And The Oscar Goes To...The Academy for Giving A Leg Up To Awards Season 2012

Despite widespread criticism of Sunday's television broadcast -for example, Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter dubbed host Billy Crystal a "safe, unfunny, retro-disaster"- the 84th Annual Academy Awards were, in fact, classically minimal (thankfully lacking unnecessary fluff  a la James Franco and Anne Hathaway).  

{Pictured Above: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.  Photo Courtesy of style.com}

Crystal, while perhaps "safe", kept things moving with obvious ease and a sort of "in their own words" actor segment which played in between each of the awards added an element of intimacy for the viewer that is rarely (if ever) attained during such ceremonies.  Overall, the Academy did a wonderful and discreet job of putting the focus back on film and if you're on to disagree, then I believe Meryl said it best, "Whatever".

{Above: Meryl Streep, 2012 Best Actress Winner for The Iron Lady accepting her 3rd Oscar at The 84th Annual Academy Awards}