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Oscars 2012: ‘The Artist’ and ‘Hugo’ win 5 Oscars apiece

Earlier this evening, host for the night Billy Crystal presented the award winners of this year’s 2012 Academy Awards during a star-studded ceremony at the Kodak Theatre, Hollywood. Michel Hazanavicius’ silent masterpiece The Artist wasn’t quite the runaway winner everyone had predicted, winning five out of ten Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director, with Martin Scorsese’s Hugo also picking up five. Meryl Streep pipped The Help star Viola Davies to the the Oscar for Best Actress, whilst 82-year-old Christopher Plummer and Ocatvia Spencer walked away with the awards for Best Supporting Actor/Actress respectively.

The Artist’s major award wins were certainly deserved, with Hazanavicius’ film becoming the first silent effort to win an Oscar in 83 years, and the first black and white Best Picture victor for 18 years. Christopher Plummer’s win also set a precedent, with the veteran US actor becoming the oldest Best Supporting Actor winner in history at the grand old age of 82. After an extremely good Oscar haul in 2011, British cinema has a relatively quiet Academy Awards. Sadly, Gary Oldman missed out on the Best Actor Oscar for his superb turn as George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, which ultimately went to The Artist star Jean Dujardin.

For a list of all the major winners, see below.

Best Picture
The Artist

Best Director
Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist

Best Actress
Meryl Streep (Margaret Thatcher) – The Iron Lady

Best Actor
Jean Dujardin (George Valentin) – The Artist

Best Supporting Actress
Octavia Spencer (Minny Jackson) – The Help 

Best Supporting Actor
Christopher Plummer (Hal) – Beginners

Best Foreign Language Film
A Separation

Best Animation 
Rango

Art Direction 
Hugo 

Achievement in Cinematography 
Hugo

Achievement in Costume Design 

The Artist

Best Documentary Feature

Undefeated

Best Documentary – Short Subject
Saving Face 

Achievement in Film Editing 
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Achievement in Makeup

The Iron Lady

Best Original Score 
The Artist

Best Original Song 
Man or MuppetThe Muppets

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

Best Live Action Short Film 

The Shore

Achievement in Sound Editing
Hugo


Achievement in Sound Mixing 
Hugo

Achievement in Visual Effects
Hugo

Adapted Screenplay 
The Descendants

Original Screenplay 

Midnight in Paris

What did you make of the 84th Academy Awards? Did you agree with the Academy’s Oscar choices? Are there any films you would have liked to have seen feature more heavily? Let us know using the comment box below.

Daniel Green