2012 Oscar Predictions, Winners, and Live-Blog

We have finally arrived at the night that so many of us anticipate all year long. It is the equivalent of the Super Bowl for movie fans. The Academy Awards undoubtedly have their flaws, but they are still the best and most prestigious way to recognize the previous year’s best efforts in film. Once again I will be spending much of the ceremony on my laptop blogging and tweeting during the entire ceremony (while trying hard not to annoy my guests too badly). Follow along below and on Twitter and feel free to share your thoughts in the comments. Here we go!

84th Academy Awards
Live Blog 2012

10:33pm: Best Picture goes to…The Artist! That’s a wrap! I will be back with some final thoughts on the ceremony tomorrow. Thanks for following along everybody!

10:31pm: Whoa, Meryl Streep wins for Best Actress. Did not see that one coming. I suspect Harvey Weinstein is to blame/credit.

10:30pm: You is good, you is smart, you is an Oscar nominated actress for making a bad script sound decent.

10:17pm: They just showed a clip from The Artist that spoils it for the 90% of the audience that has not seen the movie. Also, Gary Oldman is there?! I didn’t even know. He’s so damn restrained!

10:07pm: The In Memoriam segment was more like In MEHmoriam. Too many clips of Oscar speeches, not enough of actual movies.

10:00pm: So glad that Oprah received a Governor’s Award. She was so good in…uh…Bee Movie?

9:52pm: Michel Hazanavicius wins for Best Director. It’s done!

9:30pm: Woody Allen wins Best Original Screenplay and is not there of course to receive it. Wonder if he will ever show up to one of these.

9:22pm: The Best Original Song category has given us some of the most unique Oscar winners. Bret McKenzie joins Three-Six Mafia, Isaac Hayes, and Lionel Richie.

9:16pm: Glad to hear that Owen Wilson is doing his best Owen Wilson impersonation. Then he turns and immediately looks down Penelope Cruz’s dress.

9:05pm: Captain Von Trapp, you are looking as handsome as ever. Well deserved, Christopher Plummer.

8:57pm: Did you know that Andy Serkis did all of his own visual effects for Rise of the Planet of the Apes?

8:53pm: Emma Stone’s bit before the Best Visual Effects award was better than the category will be.

8:46pm: Chris Rock comes on to present for Best Animated Feature. His few jokes have already out shined anything Billy Crystal has done.

8:40pm: Ok. Cirque du Soleil was worth forcing people to shorten their acceptance speeches.

8:29pm: Hugo wins Best Sound Editing and Sound Mixing and now everybody on Twitter is suggesting it will win Best Picture. That’s not how it works.

8:21pm: The Christopher Guest comedy troupe is the highlight of the show so far. Fred Willard is genius.

8:18pm: Luckily Billy Crystal is in the room to laugh at Billy Crystal’s jokes.

8:12pm: In Albert Nobbs all the women play men and the men play women and you wear shoes on your hands and hamburgers eat people!

8:07pm: Asghar Farhadi accepts the award for Best Foreign Language Film. He looks exactly like Ben Kingsley as George Melies in Hugo.

8:02pm: Adam Sandler was in a clip reel of actors talking about their first movie memories and he looked downright confused to be there. “You want me to talk? Should I…should I get in the Jill costume?”

7:58pm: The Artist wins for Best Costume Design and The Iron Lady wins best makeup. An Oscar for making a middle aged woman look like a DIFFERENT middle aged woman!

7:53pm: We just witnessed one of the most random montages in Oscar history. Mostly clips of irrelevant ’90s movies. What is happening!?

7:45pm: Cinematography goes to Hugo and Art Direction goes to Hugo. Will those be the only two awards that Hugo wins all night?

7:41pm: The opening musical number was only slightly better. I hate that it’s become the trend to dismiss The Tree of Life as confusing. Let’s try to advance the conversation instead of hinder it.

7:37pm: Billy Crystal’s opening monologue was painful. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and War Horse puns landed flat and he referenced an irrelevant ’90s movie.

7:35pm: The opening montage was pretty obvious. The fact that it had Justin Bieber showed that they were a little desperate to be relevant.

