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The 84th Annual Academy Awards -- Billy Crystal Hosts the 84th Annual Academy Awards, airing on Sunday, February 26th 2012.
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Annual awards presentation honoring the best film achievements of 2011. | Full synopsis »
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Won Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 9 nominations See more »
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Say what you want but it was simply a good show this year. See more (6 total) »

Cast

 

Christian Bale ... Himself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Rooney Mara ... Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role

Brad Pitt ... Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role & Co-Nominee: Best Picture

Natalie Portman ... Herself - Presenter: Best Actor in a Leading Role

Jessica Chastain ... Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Melissa McCarthy ... Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role / Co-Presenter: Best Live Action Short Film / Best Documentary Short and Best Animated Short Film

Tom Cruise ... Himself - Presenter: Best Picture

Angelina Jolie ... Herself - Presenter: Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Screenplay

Tom Hanks ... Himself - Presenter: Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction

Emma Stone ... Herself - Co-Presenter: Best Visual Effects

Kristen Wiig ... Herself - Nominee: Best Original Screenplay / Co-Presenter: Best Live Action Short Film / Best Documentary Short and Best Animated Short Film

Bradley Cooper ... Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Film Editing / Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing

George Clooney ... Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role & Best Adapted Screenplay

Penélope Cruz ... Herself - Presenter: Best Original Score

Rose Byrne ... Herself - Presenter: Best Live Action Short Film / Best Documentary Short and Best Animated Short Film

Adam Sandler ... Himself

Jonah Hill ... Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Sandra Bullock ... Herself - Presenter: Best Foreign Language Film

Robert Downey Jr. ... Himself - Presenter: Best Documentary Feature

Jennifer Lopez ... Herself - Presenter: Best Costume Design and Best Makeup

Will Ferrell ... Himself - Presenter: Best Original Song

Martin Scorsese ... Himself - Nominee: Best Director & Co-Nominee: Best Picture

Reese Witherspoon ... Herself

Ben Stiller ... Himself - Presenter: Best Visual Effects

Steven Spielberg ... Himself - Nominee: Best Picture

Milla Jovovich ... Herself - Presenter: Sci-Tech Awards

Meryl Streep ... Herself - Presenter: Governors Award & Winner: Best Actress in a Leading Role

Morgan Freeman ... Himself - Presenter

Julia Roberts ... Herself

Cameron Diaz ... Herself - Co-Presenter: Best Costume Design and Best Makeup

Gary Oldman ... Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role

Edward Norton ... Himself

Ellie Kemper ... Herself - Co-Presenter: Best Live Action Short Film / Best Documentary Short and Best Animated Short Film

Owen Wilson ... Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Original Score

Viola Davis ... Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role

Gwyneth Paltrow ... Herself - Co-Presenter: Best Documentary Feature

Tina Fey ... Herself - Presenter: Best Film Editing / Best Sound Editing & Best Sound Mixing

Colin Firth ... Himself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Leading Role

Missi Pyle ... Herself - Audience Membe

Michelle Williams ... Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role

Zach Galifianakis ... Himself - Presenter: Best Original Song

Wendi McLendon-Covey ... Herself - Presenter: Best Live Action Short Film / Best Documentary Short and Best Animated Short Film

Melanie Griffith ... Herself - Audience Member

Michael Douglas ... Himself - Presenter: Best Director

Antonio Banderas ... Himself - Audience Member

Nick Nolte ... Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role (also archive footage)

Jason Isaacs ... Himself

Elizabeth Taylor ... Herself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)

Kenneth Branagh ... Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Maya Rudolph ... Herself - Presenter: Best Live Action Short Film / Best Documentary Short and Best Animated Short Film

Demián Bichir ... Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role (as Demian Bichir)

Andrea Riseborough ... Herself

James Cromwell ... Himself - Audience Member

Kate Capshaw ... Herself - Audience Member

Max von Sydow ... Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

James Earl Jones ... Himself - Audience Member

Busy Philipps ... Herself - Audience Member

Christopher Plummer ... Himself - Winner: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Glenn Close ... Herself - Nominated: Best Actress in a Leading Role

Janet McTeer ... Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Penelope Ann Miller ... Herself - Audience Member

Peter Falk ... Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)

Cary Joji Fukunaga ... Himself (as Cary Fukunaga)

Melissa Leo ... Herself - Presenter: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Bérénice Bejo ... Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Billy Crystal ... Himself - Host

Gabourey Sidibe ... Herself

Chris Rock ... Himself - Presenter: Best Animated Film

Linda Blair ... Herself

Oprah Winfrey ... Herself - Audience Member

John Williams ... Himself - Nominee: Best Original Score

Octavia Spencer ... Herself - Winner: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Jean Dujardin ... Himself - Winner: Best Actor in a Leading Role

