'The Artist' and 'Hugo' Win 5 Awards Each
It was a big night for Meryl Streep who took her third Oscar for her portrayal of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. This was a surprise for me as I had expected Viola Davis to win for her role in The Help. All my other predictions for the major awards came true.
Octavia Spencer won the Supporting Actress statue for her role in The Help and favourite Christopher Plummer won Supporting Actor for his part in Beginners.
Hugo was the other big winner as it picked up awards for Cinematography, Art Direction, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects.
Billy Crystal hosted the Oscar ceremony on ABC, which took place at the Hollywood And Highland Center, formerly the Kodak Theatre, in what marked his ninth stint.
Here are the winners:
Best Picture: The Artist
Actress: Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady
Actor: Jean Dujardin in The Artist
Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer in The Help
Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer in Beginners
Directing: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Animated Film: Rango (Gore Verbinski)
Original Screenplay: Midnight in Paris - by Woody Allen
Adapted Screenplay: The Descendants - by Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash
Original Song: Man or Muppet from The Muppets (Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie)
Original Score: The Artist - Ludovic Bource
Visual Effects: Hugo
Documentary (Feature): Undefeated
Sound Mixing: Hugo - Tom Fleischman and John Midgley
Sound Editing: Hugo - Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty
Film Editing: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
Foreign Language Film: A Separation - Iran
Makeup: The Iron Lady - Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland
Costume Design: The Artist - Mark Bridges
Art Direction: Hugo
Cinematography: Hugo - Robert Richardson
Short Film (Animated): The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore
Documentary (Short Subject): Saving Face
Short Film (Live Action): The Shore