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The Artist Victorious At The 2012 Oscars
The Artist Victorious At The 2012 Oscars
'Silence is golden' headlines abound!

27 February 2012  |  Written by Ali Plumb  

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You may have seen it coming, but it's official: The Artist dominated the 2012 Oscars tonight. Michel Hazanavicius and his team won out, taking Best Director, Best Actor, Best Costume Design, Best Score and Best Film. Martin Scorsese's Hugo was, by any measure, the runner-up, with five well-deserved wins in the technical categories. 

Meryl Streep won the Meryl Streep award for Best Actress for The Iron Lady, in a slight upset over Viola Davis, giving her three wins out of 17 nominations. Davis may have taken some vicarious comfort from the fact that cast-mate Octavia Spencer won Best Supporting Actress for The Help. Also in the saw-it-coming stakes, Christopher Plummer took Best Supporting Actor and became the oldest ever acting winner.

Slightly unexpected victories came in the form of Woody Allen's third Best Original Screenplay win for Midnight In Paris and the Best Editing gong going to the largely-overlooked The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

Our in-depth blog has everything you need to know about the red carpet and ceremony as it played out here, and for another, more staccato version of the night, check out our Twitter feed here.

The full list of winners are listed beneath the Oscar gallery below and winners tally right at the bottom.

The full list of winners is below:

BEST PICTURE
The Artist
The Descendants
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
The Help
Hugo
Midnight in Paris
Moneyball
The Tree of Life
War Horse

BEST DIRECTOR
The Artist - Michel Hazanavicius
The Descendants - Alexander Payne
Hugo - Martin Scorsese
Midnight in Paris - Woody Allen
The Tree of Life - Terrence Malick

BEST ACTOR
Jean Dujardin - The Artist
Demián Bichir - A Better Life
George Clooney - The Descendants
Gary Oldman - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Brad Pitt - Moneyball

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christopher Plummer - Beginners
Kenneth Branagh - My Week With Marilyn
Jonah Hill - Moneyball
Nick Nolte - Warrior
Max von Sydow - Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

BEST ACTRESS
Meryl Streep - The Iron Lady
Glenn Close - Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis - The Help
Rooney Mara - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Michelle Williams - My Week With Marilyn

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Octavia Spencer - The Help
Bérénice Bejo - The Artist
Jessica Chastain - The Help
Melissa McCarthy - Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer - Albert Nobbs
 

BEST ANIMATED FILM
Rango
A Cat in Paris
Chico & Rita
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss in Boots
 

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
The Descendants - Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash
Hugo - John Logan
The Ides of March - George Clooney & Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon
Moneyball - Screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin
Story by Stan Chervin

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Midnight in Paris - Woody Allen
The Artist - Michel Hazanavicius
Bridesmaids - Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig
Margin Call - J.C. Chandor
A Separation - Asghar Farhadi

ART DIRECTION
Hugo - Production Design: Dante Ferretti, Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo
The Artist - Production Design: Laurence Bennett, Set Decoration: Robert Gould
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 – Production Design: Stuart Craig, Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan
Midnight in Paris - Production Design: Anne Seibel, Set Decoration: Hélène Dubreuil
War Horse - Production Design: Rick Carter, Set Decoration: Lee Sandales

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Hugo - Robert Richardson
The Artist - Guillaume Schiffman
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Jeff Cronenweth
The Tree of Life - Emmanuel Lubezki
War Horse - Janusz Kaminski

COSTUME DESIGN
The Artist - Mark Bridges
Anonymous - Lisy Christl
Hugo - Sandy Powell
Jane Eyre - Michael O’Connor
W.E. - Arianne Phillips

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Undefeated
Hell and Back Again
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth
Liberation Front
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory
Pina
 

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
Saving Face
The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement
God Is the Bigger Elvis
Incident in New Baghdad
The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom

BEST FILM EDITING
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
The Artist - Anne-Sophie Bion and Michel Hazanavicius
The Descendants - Kevin Tent
Hugo - Thelma Schoonmaker
Moneyball - Christopher Tellefsen

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
A Separation - Iran
Bullhead - Belgium
Footnote - Israel
In Darkness - Poland
Monsieur Lazhar - Canada
 

BEST MAKEUP
The Iron Lady - Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland
Albert Nobbs - Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnston and
Matthew W. Mungle

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Part 2 - Nick Dudman, Amanda Knight and Lisa Tomblin
 

