The usual, unexciting evening - nowadays, they seem just to be in a hurry to give all the awards as soon as possible. Years ago, there may have been doses of trash, but also memorable moments.
The results are ok. The Artist isn't the best movie of the year, true, but I like honesty, and I feel that The Artist is as sincere in its affection for movie as another recent Best Picture winner, The Hurt Locker - much praised even on this board - was sincere in its affection for war. We can't complain, I guess.
As for the acting prizes, if The Help had to win at least one Oscar - and it had to - Octavia Spencer was certainly the one who should have got it. I can't even say that she's a bad actress, she probably isn't and she has a few good moments in that movie (despite her role) - but honestly that standing ovation was truly absurd. (Being black doesn't seem to be a very good reason).
The three others are obviously very good, and Meryl Streep's third Oscar was one of the very few surprises of the evening, and a welcomed one. She will certainly win a fourth Oscar one day, but this national monument is worthy of three Oscars at least, and now she has them.
The only other real surprise was Best Editing. As for Best Cinematography, of course I hoped The Tree of Life would win, but knowing the Academy I thought it wasn't so sure, and I was actually relieved when, at least, it turned out to be Hugo's Paris in winter rather than War Horse's World War I sunsets.
And by honoring A Separation the Academy has shown that it can still see through propaganda, which is a good sign not only for the Oscars, but for America itself. For once, I guess that the movie was so obviously good that it couldn't be easily ignored, but I really feared the worst and was glad, for once, to be proven wrong.