Slim pickings for Brits at the Oscars

27 February 2012 by Tim Evans

oscars-2012-gary-oldmanMoet-LogoIt was slim pickings for the Brits at this year's Academy Awards with our biggest hopes - Gary Oldman, Kenneth Branagh and Janet McTeer - failing to grab the gold statuette.

Oldman, who was Oscar-nominated a first time for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, lost out to The Artist's Jean Dujardin for best actor.

On a brighter note, comedy-drama The Shore, directed by Belfast film-maker Terry George and starring Ciarin Hinds, won the best live action short film Oscar.

British make-up artist Mark Coulier, who worked on Star Wars and Harry Potter, jointly picked up best make-up Oscar for The Iron Lady with American colleague J Roy Helland.

John Midgley, who cut his teeth on Star Wars and Harry Potter, and his American colleague Tom Fleischman jointly picked up the best sound mixing Oscar for Martin Scorsese's Hugo.

In the high-profile awards, the performance of Kenneth Branagh - his fourth Oscar nomination - saw the My Week With Marilyn star lose out to Christopher Plummer for best supporting actor.

Geordie actress Janet McTeer, who starred opposite Meryl Streep in Albert Nobbs, was beaten to best supporting actress by Octavia Spencer in The Help.

British director Stephen Daldry, whose Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close was nominated for best film, saw the prize go to The Artist.