For the first time in the history of the Oscars--a French actor, Jean Dujardin, and a French filmmaker, Michel Hazavanicius, won best actor and best director awards for 'The Artist' that took best picture at the 84th Academy Awards--plus best original score and best costume design.
The homage to Old Hollywood was shot in LA for $15-million and has thus far taken in $76.5 million at the box-office. It’s the second silent film in Academy history to win best picture--the first was in 1929. With French champagne gushing from Beverly Hills to Paris--President Sarkozy is undoubtedly spit-shining some Legion d'Honneurs to hand-out following the dazzling coup.
Scorsese spent $170 million to make the visually stunning ‘Hugo’ that has thus earned $115.8 million in global ticket sales. Hugo also won five Oscars--including for best cinematography, best art direction, best sound editing, best sound mixing, and best visual effects. The technologically stunning 3D film was shot amid iconic Paris locales.
Octavia Spencer won best-supporting actress for her role as Minnie in ‘The Help.’ The co-DreamWorks Studios and Walt Disney Co project has to date collected $206.7 million in worldwide box-office. Spencer'ss also won accolades for looking absolutely fabulous in her (above) Tadashi Shoji Oscar gown.
Other Oscar angels in white included Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford. Milla Jovovich in Elie Saab. And J-Lo in Zuhair Muraid. With many fashionistas declaring that Angelina Jolie, who lives in the south of France, rocked the night in devilishly delightful black.
Woody Allen won his third best original screenplay Oscar for ‘Midnight in Paris.’ Another fab film if you haven’t seen it. He doesn’t ‘do’ awards shows preferring to be home playing jazz. I loved the classic 'Si Tu Vois Ma Mère' that anchored stylish, ‘Midnight’: here
Berenice Bejo, who played Peppy Miller in ‘Artist’ (above with Jean Dujardin at an earlier event) starts shooting her next film on Wednesday. Independent film mogul Harvey Weinstein believes in aggressive campaigns to push for Oscar wins—which in turn boosts ticket and DVD sales. Therefore, no one, including Uggie the Dog, has had a rest from making appearances. It's paid off--including with millions of exultant folks back home in France; and a thrilled Weinstein. His project 'Thatcher' had disappointing receipts--but star Meryl Streep--who at 17 nominations has garnered the most of anyone in Oscar history, picked up the best actress win--her third 'homme d 'or.'