The 84th annual Academy Awards last night was not a night for the new. Billy Crystal returned to host the show for the 9th time; Meryl Streep won her third Oscar after seventeen nominations; and Christopher Plummer set a record as the oldest actor to win an Oscar.
In another ode to the old-fashioned, The Artist, a silent film in black and white, won the coveted award for Best Motion Picture, along with three other Oscars.
The Muppets made their big screen comeback this past year and Miss Piggy made her grand appearance at the Oscars introducing the Cirque Du Soleil performance with her long time friend (lover?) Kermit the Frog; they even walked away with an award (or at least the guy that wrote their song did).
Sacha Baron Cohen pulled a crazy stunt at the awards, which is also not new. The Dictator actor dressed like his character in the movie and spilled what he claimed to be the ashes of Kim Jong Il, the late North Korean dictator, all over Ryan Seacrest. Overall, the night brought back “old Hollywood glamor,” as Tim Gunn kept repeating on the preshow. The dresses were long, the heels high and the carpet, well, red and ashy. I guess that was the new development.
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