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
The Artist - Ludovic Bource
The Adventures of Tintin - John Williams
Hugo - Howard Shore
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - Alberto Iglesias
War Horse - John Williams

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
Man or Muppet - The Muppets, Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie
Real in Rio – Rio, Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown
Lyric by Siedah Garrett

BEST ANIMATED SHORT
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore - William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg
Dimanche/Sunday - Patrick Doyon
La Luna - Enrico Casarosa
A Morning Stroll - Grant Orchard and Sue Goffe
Wild Life - Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby

BEST LIVE SHORT
The Shore - Terry George and Oorlagh George
Pentecost - Peter McDonald and Eimear O’Kane
Raju - Max Zähle and Stefan Gieren
Time Freak - Andrew Bowler and Gigi Causey
Tuba Atlantic - Hallvar Witzø

BEST SOUND EDITING
Hugo - Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty
Drive - Lon Bender and Victor Ray Ennis
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Ren Klyce
Transformers: Dark of the Moon - Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl
War Horse - Richard Hymns and Gary Rydstrom

BEST SOUND MIXING
Hugo - Tom Fleischman and John Midgley
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Bo Persson
Moneyball - Deb Adair, Ron Bochar, Dave Giammarco and
Ed Novick

Transformers: Dark of the Moon - Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Peter J. Devlin
War Horse - Gary Rydstrom, Andy Nelson, Tom Johnson and
Stuart Wilson

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Hugo - Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossman and Alex Henning
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Part 2 - Tim Burke, David Vickery, Greg Butler and
John Richardson

Real Steel - Erik Nash, John Rosengrant, Dan Taylor and Swen Gillberg
Rise of the Planet of the Apes - Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, R. Christopher White and Daniel Barrett
Transformers: Dark of the Moon - Scott Farrar, Scott Benza, Matthew Butler and John Frazier

WINNERS TALLY
Film Nominations Won
Hugo 11 5
The Artist 10 5
Moneyball 6 0
War Horse 6 0
The Descendants 5 1
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo 5 1
Midnight In Paris 4 1
Albert Nobbs 3 0
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 3 0
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy 3 0
Transformers: Dark Of The Moon 3 0
The Tree Of Life 3 0
The Iron Lady 2 2
My Week With Marilyn 2 0
A Seperation 2 1


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Well done GWTDT
Nice to see finchers's team winning for best editing , surprised that the artist didn't win it, think that's the first time in a very long time that best picture hasn't won best editing as well More

Posted by jordieb at 15:06 on 01 March 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Boring. Boring. Boring.
Honestly: I'm happy the Artist won. It was original, perfectly constructed and i felt 100% better having seen it. Hugo was the other one of the list I would have been happy to see win as well but that was never going to happen.   Otherwise We Need to Talk About Kevin or Drive was probably best. More

Posted by st3veebee at 09:56 on 01 March 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Boring. Boring. Boring.
Should change his name to NICK MORON! A TWAT! More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 09:40 on 01 March 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Undeserving
L: J_BUltimatum I only like the Oscars for one thing. Apart from the odd nominee, the Oscars are a good way for me to decide which films to avoid. Working in a Cinema I have the chance to see a lot of movies and from the snippets I have seen of the likes of the Descendants (boring as hell), ist (OK, but definetly not worth any awards)go (utter crap!), I can safely the say the Oscars have done it again and missed out on a whole heap of movies that are much, much better than the crap that wa More

Posted by NCC1701A at 09:11 on 01 March 2012 | Report This Post

RE: The Artist Victorious At The 2012 Oscars
Oh my god, I did my first ever comment and I got raped by a bunch of Internet geeks. Firstly I knew The Artist would win as Gary Oldman said 'it was obvious, as it won all the other awards out there'. And it was a no-brainer. But I hoped the Academy would stick to its on soil and give it to one of the others instead of the French, like the year Marissa Tomei won as she was the only American. Secondly woopy de dooo I knew Tom Hooper is making another version (excuse me a 'massive') version of Le More

Posted by Darkcage69 at 08:32 on 01 March 2012 | Report This Post

You know what this means
It's the longest possible time before Empire can bore us to death with features about the Oscars. More

Posted by Hywel at 20:12 on 27 February 2012 | Report This Post

You know what this means
It's the longest possible time before Empire can bore us to death with features about the Oscars. More

Posted by Hywel at 20:12 on 27 February 2012 | Report This Post

You know what this means
It's the longest possible time before Empire can bore us to death with features about the Oscars. More

