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Here's an Archive of my February 2013 85th Academy Award Winners Recap. which included the James Bond film "Skyfall" being the first Bond film to finally win an Oscar for Best Song, and Adele who sang and co-wrote the song also winning an Oscar. The theme this year was Celebrating Music In Film with lots of homages to music in film which I also covered in depth.

Musical Highlights of 85th Academy Awards - Winners for Best Original Song and Best Original Score From A Motion Picture

By Arlene R. Weiss

© Copyright February 25-28, 2013, 2016 By Arlene R. Weiss-All Rights Reserved

The 85th Academy Awards® ceremony brought all of their customary sparkle and razzle dazzle to Hollywood’s Dolby Theater, which played host to the Oscars® ceremony this year, and were held on Sunday, February 24, 2013.

The proceedings were broadcast live around the world on the ABC® Television Network. There were many wonderful surprises and especially, lots of glitz, glamour, and this time around, lots of music, as the motion picture industry honored its own in what is still, the biggest, most momentous, and most prestigious award ceremony in the film industry.

Music played a much more prominent role and was much honored at this 85th,illustrious Oscar® ceremony and live broadcast, because for the very first time, The Academy Awards® had a theme, “Celebrating Music In Film”.

British chanteuse Adele’s stellar singing and songwriting talents helped the title track and theme song from the 23rd James Bond film “Skyfall” win the Academy Award® for Best Original Song, becoming the very first Bond film nominated song, to finally, at last, win the coveted gold statuette for the 007 film franchise.

This is the fourth time that a Bond film song has been nominated for Best Original Song, but the three previous Bond film songwriting nominees Paul and Linda McCartney for the title track from 1973’s “Live And Let Die”, the late Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Sager for “Nobody Does It Better” from 1977’s “The Spy Who Loved Me”, and Bill Conti and Mick Leeson for the title song from 1981’s “For Your Eyes Only”, all failed to win.

This fourth nomination indeed, certainly proved to be the charm, elevated by Adele’s sterling musical gifts, along with “Skyfall’s” co-writer, Adele’s longtime collaborator, producer and co-writer Paul Epworth who also took home an Oscar® along with the British songstress as the two co-penned the song together.


Film Composer Mychael Danna won the Oscar® for Best Original Score, for his enigmatic and ethereal score which he composed for Director Ang Lee’s “Life Of Pi”.

Odds on favorite actress Anne Hathaway won the Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actress for her anguished and emotionally heart wrenching performance as Fantine in the motion picture adaptation of the Broadway musical, “Les Miserables”. The epic musical garnered three Oscars®, additionally winning gold statues in the categories of Best Sound Mixing and in Best Makeup and Hairstyling.

“Searching For Sugarman” which chronicles the real life story of eclectic Detroit 70’s folk singer, songwriter, and guitarist Sixto Rodriguez won the Oscar® for Best Documentary.

Former Bond girl from 2002’s “Die Another Day” and Best Actress Oscar® winner for 2001’s “Monster’s Ball” Halle Berry, looking positively radiant and stunning, introduced the much anticipated “Tribute To 50 Years Of James Bond” in celebration of this year’s 50th anniversary of the James Bond films. As the twangy guitar voicings of Monty Norman’s signature James Bond theme played, a multitude of movie clips unfolded showcasing the many iconic Bond films, actors, gadgets, special effects, and Bond girls.

Then the legendary Dame Shirley Bassey took the stage to belt out perhaps the most infamous and iconic Bond film tune, the title track to 1964’s “Goldfinger”. The 76 years young Welsh/British diva all but stole the show with her phenomenal, spell binding performance exuding enough electricity and pyrotechnics with her mind blowing vocal prowess to light up all of the Dolby Theater.

Dame Shirley, who looked absolutely fabulous, personifying sophistication and the timeless glamour and class of music and Hollywood, oozed sass, class, and lots of brass, as she was backed by the heralding horns and trumpets of the Oscar® orchestra conducted by longtime Oscar® Music Director William Ross.

Singing and albeit announcing the first unforgettable lyric and title of the song, “Goldfinger”, Bassey commanded the stage as her dynamic and majestic, powerhouse vocals crescendoed along with the song as it reached its celebrated climax in which Bassey effortlessly held and roared like a regal musical lioness, the final cataclysmic notes and lyrics of the song, “He loves gold”, quite befitting the Oscars®! Bassey’s bravura performance brought the Oscar® audience to its feet with ovations and cheers.


