The Artist, Christopher Plummer, Streep Win At 84th Academy Awards

Without any major showdowns or controversies, this year’s Academy Awards didn’t have as much sizzle as years past. (And as much as we love Billy Crystal, he’s not exactly edgy and fresh.)

But there were lots of lovely individual moments:

* Zachary Quinto and his Margin Call director J.C. Chandor were caught on the red carpet together (right). Are we looking at Hollywood’s next power couple? (Kidding, Chandor’s married.)

* As expected, Christopher Plummer nabbed Best Supporting Actor for his role as an elderly widower who comes out late in life. Plummer, who joked he’d been rehearsing his acceptance speech “since I emerged from my mother’s womb,” thanked Beginners director Michael Mills and co-star Ewan MacGregor, of whom Plummer said, “I’d happily share this award with if I had any decency, which I don’t.”

* Another expected win was The Help‘s Octavia Spencer for Best Supporting Actress—but her gobsmacked reaction was surprisingly precious.

* Angelina Jolie‘s high-slit black bustle and Sandra Bullock‘s frumpy Grecian gown. We didn’t are for them, but what would a good Oscars party be without a few outfits to tear apart with your girlfriends?

* We were sad to see openly bisexual actor Farley Granger (Rope, Strangers on a Train) among those recalled in the Academy’s annual In Memorium. (Jane Russell and Whitney, too.)

* Is it us, or could all the Oscars The Artist won seriously improve relations between France and the U.S.? (Answer: Eh, maybe.) And is every guy from France hot? (Answer: Yes.)

Photos: Academy of Motion-Picture Arts & Sciences

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  • queertypie

    How much more boob could Lopez expose without showing full fontal boobage? This woman has an ego that is way too large. This was the most boring, unimpressive Oscars I’ve ever seen. Major yawnfest.

  • Abel

    Since when was Farley Granger bisexual? I thought he was gay through and through.
    He was a fine actor, too.

  • DenverBarbie

    Viola Davis, who looked beautiful and edgy nose ringed and sans wig, was so robbed.

  • christopher di spirito

    @Abel: According to his autobiography, he used to fuck Shelly Winters back in the day when she was thin. For the last 40+ years of his life, Granger was exclusively gay.

  • isis

    why did hugo won its freakin stereotypical and wrong i didnt even finished watching it coz im so mad and annoyed…..whast with that….first grammys chris brown won…now oscar i dont get it whats wrong with these award….so everyone with messed up performance can just get oscars…..right whatever

  • Red Meat

    -Angelina Jolie‘s right leg was the only memorable moment

    -I’m glad Hugo won a lot of awards but not the best ones so that was stupid.

    -The Artist still sucks, Meryl Streep finally got a damn Oscar since forever.

    -Glenn Close is pisst.

  • Mark

    I just cared that Meryl win. So I was pleased. The foreign Best Actor will go the way of previous winner Roberto Begn…Begnni….Roberto something, who won and never was heard from about here in the US again.

  • takakupo

    Viola was robbed. The Help was robbed. Plain and simple.

    The more successful you are nowadays, the less of a chance you have at fairness with the Academy. Some part of me is still happy for Meryl Streep, but “The Artist” is just a suck-up vote.

  • dsp

    I was so pleased for Christopher Plummer. He finally got the recognition he deserved. As for Meryl Streep, YESSS! Love her and always have! I saw the Artist last week and thought it was Oscar worthy. Glad it won. The Help was a good movie, but Oscar worthy, not IMHO! All in all the Oscars were boring. I TVOed it and watched it this morning. Glad I could fast forward!

  • BubbasBack

    Well bubs, this was a major borefest. Though I did love Glenn Close’s very forced smile at Streep’s win. But in all it was the same crap we’ve been seeing for years. And Lopez, golly whiz, what’s wrong with that woman’s ego? They all deserve – you know it – one big BURP.

  • dvlaries

    I wanted Viola Davis to win too, but it’s also true Streep has waited a long for a second win in a leading role, every shot since Silkwood in ’83. And if Jodie Foster and Hilary Swank deserve two, Streep certainly does.

  • perdeep

    Beginners was far and away the best movie I saw last year, so I’m really pleased that it won something. And Christopher Plummer continues to be legendary in everything that he chooses to do.

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