Oscar Awards: Best film ‘The Artist’
HOLLYWOOD: In the 84th Academy Awards ‘The Artist’ received 5 Oscars including award for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Original Score and Best Costume Design. ‘Hugo’ received four Oscars. ‘Hugo’ paid a beautiful tribute to the very idea of film, the story of a young boy inspiring an aging artist to reinvest himself into his life’s work of telling stories on the big screen. So it’s only appropriate that the Academy should recognize and pay a beautiful tribute to Hugo…and it sure did, regaling Hugo with five Oscars at the 84th Annual Academy Awards.
Martin Scorsese’s love-letter to the movies received awards in the following categories: Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography.
The Hugo-mania that overtook the first half of the Awards got many watchers in the spirit of the film, possibly even convincing a few that Hugo could take some of the major awards for which it was in contention, including Best Director and Best Picture. However, another film celebrating classic cinema, The Artist, found itself the victor at the end of the night. The Artist grabbed awards in the Best Score, Best Director (Michel Hazanavicius), Best Actor (Jean Dujardin) and Best Picture categories. Amazingly, The Artist wining Best Picture makes it the first silent film to win the top honor since Wings, the only other such winner, in the Academy’s inaugural year of 1927.
Although Hugo’s magical quality has not gone unnoticed, it is somewhat of a surprise that the film—overshadowed in Oscars talk by some of its fellow Best Picture nominees—won so much attention at the ceremony. But if you think about it, it sure does make sense that the film took so many wins. And on that same token, The Artist’s victories makes sense as well. The Oscars are all about celebrating the movies. So movies that are about celebrating movies? Sounds like a pretty clear win.
Other noteworthy wins of the night include Meryl Streep’s take of the Best Actress award for The Iron Lady (her first win since 1982), The Descendants for Best Adapted Screenplay and Midnight in Paris for Best Original Screenplay. Check out our full list of the winners from the 84th Academy Awards.