The tribute to 007 continued with the amazing Adele, who then took the stage to perform her Oscar® winning song, “Skyfall”. Though her performance lacked the charisma, commanding presence, and exuberance of Bassey’s tour de force, and at times Adele seemed somewhat off key and listless, it was a respectable, if somewhat lackluster rendition of the song, which has become the biggest selling hit for a James Bond film theme song to date, reaching 1.6 million downloads according to “Billboard” and “Soundscan”.

Adele’s performance, though, one of the most highly anticipated of the evening, was a tad disappointing. The songstress however, seemed much more enthused and animated when accepting her Oscar® gold, even joyously kissing the golden statue as she gushed with delight and warm appreciation in her gracious acceptance speech.

The Oscars® also reeled out a “Tribute To Musicals”. Catherine Zeta-Jones who previously won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar® for 2002’s film adaptation of the Broadway musical hit “Chicago”, performed a knockout rendition of the sexy and slinky “All That Jazz” from the movie musical. Jennifer Hudson looking just gorgeous in her array of gowns throughout the Oscar® ceremony, who previously won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar® for 2006’s film adaptation of the Broadway musical hit “Dreamgirls” performed a spectacular rendition of her signature song from the silver screen musical, the emotionally moving and soaring “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” eliciting standing ovations from the Oscar® crowd.

For the big finale, the always wonderful, amazingly gifted, and incomparable Hugh Jackman eloquently sang a few brief verses from “Suddenly” which was nominated at this year’s awards for Best Original Song from the film adaptation of the Broadway epic musical “Les Miserables” in which he stars and was nominated for Best Actor, as the heroic Jean Valjean. Jackman’s “Les Mis” co-star, Best Supporting Actress Oscar® winner Anne Hathaway then sang the main lyric line from her heart breaking anthem, “I Dreamed A Dream”. Their cast mates then joined them on stage to stop the show singing the resounding and resolute “One Day More” bringing the Oscar® audience once more to cheers of applause and standing ovations.


Some of the most poignant musical moments of the evening were during this year’s Oscars® “In Memorium” homage to the passing of many of film’s great actors, actresses and filmmakers. As clips played showcasing and paying final tribute to the loss of many film greats this past year, ending with the late Marvin Hamlisch, the legendary Barbra Streisand paid an emotionally understated, touching tribute to Hamlisch, singing one of her most iconic songs, the title song from her 1973 motion picture, “The Way We Were”. Hamlisch composed the music for the song along with lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman and it won the Academy Award® for Best Original Song. Streisand’s musical homage evoked the deep affection and regard she holds for the late film composer, who was also her longtime Musical Director for her recent live tours, and her good friend.

Even controversial first time Oscars® host, comedian Seth MacFarlane dropped the sarcastic snark, insults, and bad taste for a few moments during his opening musical medley and monologue. First MacFarlane romantically crooned 1936’s Oscar® winner for Best Original Song, “The Way You Look Tonight” from the musical film “Swing Time” as the amazingly gifted Channing Tatum and Charlize Theron were positively dreamy in their effortless, floating on a cloudlike, sublime ballroom dancing duet, making “Swing Time’s” stars, the great Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers more than proud.

MacFarlane also shined when Daniel Radcliffe and Joseph Gordon-Levitt joined him to sing and tap dance along to the exuberant Best Original Song winner, “High Hopes” from 1959’s Frank Sinatra comedy, “A Hole In The Head”.

These moments were imbued with style, class, and beauty and were the only high points to MacFarlane’s otherwise scattershot misogynist, racist, overtly offensive, crude and rude fest. He would have done well to have kept the show going along the same classy lines, but instead pandered to the lowest common denominator in a manner totally unfit for the class, sophistication and intelligence befitting such a prestigious event. After the awards, predominately negative feedback from movie industry peers, fans on social media, and press have already resulted in MacFarlane announcing that he will not be returning to host the Oscars®.

One of the big non musical highlights of the night was when most of the cast of this year’s biggest movie moneymaker, “The Avengers” donned ties and tuxes and took to the stage to present the award for Best Cinematography.

Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, and Samuel L. Jackson all looking positively dashing and stylishly debonair, used the opportunity to playfully and affectionately rib one another, not much unlike Downey’s Tony Stark/Iron Man character does to his superhero friends and allies in the movie. It was a nice tip of the hat from The Academy Awards® and the actors’ peers that the billion dollar plus earning popcorn blockbuster, though not an Oscar® winner, still helped to shore up Hollywood’s overall bottom line by virtue of its huge box office and critical success, bringing people back to movie theaters in droves during 2012, with fans already lining up in anticipation for “The Avengers’” sequel, thereby ensuring and keeping the tinsel town production line afloat and vital for all film production and filmmakers.


Oscar® winner, film composer Mychael Danna was in good company as “Life Of Pi” proved to be a big winner of the night. Despite early predictions that Director Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” would land the most awards, and that nominee Spielberg would win for Best Director, instead “Life Of Pi’s” Director Ang Lee garnered Oscar® gold’s prestigious honor, winning the Academy Award® for Best Director. “Life Of Pi” also won for Best Visual Effects and Best Cinematography.

Ben Affleck’s critically praised political lightening rod, “Argo”, which had already taken home a slew of awards at the SAG Awards® and the Golden Globe Awards® after the Academy Awards® notoriously snubbed and slighted Affleck by not nominating him in the Best Director category, won the most esteemed Oscar® for Best Picture, as well as garnering an armful of awards in the categories of Best Writing: Adapted Screenplay and Best Film Editing.

Affleck surely was beaming with well deserved pride, especially when his film was also honored by the First Lady herself, Michelle Obama. In a live satellite link from the White House, the First Lady read the Best Picture Nominees with Best Picture Oscar® presenter Jack Nicholson. Then Michelle Obama announced “Argo” as the winner for Best Picture after she gave a just beautiful and very meaningful introduction regaling the importance of the arts and especially movies, stating, “Every day, through engagement in the arts, our children learn to open their imagination, to dream just a little bigger, and to strive every day to reach those dreams. And I want to thank all of you here tonight for being part of that vitally important work.”

Best Actor favorite to win Daniel Day-Lewis didn’t disappoint becoming the only actor in the history of the Oscars® to now have won three Best Actor trophies, as the Academy honored him with Oscar® gold, winning for Best Actor for his virtuous, understated portrait in the title role of “Lincoln”.

The glowing and much liked Jennifer Lawrence won the award for Best Actress for her unwavering performance in “Silver Linings Playbook”. Though she tripped over her gorgeous but very long gown, falling on the stairs as she approached the podium to accept her award, she handled the momentary lapse with warm humor and good natured aplomb.

The Oscar® for Best Supporting Actor went to the always incomparable and just wonderful Christoph Waltz who all but stole Director Quentin Tarantino’s spaghetti western “Django Unchained”, (as well as stealing nearly everything else he appears in!), as the title character’s mentor and friend, Dr. King Schultz.

To read the complete list of all of this year’s winners for the 85th Academy Awards®, go to the Official website for the Academy Awards®.

For the first time ever, the Oscars® are now posting the entire Official 85th Academy Awards® ceremony online for folks who missed the live broadcast or who wish to watch it again, at the link below.


You can also view all the pre-show and post-show Oscar® interviews and backstage dish with the nominees and winners, view slideshows of all the A-List red carpet fashionista glamour, gowns, and tuxes, and experience all the highlights, musical numbers, presenters, winners’ acceptance speeches, and most memorable Oscar® moments at….

On the Official Oscars® Facebook

On the Official Oscars® YouTube

On the Official Oscars® Twitter

Many Congratulations and Best Wishes to both of this year’s Oscar® winning songwriters Adele and Paul Epworth, to film composer Mychael Danna, and to all of this year’s Academy Awards® winners!

© Copyright February 25-28, 2013, 2016 By Arlene R. Weiss-All Rights Reserved

[Edited on 11/12/2015 by ArleneWeiss]

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Topic starter Posted : November 12, 2015 5:26 am
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Here's an Archive of my January 2013 85th Academy Awards Nominations Recap.

85th Academy Awards Nominations For Best Original Song And Best Original Score From A Motion Picture

By Arlene R. Weiss

© Copyright January 10-11, 2013, 2016 By Arlene R. Weiss-All Rights Reserved

The Nominations for the 85th Academy Awards® were read and announced by Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone in Beverly Hills, California, Thursday morning, January 10, which included the much anticipated nominations for Best Original Song and Best Original Film Score.

This year, the Oscar® nominations were announced two weeks earlier than last year, (last year’s nominees were announced January 24, 2012).

