February 27, 2012

Live Blog: 'The Artist,' flying books and Kim Jong-il's ashes

By Jason Singer jsinger@pressherald.com
Assistant City Editor / Online

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It may be an upset, but it was well-deserved. "Midnight in Paris" was about as enjoyable of an experience as you could have at the movies this year.

Below, a scene from "Midnight in Paris", starring Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams.

(For the record, that's not Rachel McAdams. That's Marion Cotillard, another actress in the film).


10:15 p.m. — "The Artist" wins Best Original Score. It's no surprise since it didn't have words — the music was pretty important.

Ludovic Bource was the composer. It's his first Oscar.

"The Muppets" also grabbed an Oscar for Best Original Song, meaning it's "The Muppets" 1, "Moneyball" 0 if you're counting total awards.

"I have to admit, I was pretty star-struck when I first met Kermit the Frog,"  said Bret McKenzie, the songwriter. "But once you get to know him, he's pretty much like any other frog."

McKenzie added a few other Kermit jokes. "Like most people here, he's much shorter in person."


10:06 p.m. — 82-year-old Christopher Plummer just became the oldest actor to win an award, winning Best Supporting Actor for "Beginners."

"Beginners" is about a man who learns that his terminally ill father is gay.

Plummer, one of the great actors in Hollywood, gave the best acceptance speech of the night.

"I have a confession to make: When I first emerged from my mother's womb, I was already rehearsing my Oscar speech," he said. "That was so long ago, mercifully for you I've forgotten it."

In his speech, he also gave a touching thanks to his wife of 42 years.

"I'd also like to thank my long-suffering wife Elaine, who deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for coming to my rescue every day of my life."

Random fact: Plummer is only two years younger than the Academy Awards, which are 84 years old.


9:58 p.m. — Rob Legato, Joss Williams and Ben Grossmann wins the Best Visual Effects award for "Hugo." Hugo has now won five awards, no other film has yet to win two.

"I know it's a huge thrill to be nominated, but it's awesome to win," Legato said. "It's really under-rated."


9:47 p.m. — "Rango" wins Best Animated Feature. It was possibly the most overrated movie this year, but the category was one of the weakest of the night.

Below, a scene from Rango.


9:43 p.m. — "Undefeated" wins Best Documentary.

"Undefeated" is about a struggling Memphis football team trying to have a winning season.

The producers said one year ago, they were in the editing room, frustrated no one would ever see their film. But a friend said "Don't worry, you'll be at the Oscars next year."

"You're an idiot, we told him," said director T.J. Martin in his acceptance speech. "But now we'd like to take this opportunity to apologize to him and say, 'You're a lot smarter than we thought."

Below, a secene from "Undefeated."




9:40 p.m. — Cirque du Soleil just made its first Oscars appearance, where the performers re-imagined famous films from "North by Northwest" to "King Kong" to "Titanic".

They summersaulted, flipped, flew and tight-roped all over the theater.

"I pulled a hamstring just watching that," Billy Crystal said.


9:35 p.m. — One correction from earlier: Feature editor Rod Harmon's Twitter handle is @RHarmonPPH. He's live Tweeting the Oscars. Check it out!


9:25 p.m. — Kurt Baxter just won Best FIlm Editing for "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo."

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