Read Karen Sue Smith on Meryl Streep in the "The Iron Lady" and Michael V. Tueth, S.J., on Octavia Spencer and the cast of "The Help."

Fr. Tueth also reviewed Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris," which won best original screenplay, and I reviewed Alexander Payne's "The Descendants," which garnered the award for best adapted screenplay.

Finally, for a roundup of the Best Picture nomineees, including the winner "The Artist," listen to our annual Oscar podcast.

Tim Reidy