Posted by Hywel at 20:11 on 27 February 2012 | Report This Post

You know what this means
It's the longest possible time before Empire can bore us to death with features about the Oscars. More

Posted by Hywel at 20:11 on 27 February 2012 | Report This Post

Undeserving
I only like the Oscars for one thing. Apart from the odd nominee, the Oscars are a good way for me to decide which films to avoid. Working in a Cinema I have the chance to see a lot of movies and from the snippets I have seen of the likes of the Descendants (boring as hell), The Artist (OK, but definetly not worth any awards) and Hugo (utter crap!), I can safely the say the Oscars have done it again and missed out on a whole heap of movies that are much, much better than the crap that was on dis More

Posted by J_BUltimatum at 18:58 on 27 February 2012 | Report This Post

Lets face it The Artist will go the way of many Oscar hounds, flavour of the year but give it a few years later and it will fade into the background whereas Tinker Tailor will endure and still be been talked about 30 years from now, Oldman should of won his performance is miles better than Dujardin, I guess just being charming is the way to win an Oscar forgetting actual proper acting, shouldn't surprise me they gave Hanks an Oscar for acting like an idiot in Forest Gump. The Oscars are a joke! More

Posted by agent cooper at 18:38 on 27 February 2012 | Report This Post

Lets face it The Artist will go the way of many Oscar hounds, flavour of the year but give it a few years later and it will fade into the background whereas Tinker Tailor will endure and still be been talked about 30 years from now, Oldman should of won his performance is miles better than Dujardin, I guess just being charming is the way to win an Oscar forgetting actual proper acting, shouldn't surprise me they gave Hanks an Oscar for acting like an idiot in Forest Gump. The Oscars are a joke! More

Posted by agent cooper at 18:38 on 27 February 2012 | Report This Post

Lets face it The Artist will go the way of many Oscar hounds, flavour of the year but give it a few years later and it will fade into the background whereas Tinker Tailor will endure and still be been talked about 30 years from now, Oldman should of won his performance is miles better than Dujardin, I guess just being charming is the way to win an Oscar forgetting actual proper acting, shouldn't surprise me they gave Hanks an Oscar for acting like an idiot in Forest Gump. The Oscars are a joke! More

Posted by agent cooper at 18:37 on 27 February 2012 | Report This Post

Lets face it The Artist will go the way of many Oscar hounds, flavour of the year but give it a few years later and it will fade into the background whereas Tinker Tailor will endure and still be been talked about 30 years from now, Oldman should of won his performance is miles better than Dujardin, I guess just being charming is the way to win an Oscar forgetting actual proper acting, shouldn't surprise me they gave Hanks an Oscar for acting like an idiot in Forest Gump. The Oscars are a joke! More

Posted by agent cooper at 18:37 on 27 February 2012 | Report This Post

Boring. Boring. Boring.
Don't think I'll be bothering next year. Oh, and a message to Sky, get decent guests on! Nick Moran acted like a fucking idiot! More

Posted by wgfuzzydunlop1 at 18:16 on 27 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: The Artist Victorious At The 2012 Oscars
I no longer take the Oscars seriously on any level. After years of frustrations and disappointments, my interest in the Oscars just quietly died, somewhere along the way. I'm going to blame the victory for the middling KING'S SPEECH, but in reality, that was just the straw that broke the camel's back. Anyway, with all that said: Glad to see Plummer got a statue, and Dujardin. He was great in the OSS movies. I've not yet seen THE ARTIST but I'm eager to check it out when I get the cha More

Posted by King of Kafiristan at 15:42 on 27 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: The Artist Victorious At The 2012 Oscars
L: Darkcage69 I kinda knew The Artist would win but the star and director ain't going to be following that up with more acclaimed and well recieved movies. ow do you know? L: Darkcage69 I was hoping the Oscars would see that after Tom Hooper for The Kings Speech, he ain't done jack since that. e's filming a massive production of Les Miserables starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway in London at the moment. L: Darkcage69 One hit wonders don't d More

Posted by adambatman82 at 13:14 on 27 February 2012 | Report This Post

Couldn`t care less......
the most uninspiring list of nominees in years.No wonder Mr.Knowles couldn`t be arsed with a liveblog! More

Posted by papalupara at 13:04 on 27 February 2012 | Report This Post

Couldn`t care less......
the most uninspiring list of nominees in years.No wonder Mr.Knowles couldn`t be arsed with a liveblog! More