Whitney Houston ... Herself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)

Benjamin Millepied ... Himself - Audience Member

Alexander Payne ... Himself - Winner: Best Adapted Screenplay / Nominee: Best Director & Nominee: Best Picture

Jim Rash ... Himself - Winner: Best Adapted Screenplay

Bret McKenzie ... Himself - Winner: Best Original Song

Louis Gossett Jr. ... Himself - Audience Member

Sidney Lumet ... Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)

Robert Richardson ... Himself - Winner: Best Cinematography

Jane Russell ... Herself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)

Cliff Robertson ... Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)

Gore Verbinski ... Himself - Winner: Best Animated Film

Wim Wenders ... Himself - Nominee: Best Documentary Feature

Steve Jobs ... Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)

Sean Combs ... Himself - Audience Member (as Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs)

Nat Faxon ... Himself - Winner: Best Adapted Screenplay

Tate Taylor ... Himself - Audience Member

Ben Gazzara ... Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)

Tom Kane ... Show Announcer

Jackie Cooper ... Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)

Farley Granger ... Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)

Asghar Farhadi ... Himself - Winner: Best Foreign Language Film & Nominee: Best Original Screenplay

Howard Shore ... Himself - Nominee: Best Original Score

Ken Russell ... Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)

Sandy Powell ... Herself - Nominee: Best Costume Design

Terry George ... Himself - Winner: Best Live Action Short Film

Don Gummer ... Himself - Audience Member

Michel Hazanavicius ... Himself - Nominee: Best Film Editing / Nominee: Best Original Screenplay and Winner: Best Director

Steve Whitmire ... Kermit the Frog - Presenter: Cirque du Soleil (voice)

Eric Jacobson ... Miss Piggy - Presenter: Cirque du Soleil (voice)

Thelma Schoonmaker ... Herself - Nominee: Best Film Editing

Annie Girardot ... Herself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)

Melissa Disney ... Anouncer

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy ... Herself - Winner: Best Documentary, Short Subjects

Philippe Falardeau ... Himself - Nominee: Best Foreign Language Film

Fernando Trueba ... Himself - Nominee: Best Animated Film

Gary Winick ... Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)

Dante Ferretti ... Himself - Winner: Best Art Direction

Mark Coulier ... Himself - Winner: Best Makeup

Alberto Iglesias ... Himself - Nominee: Best Original Score
Polly Platt ... Herself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)

Angus Wall ... Himself - Winner: Best Film Editing

David Dustin Kenyon ... Himself - Wizard of Oz Focus Group

Tim Hetherington ... Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)

Daniel Junge ... Himself - Winner: Best Documentary Short

Thomas Langmann ... Himself - Winner: Best Picture
Mihalis Kakogiannis ... Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
Robert Legato ... Himself - Winner: Best Visual Effects

Kirk Baxter ... Himself - Winner: Best Film Editing

Marion Dougherty ... Herself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)

Laura Ziskin ... Herself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)

George Kuchar ... Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)

J. Roy Helland ... Himself - Winner: Best Makeup

Siedah Garrett ... Herself - Nominee: Best Original Song
William Joyce ... Himself - Winner: Best Animated Short Film
Carlinhos Brown ... Himself - Nominee: Best Achievement in Music, Original Song

Mark Bridges ... Himself - Winner: Best Costume Design

Elena Levon ... Herself

John Calley ... Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)

Ludovic Bource ... Himself - Winner: Best Original Score

Sergio Mendes ... Himself - Nominee: Best Original Song

Francesca Lo Schiavo ... Herself - Winner: Best Art Direction
Donald Peterman ... Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)

T.J. Martin ... Himself - Winner: Best Documentary Feature

Bingham Ray ... Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
Bert Schneider ... Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)

Esperanza Spalding ... Herself - Performer

Gilbert Cates ... Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)

Sue Mengers ... Herself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)

Eric Bradley ... Himself

Philip Stockton ... Himself - Winner: Best Sound Editing

Scott Lang ... Cirque du Soleil Performer
Donata Wenders ... Herself

Rod L Harrell ... Himself

Hal Kanter ... Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
David Zelag Goodman ... Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
Jack Hayes ... Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
Daniel Lindsay ... Himself - Winner: Best Documentary Feature
Tom Fleischman ... Himself - Winner: Best Sound Mixing
John Midgley ... Himself - Winner: Best Sound Mixing
Theadora Van Runkle ... Herself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
Joss Williams ... Himself - Winner: Best Visual Effects
Eugene Gearty ... Himself - Winner: Best Sound Editing

