Oscars 2012 – Gewinner und FunFacts

Das war sie nun, die Oscar-Verleihung 2012.

Billy Crystal war wieder sehr sehr unterhaltsam und witzig. Er ist einfach super geschaffen für die Moderation der Oscars.
Die Eröffnungssequenz war ziemlich gut. Nur dass Justin Bieber einen Auftritt hatte, der auch noch viel zu lang war, war jetzt nicht so dufte.
Die Muppets waren großartig und die Tanzeinlage des Cirque du Soleil wirklich sehenswert.
Das Tribut an alle, die dieses Jahr von uns gegangen sind, war wieder sehr sentimental und hat mir die Tränchen in die Augen gebracht.
Alles in allem waren die Gewinner sehr voraussehbar, die Academy hat nunmal ihren Stil und irgendwie ändert sich das nicht.
Die Werbung zwischendurch war furchtbar, wie jedes Jahr. Immer zwei Kategorien und dann 5 Minuten Werbung und wir sitzen tatsächlich bis 6 Uhr morgens hier und warten auf die „wichtigste“ Kategorie.

Allgemein werte ich diese ganze Oscar Sache nicht mehr so hoch, da ich oft genug enttäuscht wurde. Klar ist das alles sehr subjektiv, aber manchmal fielen die Entscheidungen schon sehr sehr strange aus. Ich sage nur „War Horse“ dieses Jahr *hüstel*

Hier die Nominierten mit den Gewinnern und zwischendurch immer nette FunFacts aus der Oscar-Geschichte. (Von Geekosystem)

Begun in 1928, the Academy Awards and its iconic Oscar statues have become a high-water mark in terms of pagentry and the movies they honor. True, the awards are sometimes overshadowed by the films they snub, but the event continues to hold international attention and has given out 2,809 Oscars for 1,853 in the intervening 83 ceremonies. In that time, the event has picked up some pretty interesting stats and facts, which we’ve chronicled for your pleasure.

CINEMATOGRAPHY

The Artist – Guillaume Schiffman
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – Jeff Cronenweth
Hugo – Robert Richardson
The Tree of Life – Emmanuel Lubezki
War Horse – Janusz Kaminsk

ART DIRECTION

The Artist – Production Design: Laurence Bennett
Set Decoration: Robert Gould
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 – Production Design: Stuart Craig
Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan
Hugo – Production Design: Dante Ferretti
Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo

Midnight in Paris – Production Design: Anne Seibel
Set Decoration: Hélène Dubreuil
War Horse – Production Design: Rick Carter
Set Decoration: Lee Sandale

1. Oscar winners don’t really own their statues. Upon being presented with their award, winners must sign an agreement stating that they should they wish to sell their statuettes they must first offer them to the Academy for $1. If they refuse, they cannot keep their trophy. The rule has been in effect since 1950, which means that older statues do sometimes appear on the open market. Be prepared to pay a lot more than $1, though: Steven Speielberg bought Bette Davis’ Oscar for $578,000 in 2001 and donated it back to the Academy, and Michael Jackson paid over a million for David Selznick’s award in 1999.

COSTUME DESIGN

Anonymous – Lisy Christl
The Artist – Mark Bridges
Hugo – Sandy Powell
Jane Eyre – Michael o’Connor
W.E. – Arianne Phillip

MAKEUP

Albert Nobbs – Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnston and Matthew W. Mungle
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 – Nick Dudman, Amanda Knight and Lisa Tomblin
The Iron Lady – Mark Coulier and J. Roy Hellan

2. The biggest loser in Oscar history is Kevin O’Connell, a sound re-recording engineer. Despite 20 nominations since his work on 1983′s Terms of Endearment, O’Connell has yet to win a single statue. O’Connell’s last nomination came in 2007 for his work on Transformers.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Bullhead – Belgium
Footnote – Israel
In Darkness – Poland
Monsieur Lazhar – Canada
A Separation – Iran

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Bérénice Bejo – The Artist
Jessica Chastain – The Help
Melissa McCarthy – Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer – Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer – The Help

3. To even have your film considered for a nomination, it has to meet some fairly exacting standards: It must be 40 minutes long; on 35mm or 70mm film, or 24- or 48-frame progressive scan Digital Cinema format at a minimum resolution of 2048 by 1080 pixels; and must be screened for paid admission in Los Angeles for at least seven days. You can read all the rules here.

FILM EDITING

The Artist – Anne-Sophie Bion and Michel Hazanavicius
The Descendants – Kevin Tent
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
Hugo – Thelma Schoonmaker
Moneyball – Christopher Tellefse

SOUND EDITING

Drive – Lon Bender and Victor Ray Ennis
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – Ren Klyce
Hugo – Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty
Transformers: Dark of The Moon – Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl
War Horse – Richard Hymns and Gary Rydstrom

SOUND MIXING

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Bo Persson
Hugo – Tom Fleischman and John Midgley
Moneyball – Deb Adair, Ron Bochar, Dave Giammarco and Ed Novick
Transformers: Dark of The Moon – Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Peter J. Devlin
War Horse – Gary Rydstrom, Andy Nelson, Tom Johnson and Stuart Wilson

4. That last point about screening in L.A. is particularly interesting as it held up the Charlie Chaplin’s 1952 film Limelight from winning an academy award. When the movie was finally screened in L.A. in 1973, it was nominated and won for Best Original Score.

