At last year's Academy Awards ceremony, the producers attempted to try something new. Sagging in the ratings for years and attempting to appeal to a younger audience, The show hired rising talents Anne Hathaway and James Franco to co-host the biggest Hollywood show of them all and try and build a new base of movie fans who gave a rat's ass about who won Best Live Action Short Film (God of Love), Best Film Editing (The Social Network), and of course Best Picture (The King's Speech). It failed. Badly. The pair were maligned for being unfunny, derivative and having no chemistry with one another on the stage. A slew of similarly youthful presenters also failed to inspire confidence in Hollywood's current batch of emerging performers, and in the end it was all for naught. Ratings slipped again, especially among the younger demographics. Nobody cared. But Hollywood was willing to try again, this time signing action film favorite Brett Ratner to produce their ultimate celebration of validation. Well, that didn't last long. After Ratner embarrassed himself, the Academy and the industry in general by uttering an anti-gay slur during an interview, he and contracted host Eddie Murphy stepped down in November, leaving the show without direction or a face. Suddenly, appealing to young viewers didn't matter anymore, putting together a show at all did. So they went out and hired legendary producer Brian Grazier to be the show's director. For host? After a short deliberation, it was announced that Billy Crystal would host the Oscars for a ninth time, the second most times hosting behind Bob Hope.
|It's questionable which one looks more artificial now,|
|These were some of the people you may have been cheering for last night.|
|I can feel my IQ dropping just remembering their presentation.|
|And Gandalf wins the Oscar for Best Hair. Seriously.|
|This image cannot properly convey the awesome that is Cirque du Soliel.|
|So is he a man... or a Muppet? Maybe he's a very manly Muppet.|
|It just looks natural in his hands.|
|Finally, her world conquest is complete.|
|Without a doubt the happiest man of the night.|
Category My Pick Winner Result
Picture The Artist The Artist Hit!
Director Martin Scorcese Michel Hazanavicius Miss!
Actor George Clooney Jean Dujardin Miss!
Actress Meryl Streep Meryl Streep Hit!
Supporting Actor Christopher Plummer Christopher Plummer Hit!
Supporting Actress Octavia Spencer Octavia Spencer Hit!
Original Screenplay Midnight in Paris Midnight in Paris Hit!
Adapted Screenplay Moneyball The Descendants Miss!
Animated Film Rango Rango Hit!
Foreign Lang. Film A Separation A Separation Hit!
Documentary Feat. Pina Undefeated Miss!
Documentary Short Incident in New Baghdad Saving Face Miss!
Live Action Short The Shore The Shore Hit!
Animated Short Fantastic Flying Books... Fantastic Flying Books... Hit!
Sound Editing Transformers 3 Hugo Miss!
Sound Mixing Transformers 3 Hugo Miss!
Art Direction Midnight in Paris Hugo Miss!
Cinematography The Tree of Life Hugo Miss!
Makeup Iron Lady Iron Lady Hit!
Costume Design Anonymous The Artist Miss!
Film Editing Hugo Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Miss!
Visual Effects Transformers 3 Hugo Miss!
I actually would have done okay if Hugo hadn't managed to steal those effects awards, but I'll take 10 out of 22 for 2011, especially because I have long been championing The Artist and Meryl Streep since the nominations were announced. How did you do out there? Any major upsets you're not happy with? Let me know, and we'll commiserate together, and hope that next year's show is a huge improvement on what we saw last night.