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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"Hugo" won two more awards for Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing, giving it four awards for the night. No other movie has yet to win two.

Below, a photo of a very grateful Octavia Spencer accepting her Best Supporting Actress Oscar.

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9:15 p.m. — Octavia Spencer just won Best Supporting Actress award for "The Help," and was crying so hard she could barely begin to speak. She received a long standing ovation from the crowd.

Spencer thanked her real family and her home state of Alabama, which may be a first for the Oscars.

Billy Crystal said he loved the movie, and then possibly delivered his funniest joke of the night.

"When I left the theater, I wanted to hug the first black woman I saw, which from Beverely Hills, is about a 45-minute drive."

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9:07 p.m. — In the least suspensful award of the night, "A Separation" won Best Foreign Language FIlm.

"A Separation" was the best reviewed movie of the year. It's also the first movie from Iran ever to win this award.

Asghar Farhadi, the director, gave a short but beautiful speech about how politics have clouded the beautifully rich culture of Iran and its people.

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9:02 p.m. — The Oscars just played a nice video feature, where famous actors and actresses discussed the first movies they ever saw in theaters, and what drew them to the Silver Screen.

"I could dream there, I could become anything I want, I could be part of the movie, I could be anybody, said Barbara Streisand.

Adam Sandler said the first film he ever saw was 'Diamons are Forever", the James Bond movie. Recalled Sandler: "I rembember thinking about Sean Connery's performance and his chest hair and saying, "Can I please do that?"

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8:57 p.m. — Billy Crystal's latest quip, "Please welcome a recurring dream of mine: Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez!"

The beautiful duo presents Best Costume Design, which goes to Mark Bridges for "The Arist." It's a well-deserved Oscar.

Afterward, "The Iron Lady" wins for Best Makeup. Mark Coulier, the makeup artist, thanks Meryl Streep "for keeping me employed for 37 years." 

Above, a scene from "The Artist", which displays the phenomenal costumes.

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8:43 p.m. — After Billy Crystal's typical song-and-dance routine, they start handing out awards.

Robert Richardson won Best Cinematography for "Hugo," which may be a sign of things to come. "Hugo" also won for Best Art Direction, giving it the first two awards.

In truth, Chibo Lubezki deserved the cinematography award for "The Tree of Life," which had some of the best cinematography of the past 20 years. But few people saw it, and Martin Scorsese has a lot of cache with Academy voters.

That being said, "Hugo" was a terrific film. Above, a scene from the movie.

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8:35 p.m. — As always with Billy Crystal, he opened the show with a video spoof of all nine Best Picture nominees, plus "Bridesmaids" and "Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol".

For Hugo, a PG film by Martin Scorsese, he quipped, "Are you sure this is a Scorsese movie? No one's been whacked yet."

In "The Descendants" spoof, he played George Clooney's dying wife and they shared a kiss, which drew a big applause.

When discussing "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close," a 9/11 film, Crystal said, "Extremely loud and incredibly close — that's how my relatives are watching this broadcast."

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8:19 p.m. — Pretty much everyone has arrived. Some more quick facts before the show begins:

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