By/Por Juan Rodriguez Flores
Translated by Leah Bergman
Led again by actor and comedian Billy Crystal, who has become the face of the Oscar ceremonies, the 84th awards was fast paced, fun, and full of humor.
Since we released the names of the first confirmed winners, but still not knowing which and how many categories could succeed,
we knew that the main competition would be between Martin Scorsese with his film “Hugo” and the movie “The Artist” directed by Michael Hazanavicius.
As it was approaching the time to present the awards for the major categories, “Hugo” won the Oscar for “Best Photography”, “Best Art Direction”, “Sound Editing”, “Sound Mixing”, and “Best Visual Effects”.
Meanwhile “The Artist” received the Oscar for “Best Costume Design”, and then obtained the “Best Original Score (Music)”.
The ratio of 5 Scorsese wins, against 2 Hazanavicius, was maintained until the end of the night when they announced that the French filmmaker had been declared “Best Director” in 2012. Then came the appointment of Jean Dujardin as “Best Actor”.
From that moment everything was decided. “The Artist” was recognized as “Best Film”, and took the same number of trophies as “Hugo”. The only difference is that “The Artist” had taken the awards with the highest honors.
With respect to the other awards, the results agree with the forecasts: Octavia Spencer received the Oscar for her work as “Best
Supporting Actress” in the film “The Help”. Christopher Plummer, a veteran at 82 years of age, received “Best Supporting Actor” for his work in the film “Beginners”.
For Meryl Streep, justice was done. After receiving more than a dozen nominations and not being awarded, she left the Kodak Theatre with an Oscar in her hands. It is the third in her career, and this time she was awarded “Best Actress” of the year.
Alexander Payne, managed to win the award for “Best Adapted Screenplay” for the movie “The Descendants”, and Woody Allen, always absent for the awards, was recognized for “Best Original Screenplay ” with his story” Midnight in Paris “.
For “Best Foreign Film” the representative of Iran won the Oscar. A fact that becomes particularly relevant because of the political environment now prevailing between that country and the United States.
Unfortunately, the Spaniard Fernando Trueba and the Mexicans Emmanuel Lubeski and Demian Bichir did not fare well against the opponents that they were competing against in their respective categories.