By Georgina Thermos ’14
On Sunday, Feb. 26, a night of glamour and extraordinary talent brought together actors to celebrate and commemorate the film industry. This year’s Academy Awards, in particular, focused on reminding viewers that the magic of movies still remains. Throughout the show, pre- taped monologues by actors ranging from Barbara Streisand to Adam Sandler were viewed, expressing their take on movies and what it means for a movie to be good. This was a night to review the glitz and glam of Hollywood.
Nine- time host comedian Billy Crystal contributed to the nostalgic mood with his humor and charm. He maintained a light- hearted, yet sincere attitude throughout the evening. It was a night of triumph and honor as many actors, directors, and films received the gold statue. Meryl Streep won the award for best actress for the second time in her career, despite a record 14 nominations. She won for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. Streep, along with countless other stars were recognized for their success in film. The Artist, won Best Picture and its director, Michel Hazanvicius, won Best Director. Jean Dujardin won Best Actor for his portrayal of a silent film star in The Artist. Octavia Spencer, who played the sassy maid Minny in The Help, gave a heartfelt and emotional speech after her win for Best Supporting Actress. Christopher Plummer won Best Supporting Actor for The Beginners and is recognized as the oldest actor to win an Oscar at 82 years old. Best Editing award went to Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Martin Scorsese’s 3D children’s movie Hugo took home several awards early in the night, including Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, and Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing.
The talent did not stop there; performances by Cirque du Soleil and jazz star Esperanza Spaulding left the audience impressed and entertained. The energetic beauty derived from these performers matched the evening’s agenda perfectly. The performance expressed appreciation for production and talent.
The attention was also geared towards the outfits. According to Harper’s Bazaar, Michelle Williams was nominated for best dressed of the night wearing an elegant “red tulle gown with of-the-moment peplum detail by Louis Vuitton.” Emma Stone, Angelina Jolie, Rooney Mara wore other most- liked dresses of the evening. The men sported the traditional tuxedo maintaining the classical 1950s Hollywood look.
A sacred portion of the Academy Award ceremony is the In Memoriam section. Many admired and loved actors were featured in this year, a few being Elizabeth Taylor, Jane Russell, Farley Granger, and Michael Gough. Whitney Houston was also mentioned because of her role in the film The Bodyguard. The sentimental tribute reflected the long extraordinary history of glamorous Hollywood. The night ended with many deserving winners and the reinforcement of the movie industry’s lasting influence. Oscars.go.com offers a variety of clips featuring the night’s “Must See Moments,” “Backstage Cam,” “Pre- Show Highlights,” and many more that you may have missed.