This year’s Oscar® nominations already prove to be exceptionally intriguing, in that the Oscars® announced their nominees four days….prior, to the Golden Globes® Awards Ceremony.

Typically, the Golden Globes® are a precursor to the Oscars® as the Golden Globes® are usually held before the Oscar® nominations are even announced, with the Oscar® nominations being influenced by the Golden Globes® winners, and also influenced by the resulting fallout and discussion from the press and film industry.

The Golden Globes® will be held this Sunday, January 13, 2013, so for the first time, it is the Golden Globes® who will be influenced by the Oscars® and it will be very interesting to see how this reversal of the motion picture industry status quo shakes things up and affects things for both the Golden Globes® winners and also later on in February on the 24th, as the Oscars® hand out their own awards.

Music plays a much more prominent role in this year’s nominees. In addition to the annual nominees for Best Original Song and Best Original Score, this year’s Oscars® highlight the many nominations for the critically lauded period piece musical “Le Miserable” including Best Picture, as well as a nomination in the Best Documentary category for “Searching For Sugarman” which chronicles the real life story of 70’s folk musician Rodriguez.

The 23rd film in the James Bond film franchise, Skyfall, helped the silver screen’s longest running and most successful film series celebrate its 50thgolden anniversary, garnering a total of five Oscar® nominations, including an Oscar® nod for its hit theme song, sung and co-written by multi-platinum selling, Grammy® award winning British singer Adele.

This year the Oscars® live awards ceremony will join in 007’s golden anniversary by featuring and paying a special tribute to 50 years of the James Bond films and there is already talk of Adele guesting to perform her song.

Billboard reports that the title song to Skyfall is the first Academy Awards nominee for best original song in 10 years to have also been a top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.” Industry insiders and fans alike are already rooting for “Skyfall” as the favorite to win.

The James Bond films have been nominated for Best Original Song three previous times, but have never won the Oscar® statuette. Paul and Linda McCartney who penned the phenomenal theme (and now iconic, signature hit for McCartney) for 1973’s Roger Moore starring 007 film debut “Live And Let Die”, which was performed by Macca and Wings, failed to win.

Carly Simon’s mesmerizing hit, “Nobody Does It Better” from the 1977 film The Spy Who Loved Me failed to win for its composers, the late Marvin Hamlisch as well as his co-writer Carole Bayer Sager. Even the sensuous pop confection and gloss of Scottish singer Sheena Easton’s cooing odes on the theme from 1981’s “For Your Eyes Only” didn’t clinch a win for songwriters Bill Conti and Mick Leeson.

Skyfall’s atmospheric and evocative score, which was composed by Thomas Newman, also received a nomination for Best Original Score. This is Newman’s eleventh Oscar® nomination but he has yet to win. Skyfall also received nominations for its breathtaking cinematography by Roger Deakins and for Sound Editing and Sound Mixing.

Skyfall, is most deserving of its many nominations, though many industry insiders are surprised at the Oscars’® decisions to neglect to nominate the film in the category of Best Picture and especially in the category of Best Supporting Actress for the esteemed Dame Judi Dench, who was superb in her swan song performance as MI6 leader, M.

Skyfall’s Thomas Newman will be competing with a stellar class of Oscar® nominees for the category of Best Original Score from a motion picture, including venerable film composer John Williams who composed the epic score for Director Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, which with twelve nominations, is expected to be the big contender in sweeping the Oscars® this year.

Another huge Oscar® contender, is the film adaptation of the epic stage musical, Le Miserables, which received eight nominations. In addition to being nominated for Best Picture, actor Hugh Jackman is nominated for Best Actor, actress Anne Hathaway is nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and the musical film is also in the running for Best Original Song, receiving a nomination for its song, “Suddenly”, sung by Hugh Jackman.

On Wednesday, January 9, “Les Miserable” hit number one on the Billboard top 100 album chart and is expected to take home several awards on Oscar® night.

Hugh Jackman, a longtime stage song and dance man, and Tony® Award winner for his supreme starring turn in Broadway’s delightful “The Boy From Oz” is spellbinding in his portrayal of the heroic Jean Valjean. Likewise, Anne Hathaway is receiving critical and audience raves for her acclaimed, emotionally wrenching portrayal of Fantine and her show stopping performance of “I Dreamed A Dream”.