Ben Grossmann ... Himself - Winner: Best Visual Effects
Richard Leacock ... Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
Brandon Oldenburg ... Himself - Winner: Best Animated Short Film

Frederic Jean ... Cirque du Soleil Performer
Rich Middlemas ... Himself - Winner: Best Documentary Feature
Javier Mariscal ... Himself - Nominee: Best Animated Film

Norman Corwin ... Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
Amanda Dyar ... Herself

Tom Sherak ... Himself - Academy President
Joseph Farrell ... Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
Alex Henning ... Himself - Winner: Best Visual Effects
Max Zähle ... Himself - Nominee: Best Live Action Short Film

Josh Wood ... Himself
Kevin Atherton Laprise ... Cirque du Soleil Performer

Oorlagh George ... Herself - Co-Winner: Best Live Action Short Film
Olga Pikhienko ... Cirque du Soleil Performer
Cirque du Soleil ... Themselves
Andrew Atherton ... Cirque du Soleil Performer
Bill Varney ... Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)

Mara Virabov ... Herself
Gene S. Cantamessa ... Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
Peter E. Berger ... Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
Philip Craik ... Himself (archive footage) (as Brian P Smith)
Jonathan Stinson ... Himself
Tak Miyagishima ... Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
Jim Rodnunsky ... Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage) (as James Rodnunsky)
Stéphane Chivot ... Cirque du Soleil Performer
Corey Scott-Gilbert ... Cirque du Soleil Performer
Kelsey Wiens ... Cirque du Soleil Performer
Andy Jantzen ... Himself - Winner: Scientific and Engineering Award
Aalayna Stroud ... Cirque du Soleil Performer
Geneviève Albert ... Cirque du Soleil Performer
Caroline Lauzon ... Cirque du Soleil Performer
Petru Pop ... Himself - Winner: Scientific and Engineering Award
Richard Toftness ... Himself - Winner: Scientific and Engineering Award
Radu Corlan ... Himself - Winner: Scientific and Engineering Award

Adam J. Yeend ... Himself - On Camera Stair Escort (uncredited)

Directed by
Don Mischer 
Kabir Akhtar (Billy Crystal/Melissa McCarthy/dressing room segments)
Archie Gips (red carpet segment)
Christopher Guest (focus group segment)
Henry Hobson (original & adapted screenplay segments)
Troy Miller (opening film)
 
Writing credits
Jon Macks (written by) &
Dave Boone (written by) &
Carol Leifer (written by)

Tim Carvell (special material written by) and
Jeff Cesario (special material written by) &
Billy Crystal (special material written by) &
Ed Driscoll (special material written by) &
Billy Martin (special material written by) &
Ben Schwartz (special material written by) &
Marc Shaiman (special material written by) &
Eric Stangel (special material written by) &
Justin Stangel (special material written by) &
David Steinberg (special material written by) &
Mason Steinberg (special material written by) &
Colleen Werthmann (special material written by)

Produced by
Alexander Dervin .... executive producer (nominee packages and "In Memoriam")
A.J. Diantonio .... producer (opening film)
Archie Gips .... consulting producer
Brian Grazer .... co-producer
Matt Magielnicki .... producer (opening film and focus group)
Troy Miller .... producer (opening film and focus group)
Don Mischer .... producer
Dave Neglia .... post producer: opening film and focus group
Michael B. Seligman .... supervising producer
Melissa Watkins Trueblood .... talent producer
Daniel S. Winston .... segment producer
 
Cinematography by
Michael A. Price (opening film)
 
Film Editing by
Kabir Akhtar (opening film)
Steve Edwards (Wizard of Oz focus group short film)
Ben Folts (Billy Crystal/Melissa McCarthy/dressing room segments)
Nathaniel Park 
 
Production Design by
John Myhre 
 
Art Direction by
Joe Celli 
Designer (Prologue Films)
 
Set Decoration by
Tracy Dishman 
 
Costume Design by
Paula Elins 
 
Makeup Department
Skyler Campbell .... makeup artist
Barbara Cantu .... hair stylist
Analyn Cruz .... hair stylist
Oney Syers II .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Vanessa J. Noon .... production manager
Victoria Zika .... production supervisor
 
Art Department
Ben Anderson .... set designer
Jon De Pabon .... lead painter
Scot Erb .... model maker
Darek Gogol .... illustrator
Hugh Grew .... electronic graphics
Andy Hammer .... scenic artist
Tyler Hardin .... art department coordinator
Gloria Lamb .... assistant art director
Scott Lynch .... pa/construction buyer
Mara A. Spear .... set buyer
Alexx Thompson .... paint gangboss (as Alex Thompson)
 
