Michel Hazanavicius's The Artist
and Martin Scorcese’s Hugo
were the top performers at this year’s Academy Awards, snagging five Oscars apiece. The Artist
scored three of the major categories (Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor) while Hugo
won the lion’s share of technical accolades (Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects). Both are love letters to bygone chapters in Hollywood history – always fertile ground for voters.
Meryl Streep won her third Oscar (out of a whopping 17 nominations) for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady.
Christopher Plummer, 82, became the oldest actor to receive an Oscar (for Beginners
). Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris
won Best Original Screenplay, giving the veteran filmmaker his fourth Oscar and his first since 1987 (Hannah and Her Sisters
). Alexander Payne’s The Descendants
took Best Adapted Screenplay.
There were no big surprises other than a trio of quirky unscripted incidents: a malfunction in J-Lo’s wardrobe
, an amusing clash between Sacha Baron Cohen and entertainment reporter Ryan Seacrest
and the fleshy exploits of Angelina Jolie’s right leg
Full list of winners and nominees:
2012 Oscar Winners List
"The Artist" (WINNER)
"The Tree of Life"
"Midnight in Paris"
"Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"
Glenn Close, "Albert Nobbs"
Viola Davis, "The Help"
Rooney Mara, "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep, "The Iron Lady" (WINNER)
Michelle Williams, "My Week With Marilyn"
Demian Bichir, "A Better Life"
George Clooney, "The Descendants"
Jean Dujardin, "The Artist" (WINNER)
Gary Oldman, "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"
Brad Pitt, "Moneyball"
Michel Hazanavicius, "The Artist" (WINNER)
Alexander Payne, "The Descendants"
Martin Scorsese, "Hugo"
Woody Allen, "Midnight in Paris"
Terrence Malick, "The Tree of Life"
Short Film (Animated):
"Dimanche/Sunday" Patrick Doyon
"The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore" William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg (WINNER)
"La Luna" Enrico Casarosa
"A Morning Stroll" Grant Orchard and Sue Goffe;
"Wild Life" Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby
Documentary (Short Subject):
"The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement" Robin Fryday and Gail Dolgin
"God Is the Bigger Elvis" Rebecca Cammisa and Julie Anderson
"Incident in New Baghdad" James Spione
"Saving Face" Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (WINNER)
"The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom" Lucy Walker and Kira Carstensen
Short Film (Live Action):
"Pentecost" Peter McDonald and Eimear O'Kane
"Raju" Max Zähle and Stefan Gieren
"The Shore" Terry George and Oorlagh George (WINNER)
"Time Freak" Andrew Bowler and Gigi Causey
"Tuba Atlantic" Hallvar Witzø
Writing (Original Screenplay):
"The Artist" Written by Michel Hazanavicius
"Bridesmaids" Written by Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig
"Margin Call" Written by J.C. Chandor
"Midnight in Paris" Written by Woody Allen (WINNER)
"A Separation" Written by Asghar Farhadi
Writing (Adapted Screenplay):
"The Descendants" Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash (WINNER)
"Hugo" Screenplay by John Logan
"The Ides of March" Screenplay by George Clooney & Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon
"Moneyball" Screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin Story by Stan Chervin
"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" Screenplay by Bridget O'Connor & Peter Straughan
Music (Original Song):
"Man or Muppet" from "The Muppets" Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie (WINNER)
"Real in Rio" from "Rio" Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown Lyric by Siedah Garrett
Music (Original Score):
"The Adventures of Tintin" John Williams
"The Artist" Ludovic Bource (WINNER)
"Hugo" Howard Shore
"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" Alberto Iglesias
"War Horse" John Williams
Best Supporting Actor:
Kenneth Branagh, "My Week With Marilyn"
Jonah Hill, "Moneyball"
Nick Nolte, "Warrior"
Christopher Plummer, "Beginners" (WINNER)
Max von Sydow, "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" Tim Burke, David Vickery, Greg Butler and John Richardson
"Hugo" Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossman and Alex Henning (WINNER)
"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
"A Cat in Paris"
"Chico & Rita"
"Kung Fu Panda 2"
"Puss in Boots"
"Hell and Back Again" Danfung Dennis and Mike Lerner
"If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front" Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman
"Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory" Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs
"Pina" Wim Wenders and Gian-Piero Ringel
"Undefeated" TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay and Richard Middlemas (WINNER)
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Bo Persson
"Hugo" Tom Fleischman and John Midgley (WINNER)
"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
"Drive" Lon Bender and Victor Ray Ennis
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" Ren Klyce
"Hugo" Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty (WINNER)
"Transformers: Dark of the Moon" Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl
"War Horse" Richard Hymns and Gary Rydstrom
"The Artist" Anne-Sophie Bion and Michel Hazanavicius
"The Descendants" Kevin Tent
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall (WINNER)
"Hugo" Thelma Schoonmaker
"Moneyball" Christopher Tellefsen
Best Supporting Actress:
Berenice Bejo, "The Artist"
Jessica Chastain, "The Help"
Melissa McCarthy, "Bridesmaids"
Octavia Spencer, "The Help" (WINNER)
Janet McTeer, "Albert Nobbs"
Foreign Language Film:
"In Darkness" Poland
"Monsieur Lazhar" Canada
"A Separation" Iran (WINNER)
"Albert Nobbs" Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnston and Matthew W. Mungle
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2"; Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng
"The Iron Lady" Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland (WINNER)
"Anonymous" Lisy Christl
"The Artist" Mark Bridges (WINNER)
"Hugo" Sandy Powell
"Jane Eyre" Michael O'Connor
"W.E." Arianne Phillips
"The Artist" Guillaume Schiffman
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" Jeff Cronenweth
"Hugo" Robert Richardson (WINNER)
"The Tree of Life" Emmanuel Lubezki
"War Horse" Janusz Kaminski
"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"
"Hugo," Production Design: Dante Ferretti, Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo (WINNER)
"Midnight in Paris," Production Design: Anne Seibel, Set Decoration: Hélène Dubreuil
"War Horse," Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Lee Sandales