Jackman, Hathaway, and the entire cast all did their own singing for the motion picture. All the musical numbers for the film were performed live, and filmed while the actors actually sang their parts on the film’s set, rather than recording their parts later in a studio, lending the film great authenticity and much emotional depth and gravitas to the actors’ performances.

life-of-pi-blu-ray-cover-46The enchanting and magical song “Pi’s Lulluby”, with its enigmatic blend of music styles and influences from France and India, from Director Ang Lee’s visually stunning “Life Of Pi”, sung by co-writer and lyricist Bombay Jayashri, also received an Oscar® nomination for Best Original Song.

This year Oscar® also honors cult musician Sixto Rodriguez with its nomination for Best Documentary Feature, Searching For Sugarman, the true story of folk artist Rodriguez, a singer, songwriter, guitarist from Detroit whose music though virtually unknown here in the States, is a celebrated, platinum selling legend of sorts in South Africa, where his pointed musical social commentary and ironic melodic essays connected with and influenced the people of a nation that is no stranger to social unrest and political upheaval.

The film helped Rodriguez finally receive the acclaim and recognition he deserves here in the USA and he has been touring along with screenings of the film, performing live selections of his eclectic music in concert and appearing at such prestigious venues as Austin’s South By Southwest Music and Film Conference.

Here’s hoping that with so much musical talent on board for the Oscars® this year, that Adele, Rodriguez, Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway the cast of Le Miserable, and yes, Seth MacFarlane too, (nominated as co-writer for his song, “Everybody Needs A Friend” from the Mark Wahlberg comedy, Ted), all perform their nominated songs, lighting up the stage on Oscar® night giving the Academy Awards® ceremony some much needed show stopping pizzazz and razzle dazzle!

The Nominations For Music: Best Original Song In A Motion Picture are:

“Before My Time” from “Chasing Ice”, Music & Lyrics By J. Ralph

“Everybody Needs A Best Friend” from “Ted”, Music by Walter Murphy, Lyrics by Seth MacFarlane

“Pi’s Lullaby” from “Life Of Pi”, Music by Mychael Danna, Lyrics by Bombay Jayashri

“Skyfall” from “Skyfall”, Music and Lyrics by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth

“Suddenly” from “Le Miserable”, Music by Claude-Michael Schonberg, Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil

The Nominations For Music: Best Original Score In A Motion Picture are:

“Anna Karenina”-Dario Marianelli

“Argo”-Alexandre Desplat

“Life Of Pi”-Mychael Danna

“Lincoln”-John Williams

“Skyfall”-Thomas Newman

Nine films received nominations for Best Picture, including Lincoln, Life Of Pi, Zero Dark Thirty, Silver Linings Playbook, Argo, Amour, Les Miserables, Django Unchained and the captivating independent underdog film and Cannes Film Festival & Sundance Film Festival award winning Beasts Of The Southern Wild.

The Best Actor Category is an almost done deal, shoe in for Daniel Day-Lewis in the title role of Lincoln. But, Lewis is also in the running for Oscar® along with the stellar talents of Joaquin Phoenix for The Master, Denzel Washington for Flight, Bradley Cooper for Silver Linings Playbook and Hugh Jackman for Les Miserables.

The Best Actress Category showcases the oldest actress ever to receive an Oscar® nomination, eighty five year old Emmanuelle Riva for the French film, Amour, and the youngest actress ever to receive an Oscar® nomination, nine year old Quvenzhane Wallis for Beasts Of The Southern Wild, as well as Naomi Watts for The Impossible, Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook, and favorite to win, Jessica Chastain for Zero Dark Thirty.

Comedian, writer and Oscar® nominee Seth MacFarlane will be donning the tux this year, to host the awards show and bring his outrageous levity to the momentous, black tie affair and proceedings.

To read the complete list of all of this year’s nominees, go to the Official website for the Academy Awards®

The ceremony will be broadcast live, Sunday, February 24, 2013 on the ABC Television Network, 7:00pm EST and 4:00pm PST.

You can also watch the broadcast live, on the Official website for The Academy Awards®

You can also interact and comment in real time, do live Q&A’s, view live interviews with the nominees, catch all the A-List red carpet fashionista arrivals, and experience all the up to the minute, behind the scenes and after show happenings…

On the Official Oscars® Facebook at

On the Official Oscars® YouTube at

On the Official Oscars® Twitter at!/TheAcademy

Many Congratulations and Best Wishes to all of this year’s Oscar® nominated songwriters and composers, and to all of this year’s Academy Awards® nominees!