Posted by papalupara at 13:03 on 27 February 2012 | Report This Post

Couldn`t care less......
the most uninspiring list of nominees in years.No wonder Mr.Knowles couldn`t be arsed with a liveblog! More

Posted by papalupara at 13:03 on 27 February 2012 | Report This Post

What?
How the hell didn't Tree Of Life win best cinematography? More

Posted by Coyleone at 12:31 on 27 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: The Artist Victorious At The 2012 Oscars
L: Darkcage69 I kinda knew The Artist would win but the star and director ain't going to be following that up with more acclaimed and well recieved movies. I was hoping the Oscars would see that after Tom Hooper for The Kings Speech,'t done jack since that.t wonders don't derserve to win. It should have gone to the greats. Clooney, any other director, any other best film than The Artist cleaning up the major awards!!!. Now for the next few years here comes the knock off silent, black a More

Posted by matty_b at 11:45 on 27 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: The Artist Victorious At The 2012 Oscars
L: Darkcage69 I kinda knew The Artist would win but the star and director ain't going to be following that up with more acclaimed and well recieved movies. I was hoping the Oscars would see that after Tom Hooper for The Kings Speech, he ain't done jack since that. wonders don't derserve to winould have gone to the greats. Clooney, any other director, any other best film than The Artist cleaning up the major awards!!!. Now for the next few years here comes the knock off silent, black and w More

Posted by narmour at 11:24 on 27 February 2012 | Report This Post

Better than last year
Not sure if it was just because of all the Red Bull I had ingested but I was vaguely entertained through most of this. So happy that Bret Mckenzie won, and would have loved to see Gary Oldman win but he will get a lifetime achievement at some point I am sure. Well at least he better. Joe LeTerri should have won for best visual effects and Tintin should have won best animation, was way better than Rango. More

Posted by annicka1804 at 10:50 on 27 February 2012 | Report This Post

Better than last year
Not sure if it was just because of all the Red Bull I had ingested but I was vaguely entertained through most of this. So happy that Bret Mckenzie won, and would have loved to see Gary Oldman win but he will get a lifetime achievement at some point I am sure. Well at least he better. Joe LeTerri should have won for best visual effects and Tintin should have won best animation, was way better than Rango. More

Posted by annicka1804 at 10:49 on 27 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: The Artist Victorious At The 2012 Oscars
Thats not the point of the Oscars though... Oh yea, you've got the best film, did the best direction and this guy was definitely the best actor...but you're not normally as good as Cloontang are you? We'll give it to him, he's more prolific, he'll be back sooner than you foreign idiots :) On the Oscars? boring boring boring, boring boring boring, boring boring boring Oscars, boring boring Oscars. More

Posted by Gazme at 10:05 on 27 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Flight of the Conchords are taking over the world...
Wonder how much I could've got on an accumulator for Best Picture, Director, Actor/Actress & Supporting Actor/Actress as everyone predicted them. Gutted we could've all made a mint. More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 09:31 on 27 February 2012 | Report This Post

Flight of the Conchords are taking over the world...
I would have given a limb to have Brett McKenzie pick up his oscar and start singing 'Whats wrong with the world today'!! More

Posted by waltham1979 at 09:20 on 27 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: The Artist Victorious At The 2012 Oscars
I kinda knew The Artist would win but the star and director ain't going to be following that up with more acclaimed and well recieved movies. I was hoping the Oscars would see that after Tom Hooper for The Kings Speech, he ain't done jack since that. One hit wonders don't derserve to win. It should have gone to the greats. Clooney, any other director, any other best film than The Artist cleaning up the major awards!!!. Now for the next few years here comes the knock off silent, black and white More

Posted by Darkcage69 at 08:25 on 27 February 2012 | Report This Post

The Artist
was obviously going to win most of the big ones, i'm pleasantly surprised that midnight in paris got original screenplay, i thought the artist might get that too, whereas midnight in paris was much more deserving, and Hugo did well, lost out the big ones, but then it wasn't a masterpeice, definately deserved it for the technical awards though! although meryl streep is undoubtedly brilliant, i was hoping viola davis might get best actress, as for wanting gary oldman to win best actor, that obviou More

Posted by Swedle at 08:23 on 27 February 2012 | Report This Post

why was a r rahman put in a box and ignored all night? Very peculiar... More

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