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February 26, 2012 10:42 PM
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'The Artist,' 'Hugo' Lead 84th Academy Award Winners

Michel Hazanavicius's "The Artist" led the 84th Academy Awards, taking prizes for best picture, best director, best actor, best costume design and best original score. It tied the total count of Martin Scorsese's "Hugo," which won in 5 technical and artistic categories (notably more than "Taxi Driver," "Raging Bull" and "Goodfellas" combined).

The night in general had very few surprises, though best actress winner Meryl Streep was a definite upset over Viola Davis. Other acting winners included the expected trio of Jean Dujardin, Christopher Plummer and Octavia Spencer.  Plummer was notably the oldest acting winner ever at age 82.

"A Separation" and "Undefeated" won foreign language film and documentary feature, respectively, while "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" offered one more upset by taking best film editing over best picture nominees "The Artist" and "Hugo." It was the second consecutive win in the category for Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter, who won last year for "The Social Network."

Complete list of 2012 Academy Award winners below. Check out a play-by-play of the night here.

"The Artist"
Best Picture:
"The Artist"

Best Director:
Michel Hazanavicius, "The Artist"

Best Actor:
Jean Dujardin, "The Artist"

Best Actress:
Meryl Streep, "The Iron Lady"

Best Supporting Actor:
Christopher Plummer, "Beginners"

Best Supporting Actress:
Octavia Spencer, "The Help"

Best Original Screenplay:
"Midnight in Paris" - Woody Allen

Best Adapted Screenplay:
"The Descendants" – Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash

Best Animated Feature:
"Rango"

Best Foreign Language FIlm:
"A Separation" (Iran)

Best Documentary Feature:
"Undefeated"

Best Cinematography:
"Hugo" – Robert Richardson

Best Film Editing:
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" – Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter

Best Art Direction:
"Hugo" – Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo

Best Costume Design:
"The Artist" - Mark Bridges

Best Original Score:
"The Artist" – Ludovic Bource

Best Original Song:
"Man or Muppet" from The Muppets – Bret McKenzie

Best Sound Editing:
"Hugo" – Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty

Best Sound Mixing:
"Hugo"– Tom Fleischman and John Midgley

Best Visual Effects:
"Hugo" – Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossmann, and Alex Henning

Best Makeup:
"The Iron Lady" – Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland

Best Animated Short:
"The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore"

Best Live Action Short:
"The Shore"

Best Documentary Short:
"Saving Face"

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16 Comments

  • Arthur Rosson Jr. | February 28, 2012 10:18 PMReply

    This years Oscar show confirms what my dad and his family have always said,''if it's the best picture,then it should have the best actor,best director,best cameraman,etc. etc.....this was a topic that my dad and Mr. DeMille use to talk about all the time....even the late Tony Curtis,agreed with that statement.Also, it is nice to remember the old days in film making by rewarding this picture with the Oscar.....Thank You,The Academy.

  • Juha Tapani | February 28, 2012 7:41 AMReply

    Meryl Streep did not deserve to win. Her nomination was a big, fat joke. Then again Julia Roberts and Sandra Bullock has won also. Tilda Swinton...You were robbed again !!!
    Least they got one thing right: Jean Dujardin over Mr.Clooney.
    The most idiotic thing: "Pina 3d" was easily the best movie of 2011 and should have won.
    Well...What can you do ?
    "Shame", "Drive", "Melancholia", "The Skin I Live In" along the best movies of 2011.
    Hopefully next year we will see even a few new names. Streep is the most boring...

  • Rieko | February 28, 2012 7:27 AMReply

    Each of the 'Hugo' award winners (cinematography, sound, etc) thanked who the most = Marty Scorsese. They credited him with their victory. And yet, best director doesn't go to Scorsese. The academy doesn't have a clue what's it's doing. The awards are designed to award excellence, not popularity. No disrespect to M. Hanzanavicius, but his movie got votes because it's a tribute to old Hollywood. Gary Oldman not winning is a crime and a sign of the Academy's utter BS. Meryl Streep has deserved to win a 2nd Best Actress for years, but Glenn Close was amazing.

  • Joe | February 27, 2012 3:11 PMReply

    I wish Scorsese had won for Hugo. He's a brilliant director, and Hugo is a brilliant film.

  • ILOVEMaSc | February 27, 2012 2:48 PMReply

    I JUST THING BULLHEAD HAD TO WIN THE OSCAR FOR BEST FOREIGN...! BOOOH

  • Joe H | February 27, 2012 3:09 PM

    Agreed. Bullhead was by far the most compelling of the foreign picture nominees.

  • tgcrazy | February 27, 2012 7:03 AMReply

    fuck you guys the artist is a good movie but i just think hugo was not to win so many oscars.

  • Eris Akman | February 27, 2012 6:48 AMReply

    "A Separation" is a far better screenplay than "Midnight in Paris"..

  • IJUSTTHINGYOURDUMB | February 27, 2012 2:49 PM

    But a separation couldn't win this thing -.-' BECAUSE ITS FOREIGN??!!

  • jingmei | February 27, 2012 12:43 AMReply

    It's boring that Meryl Streep won, since nobody cares about Oscar. French folks don't like Jean Dujardin, since he won everything only except Cesar Awards. Just realized Christopher Plummer is another Canadian. And pretty enjoy the humorous tune of the live blog here.

  • farbod | February 27, 2012 12:16 AMReply

    i say happy to iranian people...

  • JoJo | February 27, 2012 12:06 AMReply

    I am so Mad that Gary Oldman didn't win tonite...so mad, sick of the Acadmey with there pick's of Artsy films and foriegn artists all the time..Oldman or Clooney shoulda won, I'm ok with Streep but was rounting 4 Glenn...oh well another yeear, another dispapointment for somebody...arrggg :p

  • saeed | February 26, 2012 11:56 PMReply

    only :A separation:....viva farhadi....yeeesss

  • Mikhail Branski | February 26, 2012 11:56 PMReply

    Academy awards are bullshit. I love Woody Allen but this screen play of his was weak and not particularly well acted. Descendants was not deserving of even being nominated. Look, I dig that women and men like Clooney but he might be the most overrated actor ever. These awards are by old white farts and some women who act out of political motives as much as anything else. No doubt they can be bought but most to have to as they operate much like the politicians doing favors for people for a price. Basically, it's whores all and a culture devoted to EGO. Total bullshit. And a lot of the people involved know it as well. Too bad they play along. In the past, there were a few great actors who told the Academy to Phuk Off. I can think of at least two. Come on, people, these Awards are just another pathetic way to make ego-centric people feel more ego-centric. So why worship this pathetic lifestyle?

  • goofy | February 26, 2012 11:47 PMReply

    Of course, Meryl Streep is not an upset win.
    This is what the Academy should have done for decades.

  • Joe H | February 27, 2012 3:07 PM

    I know right? I've been predicting her victory over Davis for months now