We're finally here, people. Best Picture.
I saw "Iron Lady" last Sunday at the Pix. Meryl Streep is definitely deserving of the award.
So The Artist wins five Oscars to match five for Hugo.
Wow, it's only 8:38 p.m.!
By my count, then, the only other film with more than one Oscar is, oddly enough, The Iron Lady.
That telecast just flew by.
Three hours and eight minutes. That 's not too bad.
My final tally: Eighteen predictions right and six wrong.
But, embarrassingly, zero for two on the best actor/actress categories.
No matter how you look at it, French filmmaking won tonight.
What were the biggest surprises?
The big surprise for me was the editing Oscar for Dragon Tattoo, a movie that didn't leave much of a mark anywhere else.
And I was surprised by how strong support was for Hugo in the technical categories.
Also, I thought that Hollywood's affection for Clooney and Viola Davis and The Help would translate to Oscar wins. But it's hard to make the case that you wuz robbed by Meryl Streep.
Yeah, I wasn't expecting Meryl's win at all.
And Billy Crystal may be a reliable go-to, but I found him utterly humdrum tonight. A relic.
So, five Oscars for The Artist, five for Hugo. Two for The Iron Lady. And one each for The Help, Beginners, Midnight in Paris, The Descendants, Rango, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, Undefeated, Saving Face, The Shore, A Separation, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Muppets.
Meanwhile, my daughter is mocking me for missing the big acting awards.
Also, the University of Oregon won the Civil War basketball game, but only because they weren't going up against "Hugo" or "The Artist."
And now I have to go cook dinner.
A tall Coke is in order. And for anyone interested, my apparel tonight is courtesy of Levi Strauss and Jerzees.
One thing continues to bug me about "The Artist": Could an actress named Peppy actually have sustained a Hollywood career in the sound era? Something tells me a studio would have forced her to change it to something more grand.
But the name seemed to go well with her peppiness.
It does, but it seems more like the name of someone who would have played gun molls or party girls.
In any case, that's the Oscars. Hope everyone had a good time following our stream. See ya next year, when, hopefully, they've made Emma Stone the permanent host. Cory Frye, clocking out to watch "The Walking Dead."