Oscars 2012: A predictable show and obvious winners

Even if everyone else knew she was going to win the Best Actress award 
for “The Iron Lady,” Meryl Streep was shell-shocked and humble, as always.

The 84th annual Academy Awards opened with a very familiar formula but it felt more tried than true. With Billy Crystal hosting the awards for the ninth time, he barely strayed from tradition with a tone-deaf sing-along parody of the nine nominated films — a gag he and other hosts have done year after year.

But the evening was not without laughs — Crystal’s stale jokes notwithstanding. The principle cast of “Bridesmaids” managed to sneak in jokes about how “size matters,” Emma Stone gamely flirted with Jonah Hill from the stage and the Christopher Guest crew did a sketch about an imagined focus group for “The Wizard of Oz.”

Also entirely predictable were the wins for the biggest awards. Octavia Spencer and Christopher Plummer accepted their awards for best supporting actress and actor — both of whom were the predicted front-runners in their categories. And while Martin Scorsese’s 3-D film “Hugo” swept most of the technical awards, Michel Hazanavicius’ much-hyped, but little seen indie film “The Artist” took top honors for Best Original Score, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Picture.

Complete list of winners:

Achievement in cinematography: Robert Richardson, “Hugo”
Best Art direction: “Hugo”
Best Costume design:  Mark Bridges, “The Artist”
Best Make up: Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland, “The Iron Lady”
Best Foreign Language: “A Separation”, Iran
Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, “The Help”
Best Film Editing: “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”
Achievement in Sound Editing: “Hugo”
Best Documentary: “Undefeated”
Best Animated Feature Film: “Rango”
Achievement Visual Effects: “Hugo”
Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Christopher Plummer, “Beginners”
Best Original Score: Ludovic Bource, “The Artist”
Best Music (Original Song): Bret McKenzie for ‘Man or Muppet,’ “The Muppets”
Adapted Screenplay: Alexander Payne, and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash, “The Descendants”
Original Screenplay: Woody Allen, “Midnight in Paris”
Best Short Film (Live Action): Terry George and Oorlagh George, “The Shore.”
Best Documentary Short: “Saving Face”
Best Animated Short Film: “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore”
Best Director:  Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist”
Best Actor in a Leading Role: Jean Dujardin for “The Artist”
Best Actress in a Leading Role: Meryl Streep for “The Iron Lady”
Best Film: “The Artist”

Related:

Sacha Baron Cohen spills the ashes of Kim Jong-Il on Ryan Seacrest: the world applauds


White hot at the Oscars red carpet (PHOTOS)


Jennifer Lopez: Was that a nip slip at the Oscars?



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Astoria minivan crash kills 1, injures 6: NYPD

Anthony Boyd, 45, died soon after what investigators believe was some sort of medical emergency as he drove his family through Astoria on Sunday afternoon.

Local

NYC pension funds valued at $160b: Scott Stringer

The five NYC pension funds that thousands of city employees contribute to saw its fifth year in a row of increased returns, up $23 billion from last year.

International

Sierra Leone Ebola patient, recovered from family, dies…

An Ebola patient whose family sparked a nationwide hunt when they forcefully removed her from a treatment center and took her to a traditional healer has died.

Local

VIDEO: Cop reassigned as NYPD investigates alleged head…

An officer alleged to have stomped on a Brooklyn man's head last week had his gun taken away and placed on modified duty.

Music

Newport Folk Festival: Photo gallery of 35 moments…

As has been the tradition since Bob Dylan plugged in a bajillion years ago, the Newport Folk Festival embraces more musical genres than its name implies.

Music

MKTO: Behind the bromance

MKTO's Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller talk about the American Dream tour, Demi Lovato and getting turned down by girls.

Arts

James Earl Jones and Rose Byrne head to…

Two-time Tony winner James Earl Jones returns to the New York stage next month as an eccentric grandfather in a revival of the 1930s comedy…

Movies

Box office: Scarlett Johansson wins battle of brains…

Scarlett Johansson's "Lucy" handily dispatched with Dwayne Johnson's "Hercules" over the weekend.

MLB

Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.

MLB

Joe Torre: I'm in Hall of Fame because…

Joe Torre spent 18 years putting together a near Hall of Fame career as a player. But it was the 12 years he spent as…

MLB

Yankees GM Brian Cashman breaks down art of…

The action frequently accelerates as the non-waiver trade deadline approaches, as it will on Thursday.

Auto racing

Jeff Gordon captures fifth title at Brickyard 400

Jeff Gordon captures fifth title at Brickyard 400

Tech

Amazon offers 3D printing to customize earrings, bobble…

By Deepa SeetharamanSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc will offer 3D printing services that allow customers to customize and build earrings, bobble head toys and…

Wellbeing

This Week In Health: Friends share similar DNA,…

Friends share similar DNA, study finds Location: U.S. Study subjects: Nearly 2,000 people Results: When it comes to our social networks, it seems that birds of…

Education

Are liberal arts colleges turning away from the…

Bryn Mawr College, a small women's college located just outside of Philadelphia, announced last week that it would be making standardized tests like the SAT…

Education

Recent grads discover school superintendent plagiarized parts of…

  Two recent high school graduates made a surprising discovery about the commencement speech their school superintendent delivered at their graduation: portions of it was copied…