Oscars 2012: The Morning After
And the winner is… Harvey Weinstein! He might not have gotten as many shout-outs from the stage as Hugo‘s Martin Scorsese (everybody drink!), but the indie-film Colossus dominated the 2012 Academy Awards. The Weinstein Co. mogul’s minions convinced Oscar voters that The Artist—a silent, black-and-white melodramedy that could’ve been dismissed as a slight, stylish trifle—was the year’s Best Picture.
Perhaps even more impressively, he took an unknown director with an unpronounceable name, The Artist’s Michel Hazanavicius, and guided him to victory over the universally revered filmmakers Woody Allen, Terrence Malick, Alexander Payne and… yes, even Marty Scorsese. And the obscure Jean Dujardin defeated The Descendants‘ George Clooney, not to mention Moneyball‘s Brad Pitt (and why did no one mention him?) for Best Actor.
And who else but the master Oscar campaigner Weinstein could help Meryl Streep break her 29-year losing streak? The Iron Lady may have felt a glorified TV-movie, but Streep turned out to be Oscar’s Golden Girl, winning more votes than The Help‘s Viola Davis, among others.
Of course, not every winner was Weinstein-approved. Beginners‘ Christopher Plummer and The Help‘s Octavia Spencer took home the supporting actor and actress trophies, as I predicted. And I was right about the screenplay consolation prizes for Allen and Payne as well. But I underestimated Weinstein’s power and thought Clooney and Davis would emerge triumphant. I also missed in the editing, sound and art direction categories but nailed the rest.
Through it all, the man of the hour (who also made a big noise last year with The King’s Speech) remained, appropriately enough, silent. When it comes to winning Oscars, at least, Harvey Weinstein is a real Artist.
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