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Last night’s Academy Awards ceremony was a typical mixed bag of great — and not-so-great — moments. But which moments struck a chord with us one way or another? Find out after the jump!

The Best

#1 Christopher Plummer Finally Wins an Oscar

How cool is this? Not only did Christopher Plummer give a touching performance in Beginners, but the guy is 82, that’s right, 82 years old. Talk about a lifetime achievement Oscar! Not only that, but the guy gives great speeches. Bravo, Academy, bravo!

#2 ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ Upsets Film Editing

I have to be honest, I was very surprised to see this win for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Film Editing notoriously goes to the Best Picture winner, and it wasn’t even nominated. That said, I can’t think of a film more deserving of this award and was absolutely thrilled to be proven wrong on my prediction.

#3 The Bridesmaids Cast Liven Up the Smaller Categories

How funny are these gals? Producer Brian Glazer was pretty smart, in my opinion, of putting these comedic geniuses on the stage during the Shorts awards — which can usually get pretty dull — to spice up the room with their own brand of humor.

#4 Sasha Baron Cohen Embarrasses Ryan Seacrest

Okay. I was a bit skeptical when I heard that Sasha Baron Cohen would be arriving at the Oscars as his character from The Dictator…To me, it seemed like overkill. Boy was I wrong! Cohen seemingly made a B-line for Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet and proceded to embarrass and shock the E! personality by dumping what was supposed to be the ashes of Kim Jong Il all over the stunned Seacrest. Now that’s how you make the pre-show interesting, people.

#5 Bret McKensie and ‘The Muppets’ are Oscar Winners

How awesome is it that half of the Flight of the Conchords is now an Oscar-winner? My love for The Muppets is no secret, but it would be hard to argue that an Oscar win for the film and McKenzie is not well-deserved. This is what the Oscars is all about!

The Worst

#1 “The Artist” Sweeps Major Categories

Yes, The Artist won Best Picture, Director, and Actor. Yes, I predicted all three wins would occur. Yes, I’m mad about it. I enjoyed The Artist, it’s entertaining and sweet. Oscar-worthy? No. The film basically relies on a gimmick and a charismatic lead and puppy. Is the art of it really something special? Not really, and especially not when you compare it with the rest of the field this year. I find it silly that The Artist is apparently the best that cinema has to offer…

#2 Meryl Streep, Not Viola Davis Wins

I understand, Meryl Streep is one of the greatest actresses of our time. I realize that she hasn’t won an Oscar since 1983. But c’mon! Simply handing Streep an Oscar because she played an importnat political figure seems weak. Not to mention the film in question, The Iron Lady, wasn’t even received well. Viola Davis, meanwhile, shined in The Help, and was even honored with the prestigious SAG award. So what gives? I realize this view is not shared by all, but in my eyes this was a low moment for this year’s Oscars. Even Streep recognized this by saying “When they called my name I had this feeling I could hear half of America going ‘Oh no, why?’” You read my mind, Meryl. Nice acceptance speech, though!

#3 No Best Song Performances

While this is old news, the idea of not having the Best Song nominees (read: The Muppets) perform during the Oscars is pretty ridiculous. In my eyes, this is the biggest misstep from the Academy and producer Brian Grazer this year. The missed opportunity of having Kermit, Walter, Jason Segel and even The Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons perform live onstage is just a shame. Instead? We get a Cirque Du Soleil performance that has little to do with movies and the Oscars in general.

#4 Emmanuel Lubezki Snubbed Again for Best Cinematography

When is this guy going to get the recognition he deserves? This is the second time that Emmanuel Lubezki has won the top honor at the ASC (American Society of Cinematographers) awards and gone on to lose the Oscar. What gives? Not only is the guy supremely talented, but with each film Lubezki pushes the bill for what can be done on film. He did it with Children of Men, and the same can be said of The Tree of Life. Emmanuel, you have my vote!

#5 The Unfulfilled In Memoriam Segment

How is it that these award shows never seem to put much effort into the “In Memoriam” segments? While Esperanza Spalding did a nice rendition of “What a Wonderful World,” they didn’t seem to put much effort into the actual montage. Which is a shame, as they should have honored the likes of Whitney Houston, Peter Falk, Steve Jobs, and Elizabeth Taylor, better. Agree?

