Well, another Oscar season has come to a close. As expected, The Artist walked away with the night’s top prize, becoming only the second silent film ever to win Best Picture (after Wings, which won at the very first ceremony).  Billy Crystal returned as host after a long absence and turned in a confident, funny performance that helped keep the show on-pace and more entertaining than those from recent years.  As usual there were surprises and sure-things, hilarious guests and awkward presentations.  The Haiku Review even managed to predict 16 of the 24 categories – a solid two-thirds, which, frankly, is not too shabby considering the large number of close races this year.  (I am kicking myself for switching to Clooney at the last minute, and not sticking with Dujardin, who was my choice right up until the last minute).  Nevertheless, it’s time to move on to a whole new season of movies, so to wrap up this whole Oscar business, the Haiku Review offers you some final thoughts on the ceremony and its winners and losers, along with a complete list of the victors.

The 84th Annual Academy Award Winners 

Best Picture:  The Artist
Best Directing:  Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Best Actor:  Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Best Actress:  Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Best Supporting Actor:  Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Best Supporting Actress:  Octavia Spencer, The Help
Best Adapted Screenplay:  Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash, The Descendants
Best Original Screenplay: Woody Allen,  Midnight in Paris
Best Animated Feature: Rango
Best Documentary Feature: Undefeated
Best Foreign Language Film: A Separation
Best Cinematography: Hugo
Best Film Editing: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Best Art Direction: Hugo
Best Costume Design: The Artist
Best Makeup: The Iron Lady
Best Original Score: The Artist
Best Original Song:  Bret McKenzie, “Man or Muppet,” The Muppets
Best Sound Mixing: Hugo
Best Sound Editing: Hugo
Best Visual Effects: Hugo
Best Animated Short Film: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
Best Documentary Short Subject: Saving Face
Best Live-Action Short Film: The Shore

Final Thoughts

Sacha Baron Cohen walks red carpet as The Dictator, spills “Kim Jong-il’s ashes” on Ryan Seacrest
Hey Seacrest, we’ve seen
Borat. Be glad he didn’t
wrestle you naked.

George Clooney and former WWE wrestler Stacy Kiebler are the night’s power couple
Meanwhile, The Rock learns
the quick way to the Oscars
is NOT Journey 2.

Undefeated wins Best Documentary Feature over Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory
How many falsely
imprisoned guys did your film
rescue from prison?

Christopher Guest and his gang mock focus groups
Which reminds us: how
much longer ’til Guest’s next film?
We’re waiting, Corky!

Kermit and Miss Piggy cameo, while “Man or Muppet” wins Best Song
So why weren’t Statler
and Waldorf nitpicking things
from the balcony?

Meryl Streep wins Best Actress over Viola Davis
I guess white folks were
only willing to Help Ms.
Aibileen so much.

The Artist wins Best Picture
Uggie the dog’s cost
rises; dog from Beginners
fires his agent.

By Daniel J. Hoag