How long can you milk an injury for? At least six months if you’re Halle Berry. She apparently pulled out of presenting at the awards over a foot injury sustained months ago on the Cloud Atlas set in Spain.
Forget all the supposed promotion for the film and the antics leading up to the awards. On the red carpet, Sacha Baron Cohen spilled what he jokingly referred to as Kim Jong Il’s ashes on the E! personality. Seacrest didn’t seem in on the joke.
Twitter practically lit up when Jessica Chastain arrived on the Oscars red carpet. Chastain, a best supporting actress nominee for her role in The Help, sported a stunning black Alexander McQueen gown with gold embroidery and a sweetheart neckline. Her date: her grandmother, Marilyn, aka "Nana."
Viola Davis hit the red carpet with husband Julius Tennon and her prettiest awards-season ensemble yet: a forest-green Vera Wang number. The Help actress also went wigless, making a chic and refreshing statement with short natural hair.
Justin Bieber popped up in a surprise cameo during host Billy Crystal's opening montage. In a send-up of Woody Allen'sMidnight in Paris, Crystal -- in the Owen Wilson part -- was shown approaching a vintage 1920s car, in which the 17-year-old superstar was a passenger along with "Sammy Davis Jr" (Crystal in costume). "Here to get you to the 18-to-24 demographic," Bieber told Crystal.
Robert Downey Jr. earned even more fans on Sunday when he was caught "Tebowing" before presenting the award for best documentary alongside Gwyneth Paltrow. Before heading onstage, he kneeled down and prayed a la Tim Tebow, the 24-year-old Denver Bronco phenom, devoted Christian, and web meme.
Leave it to Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis to provide one of the Oscar's funniest bits. While introducing best song -- which went to "Man or Muppet" from The Muppets movie -- the comic duo took to the stage dressed in white band geek uniforms, loudly clashing cymbals. Their expressions were deadpan, since they take presenting awards very, very seriously.
Her first time at bat as an Academy Awards presenter and Emma Stone knocked it out of the park. Paired with Ben Stiller, uncharacteristically playing the straight man, she excitedly suggested all manner of cliche presenting techniques -- song and dance, expected banter and audience interaction were all included. Mocking Stiller's previous presenter gimmicks -- remember the Avatar costume? -- may have put her in the running for presenter of the night or next year's host?
Well, no one can ever say that Jennifer Lopez doesn’t take her job seriously. While presenting the award for costume design, she may have given America an example of when design goes wrong with a quick nip-slip.
Angelina Jolie stole some major Oscar thunder, thanks to her right leg -- which boldly peeked out of her sexy, slitted black Versace gown. It even spawned a tribute Twitter account, plainly dubbed @AngiesRightLeg, which surfaced on the micro-blogging site way before the ABC telecast named The Artist best picture.
After a years-long streak as a nominee, Meryl Streepsnagged her third Oscar for her role as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. (It's her first trophy since Sophie's Choice in 1982 and 17 nominations). In her acceptance speech, she joked that she could picture America saying "Why HER again?" But Streep, cherishing the moment, drew laughs when she quipped: "Whatever." Getting emotional, she thanks her longtime makeup artist as well as her husband, eliciting tears from presenter Sandra Bullock in the audience.
'The Artist' and 'Hugo' reign
For the most part, the Oscar predictions proved to be true, and the expected seemed to happen. Big film winners include The Artist and Hugo. Beginner's star Christopher Plummer won Best Supporting Actor and The Artist'sJean Dujardin took home the prestigious award for Best Actor. Best Supporting Actress went to The Help'sOctavia Spencer, who was also favored to win.
After hilariously saying that animated voice work isn't that tough, viewers began an informal movement to get Chris Rock hired as next year's Oscars host. But, very serious vocal pros didn't appreciate him demeaning their work.
Named “top dog in a movie” at the Golden Collar Awards, the cutest and most well-known French pooch, Uggie, made an appearance on the Oscar stage during The Artist’s big win for Best Motion Feature. The film was predicted to win big and it did, taking home five Oscars.
The comedian returned to host the Academy Awards, replacing Eddie Murphy, and Crystal took the safe route for his ninth time leading movie's biggest night. With montages, spoofs (with an appearance by Justin Bieber!) and videos celebrating Hollywood's love of film."If the Academy wanted safe, they got safe, but they also got what seemed like a lounge act that was entirely too chummy and self-satisfied," THR's chief television critic Tim Goodman wrote of the three-hour telecast.
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