Sound Department
Douglas V. Carney .... A2
Josh Morton .... sound re-recording mixer
Bryan Parker .... sound effects editor
Brian Riordan .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Sandweiss .... audio director
 
Stunts
Monty L. Simons .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Darren Decker .... still photographer
Greg Harbaugh .... still photographer
Richard Harbaugh .... still photographer
Joe Hedge .... digital imaging technician: (uncredited )
Terrance Ho .... video controller
Chiabella James .... stills assistant
David James .... still photographer
Geoff Knight .... lighting technician
Peter Krajewski .... camera operator
Johnny Martin .... camera operator
Alen Sisul .... gaffer
Sylvia Vidaurri .... still photographer
Todd Wawrychuk .... still photographer
Kris Wilson .... camera operator
Ron Travisano .... remote camera specialist (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Danielle Dowling .... costumer (as Danielle Horn)
Dylan Forer .... dressing rooms coordinator
Dalia MacPhee .... wardrobe
Erin Masuda .... dressing rooms coordinator
Marcia Zigler .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Skip Arnold .... assistant editor
Michelle Choug .... assistant editor
Lincoln Sevier .... post-production coordinator
La-Aja J. Wiggins .... assistant editor (opening film)
 
Music Department
Michael Aarvold .... orchestra set-up
Max Aruj .... music arranger
Bob Badami .... music supervisor
Susie Bench .... music preparation
Alexander Bornstein .... music department assistant
Jennie Cote .... pro tools coordinator
Mae Crosby .... music preparation
Elizabeth Finch .... music arranger
Cathleen Flynn .... music preparation
Bruce Fowler .... music arranger
Walt Fowler .... music arranger
Rick Giovinazzo .... music arranger
Stephen Hilton .... music arranger
Kevin Kaska .... orchestrator
Jasha Klebe .... arranger
Steven Kofsky .... music production services
Daniel Kresco .... score mixer
Larry Mah .... digital score recordist
Yvonne S. Moriarty .... music arranger
Ed Neumeister .... arrangements and orchestration
Satoshi Mark Noguchi .... music sound engineer
Conrad Pope .... music arranger
Jingle Punks .... music coordinator: additional music
Larry Rench .... orchestrator
Guillaume Roussel .... music arranger
Sally Stevens .... choir contractor
Geoff Stradling .... music arranger
Martin Tillman .... musician: band
Jessica Weiss .... music editor
Christian Wenger .... assistant engineer
Catherine Wilson .... music arranger
Andrew Zack .... associate music producer
Hans Zimmer .... music consultant
Frank Macchia .... music preparation (uncredited)
Aaron Meyer .... music preparation (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Grace Alpert .... talent assistant
Kate Berry .... producer: Prologue Films
Ben Biscotti .... audience producer
Dennis Boerner .... production coordinator
Katy Branson .... script assistant
Jenny Buchowicz .... credentials coordinator
Jonathan George Burns .... production assistant
Deborah Cahn .... credentials manager
Chelsea Candelaria .... talent manager
Liz Colabraro .... production staff
Rickey Cook .... production assistant
Ryland Cronk .... production assistant
Tina Cannizzaro DeBone .... script coordinator
Miryam Fail .... production assistant to producer
Kevin Feiertag .... telecommunications
Jason Fracaro .... production assistant
Kyle W. Goldstein .... truck production assistant
Beatriz Gómez .... credentials
Emily Harper .... vtr coordinator
Athena Zoe Hogue .... talent page
Anthony Interdonato .... production assistant
Alexander Kanellakos .... researcher
Robert Keniston .... talent page
Christian Kouma .... production staff
Mariusz Kubicki .... performer: Cirque du Soleil
Adam LaPrade .... credential systems administrator
Johnny Byul Lee .... production coordinator
Arthur Lewis .... stage manager
Kali Londono .... production staff
Chris Manigault .... production coordinator (2012)
Nick Mavrakis .... production staff
Frankie Mazon .... assistant to Mr. Grazer
Tim McArthur .... production coordinator
Kyle Martirez McIntosh .... production coordinator (specific segments)
Andrea Medina .... talent page
Eric Mentis .... production assistant
Anne Mureau .... production assistant
Gary Natoli .... head stage manager
Steve Nguyen .... himself
Stephane Nicoli .... lead stand in
Kevin Owen .... fiber optics engineer
Adam Poulson .... production staff
Mallory Ravotti .... script preparation: closed captioning
Alan Reback .... production accountant
Rachel Riegel .... production assistant
Ivan Rosales .... production assistant
Chris Rossi .... production staff
Angelo Ruzzo .... production assistant
Gabriel Saavedra .... production assistant
Richard Sankey .... production coordinator
Nate Selvidio .... post production assistant
Chase Simonds .... post production coordinator
Nina Tarrab .... talent coordinator
Toni Thompson .... show publicist
Holly Titchen .... production staff
Christina Tong .... production coordinator
Natasha Tsung .... herself (as Natasha Ng)
Thadeus Welch .... production staff
Allan Wells .... screens coordinator
Tina Woodhull .... production staff
Katy Wynn .... production staff
Jessica Derhammer .... operations & talent coordinator: academy (uncredited)
 

