The Oscars 2012

The Artist and Hugo are the big winners.

by Jennie Kermode

It's been a fantastic night for Hollywood glamour at the Oscars, with The Artist taking Best Film as well as Best Director for Michel Hazanavicius and Best Actor for Jean Dujardin. Nominated 17 times and with only two wins before, Meryl Streep finally took the Best Actress prize for her turn as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, while Octavia Spencer won Best Supporting Actress for The Help, giving a genuinely emotional speech and being all the more excited because she got to receive her award from a particularly dashing Christian Bale. Best Supporting Actor went to Christopher Plummer, the oldest actor ever to win an Oscar, for Beginners.

There were some fabulous dresses on display and everybody in good humour. Jessica Chastain, Glenn Close, Meryl Streep and Tina Fey were the darlings of the fashion crowd, and Kermit and Miss Piggy also graced the red carpet despite earlier threats of a boycott, perhaps because fellow four-footer Uggie was allowed to attend with The Artist team, even appearing on stage at the end of the night.

In a very well choreographed show, not everything went exactly as the organiswers had planned it. Sacha Baron-Cohen arrived in character as The Dictator, throwing what he alleged were the ashes of Kim Jong Il all over Ryan Seacrest.

Award Winners

Best Picture - The Artist

Best Director - Michel Hazanavicius, for The Artist

Best Actress - Meryl Streep, for The Iron Lady

Best Actor - Jean Dujardin, for The Artist

Best Supporting Actress - Octavia Spencer for The Help

Best Supporting Actor - Christopher Plummer, for Beginners

Best Foreign Language Film - A Separation

Best Documentary - Undefeated

Best Animated Feature - Rango

Best Live Action Short - The Shore

Best Documentary Short - Saving Face

Best Animated Short - The Fantastic Flying Books Of Mr Morris Lessmore

Best Cinematography - Robert Richardson for Hugo

Best Editing - Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall, for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Best Art Direction - Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo for Hugo

Best Costume - Mark Bridges for The Artist

Best Make-Up - Mark Coulier and J Roy Helland for The Iron Lady

Best Visual Effects - Hugo

Best Original Score - Ludovic Bource for The Artist

Best Original Song - Man Or Muppet? from The Muppets

Best Sound Editing - Hugo

Best Sound Mixing - Hugo

Best Adapted Screenplay - The Descendants

Best Original Screenplay - Midnight In Paris

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