Sun 26th Feb 2012 | News
Congratulations to all the winners and nominated artists who had some fun Sunday night. Twitter's screen scrolled so fast, I gave up trying to read anything that came in. No Surprises.
The best Animated Feature Academy Award, as voted for by the Academy, is Rango. No surprises there either! Great stuff Gore Verbinski went up to collect the statuette. This was his first. To the crew up in Lucasfilm, a heartfelt congratulations to you all.
The Academy Award for Visual Effects went to Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossmann and Alex Henning for HUGO. Brilliant work by the crew at Pixomondo.
Actually the first awards were right up our alley. Best Cinematography goes to Robert Richardson for HUGO. This is his seventh nomination and third Oscar for cinematography. His reputation follows him. Art Direction for HUGO. Husband and wife team. Dante Ferretti; Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo "This is for Marty, and Italy."
The Oscar for the Best Achievement in Make Up goes to Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland for The Iron Lady. Nice to see The Separation picking up the Best Foreign film. Not for political reasons, but for the film itself.
Short live action film, went to The Shore, by a cool crew led by Terry George and Oorlagh George from Belfast, made up of friends and family.
Best animated short film: · 'The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore' Best Short Film (animated) -- Moonbot Studios in Louisiana used Maya to help create this poignant and humorous allegorical film. Congrats to Brandon Oldenburg and the entire Moonbot Studio crew.
Film Editing. This team won last year for 'The Social Network' Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall for 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'… They actually had nothing to say because they really didn't expect to win.
Sound editing went to Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty for HUGO. Gearty thanked everybody who had ever been born. Sound mixing also went to HUGO and Tom Fleischman and John Midgley. If you ever get a chance to go see Circ du Soliel, do go. Even if you had to sneak under there tent like I did, go see them. Best Documentary went to Undefeated with TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay and Rich Middlemas, come on, and even dropped the 'F-bomb',
Christopher Plummer at 82, grabbed the Best Supporting Actor award for his work in 'The Beginners. And Flight of the Conchords' Bret McKenzie won Best Original Song for his original song 'Man or Muppet' on 'The Muppets'.