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