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Hell And Back Again – Danfung Dennis and Mike Lerner
If A Tree Falls: A Story of The Earth Liberation Front – Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory – Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky
Pina – Wim Wenders and Gian-Piero Ringel
Undefeated – TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay and Richard Middlema

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
A Cat in Paris – Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli
Chico & Rita – Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal
Kung fu Panda 2 – Jennifer yuh Nelson
Puss in Boots – Chris Miller
Rango – Gore Verbinski

5. One of the stranger recipients of an Oscar was the British Ministry of Information for their 1941 docudrama Target for Tonight. Not everyday a country’s wartime propaganda organ wins a major award!

6. There has only been one Oscar winner named Oscar: Oscar Hammerstein II, who won two for best song.

VISUAL EFFECTS

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 – Tim Burke, David Vickery, Greg Butler and John Richardson
Hugo – Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossman and Alex Henning
Real Steel – Erik Nash, John Rosengrant, Dan Taylor and Swen Gillberg
Rise of the Planet of the Apes – Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, R. Christopher White and Daniel Barrett
Transformers: Dark of the Moon – Dan Glass, Brad Friedman, Douglas Trumbull and Michael Fink

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Kenneth Branagh – My Week With Marilyn
Jonah Hill – Moneyball
Nick Nolte – Warrior
Christopher Plummer – Beginners
Max von Sydow – Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

7. While the pomp and circumstance of the award ceremony are certainly legendary, the scale of them can be shocking. At the reception afterward, the assembled diners will be presented with 1,200 bottles of champagne, 1,000 spiny lobsters, 1,200 Kumamoto Oysters, and 18kg of caviar. Add in about 7,000 kg of edible gold dust for the chocolate Oscar statues.

MUSIC (Original Score)

The Adventures of Tintin – John Williams
The Artist – Ludovic Bource
Hugo – Howard Shore
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – Alberto Iglesias
War Horse – John Williams

Music (Original Song)

“Man or Muppet” from The Muppets, Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie
“Real in Rio” from Rio, Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown, Lyric by Siedah Garrett

8. The Kodak Theater, which has been the most recent home of the Oscars, seats 3,332 people. Of course, not everyone shows up — which is why those famous seat-fillers make $125 an hour making the place look full.

WRITING (Adapted Screenplay)

The Descendants – Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash
Hugo – Screenplay by John Logan
The Ides of March – Screenplay by George Clooney & Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon
Moneyball – Screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin. Story by Stan Chervin
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – Screenplay by Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan

WRITING (Original Screenplay)

The Artist – Written by Michel Hazanavicius
Bridesmaids – Written by Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig
Margin Call – Written by J.C. Chandor
Midnight in Paris – Written by Woody Allen
A Separation – Written by Asghar Farhadi

9. In addition to its occasional snubbing of worthy films, the Oscars have also become somewhat notorious for overly long and emotional acceptance speeches. This came to a head in 2002, where the ceremony ran an astounding four hours and twenty-three minutes. Since then, the Academy has enacted the 45-second rule, where speeches longer than 45 seconds will be cut off by the orchestra — which is only slightly less awkward then watching full grown adults sob and ramble to their hearts content.

SHORT FILM (Live Action)

Pentecost – Peter McDonald and Eimear O’Kane
Raju – Max Zähle and Stefan Gieren
The Shore – Terry George and Oorlagh George
Time Freak – Andrew Bowler and Gigi Causey
Tuba Atlantic – Hallvar Witzø

DOCUMENTARY SHORT

The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement – Robin Fryday and Gail Dolgin
God is the Bigger Elvis – Rebecca Cammisa and Julie Anderson
Incident in New Baghdad – James Spione
Saving Face – Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom – Lucy Walker and Kira Carstensen

SHORT FILM (Animated)

Dimanche/Sunday – Patrick Doyon
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore – William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg
La Luna – Enrico Casarosa
A Morning Stroll – Grant Orchard and Sue Goffe
Wild Life – Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby

10. On the subject of acceptance speeches, the record for shortest speech is shared by William Holden and renowned director Alfred Hitchcock. They both simply said, “Thank you.”

DIRECTING

The Artist – Michel Hazanavicius
The Descendants – Alexander Payne
Hugo – Martin Scorsese
Midnight in Paris – Woody Allen
The Tree of Life – Terrence Malic

BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Demian Bichir – A Better Life
George Clooney – The Descendants
Jean Dujardin – The Artist
Gary Oldman – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Brad Pitt – Moneyball

BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Glenn Close – Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis – The Help
Rooney Mara – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady
Michelle Williams – My Week With Marilyn

11. While the Oscar staute is perhaps the most recognizable icon of the event, the phrase “And the winner is…” is perhaps even more famous. Originally used by the award’s presenters to announce the recipient of an award, the phrase was quietly abandoned in 1989. Since then, the preferred lead-in has been “And the Oscar goes to…”, presumably to make the losers feel better.

und letztendlich…

BEST PICTURE

The Artist
The Descendants
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
The Help
Hugo
Midnight in Paris
Moneyball
The Tree of Life
War Horse