Oscars 2012: One Big Yawn of Agreement

The Oscars are clearly, and arbitrarily, the most important of all the award ceremonies yet coming as they do after a dozen of similar awards are given out to the same winners, by the time the Oscars finally arrive we are suffering from award season fatigue. This is where the desire for surprising winners comes in, despite The Artist, Meryl Streep, Christopher Plummer and Octavia Spencer all being worthy winners writing about them winning the awards they were tipped to win isn’t all that exciting.

But is that the point? The Artist really was the best film of the past year and deserves to win all the awards it won, the list of winners is not surprising but for the first time in years it is hard to disagree with any of the choices. Let’s not gripe about predictability and just be happy that worthy winners won awards and that Eddie Murphy wasn’t the host.

I am happy that The Artist won five Oscars (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Costume Design and Best Score) leaving Hugo to pick up all the technical awards. I am happy that A Separation won Best Foreign Language Film for being an amazing drama and that Rango won Best Animated Film despite being semi-grown-up. I’m happy that Woody Allen won an Oscar for the screenplay for Midnight in Paris and showed that he remains a relevant film-maker. I’m happy that Jim Rash co-won an award for co-writing The Descendants leaving amazing-but-almost-cancelled-sitcom Community with an Oscar winner amongst its cast. I’m happy that The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore won Best Animated Short Film because, as we all know, it is damned adorable.

What I am most happy about is Bret McKenzie won the Oscar for Best Original Song for “Man or Muppet”. There has never been a more obvious (there was only one other nominee for a start) yet deserving win.

So there you have it, the 2012 Oscar awards have made me happy but weren’t very exciting. It was the award ceremony equivalent of eating a trifle (for me at least).

Get Ready for the 2012 Oscars – Animated Short Films

The Oscars are less than three weeks away, are you prepared? It’s not enough to simply go and see The Artist and The Descendants, and train yourself to say Albert Nobbs without giggling (though these are all things which need doing). To become a true Oscar bore you need to familiarise yourself with the niche categories too, not going so far as to bother with Sound Mixing/Editing, I’m not crazy.

To help you out I’ve tried to collect together all of the films nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, with trailers or clips for those unavailable to stream. Presented without critique, simply in order of brilliance/availability online.

Fair warning, watching some of these may result in tears.

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore


Wild Life

A Morning Stroll (Trailer)

La Luna (Clip)