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"War Horse": all quiet on the Oscars front

February 27, 2012

Steven Spielberg's "War Horse" has had a disappointing night at the Academy Awards, failing to collect an Oscar.

The movie, based on a 1982 children's book by Michael Morpurgo about the service of a military horse during World War 1, had been nominated in six categories.

In the end, the beautifully filmed screen epic missed out on the best picture award to a black-and-white silent movie, "The Artist".

"The Artist" became only the second silent movie to be named best picture in the history of the Oscars. The first was "Wings", in 1927.

"War Horse" was picked to be a strong contender in the best cinematography category, but missed out to "Hugo".

Its rich John Williams score was also considered a front-runner for best original score, but that honour went to "The Artist" also.

"War Horse" also missed the awards for best art direction, best sound mixing and best sound editing, all of which went to Hugo.

Critics have, on the whole, been lukewarm about Spielberg's "War Horse" tear-jerker.

While acknowledging the fine cinematography and John Williams' score, many felt it was too syrupy - "a little too Disney-fied" in the words of one critic.

However, in the world of Cyberspace, "War Horse" has been doing rather better.

An analysis of data from search directory Yahoo! reveals more searches across Britain for "War Horse" than all the other eight nominees.

It had three times as many searches as "The Artist", which was in second spot.

"War Horse" has grossed about $US80 million in the US to date.

And the winners are (in capitals):

BEST PICTURE
THE ARTIST
War Horse
The Descendants
Moneyball
The Tree of Life
Midnight in Paris
The Help
Hugo
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 

BEST DIRECTOR
MICHEL HAZANAVICIUS, THE ARTIST
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life 

BEST ACTOR
Demian Bichir, A Better Life
George Clooney, The Descendants
JEAN DUJARDIN, THE ARTIST
Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Brad Pitt, Moneyball 

BEST ACTRESS
Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis, The Help
Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
MERYL STREEP, THE IRON LADY
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
Max von Sydow, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Nick Nolte, Warrior
CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER, BEGINNERS 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Berenice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
OCTAVIA SPENCER, THE HELP 

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
The Artist
Bridesmaids
Margin Call
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
A Separation 

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
THE DESCENDANTS
Hugo
The Ides of March
Moneyball
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy 

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
A Cat in Paris
Chico & Rita
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss in Boots
RANGO 

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
A SEPARATION
Footnote
In Darkness
Bullhead
Monsieur Lahzar 

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Pina
Hell and Back Again
If A Tree Falls: The Story of the Earth Liberation Front
Paradise Lost 3
UNDEFEATED 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
The Artist
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
HUGO
The Tree of Life
War Horse 

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
The Adventures of Tintin
THE ARTIST
Hugo
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
War Horse 

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
"MAN OR MUPPET", FROM THE MUPPETS 
"Real in Rio" from Rio 

BEST EDITING
The Artist
The Descendants
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
Hugo
Moneyball 

BEST ART DIRECTION
The Artist
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
HUGO 
Midnight in Paris
War Horse 

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Anonymous
The Artist
HUGO
Jane Eyre
W.E. 

BEST MAKEUP
Albert Nobbs
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
THE IRON LADY 

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
HUGO
Real Steel
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Transformers: Dark of the Moon 

BEST SOUND MIXING
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Moneyball
HUGO
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
War Horse 

BEST SOUND EDITING
Drive
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
HUGO
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
War Horse 

BEST ANIMATED SHORT
Dimanche/Sunday
THE FANTASTIC FLYING BOOKS OF MR. MORRIS LESSMORE
La Luna
A Morning Stroll
Wild Life 

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT
Pentecost
Raju
THE SHORE
Time Freak
Tuba Atlantic 

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement
God Is the Bigger Elvis
Incident in New Baghdad
SAVING FACE
The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom

 

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