to increase awareness of the important and troubling issues this episode has raised and I look forward to working with them. I am incredibly lucky to have a career in this business that I love with all of my heart and to be able to work alongside so many of my heroes. I deeply regret my actions and I am determined to learn from this experience.
Sincerely, Brett Ratner
Murphy, who obviously makes his movies the heterosexual way, by winging it, decided he couldn’t work for a producer who might make him rehearse and followed his mate Ratner out the door. Names of possible replacement hosts tossed around by the Academy included Ricky Gervais, Steve Martin and the bloke who plays Barney in How I Met Your Mother. They even considered hiring a bunch of Muppets, quite literally. Why? Because last year’s hosts, James Franco and Anne Hathaway, two names the Academy thought would persuade bored teenagers that award shows are COOOL, bombed (yes, remember Franco in the Marilyn Monroe dress?). Even Franco hated his performance and immediately afterwards took to Twitter to rip into the show’s producers and writers. In the end, it being Hollywood and original ideas being few on the ground, they picked Crystal.
So we can only dream what kind of show Ratner and Murphy would have given us. Actually, it would have been exactly like this one but with less rehearsing and more tits and ass (see Ratner’s back catalogue if you don’t believe me).
8.50am So, let’s talk about Billy Crystal. Time and botox has not been kind, and it would be better for all concerned if he had aged gracefully into something like this:
Rather than this:
If you’re anywhere near the age of news.com.au’s target demographic, you’ll be wondering who this Billy Crystal is. To all those who don’t have access to imdb, Billy Crystal is the bloke in that film about Meg Ryan faking orgasms in cafes. You know, When Sex and the City Met Hugh Grant. Billy Crystal is also Oscars royalty.
He has hosted the awards show eight times, second only to Bob Hope’s 18 stints, and joked that he’s only doing it this year “so the young woman in my local pharmacy will stop having to ask my name when I pick up my prescriptions”.
His trademark is inserting himself into clips of the best picture nominees, which may have got giggles in 1990 but seems pretty lame in 2012. Here are a couple of videos of his greatest Oscar moments for those who want to get a taste of what we’re in for over the next few hours.
8.15am A study published by the LA Times last week chips further gold off the little statue. Your average Oscar voter is a white, middle-aged man and the film tastes of white middle-aged men veer towards the conservative, which is why films like Driving Miss Daisy, A Beautiful Mind and Forrest Gump win awards and not Taxi Driver, Citizen Kane and Blade Runner.
And if that doesn’t convince you that the Oscars are a sham, then the answer to this question posed by the LA Times should:
Of the following people, which ones are eligible to vote at the Oscars – Woody Allen, George Lucas, Meat Loaf and Chips actor Erik Estrada?
The answer: Meat Loaf and Erik Estrada. Yes, you read that right. Not Woody Allen or George Lucas, two of the most influential film-makers of the past three decades, but the man who’ll do anything for love but won’t do that and Frank “Ponch” Poncherello.
8.00am If you think the films up for best picture don’t exactly scream quality, then you’ll get a kick out of the following rant. If you loved Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, then it’s best you skip this. In fact, don’t. Because you need to be taught a lesson. By grumpy film critic Mark Kermode. And for all those unfamiliar with Kermode, watch him take apart Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
In Kermode’s excellent book The Good, The Bad and The Multiplex he scorns the idea that the Oscars are a serious indicator of quality cinema around the world:
All you really need to know about the Oscars is that they’re the awards that didn’t give a Best Picture Gong to Citizen Kane but did give one to Driving Miss Daisy. Just think about that for a moment, and try to imagine a world in which Driving Miss Daisy really was the best film you were going to see all. Be honest. You’d throw yourself off a bridge, wouldn’t you?
He says the problem is how the Oscar-winners and nominees are picked. What is supposed to happen is the members of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are supposed to watch all the movies released in the US in the past year and cast their vote. But this is what actually happens: “Most of thenm can’t actually be bothered to wade through all those boring movies, most of which they imagine are probably utter crap.” To make things worse, voters “have become content to allow the initial selection process to be conducted on their behalf by a bunch of unaccountable drunken bozos – the Hollywood Foreign Press Association”.
Kermode accuses the HFPA, or Backhanders as I like to call them although our lawyers will probably object, of nominating films for Golden Globes solely based on which celebrities they’d like to hang out with that year. It’s a gag Ricky Gervais made while presenting the Globes last year and hinted at this year, which shows you the HFPA loves celebrities even when they’re insulting them.
Kermode goes onto argue that “since Academy members don’t have time to watch all the eligible releases, they tend to wait until the Golden Globes shortlist is announced and then make their selection from that random field. Thus a group of toadying numbskills effectively get to control the first stage of Oscar voting.”
And that’s why annoyingly cloy rubbish like Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close gets nominated.
7.45am And here’s what a bunch of kids think about the best picture Oscar (Marky Mark, I don’t mean you):
Will win: The Artist
Should win: The Artist. Michel Hazavanicius’s celebration of Hollywood’s past has been dismissed as a piece of cinematic fluff but is fluff a bad thing? The Artist is a clever, beguiling and thoroughly enjoyable piece of fluff. Honourable mention to Drive, which didn’t get nominated but is our second favourite film of the year (you’ll never get into a lift with Ryan Gosling again).
Will win: Michel Hazavanicius
Should win: Michel Hazavanicius, for making fluff with wit and flair.
Will win: Jean Dujardin (sorry George, we don’t think it’s your night.
Should win: Gary Oldman for his melancholy spy George Smiley in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, but the man who should win isn’t even on the list – Michael Fassbender, whose performance as a sex addict in Shame was the best of the year.
Will win: Meryl Streep
Should win: Meryl Streep, although as a Scot who lived through the worst excesses of Thatcherism, it pains me to write it.
Best supporting actress
Will win: Octavia Spencer
Should win: Melissa McCarthy. For this line: “It’s coming out of me like lava!” In fact, it’s a crime that Bridesmaids doesn’t feature in the best picture, best director and best actress categories.
Best supporting actor
Will win: Christopher Plummer
Should win: Again, the man who should win is not even on the list because the Academy can’t get its head around motion capture performance. Andy Serkis’s Caesar, the smart chimp with a very big grudge, in Rise of the Planet of the Apes is nothing short of brilliance. And if you think it is all just special effects, then maybe this video will change your mind:
7.30am Someone on tumbler has tried to do the same thing with pictures of babies but it’s not as funny. See what I mean:
And someone with too much time on their hands has reduced the best picture nominees to infographics. Here’s a taste:
7.00am It’s impressive list, but who has time watch everything on it? Not lazy armchair pundits so movie site theshiznet.co.uk has conjured up a fun guide to the big films vying for the golden statue. Here are some of them:
6.30am If previous awards are anything to go by, The Artist is the film to beat. It’s certainly the most feel-good film of the year, and feel-good films play well with Academy voters, especially feel-good films made by and starring foreigners (see Life is Beautiful, Cinema Paridiso, La Vie en Rose, anything directed by Lasse Hallstrom).
6.00am It’s Oscar day today. In just a matter of hours we’ll know whether The Artist becomes the first silent film to win an Oscar since 1929. Back then the awards were a different affair. No tweets, no TV cameras, no Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet and possibly no Billy Crystal. In fact, the ceremony was over in 15 minutes flat, with the list winners published three months earlier in the LA Times, all bad if you enjoy watching glamorous people sweat on live TV at the mere sight of a Golden Envelope.