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Oscars: Your thoughts?

Octavia Spencer, looking like a goddess on the red carpet, won the best supporting actress Oscar for her role as Minny Jackson in the movie adaptation of "The Help," by Atlanta author Kathryn Stockett. AP photo

Octavia Spencer, looking like a goddess on the red carpet, won the best supporting actress Oscar for her role as Minny Jackson in the movie adaptation of "The Help," by Atlanta author Kathryn Stockett. AP photo

Octavia Spencer’s speech? Meryl Streep’s three-peat? The Oprah moment? Angelina Jolie’s right leg?

What was your favorite Oscar moment?

The Academy Awards honored a lot of fine work and full roster of superb performances Sunday night. Here is a link to the full list of winners. “The Artist” had a huge night, winning five trophies including best picture, best actor for Jean Dujardin and best director for Michel Hazanavicius.

Spencer’s award, not surprising, was nonetheless moving, and the actress looked positively regal during her emotional acceptance speech. Streep, collecting her third Oscar, spoke with formidable authority.

Billy Crystal did his usual fine job as affable host although we could have done without the agist joke at the expense of Christopher Plummer, who went on to win best supporting actor. The presenter banter was all over the map, from hilarious (Chris Rock) to silly (Emma Stone and Ben Stiller) to tedious (Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert Downey Jr.)

Did the Cirque du Soleil performance seem a little out of place to you? We also did not get the spoof “test audience” segment, which Crystal charitably tried to bolster by saying, “Weren’t they hilarious?” to elicit applause for the segment.

Then there was Angelina Jolie, striking an eye-catching pose on the red carpet. In no time flat, some entrepreneurial tweeter launched a Twitter account called Angie’s Right Leg. The account, which posts nothing but messages along the lines of “Look at this leg,” already has around 10,000 followers.

The avatar photo for the new spoof Twitter account "Angie's Right Leg."

The avatar photo for the new spoof Twitter account "Angie's Right Leg."

Jennifer Lopez, who may or may not have had something of a wardrobe malfunction with her plunging neckline, also has spawned an anatomically specific spoof Twitter account.

But at the end of the night, it was all about the work and the performers. “The Muppets,” “Rango” and “Hugo” all were honored, although “Harry Potter” went home empty-handed again.

And Woody Allen earned his fourth Oscar for original screenplay for the wonderful “Midnight in Paris.” Allen’s acceptance speech? Nonexistent. He skipped the show.

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/jbrett@ajc.com

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AREALamerican

February 27th, 2012
7:40 am

This years Oscars CONTINUE to show how OUT OF TOUCH Hollywood is with the other 99.9% of the country. MERRIL STREEEP, another hate America bitch. As for “The Artist”, I asked 5 people yesterday in TARGET if they had EVEN heard of it, ALL SAID NO. Keep it up Hollywood and for that matter all of the ‘Left Coast”. OUT OF TOUCH-

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susan follman

February 27th, 2012
7:43 am

NO Harry Potter again!!! I thought the awards were for great movies & great acting….WOW,,,,The Oscars are not even worth watching anymore, actually have not been worthwhile for a long time!!! So sad….

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Too Funny

February 27th, 2012
8:00 am

Angelina needs to eat a burger – not sure who told her she was hot but ewwwww.

Jimmy Crack Corn

February 27th, 2012
8:05 am

Oh I wish I were an Oscar Mayer Wiener!

Rufus

February 27th, 2012
8:08 am

I was disappointed in the win for Meryl and its not that I hate her. I actually think she is one of the best actresses we have. But it should have been Viola’s night. Meryl has won enough and she displays the same great talent. Guess what? There are other talented actresses out there. This guy who stole the oscar from Clooney was a joke. Who is he and how many words were spoken in the silent film. I guess thats why they call it a silent film. I was so surprised that this guy won. The only reason I watched was to see Viola and Clooney win. How do they vote on winners again?

Bo U

February 27th, 2012
8:31 am

I do not even watch the show it is not reflective of the USA….OLD TIMEY WAYS AND DOING!! So much resh talent is out here today rather keep giving these folks who have had their day in the sun…SHAMEFUL.Viola should have had that Oscar

Astrid G

February 27th, 2012
9:38 am

Meryl has won enough?? She has been taken for granted for too long. 17 nominations and only two wins is a record that ought to embarass the Oscar voters. If the British Oscars, the BAFTAs, could se fit to award Meryl Streep for playing Margret Thatcher, then we’d better honor her too.

