"The Artist" Michel Hazanavicius
"The Descendants" Alexander Payne
"Hugo" Martin Scorsese
"Midnight in Paris" Woody Allen
"The Tree of Life" Terrence Malick
Aw, they let actors from each movie explain why their director should win. Despite Sir Ben Kingsley explaining how important it would be to give an Oscar to Martin Scorsese, America's Film Professor (again), the winner is Michel Hazanavicius. "I have an Oscarr. I forgot my speech. I am the happiest director in the world right now." He thanks everyone possible, including "Uggie, the dog, I don't think he cares, I don't think he understands that much, he's not that good..." Heh.
Please welcome! Billy Crystal argues that Meryl Streep has lost so many Oscars that she deserves to win another one for pretending not to hate everyone.Judging by this Wall o' Gifs, I think she's genuinely happy for other people, though. She informs us that they've moved the Governor's Bathroom Break Lifetime Achievement Awards to a separate ceremony before the show, and so we only see clips of James Earl Jones and Oprah Winfrey accepting honorary Oscars. NO BREAK FOR YOU! Let's have a big hand for them now and HURRY UP HURRY UP HURRY UP.
Next up: the Death March of Deathly Death. While we're waiting:
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The Death March. Laura Ziskin and Gil Cates in particular were producers of the Oscar show. The montage, backed by Esperanza Spalding (I am told) singing "What a Wonderful World" and a choir of young girls, and somewhat unusually done as mostly black and white headshots with only a few clips here and there: Jane Russell, Annie Girardot, John Calley, Polly Platt, Ken Russell, Donald Peterman, Farley Granger, Whitney Houston, Bingham Ray, Tak Miyagishima, Bert Schneider, Michael Cacoyannis, David Z. Goodman, James Rodunsky, Peter E. Berger, Jack J. Jayes, Peter Falk ("As you wish"), Cliff Robertson ("With great power comes great responsibility"), Laura Ziskin, Sidney Lumet, Sue Mengers, Steve Jobs, George Kuchar, Hal Kanter, Theadora Van Runkle, Tim Hetherington, Gene Cantamessa, Gary Winick, Bill Varney, Jackie Cooper, Gil Cates, Richard Leacock, James M. Roberts, Marion Doughtery, Norman Corwin, Paul John Haggar, Joseph Farrell, Ben Gazzara, Elizabeth Taylor ("Thank you with all my heart"), and ending with a shot of Taylor as Cleopatra.