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.
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.
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