Academy Awards 2012 – the French Connection and more

by Karen Topakian

While watching last night’s Academy Awards ceremony, I was struck by the international tone of the winners. Particularly the French connection.

I’m not sure what it means except this year’s Hollywood winners weren’t dominated by the usual Hollywood glitterati. For a welcome change.

Here’s the breakdown.

Actress in a supporting role – Octavia Spencer – an African American woman portraying a maid

Actor in a supporting role – Christopher Plummer – a British man portraying a gay man

Actress in a leading role – Meryl Streep – a Caucasian-American woman portraying a British prime minister

Actor in a leading role – Jean Dujardin – a French man portraying an American actor

Best picture, Directing, Costume Design, Music (Original Score) – The Artist – a French-made movie about Hollywood

Cinematography, Art Direction, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects – Hugo – An American-made movie set in Paris

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)- The Descendents – an American-made movie set in Hawaii

Writing (Original Screenplay) – Midnight in Paris – an American-written movie set in Paris

Animated Feature Film – Rango – an American-made movie set in the Wild West

Documentary Feature – Undefeated – an American movie about a US football team

Documentary Short – Saving Face – a Pakistani-made movie about Pakistani women

Film Editing – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – a movie set in Sweden

Makeup – The Iron Lady – an American-made movie about a British Prime Minister

Music (Original Song) – The Muppets – an American-made movie set in the US

Short Film (Animated) – The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore – an American-made movie

Short Film (Live Action) – The Shore – an Irish-made movie set in Ireland

Best Foreign Language film – A Separation – an Iranian-made movie set in Iran


  1. .. it may be an indicator that the US’ moral arrogance in the international arena is dwindling.

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