Which were your favorite or least favorite moments from last night’s ceremonies?

  • http://twitter.com/ambersorensen ambersorensen

    Angelina Jolie’s leg. Which now has its own twitter account.

    • Laura

      Forget her leg (which indeed seemed to have a life of its own), but her arms were disturbing me! Eat a sandwich with extra mayonnaise, woman!

      • Liderc

        She’s always been that way, watch that interview of her at age 16, same size as she is now.  Some people are naturally skinny no matter what they eat.

        • Laura

          I’m aware; I’m one of those people, though I don’t look skeletal. But anyway, I was teasing more than anything ;). 

  • Bernardotriana

    How about HArry Potter being snubbed as WORST MOMENT EVER ?!

  • Maggie

    The worst moment was when Twilight was in the montage of great movie moments.

    • thaly

      No it wasn´t! I mean is so fair you dislike it, but you have to accept what Twilight has done for the cinema culture, has become in a phenomenon, has changed several things for people. It´s huge. This montage showed the MAGIC OF THE MOVIES. You like it or not, Twilight is a big reference of cinema and pop culture.
      On the other hand I missed Harry Potter and The Lord of The rings sooo much!! I was like “WTF….” but anyway

      • http://twitter.com/acjub CK

        Yes but it is huge in the fact that most people hate it and it gets horrible critiques..

      • ECP

        It was weird that they showed twilight and not Harry Potter. I love Harry Potter. To me, it’ll always be better than Twilight. I’ve read all the twilight books too. They’re not bad. But the movies are the worst. I’m sorry, but Rob and Kristen cannot act to save their lives and I don’t think that it deserved its place in the montage.

    • Rose

      Honestly I just saw it as a desperate grab for the young demographic. That’s what Justin Bieber’s appearance was as well, no? 

      • Laura

        Yeah, but that was actually treated as a joke. Not seriously like the Twilight clip.

        But I agree – it was to appeal to a younger audience. 

  • Laura

    So happy and proud for Christopher Plummer! Canadians, represent!

    It would have been even sweeter for my biased Canadian ass if Monsieur Lahzar (“MON-see-urrr” Wth, Sandra??? Get your pronunciation right!) won for foreign language film, but I knew it wouldn’t happen.

    I’m a Cirque Du Soleil fan, so I really liked their little performance. But yes, Best Song performances would have been better. I haven’t seen The Artist yet, so I can’t judge, but other than that, I agree with pretty much everything you said.

  • Jason

    I loved the Bridesmaids bit. They actually made short film presenting watchable. I like the end montage. Those are always my favorites. Oh, and you forgot the combined three and a half seconds they mentioned Harry Potter.

  • AnaW

    You forgot The Descendants’s screenwriter mocking Angelina Jolie’s leg and posture as one of the best things. (Sorry for my bad English.)

    • upper_westsider

      Totally agree!  I thought he was HILARIOUS!  I don’t know what Angelina was thinking.  Her pose was just plain weird to me!

      • http://www.eigakanthemovietheater.blogspot.com Jenny Leigh

        She just wanted everyone to think she had sexy legs.

    • http://twitter.com/noesunacuenta Braulio is :O

      That was Jim Rash (Dean Pelton in Community)

    • Emmalou

      I know, right? And I had no idea that Jim Rash was a screenwriter, I just knew him as the Dean on Community :)

  • Anon8

    “My dear friend and double tennis partner”

    “It was his dream…to be sprinkled over Halle Berry’s chest again.”"Now when people ask you what you are wearing you say Kim Jong Il”

    …all the wins

  • Jason

    The trailer alone for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo deserved best editing.

  • Mrwilliams0710

    you obviously don’t understand real movies at all if you put The Artist winning the major categories as the worst. Jealous much?

    • moonshoespotter1712

      why on earth would jeremy be jealous? did he make a movie that was nominated against the artist or something? no, he’s just expressing his own opinion… i don’t really like it when people use the ‘jealous’ excuse, because that’s rarely ever the reason.