I’m so happy the kneejerk thinking “oh, she already has two Oscars, let’s let someone else get it” was not in play this year. Meryl’s won and her speech was the highpoint for me.

Astrid G

February 27th, 2012
9:38 am

Tired fingers – that should be “Meryl’s win”, of course.

Astrid G

February 27th, 2012
9:40 am

As for Woody Allen not being in the room to accept his Oscar, he never attends award shows.

Tertainmnt

February 27th, 2012
9:40 am

That black dress would’ve looked better without a distracting skinny right leg sticking out.

Phil

February 27th, 2012
9:57 am

The Artist is an absolutely incredible movie. People need to stop complaining about it just because they’ve never heard of it or seen it. Maybe Hollywood can take some hints from that movie and Hugo from now on. And the actor from the artist deserved his Oscar…sure clooney deserved it too but Jean acted with almost no dialogue…you try acting without talking and see how easy it is for you. Meryl deserved it even though I would have loved to have seen viola win it. I thought this oscars was more enjoyable than recent tears, with the right film winning for best picture. Actually watch The Artist before complaining about it

Undefeated

February 27th, 2012
10:02 am

Rich Middlemas, a Pace Academy graduate, won for Best Documentary (Undefeated).

KT

February 27th, 2012
10:12 am

Well said, Phil. I’m sure most of the people complaining about “The Artist” have never even seen it. A wonderful, enjoyable film. A love letter to old Hollywood. And I loved “The Help” just like everyone else, too, but “The Artist” was better.

disappointted

February 27th, 2012
10:43 am

5 min, shut the TV down. Could not watch the same old, unimaginative, bloated Oscar. Far way away from Grammy. Not an art at all.

Chris

February 27th, 2012
11:20 am

Personally I Do Not Care About The Oscars Anyway All The Oscars Are Is A Bunch Of Overated Movies That Is Not Worth Seeing Anyway Ill Stilll To The Grammys Hate The Oscars.

Listen

February 27th, 2012
11:43 am

Glad to see The Artist win. For me, that film and The Tree of Life were the only two worthy of Best Picture but I was happy with the winner.

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Astrid G

February 27th, 2012
11:49 am

disappointted (sic) – if you didn’t watch the Oscarcast, how do you know it’s old, unimaginative and bloated? It was one of the best directed Oscar shows ever!

James

February 27th, 2012
11:55 am

I must say that I was particularly pleased with the best picture The Artist. I have been calling for silent films to come back for a long time. I know they aren’t going to win over the masses who want their car chase, etc.. But for those of us that are elite and know the true art of film, seeing a comeback of silent pictures is exciting.

Mike

February 27th, 2012
12:01 pm

All of the best movies this year either weren’t nominated, or won some insignificant award. Also, I am a little tired of the patronizing standing ovation giving to black actors/actresses, then the camera panning to show white people with tears in their eyes.

c

February 27th, 2012
12:45 pm

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c

February 27th, 2012
12:53 pm

Agree with Susan re “Harry Potter” – for me the best film of last year easily. And Daniel R and Alan R most certainly deserved at least noms for acting! Just about flipped when the mediocre “Hugo” won ‘best special effects” – the only effects were the automaton and the train wreck – the rest was just set decoration!

Meryl is a national treasure and deserved the award! Viola was great, Meryl was stellar! Be happy that the other gal won for “supporting” and let it go. Meryl has been cheated out of the Oscar several times and has won only one “Best Actress” – the other was a supporting one.

Of those nominated, I’d have chosen “War Horse” as best picture. Glad Woody Allen won “original screenplay” – it was a really good movie, and I rarely like his movies. This was one of those rare good ones.

I’m very glad Brad Pitt went home empty handed! Don’t like him or his ‘lady’.

Andrea Rouda

February 27th, 2012
1:42 pm

Some things are so over, it’s not funny. One of them is the televised presentation of the Oscars, where ridiculously rich and surgically enhanced movies stars strive to out-dress and outshine one another publicly while the lowly peasants ogle and applaud their antics from the sidelines. It is perhaps the most stunning display of the worst characteristics of human beings to be seen anywhere. Billy Crystal, the once-funny comic, is now at age 63 a ghoulish caricature of his former self, with a bizarre clown face stretched so taut it might just burst if he smiles too hard. Angelina Jolie, an actress who might be beautiful and sexy on Mars, baring her anorexic arms and sticking out one anorexic leg from a slit in her dress to supposedly get everyone watching all excited was sad. But the moment that caused me to shout “Yikes!” was when everyone’s favorite Latino, Jennifer Lopez, in a flesh-toned, glittery mermaid dress, shared the limelight with her very own nipple.

