The Artist, Hugo & Christopher Plummer win big at this year’s Oscar ceremony – 84th Academy Awards review….

by Lisa McGarry

Michel Hazanavicius’ almost completely silent film The Artist won Best Picture as well as Jean Dujardin winning Best Actor for his role as early movie star George Valentin and Hazanavicius himself won Best Director. In addition the film won Oscars for its Original Score and Costume Design. Martin Scorsese’s Hugo set in a Parisian train station also took home five awards for Cinematography, Production Design, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects.

Meryl Streep won Best Actress for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady and despite this being her 17th nomination this is only the third time she has won an Oscar. Streep’s win was met with rapturous applause in the auditorium as she thanked long-term friend and collaborator make-up artist Roy Helland who also won the Best Make-Up Oscar for creating the prosthetics that turned Meryl into Margaret.

Octavia Spencer was named Best Supporting Actress for playing feisty maid Minnie in ‘The Help’ and by winning Best Supporting Actor, for his role as a dying man who has just come out of the closet, 82 year old Christopher Plummer became the oldest person to win an acting Oscar.

Woody Allen won his first Oscar in 25 years for the Original Screenplay for Midnight in Paris but as is tradition Allen didn’t attend the ceremony instead preferring to play clarinet in his native New York. The adapted screenplay award went to Alexander Payne, Jim Rash and Nat Faxon for their work on Payne’s film The Descendants.

Best Foreign Language feature went to Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation which became the first Iranian film ever to win an Oscar while Gore Verbinski’s Rango won Best Animated Feature. Undefeated, a film about an American football film which was produced by P. Diddy, won Best Documentary Feature.
The Best Editing Award went to Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter for their work on The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo and Flight of the Conchord’s Bret McKenzie won Best Original Song for writing Man or Muppet from the most recent Muppets film.

Billy Crystal hosted the awards for the ninth time and brought back all of his favourite segments including his opening Best Picture nominees medley and his voice-over inspired What Are the Stars thinking? He also performed sketches with Melissa McCarthy and shared a kiss with George Clooney in his opening video montage.

The audience also saw a performance from Cirque de Soleil and the annual tribute to the movies themselves. The Oscars were almost free from controversy save one of the directors of Undefeated dropping an unexpected F-Bomb. The most talked about moment happened on the red carpet when Sacha Baron Cohen debuted his new character from The Dictator and spilt the supposed ashes of Kim Jong Il all over Ryan Seacrest.

What did you think of this year’s winners? Did you stay up for the ceremony if so did you enjoy it? Leave your comments below

The 2012 Oscar Winners in Full:

Best Picture – The Artist
Best Actor – Jean Dujardin
Best Actress – Meryl Streep
Best Supporting Actor – Christopher Plummer (Beginners)
Best Supporting Actress – Octavia Spencer (The Help)
Best Director – Michel Hazanvicius (The Artist)
Best Original Screenplay – The Artist
Best Adapted Screenplay – The Descendants
Best Documentary Film – Undefeated
Best Foreign Language Film – A Separation
Best Animated Film – Rango
Best Cinematography – Hugo
Best Editing – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Best Art Direction – Hugo
Best Costume Design – The Artist
Best Make-Up – The Iron Lady
Best Original Score – The Artist
Best Original Song – Man or Muppet from The Muppets
Best Sound Mixing – Hugo
Best Sound Editing – Hugo
Best Visual Effects – Hugo
Best Documentary Short – Saving Face
Best Animated Short – The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore
Best Live Action Short – The Shore

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