As each 2012 Academy Award winner at the 84th Annual Academy Awards took the stage to receive its gold Oscar, the excitement in the crowd was palpable.
Actress Octavia Spencer stood out to me as an outstanding supporting actress in “The Help,” a movie centered on African-American maids in the South. Octavia shed light on the unspeakable abuse these women took from their white female employers, and exposing it all in a book, written by Emma Stone’s character, Skeeter Philan.
Octavia stood radiantly as she received her trophy, beautiful in her shimmery white gown, barely able to formulate the right words in her acceptance speech, but dazzling nonetheless. She deserved this prize, not only for all the energy and enthusiasm she put into her role, but also for the fantastic actress that she has become.
In addition, Meryl Streep dazzled as she elegantly graced her way to center stage to receive her Oscar for her starring role as Margaret Thatcher in the movie “The Iron Lady.”
The male actors’ awards went to Christopher Plummer (“The Beginners”) for Best Supporting Role and to Jean Dujardin (“The Artist”) for Best Leading Role.
Additionally, I found myself laughing as Chris Rock introduced the animated movie award, joking about having the easiest job in the world.
“All I have to do” he cajoled, “is sit in a booth and repeat my lines. Someone tells me to say: its getting dark outside” and he gets the easy task of repeating it, only with more enthusiasm.
Also, the movie that won the best film was “The Actor,” a black and white silent film that challenges modern cinematography in its unique facial expressions and actions that dazzle and awe the audience, giving even more weight to the phrase “actions speak louder than words.”
In addition, the animated movie “Hugo” won several awards, including: Art Direction, Cinematography, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects. The animated feature film that won the Oscar was “Rango” and the Foreign Language Film winner was “A Separation,” from Iran.
“The Artist” also won several awards including: Original Score for Music, Directing and Costume Design.
Interestingly, Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” won for Best Original Screenplay, while Alexander Payne, Net Faxon and Jim Rash’s “The Descendents” won for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Overall, the night of Oscars was a dazzling, elegant, hilarious, yet inspiring event that honored the many actors, actresses, designers and directors who throw their careers into drama and all its subsets so passionately that their ideas take wing and with arduous hard work, coalesce onto the silver screen for viewers like to be suspended in time as we are catapulted into a new theatrical world.
So, here’s to a night full of star dazzle, gold trophies, acceptance speeches and the thrilling moment of anticipation right before the presenter opens the envelope for each award while five nominees hold their breath as they hope and anticipate their name listed amongst the greatest movie entertainers of our modern era.
All in all, I found that the Academy Awards were very impressive and deserve proper recognition.