consensus almost always gets at least 18 winners right and this year was no exception; it got 19 correct categories only missing on ACTRESS, CINEMATOGRAPHY, FILM EDITING, VISUAL EFFECTS and DOCUMENTARY.
on a side note: awards season fatigue drove me crazy and i got the lowest score since my childhood, 12 out of 24 - some of my friends took it as evidence that this world is in fact coming to an end.
MERYL STREEP won her third OSCAR and i was not ready to see it happen yet … she now joins INGRID BERGMAN and JACK NICHOLSON in the three acting wins club.
HUGO was every one’s pick for the COULD WIN in CINEMATOGRAPHY and VISUAL EFFECTS, so it was not as shocking as other unexpected wins.
GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO was more loved than liked and while many were shocked to see it take FILM EDITING, it most have been OSCAR’s biggest surprise.
UNDEFEATED won the DOCUMENTARY FEATURE award and while many predicted PARADISE LOST 3, it also must have been a very tight vote.
the SHORTS were easy to predict this year which is never the case - and what is best : politics did not matter in the foreign language picture race.
the ARTIST and HUGO tied for the most wins with five awards each, this is the second year in a row that the best picture winner is not the most awarded film.
the IRON LADY is a two time ACADEMY AWARD winner which only shows you how great is HARVEY WEINSTEIN at his job.
the ceremony was a mess, an open call for anyone willing to do anything they thought my work even telecast MVP from other years fell flat [that’s you TINA FEY].
BILLY CRYSTAL did a good job hosting; his opening sketch and opening musical number were very good but the directing of the ceremony sank then - worst reaction shows ever.
EMMA STONE [who was one of the very few, and by very few i mean her and the BRIDESMAIDS, first time presenters] was the only good thing out of the entire ceremony.