7:28pm: Oscar hosts I would love to see: Russell Crowe, Gary Oldman, Bryan Cranston, a hornet that has been trapped under a cup for 10 minutes.

7:19pm: Natalie Portman was snubbed this year for her performance as Queen Amidala in The Phantom Menace 3D.

7:15pm: Good, Christopher Plummer has a moustache. THAT is how I will differentiate him from Max Von Sydow.

6:47pm: IN MEMORIAM: Take Shelter, Certified Copy, The Skin I Live In, Shame, Bellflower, Poetry plus a shitload of documentaries…movies not nominated for an Oscar.

6:40pm: According to Tim Gunn, Jessica Chastain is trending on Twitter as best dressed. About time they gave it to a ginger.

6:21pm: I usually skip the red carpet part of the show. Not because I don’t care about fashion, but because the questions asked by the interviews induce an hour-long face palm.

4:00pm: 3 hours to the ceremony. What are your predictions?

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* All times are Central Standard Time (CST).

View the Academy Award Nominations

Predicted Winners

Best Picture
The Artist

Best Director
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

Best Actor
Jean Dujardin, The Artist

Best Actress
Viola Davis, The Help

Best Supporting Actor
Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Best Supporting Actress
Octavia Spencer, The Help

Best Adapted Screenplay
The Descendants

Best Original Screenplay
Midnight in Paris

Best Animated Feature
Rango

Best Documentary Feature
If a Tree Falls

Best Foreign Film
A Separation

Best Art Direction
Hugo

Best Cinematography
The Tree of Life

Best Costume Design
The Artist

Best Film Editing
The Artist

Best Makeup
The Iron Lady

Best Original Score
The Artist

Best Original Song
“Man or Muppet” – The Muppets

Best Sound Editing
War Horse

Best Sound Mixing
War Horse

Best Visual Effects
Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Best Animated Short
The Fantastic Flying Books

Best Documentary Short
Saving Face

Best Live-Action Short
The Shore

Actual Winners

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 Adapted Screenplay
The Descendants

Best Original Screenplay
Midnight in Paris

Best Animated Feature
Rango

Best Documentary Feature
Undefeated

Best Foreign Film
A Separation

Best Art Direction
Hugo

Best Cinematography
Hugo

Best Costume Design
The Artist

Best Film Editing
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Best Makeup
The Iron Lady

Best Original Score
The Artist

Best Original Song
“Man or Muppet” – The Muppets

Best Sound Editing
Hugo

Best Sound Mixing
Hugo

Best Visual Effects
Hugo

Best Animated Short
The Fantastic Flying Books

Best Documentary Short
Saving Face

Best Live-Action Short
The Shore

My Score: 17 out of 24.

Feature Films with More than One Win

Hugo – 5 wins
The Artist – 5 wins
The Iron Lady – 2 wins

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  • Eric M

    I’ll ask the question that everyone has on their mind… Alex: Who are you wearing?

    • Express jeans with a t-shirt from the college improv troupe I was in (we were called the “Unusual Suspects”).

  • Jose

    One day Lubezki, one day…

  • Jose

    Is Christopher Guest working on a new movie?
    If so, yay.

  • Calvin

    Grey sweatpants and a gLee concert tee.
    I love your commentary.

  • Calvin

    Also if Christopher Guest is working on a new movie I will resemble Meg Ryan in a certain scene with Billy Crystal. Best in Show is my favorite film ever.

  • Jose

    Ha!
    17/20.

    Also, when was the last time Allen showed up, 2002?

  • Alex, you correctly predicted wins in all 3 of the short films categories. I only got one right, and I actually saw all the nominees. I wonder if that means something…

    • Jose

      That we shouldn’t listen to you?

    • It proves exactly what I have always known. Predicting the shorts categories is equivalent to throwing darts. I just happened to have good aim.

  • Calvin

    Also, Oprah was in The Color Purple.

  • Jose

    Who else saw Viola Davis stand up then quickly sit down as soon as she realized they didn’t announce her name?

  • How did The Tree of Life not win cinematography. WHY!?!?!?!?!

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