With Sunday night came the 84th Annual Academy Awards, and as promised, I’m back to briefly compare the winners with my predictions. The show itself was, I thought, a significant improvement over last year’s, with Billy Crystal as classy and entertaining as ever. I really liked how he poked fun at all of the problems with the show in the past, like when Justin Beiber showed up for a few seconds to lock in “the 18-24 demographic”. Very clever.
Here are the winners side by side with my predictions from last month, which you can also read here.
Cinematography: Hugo (predicted: The Artist)
Art Direction: Hugo (predicted: Hugo)
Makeup: The Iron Lady (predicted: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2)
Foreign film: A Separation (predicted: A Separation)
Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer (The Help) (predicted: The Help)
Editing: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (predicted: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo)
Sound Editing: Hugo (predicted: Hugo)
Sound Mixing: Hugo (predicted: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo)
Animated Film: Rango (predicted, oddly enough: A Cat in Paris)
Visual Effects: Hugo (predicted: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2)
Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer (Beginners) (predicted: Beginners)
Original Score: The Artist (predicted: The Artist)
Original Song: The Muppets (predicted: The Muppets)
Adapted Screenplay: The Descendants (predicted: Moneyball)
Original Screenplay: Midnight in Paris (predicted: Midnight in Paris)
Direction: Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) (predicted: The Artist)
Best Actor: Jean Dujardin (The Artist) (predicted: The Artist)
Best Actress: Meryll Streep (The Iron Lady) (predicted: The Iron Lady)
Best Picture: The Artist (predicted: The Artist)
I was thoroughly surprised at how accurate my predictions were this year. I’ve had mixed results predicting the awards in years past, but this year, my luck seems to have changed, with only 5 incorrect predictions. As with every subsequent year, I hope to be able to watch more of the nominated films before the show, as I still have yet to see films like A Separation and Midnight in Paris.
To briefly update on new content, you can expect a wealth of exciting new posts in the coming weeks, including the final entry of my Amazing Spider-Man preview, as well as some brand new movie and comic reviews. Stay tuned!