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Hooray for The Artist!

Hooray for The Artist!

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Awards season is over for another year. Last night’s Oscars saw the big award go to—surprise, surprise—The Artist, which picked up a total of five wins (Best Film, Actor, Costume Design, Original Score and Director) out of its ten total nominations. Also heading home with a quintet of statuettes was Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, whose wins in many of the more technical categories—Best Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects, in addition to Best Cinematography and Art Direction—had the legendary director’s name thrown out in thank you speeches time and time again during the first half of the show. (For a while there, it seemed like he was mentioned more than the Academy itself.)

In an night devoid of any big surprises, there was still an upset courtesy of Meryl Streep, who won for Best Actress courtesy of her performance as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. Though Streep has been nominated a grand total of 17 times, only three of those have been wins, and the last time she found herself ascending the stage at the Kodak Theatre to deliver an acceptance speech was in 1983 for Sophie’s Choice. Besides wins for Streep and The Artist‘s Jean Dujardin, the night’s acting awards went to The Help‘s Octavia Spencer and Christopher Plummer, whose Best Supporting Actor win for his turn in Beginners makes the actor, aged 82, the oldest winner in Oscar history.

A complete list of winners is below. For more information, visit www.oscars.org.

Best Movie
The Artist, Thomas Langmann

Best Actor
Jean Dujardin, The Artist

Best Supporting Actor
Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Best Actress
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

Best Supporting Actress
Octavia Spencer, The Help

Best Animated Feature Film
Rango, Gore Verbinski

Best Art Direction
Hugo, Dante Ferretti, Francesca Lo Schiavo

Best Cinematography
Hugo, Robert Richardson

Best Costume Design
The Artist, Mark Bridges

Best Director
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

Best Documentary Feature
Undefeated, Daniel Lindsay, T.J. Martin, Rich Middlemas

Best Documentary Short
Saving Face, Daniel Junge, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

Best Editing
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter

Best Foreign Language Film
A Separation, Asghar Farhadi (Iran)

Best Makeup
The Iron Lady, Mark Coulier, J. Roy Helland

Best Original Score
The Artist, Ludovic Bource

Best Original Song
“Man or Muppet”, Bret McKenzie, The Muppets

Best Animated Short Film
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg

Best Live Action Short Film
The Shore, Terry George and Oorlagh George

Best Sound Editing
Hugo, Philip Stockton, Eugene Gearty

Best Sound Mixing
Hugo, Tom Fleischmann, John Midgley

Best Visual Effects
Hugo, Robert Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossman and Alex Henning

Best Adapted Screenplay
The Descendants, Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash

Best Original Screenplay
Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen

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