Five Oscars - including best picture, best director and best actor - for The Artist, from France.
Five Oscars for Hugo [my family's choice for best movie of the year], set in Paris.
One major Oscar - original screenplay - for Midnight in Paris.
(OK. One token conservative icon - Best actress to Meryl Streep for playing Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady.)
Also consider this from those heathens at The New Yorker:
- The Academy Awards are like teenage sex - Anthony Lane
... It’s all about the fizzing buildup, and the self-persuading aftermath: the occurrence itself, nowadays, is nothing but fumble and flub, though, to hear the crowing tones of the participants, you’d swear that they were souls in bliss. ...