84th Annual Academy Awards offers a variety

Ashleigh Staples, Co-Editor-in-Chief
February 27, 2012
Filed under Opinions

   With a comfy spot picked out on the couch, snacks at the ready and my game face on, I am ready to watch the action unfold on television. I have heard many predictions for the night’s intense match-ups and I can hardly wait to see how it all plays out. Watching the participants do their walk out in anticipation of the night’s events is half the fun but when they make their way into the Kodak Theatre and the curtains open, the real action begins.
   The 84th annual Academy Awards left many critics calling Billy Crystal’s hosting job last night “boring” and lacking in “freshness,” however the night featured numerous comical skits and a performance from Cirque de Soleil and provided for the most entertainment the Academy Awards, or Oscar, ceremony has had to offer in several years.
   The Academy Awards honored an array of films and very diverse group of actors and actresses this year. Both The Artist and Hugo walked away with five awards. The black and white, silent film, The Artist received the coveted Best Picture Oscar and its protagonist Jean Dujardin received Best Actor. Hugo was applauded on a more artistic scale winning Best Sound, Best Sound Editing, Best Visual Effects, Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography. Best Supporting Actor went to Christopher Plummer in Beginners; at 82, he is the oldest actor to ever receive an Academy Award.
   Alabama native and Auburn gradaute, Octavia Spencer completed an awards season sweep by winning Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Help. Fellow star, Viola Davis was anticipated to take home the gold for Best Actress for the movie, but seventeen-time nominee Meryl Streep claimed the victory for her role in The Iron Lady and received her third Oscar win.
   James Earl Jones and Dick Smith were the recipients of Academy Honorary Awards and Oprah Winfrey was the recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
   With an estimated one billion people tuning in worldwide, the Oscars are the medium through which the world honors the entertainment industry for their art. Sometimes they are predictable and sometimes they are not, but watching the Oscars is always an entertaining and highly competitive event and this year was no exception. The Oscars are definitely my Super bowl.

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