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Also Known As:
"2012 Academy Awards" - USA (informal short title)
"The 2012 Oscars" - USA (informal short title)
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Trivia:
Brett Ratner was originally announced as producer of the show on August 4, 2011. He resigned in November the same year after causing controversy by saying "rehearsal is for fags" following a screening of Tower Heist (2011). He was replaced with Brian Grazer.See more »
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Factual errors: In the In Memoriam segment, Marion Dougherty's name is written incorrectly as Marion DoughterySee more »
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Himself - Winner: Best Animated Short Film:My god. Look, we're just these two, like, swamp rats from Louisiana and this is incredibly grand. We love the movies. We love the movies more than anything. It's been a part of our lives since we were both kids.
Himself - Co-Winner: Best Animated Short Film:It's been a part of our DNA ever since we were children and it's made us storytellers.
Himself - Winner: Best Animated Short Film:And there's guys, there's thousands of men and women through the whole generations, since the beginning of cinema, that have inspired us and movies that moved us more than we ever knew you could be moved. And it's everything we try to do every day is to honor those people and those films. And we're just down there in Louisiana.We're gonna keep on tryin' and goin'. And thank you to the Academy.
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Say what you want but it was simply a good show this year., 28 February 2012
Author: Boba_Fett1138 from Groningen, The Netherlands

Every year it is the same; people complaining about the nominees, winners but mostly the award show itself. Nobody can be ever completely satisfied of course and this also shouldn't be the Academy Awards' intention. But it's still good to see that they are taking some of the criticism at heart and keep improving/adjusting the show. I think that they have now finally reached a point that they have taken the best elements of the last 5, or so, Academy Awards shows and have combined it for this year's award ceremony.

I really enjoyed watching it, mostly because there seemed to be a good pace, all throughout. The acceptance speeches were all equally long/short and none of them felt overlong or made me shout out at the TV 'get off the stage!'. Also there were no real distractions this year. Normally the show takes the time to suddenly honor somebody for 5 minutes, or throw in some montages or other videos. This year it all was really mostly about handing out the awards, nothing more and nothing less than that.

Also no distracting Oscar-nominated songs and live performances this time. Sorry to say but most nominated songs are always very boring and horrible to listen to. This year there were only 2 nominees but they didn't let anyone perform them on stage, which was a great move in my opinion!

Another thing that gave the show lots of pace was the order in which the awards were being handed out. For years they always saved the most important awards for the end of the show, with always as a result that people first had to endure 2 hours of other people, that no one has ever heard of or cared about, receiving Oscars, for some very uninteresting categories. This year there was a far better balance in which the awards were handed out.

One more thing that gave the show lots of pace were the presenters. No one that came on stage ever had a long routine before they announced the winner and it was also a smart move to leave all of the comedy up to the real comedians this year. And there were quite a few comedians handing out the awards this year!

The main presenter of the evening, Billy Crystal, was also surprising good. I really wasn't looking forward to him again, after a absence of 8 years from presenting the Oscars, after Eddie Murphy had dropped out. But he simply was really good, mainly since he didn't turned it into a one man's show for himself. He still had some good jokes this year, something that was also lacking during the last couple of years, when they tried out (too) many different, new hosts.

As for the winners themselves; there were no real big surprises this year but it's still always good to see that there is not just one movie, that sweeps all of the awards. Many different movies received an Oscar this year, which should also tell you something about what kind of a year this was. it was a year with many great movies, of which none stood really out as anything brilliant, in my opinion.

Still some of the winners and its predictability annoyed me of course. Christopher Plummer mostly winning just because of his age, the way Meryl Streep acted all surprised she had won, while she was the only true 100% lock for his year, Octavia Spencer being the only one that received a standing ovation mostly because of her ethnicity and out of so called white guilt. I mean, I was hoping and also expecting her to win but really, a standing ovation, just for her win alone? It were all little things like this that still annoyed me about the evening.

But oh well, like I said before; you can never expect to feel completely satisfied during an 3 hour long award ceremony!

8/10

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