Turning off the TV, I reviewed what I had learned: That despite their fame and riches, the Hollywood elite are a pack of superficial dimwits, for the most part lacking the happiness, inner peace, self-knowledge and acceptance of death we all hope to find. I’ll never understand why we, as a society, pay them all so much money just to pretend, while our nurses and teachers and waiters and trash collectors and construction workers earn so much less while doing so much more to enhance our lives.

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Andrea Rouda

February 27th, 2012
1:43 pm

James

February 27th, 2012
1:46 pm

And forgot to say, loved, loved, loved Michelle Williams dress. The color was to die for. The first time I saw it was during the pre-oscars on the E channel around 5:30 pm and then saw it several times as I scanned the coverage on the various channels. By the time it made it to ABC, everyone I know had received a tweet to check it out.

I'll take mine NEAT

February 27th, 2012
2:02 pm

Phil why don’t you head back to mid-town with your boyfriend a shut up. Walk your “POODLE”, wash your skinny jeans (anymore stereotypes needed?) and keep your comments to yourself.

I'll take mine NEAT

February 27th, 2012
2:04 pm

James (1:46 pm) copy PHIL

James

February 27th, 2012
3:16 pm

It seems the bully is a little too familiar with the stereotypes if you know what I mean. Just sayin’. And I guess the “keep the comments to yourself” part, aint happening here.

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Geoff

February 27th, 2012
5:02 pm

The Artist looks so boring. Who votes and how old are they? There’s no way that movie is better than The Dencendants, Moneyball, Midnight in Paris, Hugo or anything else that made a buck.

Jack Mehoff

February 27th, 2012
5:14 pm

Man the oscars have gotten libtardy!

tom

February 27th, 2012
7:53 pm

Ms Jolie needs to keep her legs covered. She has to have the ugliest legs in show biz. Yeh, the slit dress and heals got looks. Take those shoes off and put her in a bikini. Turn her around so you are looking at her from the back. Really bad legs. Hips and up quite nice. She needs a leg transplant.

Her legs are disgusting.

February 27th, 2012
8:05 pm

They’re too pasty white and unshapely. Angelina should NEVER show her legs under any circumstance. Uh, she’s awful. Anniston’s legs are better.

KimZ'sPackage

February 27th, 2012
11:18 pm

Angelina Jolie please eat a biscuit you and Leanne Rhymes look NASTY.

jackie anne

February 28th, 2012
11:24 am

I thought the oscars were great ~ I love Angelina Jolie ~ and her legs! I love Brad Pitt and his beard and glasses and adored Emma Stone ~ Billy Crystal was funny and everyone gave humor a try ~ so I loved that ~ not all funny must be X-Rated Christ Rock ~ I loved that Martin Scorsese was accompanied by his daughter ~ and Jonah Hill and his mother were so nice to see! All in all I LOVED it and just so you know I liked last year with lovely Anne Hathaway. But my all time favorite was a few years ago when HUGH Jackman wowed ~ just so you know it was a great night!

jackie anne

February 28th, 2012
11:33 am

Also, I do believe that Jennifer Lopez needs to dial it back a little. The dress was more appropriate when she was not a Mum and dating Ditty! Let’s show a little class JLo

Best dressed!

February 28th, 2012
7:38 pm

Stacey Kiebler, Sandra Bullock, Meryl Streep and Octavia Spencer.

gunga din

February 29th, 2012
6:52 am

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gunga din

February 29th, 2012
6:54 am

another year of giving Oscars to movies that no one goes to see !!! AMPAS is totally out of touch with the movie going audience. If I were a producer/directer, I would rather have a movie that sold a billion dollars in tickets than win a useless award.

carla roqs

February 29th, 2012
9:24 am

honestly- some of the most negative, non spelling, non decent movie seeing people in the country. if you do not like what is shown, just read a book. i do not like the oscars, did not watch ‘em, but neither do i bash the show. good gracious.

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Grammy

March 1st, 2012
8:07 pm

War Horse was by far the best movie as far as I’m concerned. And then there is Angelina’s pasty white leg and Brad’s filthy hair; but they are still considered the “it” couple … oh well, I did think the Oscars were good this year, no phony “comedy” from Billy Crystal. I didn’t see The Artist so don’t have a comment; saw the others and loved War Horse.