The 84th Annual Academy Awards are over and the big winner this year is the black and white movie The Artist directed and written by Michel Hazanavicius (who also got an Oscar for Best Achievement in Directing for that movie). Jean Dujardin got the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in The Artist, and the movie also got Oscars for Best Achievement in Costume Design and Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score. A black and white movie winning the Best Motion Picture of the Year Oscar award, you got to be kidding right? And here some people were actually expecting that another movie might get that award, a one that also tells a story roughly from the same time that The Artist’s story is happening, but is in 3D – Hugo, directed by Martin Scorsese. Nevertheless Hugo got its fair share of Oscars as well, and although not getting the Best Motion Picture of the Year award, but it still got 5 Oscars in total: Best Achievement in Cinematography, Best Achievement in Art Direction, Best Achievement in Sound Mixing, Best Achievement in Sound Editing and Best Achievement in Visual Effects.
So both The Artist and Hugo got 5 Oscars in different categories, although for the Artist two of the awards were for the director and leading actor, not for the movie itself directly and in the case of Hugo it got 5 Oscars as well, but all were for the movie. So you can say that the big winners in this year’s 84th Annual Academy Awards were a black and white movie and a 3D movie – The Artist and Hugo, definitely an interesting combination. Not sure if this will make more directors going for the black and white artistic movies, but it should help those that were considering making a 3D movie in deciding in favor of the new format. Of course just making a movie in 3D does not mean it will be great, you have other things to take care of as well – things like a good script for example ;)