Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony had all of the opulence and glamor we expect to see year after year, and the evening managed to deliver a couple of surprises.
Many might have expected Oscar to favor ‘The Help’ Best Actress nominee Viola Davis, but the award went to Davis’s ‘Doubt’ co-star Meryl Streep for ‘The Iron Lady’. Perhaps Meryl’s golden gown suggested she knew she’d win simply by dressing like an Oscar statuette.
One of the tightest races this year was undoubtedly Best Documentary Feature. Ultimately, the inspirational doc ‘Undefeated’ beat top contenders ‘Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory’ and ‘Pina’ for the prize (all of which were featured at the 2011 Philadelphia Film Festival).
There were several races that were all but decided before the winners were announced. Jean Dujardin was the favorite for Best Actor in ‘The Artist’, and it was no big shock when Natalie Portman called his name. Octavia Spencer virtually had it in the bag for ‘The Help,’ as did Christopher Plummer, who, after a career spanning more than 50 years, received his first ever award for ‘Beginners.’
Some of the biggest moments of the broadcast came with Cirque du Soleil’s stunning acrobatic tribute to classic movies. Angelina Jolie’s dress stopped the show when she presented the Best Adapted and Best Original Screenplay Awards, which went to ‘The Descendants’ and ‘Midnight in Paris,’ respectively.
Both ‘Hugo’ and ‘The Artist’ were shown plenty of love, receiving 5 awards each. Months before it hit theaters in wide release, ‘The Artist’ was an official Philadelphia Film Festival selection. Likewise, Film Society Members were invited to an advance screening of ‘Hugo’ last fall prior to its theatrical release.
In fact, PFS showed 20 films that were nominated for Oscars this year either in Member-only advance screenings, or during the Philadelphia Film Festival. Of those films, 6 won Academy Awards, including Best Picture ‘The Artist.’ ‘Undefeated,’ the Best Documentary Feature winner, was another Film Festival selection, as was ‘The Descendants.’ Of the 9 films nominated for Best Picture this year, PFS Members got to see 7 through PFS events.
2011 Philadelphia Film Festival Academy Award Nominated Selections
My Week With Marylin
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory
Puss in Boots
The Artist (Winner: Best Picture, Director, Actor, Original Score, Costume Design)
The Descendants (Winner: Best Adapted Screenplay)
Undefeated (Winner: Best Documentary Feature)
Philadelphia Film Society Members-Only Academy Award Nominated Advance Screenings
A Better Life
Beginners (Winner: Best Supporting Actor)
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Hugo (Winner: Best Cinematography, Art Direction, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects)
Midnight in Paris (Winner: Best Original Screenplay)
The Ides of March
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
If you are a movie lover and you need the best in cinema, the Philadelphia Film Society guarantees Member satisfaction with our year-round programming. From the spectacular line-up of the Philadelphia Film Festival to weekly advance screenings, PFS membership comes with all the benefits you want!
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