MM’s two-part predictions for The Academy Awards ceremony came in with a perfect performance, as our nominees left with the golden Oscar.
Silence was golden last night as The Artist took the plaudits at the 84th Annual Academy Awards but not without an annual dose of drama.
The black and white film grabbed five statues as they steam rolled proceedings with five wins including the big three - Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director.
The ceremony at Los Angeles’ Kodak Theatre didn’t disappoint in the entertainment stakes though.
The night’s host Billy Crystal decided to open proceedings with a montage of the year’s cream of the crop – complete with parodies from Crystal bluntly mixed in throughout.
Earlier, Sacha Baron Cohen, famed for his turns as Ali G, Borat and Bruno, didn’t disappoint as he turned up as his new character The Dictator.
Rumours were afoot that The Academy had banned Baron Cohen from attending the event but the British actor ignored any supposed warnings to comically spill the late Kim Jong-il’s ‘ashes’ over America’s prized possession, presenter Ryan Seacrest.
Soon after, Twitter was a flutter with whispers that singer and actress Jennifer Lopez may have fallen foul of a wardrobe malfunction not too disimilar to Janet Jackson’s famous appearance at the Superbowl – but these have since been strongly denied.
Elsewhere, there were no surprises as Meryl Streep took home her third Best Actress Oscar for her performance as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady while Christopher Plummer and Octavia Spencer won for their supporting roles.
Martin Scorsese’s Hugo led in the nominations standings with eleven and went on to match The Artist’s achievements by winning five times - mainly for its technical achievements in production.
It was a disappointing night for British film as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 failed to win over The Academy for the final time, missing out on gongs for make-up and costume.
Gary Oldman’s performance in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy was predictably snubbed. Although the seasoned actor did let slip that a sequel to John Le Carre’s classic may be put into motion sooner rather than later.
Proud Brits can seek some solice from the fact that Manchester Town Hall doubled up as the Houses of Parliament for some sections of The Iron Lady.
Rounding off at nearly 5 o’clock this morning, and although there were no surprises, nobody could be disappointed by the sheer glitz, glamour and drama of the Oscars.