© Copyright January 10-11, 2013, 2016 By Arlene R. Weiss-All Rights Reserved

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Here's an Archive of my February 2012 84th Academy Award Winners Recap.

By Arlene R. Weiss

© Copyright February 27, 2012, 2016 By Arlene R. Weiss-All Rights Reserved

The 84th Academy Awards® were held last night with the night being a sparkling celebration of Oscar® honoring and paying homage to the origins of cinema. The Artist, the French silent film honoring and paying tribute to the art, history, and craft of filmmaking, which depicts the early days of cinema in the late 1920’s on the advent of talking pictures replacing silent film, took home five golden statuettes among its staggering ten nominations, winning for Best Picture Thomas Langmann Producer, Best Director Michel Hazanavicius, Best Actor Jean Dujardin, and Best Costume Design Mark Bridges.

The Artist’s film composer Ludovic Bource won the award for Music Best Original Score for composing the radiant and emotionally moving music for The Artist, in a competitive field that included legendary composer John Williams who was nominated twice for War Horse and The Adventures Of Tin Tin, Howard Shore for Hugo, and Alberto Iglesias for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

Bret McKenzie took home the prestigious golden trophy for Music Best Original Song, for composing both music and lyrics to the enchanting and clever, “Man or Muppet” from The Muppets. McKenzie, half of the New Zealand comedic folk duo, Flight of The Conchords, humbly accepted his award and gave one of the most charming speeches of the ceremony.

After thanking The Academy, and the late Jim Henson, as well as Henson’s team for crafting the magical world of The Muppets McKenzie went on to say, “I grew up in New Zealand watching The Muppets on TV. I never dreamed I’d get to work with them. I was genuinely star struck when I finally met Kermit The Frog, but once you get to know him, he’s just a normal frog.”

Audiences watching at home were denied the treat of seeing “Man or Muppet” performed live, since this year, the Oscars® made the decision to not have live performances of the nominees for Best Original Song. Many were looking forward to seeing The Muppets’ star Jason Segel and his Muppet brother Walter perform the big, show stopping musical number from the film. Jason Segel even recently took to his Twitter® with an online petition that resulted in some 50,000 signatures to convince The Academy to reconsider “letting the Muppets sing at the Oscars®,” but sadly, it wasn’t to be.

However, stars Kermit The Frog and Miss Piggy lent their comedic flair to the ceremony performing their own Statler and Waldorf ribbing from The Kodak Theater’s balcony introducing a mesmerizing high wire ballet imbued, acrobatic presentation from Cirque du Soleil, performed over the Oscar® audience to their amazement and delight. Jason Segel also graced the ceremony while rocking the red carpet in glamorous tuxedo threads to offer his proud support for McKenzie.

The music awards were presented by the inimitable and zany, comic relief of Will Ferrell and The Hangover’s Zack Galifianakis dressed in white tuxes and playing or rather crashing giant orchestra cymbals, who kidded to the audience, “As serious musicians, it is our pleasure to step out from our day jobs for a moment to present the Oscar® for Best Original Song”.

Nine time Oscar® host Billy Crystal opened the momentous proceedings with a musical medley tipping the hat to the nine Best Picture Nominees while segueing the night along effortlessly and smoothly with his incomparable wit and finesse.

Two-time Oscar® Winner Meryl Streep garnered her third Academy Award®, winning for Best Actress for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady graciously accepting her award to cheers and a standing ovation from the star studded audience, many of them her co-stars from her treasure trove of unforgettable films.

The always wonderful, venerable, and greatly distinguished Christopher Plummer, who at some 82 years young became the oldest actor ever to win an Oscar®, also brought the audience to their feet, winning for Best Supporting Actor for Beginners. Plummer jested the crowd, expounding, “I have a confession to make. When I first emerged from my mother’s womb, I was already rehearsing my Academy thank you speech. But it was so long ago, mercifully for you, I’ve forgotten it, but I remember who to thank”.

The sentimental highlight of the night came from The Help’s Octavia Spencer who joyously and tearfully accepted her award for Best Supporting Actress.

The Artist’s Hazanavicius, in picking up his award for Best Director noted fondly to one of the film’s most beloved stars, “I want to thank Uggie The Dog…and thank you”. The Artist becomes the first silent film since 1927’s very first Oscar® honoree and winner for Best Motion Picture, the silent WWI epic, Wings to win the prestigious honor for Best Picture.

