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2012 Oscar Winners (Octavia Spencer, Undefeated Take Home Trophies)

2012 Oscar Winners (Octavia Spencer, Undefeated Take Home Trophies)

I’m sure everyone’s heard the news by now, so I won’t offer much commentary. Viola Davis lost, Octavia Spencer won. And that just about wraps it up for last year’s most polarizing film, The Help.

Thank goodness; hopefully this means there’ll be much less discussion about it… as we await what will likely be this year’s (and next year’s) most polarizing film, Django Unchained.

Also worth noting, the high school football documentary Undefeated (a film we’ve covered quite a bit in recent months), won the Oscar for Best Documentary.

Despite a rather dull night overall (oddly enough, Billy Crystal really didn’t do much; he wasn’t much of a factor), congrats to all the winners… till next year:

Best Cinematography: Robert Richardson, “Hugo”

Best Art Direction: Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schavo, “Hugo”

Best Costume Design: Mark Bridges, “The Artist”

Best Makeup: Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland, “The Iron Lady”

Best Foreign Language Film: “A Separation”

Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, “The Help”

Best Editing: Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall, “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”

Best Sound Editing: Phillip Stockton and Eugene Gearty, “Hugo”

Best Sound Mixing: Tom Fleischman and John Midgley, “Hugo”

Best Documentary: “Undefeated”

Best Animated Feature: “Rango”

Best Visual Effects: “Hugo”

Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, “Beginners”

Best Original Score: Ludovic Bource, “The Artist”

Best Original Song: Bret McKenzie, “Man or Muppet”

Best Adapted Screenplay: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, “The Descendants”

Best Original Screenplay: Woody Allen, “Midnight in Paris”

Best Live Action Short: “The Shore”

Best Documentary Short: “Saving Face”

Best Animated Short: “The Fantastic Flying Books Of Mr. Morris Lessmore”

Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist”

Best Actor: Jean Dujardin, “The Artist”

Best Actress: Meryl Streep, “The Iron Lady”

Best Picture: “The Artist”

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Miles Ellison

A black and white silent film wins Best Picture? A black woman wins an Oscar for playing a maid? What year is this?


The author of The Help revealed an "Agreeement" early on that Octavia would get the role of Minny in an audio interview (Dec 2009 on Spencer popped up on internet sites prior to that (I've got a screenshot on my site from Feb 2009) defending the novel, even though it contains an error on Medgar Evers means of death, which repeats the author's claim that Evers was "bludgeoned to death in front of his children" in three known interview (also audio, one of Barnes and Noble site that's still up) The book was riddled with errors and insults of the black culture, yet both Spencer and Davis proclaimed it "beautiful"
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Does anyone know how many overweight white women have won Oscars for best supporting or lead actress?


Octavia won an Oscar for being mammy just like Hattie McDaniel did in 1940. Hollywood loves giving overweight black women Oscars. I don't see this victory for Spencer as progress.
Viola Davis bought into the white media's hype and it burst like a balloon when she did NOT win the Oscar. Now, maybe Viola can come back down to earth and get over herself. Did Viola think she was going to crossover into white America just like Halle Berry?

Geneva Girl

To follow up to the conversation below: Halle Berry wasn't overweight.

Loved Viola's hair, but, sadly, not the dress.



MY PEOPLE MY PEOPLE! I'm riding with Sharon on this one. "what do you mean CareyCarey?". Well, let me count the ways. Why do so many of us cry "RACISM" every damn time something does not go as we expect it (or want them to)? What fools sit around analizing weight vs acting ability? Past African American winners have been fat women… WTF? Are those who talk that sh*t implying that white voters send out e-mails suggesting to their fellow voters to only vote for fat black women, regardless of their performance? DAMN DAMN DAMN, cry wolf and cry me a river but baby baby baby please, baby baby please, stop dropping the race card every freaking time something does not go your way. Nobody respects nor likes cry babies. Stick a pacifer in it or have another drink, but please play a different song.


I think she'll be back as a nominee and possibly a winner. If there is any black actress that you can say this about, Viola Davis is the one. There is more respect for her craft and talent and dedication in the industry than almost any other black actress to get to this point. I think she might buck the trend and get the "coveted third" nomination.


Viola Davis looked stunning! But I'm glad Octavia Spencer won and glad that Viola didn't win. Why? Viola, from the interviews I've seen her in recently (especially the Tavis Smiley interview), yearned for that Oscar in a way that made me worry about her. She puts herself down constantly and it makes me feel a bit concerned about her. She seems to almost REQUIRE (white) Hollywood's approval in a way that Octavia Spencer doesn't. I want Viola to just be Viola and realize how effing amazingly talented and beautiful she is without having to hear it come from Hollywood or white folks. Not to personalize it too much, since I don't know the woman. But I think she's better off having not won it (besides, we all know how many actor's careers seem to go into a perpetual slump after they win an Oscar, e.g. Halle Berry).


Did anybody seriously expect both of them to win? I didn't.


Folks, though the African American women might have extra lbs, they are talented and deserve to win, but so does Streep. I'll never forget her performance in Out of Africa. She also is very talented. Why does it always have to be about race. Hopefully, casting will improve so that more roles open up for African American women — overweight, slim, tall, short, etc. that's where the focus should be, and they should be judged by the merits of their performance not on the girth of their waistline.


Am I the only that notices that all black female Oscar winners have been overweight? I call it the mammy syndrome. Won't be long till gabourey sidibe joins their ranks

Halle berry excepted

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