  • http://www.eigakanthemovietheater.blogspot.com Jenny Leigh

    I’m going to say this, and I know there will possibly be backlash, but I don’t the Dragon Tattoo deserved editing. I think that the editing wasn’t tight enough, and it wasn’t focused enough either. I didn’t think that the American version stood up to the Swedish, and if anything it was because of the editing.

  • Violet

    Can we swap around The Artist sweeping, and the Dictator incident. The Artist winning so much was really exciting, especially for France, whereas the Dictator incident was extremely disrespectful. 

    Favourite moments: Octavia and Christopher, and Jean Dujardin winning, seeing Meryl win (in my lifetime!)
    Worst: Meryl winning (I love her, but this was Viola’s year, and yes, I put this both in best and worst), Hugo stealing VFX and Cinematography. 

  • RussellTurner

    Meryl Streep became Margret Thatcher.. no one else could have done that. Also, let’s get real, Viola’s role, which was good, was no leading role in the Help, but was a supporting role. 

    • Morsmordre79

      I’m inclined to agree. I personally don’t think there was one true “lead” in The Help. It was an ensemble-driven movie, and it was perfect that way.

  • Kate

    The ‘Potter’ “joke”.  That was just…horrible.

  • gcw07

    The Memoriam montage was horrible. Who decided to put light grey text on top of a white background was an idiot. I could barely read the majority of the names, with the exception of a couple that had black backgrounds instead of the white.

  • Confuseed

    hey- cirque du soleil was amazing, should totally be in here!

  • http://twitter.com/Factuality Factuality

    Just out of curiosity, did the author of this article get the chance to see The Iron Lady? It’s easy enough to brush it off as ‘another Meryl Streep movie,’ but Streep’s performance as Margaret Thatcher wasn’t just good – it was transcendent. There were moments when she was walking down the street and you could not BELIEVE that she wasn’t a hobbled-over old lady. It was unreal. (The makeup crew on that movie also totally deserved their Oscar.) Even if you’re not interested in the history, you should watch that movie for her performance alone.

    I also saw The Help – Viola Davis was AMAZING, and I was rooting for her since she would have been a first time winner. However, I agree with a below comment that her role was more as a part of an ensemble – she was one person in a cast portraying a community, and I think that’s why Meryl stood out more clearly in the Academy’s mind as a leading lady.

    Ah well – Viola can always introduce herself as “Academy-Award nominated,” anyway.

  • http://twitter.com/Factuality Factuality

    Also (sorry to double post but the edit feature isn’t working for me), but it seems unfair to say that Viola was more qualified because she won the SAG award. Meryl Streep did win the Golden Globe. 

    Additionally, it bugs me that people are implying that her performance was somehow of lesser theatrical value because she was playing a political figure. If anything, it’s more pressure to play a role which cannot be as easily personalized. She and Viola had different roles – both were challenging, and both were played beautifully.

    • Morsmordre79

      I’m pretty sure Meryl won the BAFTA as well. (Don’t quote me on it, but I’m almost positive.)

  • Ryan

    I completely disagree with you on “The Artist.” Its a fantastic piece of film that is meticulous in every aspect. You could have fooled me by saying it was made in 1927 and not 2011. It does a great job of showing us how much films have lost because of technical sophistication. Speaking more generally, the story was amazing as well, celebrating the human condition in a poignant piece of filmmaking. While you could argue that the Academy would do well not to fall back on old traditions and methods by giving the best picture award to a silent film, who else was more deserving in the Best Picture category? I could see how you could argue in favor of “Hugo” and “Midnight in Paris” since they were both sensational, but nothing else can measure up to “The Artist,” not even “The Descendants.” This is coming from a guy who also loved “Moneyball” and “War Horse” (I know, I’m like the only one), but “The Artist” did a fantastic job of depicting that desecrated part of Hollywood’s often neglected history, and while “Hugo” sort of had the same nostalgic elements, it wasn’t as good as Hazanavicius’s masterpiece, but it definitely was close.  

