Oscar Week in Review: February 12-18, 2012

Oscar News

  • The Artist was the big winner at another award’s show last weekend, picking up 7 awards from the British Academy of Film and Television, including Best Picture and Best Director. The acting awards went to Jean Dujardin, Meryl Streep, Christopher Plummer and Octavia Spencer.
  • Emmanuel Lubezki won the prize for Best Cinematography from the American Society of Cinematographers.
  • At last weekend’s Grammy Awards, The King’s Speech was named Best Score for a Feature Film, and “I See the Light” from Tangled won Best Song from a Feature Film. Both were nominated in their respective categories at last year’s Oscars.

Review Round-Up

  • The Secret World of Arietty, the latest film from the Oscar-winning animation Studio Ghibli, opened with a strong 80 from Metacritic. Critics praised the magical film, but warned it may be a little too mature for young viewers.

Oscar Box Office

  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, which was nominated for 3 Oscars in 1999, moved up to fifth on the all-time box office list this week, thanks to a 3-D rerelease of the film.

Oscar Farewell

  • Composer Dory Previn, who was once married to Oscar winning composer Andre Previn, died this week at the age of 86. Dory Previn was nominated for Oscars for co-writing “Come Saturday Morning,” “Second Chance” and “Faraway Part of Town.”
  • Whitney Houston, who sang the 1998 Best Song Winner “When You Believe,” passed away this week at the age of 48.

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