And the Oscar Goes to…
Meryl Streep and Jean Dujardin for their stellar roles in the film “The Iron Lady” and another masterpiece, “The Artist” respectively. Both the films have garnered critical acclaim and audience admiration. Their splendid performances were finally recognized at the 84th Academy Awards held yesterday.
The Best Actor
However, the win was much easier said than done as Jean had to compete with the finest actors of the industry. The complete credit goes to his acting prowess and finesse that he was able to win over heavyweights like George Clooney who was nominated for his marvelous performance in “The Descendents” and Gary Oldman for “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”.
This sweet victory of Jean Dujardin will be acknowledged as his best as he was up against the top notch actors. He is the first French actor to win this coveted prize.
The Best Picture
The voters unanimously chose the silent film “The Artist,” to triumph on the biggest night of Hollywood. The Oscar ceremony was initiated 83 years ago.
The black-and-white homage to Hollywood’s early days won five awards in all, including best director for Michel Hazanavicius, actor for Jean Dujardin and best picture. The last time a silent film nabbed the most coveted prize was at the first Oscars in 1929. “Wings”, a World War II saga, was named the outstanding picture.
“I am the happiest director in the world,” Hazanavicius said, thanking the cast, crew and canine co-star Uggie. “I also want to thank the financier, the crazy person who put money in the movie.”
The Best Actress
Meryl Streep garnered the golden statuette for her stunning role in “The Iron Lady.” This was her first win in 29 years, since the time she won the best actress Oscar for “Sophie’s Choice.” Afterwards, she has lost 13 times consecutively. For her role in “Kramer vs. Kramer,” Streep won the best supporting-actress Oscar in 1979. All together, this legendary actress has earned 17 Oscar nominations in four decades of performing.
Yesterday’s win now puts her in the bracket with other 3-time Oscar winners Ingrid Bergman, Walter Brennan and Jack Nicholson. With four wins, only Katherine Hepburn leads the race.
“When they called my name, I had this feeling I could hear half of America go, ‘Oh, no, why her again?’ But whatever,” Streep said, laughing.”I really understand I’ll never be up here again,” she continued. “I really want to thank all my colleagues, my friends. I look out here and I see my life before my eyes, my old friends, my new friends. Really, this is such a great honor but the thing that counts the most with me is the friendship and the love and the sheer job we’ve shared making movies together.”
The Best Supporting Actors
Christopher Plummer won the Oscar for best supporting actor for his definitive role in “Beginners” and Octavia Spencer won the prestigious award for “The Help.”
Plummer is now the oldest Oscar winner in the awards ceremony’s history. “You’re only two years older than me, darling,” the 82-year-old actor he crooned to his statuette at the 84th Academy Awards. “Where have you been all my life?”
Both Spencer and Plummer clearly dominated the supporting actors category at other award ceremonies earlier, and they were predicted to take home the Oscars this year.
While receiving the award from last year’s supporting-actor winner, Christian Bale, Spencer said, “Thank you, Academy, for putting me with the hottest guy in the room!”