  • http://twitter.com/SlySound Brett H

    The Artist did not rely on a gimmick and it was easily one of the best films last year. Maybe not the best but one of them. The silent film aspect of The Artist was integral to the story. I doubt the filmmakers sat down and said, “Hey, I bet if we made a silent film in 2011 than we’d attract lots of attention!” although I know people seem to think that (counter-intuitive as it may be). 

    On a side note, isn’t the In Memoriam section supposed to be for people in the film industry and not just any celebrity or public figure?

    • Victoria

      And if you ARE going to acknowledge important celebrities outside of the film industry, they should have honored Etta James, even JUST for the song “At Last.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=531808242 Courtney Gibson

    Finally someone agrees with me about The Artist! I feel like everyone was just too caught up in the fact that it was black and white and silent. As many people have posted, the Academy is full of old white guys who apparently live for the old days of film making. Anyone notice two films that were highly about the old days of film-making won most of the awards. The Artist and Hugo. 

  • http://www.youtube.com/thegarbar13 HungryGamerStarkidwithHP

    Uhhh, Harry Potter not winning and Billy Crystals stupid joke! And yes Maggie!!!! Twilight was part of it but not Potter. I find a little hapiness in that Twilight wasnt even short listed… haha

  • Guest

    Being a huge Jackass fan, it really upset me that Ryan Dunn wasn’t in the “in memoriam” tribute. I mean, he was an actor! He had several movies that he was in besides the Jackass films. The whole tribute video was disappointing in many ways, but that was the most obvious to me.

    • Morsmordre79

      Just like when the left out Farrah Fawcett a couple years ago…

  • akacj18

    will ferrell and zach galifianakis dropping their cymbals on the floor. gave me the giggles.

  • Liderc

    Great way to put the Artist in it’s rightful place.  It was a decent movie and interesting, but it did not deserve anything that it received.  It’s a gimmick movie and the academy took the bait.  It’s sad like you said that we should think that was the best they do could this year.  The girl with the dragon tattoo was 10x better and wasn’t even nominated, I mean that is just insane.  

    Rooney Mara took Meryl Streep to acting school this year and anyone who saw her in the girl with the dragon tattoo would agree, except apparently the 62 year old average age of this year’s academy. 

    It really has turned into snobbery, they can’t dare give a young woman an award over Meryl Streep or Viola.  Mara has less experience on camera, less people believing in her and she actually took a role that she had to stretch for.  Did Meryl really have to stretch to play such a bleak character?  I don’t think so, definitely a shame that they honored her this year over Rooney. 

    I was really disappointed this year and I rushed out to see all the best picture nominations because I had passed over them earlier this year.  They really weren’t great films and it’s a shame that we’ve come to this point where if a film is popular it can’t be nominated for best picture.  

    There used to be a time where a film could be popular with an actual audience who’s seen the movie and also be nominated for best film, now apparently you have to mimic an indie film or make it black and white in hopes to score an Oscar.

  • http://www.thatwasdramatic.tumblr.com/ Anya

    Ha, your worst moments are my best moments. I’m SO happy The Artist won the major categories and SO happy for Meryl Streep. Yes, The Iron Lady wasn’t a fantastic film, but I thought her performance was flawless. And I didn’t miss the songs being performed because 1. I LOVED the Cirque du Soleil performance and 2. Anything that keeps me from listening to that Rio song again is good in my book. (slightly unrelated – I loved Bret McKenzie’s speech, so sweet.)
    The Bridesmaids bit (at the Oscars and at the SAGs) were funnier than their whole movie for me. And now I’m going to watch The Dictator just because of Ryan Seacret’s face. 

  • Galadriel

    Bret! After all the Potter disappointment at least his moment made me smile.

  • http://twitter.com/altonium Alton de Jesus

    It was really anti-climactic when The Artist won the best picture. I mean, I know it’s also pretty amazing and the silent movie thing adds to the touch. But I totally agree with Jeremy up there. There were other nominations that deserved the win. The Artist’s hype has surged up high it eclipsed the other ones that were actually decent.

  • Megushie

    I thought it was absolutely horrible for Sacha Baron Cohen to do such a thing to Ryan Seacrest. It was completely unprofessional and extremely disrespectful. Cohen should really be ashamed to conduct his behavior in such a way.

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