Oscar Best Picture is The Artist and Fabulous Red Carpet Couples

I have watched six of the nine movies nominated for the Oscars this year and I saw The Artist last, just last weekend. However, it is my tip to win best picture at the Oscars this evening, it was amazing! I heard so much about the movie floating around that I just had to see it. The film is shot on black and white and is basically silent, with subtitles at key moments. The story itself starts in 1927 and runs through to 1932 spanning the American Great Depression which is subtly referenced in the movie. Why am I rooting for the the movie? It is a fantastic movie and it is in my favorite genre - romantic comedy/drama

The movie "focuses on the relationship of an older silent film star and a rising young actress, as silent cinema falls out of fashion and is replaced by the talkies." It features great actors and great story telling, and the silent, black and white experiment totally paid off. In a way, the movie reminded me of Nollywood, the story is so corny and the acting so melodramatic that you actually do not need any words to know what's going on. Of course, they are miles ahead in terms of production, and the sound/score, Oh my!

Without a word, the music said everything. I was in tears several times, and at the climax, my heart was almost pounding out of my chest. Atala and I clutched at each other's hands as the story tumbled us through an emotional wringer and then gently let us out.

I won't spoil it further, just make sure you see it. And if it wins the award, remember you saw it here first. All  the movies nominated are below and for the ones I saw, they're all great. I'll rank them the way I'm rooting for them. Pictures of couples who took their love to the red carpet follows.

1. "The Artist" - (Updated after the show - Yay, Winners!)
2. "Hugo"
3. "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"
4. "The Help"
5. "The Descendants"
6. "Midnight in Paris"
7. "War Horse"
8. "Moneyball"
9. "The Tree of Life"

And now the couples.

I'm not the biggest Clooney gusher but his partner looks gorgeous. Viola Davis rocks with her teeny afro plus hunk of a arm candy, and Colin Firth's accents sets off butterflies in my tummy. And of course, there's Brangelina with her dress slit up the ....(fill in the gaps)

Now the show is done. Which actors and which movies are your favorite Oscar winners?