The night was filled with humor from the likes of presenters Robert Downey, Jr. and his Iron Man co-star Gwyneth Paltrow who took the stage while pretending to shoot a mock documentary and also from comedian Chris Rock who offered his anecdotes on the rewards of doing animation voiceovers. The evening was also imbued with the razzle dazzle of Angelina Jolie’s breathtaking black velvet Versace gown among other Oscar® night stars’ glorious fashion.

One final note, ABC® News (The ABC® Television Network broadcast The Academy Awards®), is reporting today that Bret McKenzie has this to offer on his Oscar® win and his new “Oscar® ego”. “Flight of the Conchords fans will be happy to know that Bret McKenzie’s not about to stop writing songs with (his Flight Of The Conchords songwriting partner) Jermaine Clement, his partner on the now defunct HBO show. But backstage, McKenzie said that his ego might get in the way.”

“I’m looking forward to writing with Jermaine in the future again because I’ll be able to pull out the Oscar card and say, ‘Um, I think we should use this chord because I won an Oscar,’” he said. McKenzie took home a golden statuette for writing the song “Man or Muppet.”

To view the complete list of winners, as well as video highlights of the night’s most memorable moments and photos of the stars pulling out all their glam and bling fashionista stops on the red carpet, go to the Oscars’® Official Websites at:

© Copyright February 27, 2012, 2016 By Arlene R. Weiss-All Rights Reserved

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Here's an Archive of my January 2012 84th Academy Award Nominations Recap.

By Arlene R. Weiss

© Copyright January 24, 2012, 2016 By Arlene R. Weiss-All Rights Reserved

The Nominations for the 84th Academy Awards® were announced this morning, Tuesday, January 24th. A wonderful surprise this year came in the nominations for Best Original Score, with legendary film composer, and winner of five previous Academy Awards®, John Williams, receiving two nomination nods this year for his two, motion picture collaborations with Director Steven Spielberg.

Williams received a nomination for his deeply emotional, eloquent, sublime score composed for Spielberg’s “War Horse”. Williams also is nominated for scoring Spielberg’s performance capture 3D animated film, “The Adventures Of Tin Tin”.

Songwriter Bret McKenzie received a very much and well deserved nomination for Best Original Song, for penning both the music and lyrics to the enchanting and very clever, “Man Or Muppet” for “The Muppets”. Here’s hoping “The Muppets’” very talented stars Jason Segel and his muppet brother Walter perform the song in formal attire, live on the Oscars Telecast, recreating their show stopping number from the movie!

It would indeed be a rare and sparkling treat also having John Williams conduct and perform with a full orchestra, both of his supreme nominated scores, in addition to having all of the nominated film composers perform their scores live.

The Nominees For Music Best Original Score In A Motion Picture are:

“The Adventures Of Tin Tin” John Williams
“The Artist” Ludovic Bource
“Hugo” Howard Shore
“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” Alberto Iglesias
“War Horse” John Williams

The Nominations For Music Best Original Song In A Motion Picture are:

“Man Or Muppet” from “The Muppets” Music and Lyrics By Bret McKenzie
“Real In Rio” from “Rio” Music By Sergio Mendes & Carlinhos Brown and Lyrics By Siedah Garrett

Nine films received nominations for Best Picture, including “War Horse”, “The Tree Of Life”, “The Descendents”, “Moneyball”, “Midnight In Paris”, “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” and “The Help”.

Two of the films nominated this year for Best Picture are both highly acclaimed and reverential films, that both honor and pay tribute to the history, art, and craft, of movie making. Director Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo”, which racked up eleven nominations and Director Michel Hazanavicius’s “The Artist”, with ten nominations, with both Directors also receiving nominations for Best Directing.

Billy Crystal is back on board to host the awards show and bring his stellar levity to the momentous, black tie affair and proceedings.

To read the complete list of all of this year’s nominees, go to

The ceremony will be broadcast live, Sunday, February 26, 2012 on the ABC Television Network, 7:00pm EST and 4:00pm PST.

You can also watch the broadcast on the Official Websites for The Academy Awards®, and

You can also interact and comment live, do live Q&A’s, view live interviews with the nominees, catch the A-List red carpet fashionista arrivals, and experience all the up to the minute, behind the scenes and after show happenings on the Official Oscars YouTube at
and on the Official Oscars Twitter a!/TheAcademy

Many Congratulations and Best Wishes to all of this year’s Oscar nominated composers and songwriters, and to all of this year’s Academy Awards® nominees!

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