Best Picture Goes to The Artist
Meryl Streep, Jean Dujardin take home best actor awards
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 26, 2012 8:16 PM CST
Updated Feb 27, 2012 4:05 AM CST
Actress Octavia Spencer arrives at the 84th Annual Academy Awards held at the Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2012 in Hollywood, California.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – And the Oscar goes to:

  • The Artist wins for Best Motion Picture.
  • Meryl Streep wins Best Actress for Iron Lady, her third Oscar (and 17th nomination).
  • Jean Dujardin wins Best Actor for The Artist. "I love your country!" he begins. "Merci beaucoup, I love you!" he ends.
  • Octavia Spencer wins Best Supporting Actress for The Help, and gets a standing ovation. "I'm freaking out!" she yells, before crying.
  • Christopher Plummer wins Best Supporting Actor for Beginners. At age 82, he's the oldest actor to win an Oscar.
  • Michel Hazanavicius wins for Best Director for The Artist.
  • Martin Scorsese's Paris adventure Hugo won the first two prizes of the night, claiming the Oscars for cinematography and art direction.
  • You gotta look the part: The Artist wins for Costume Design; Iron Lady wins for Makeup.
  • Iran's A Separation wins for Best Foreign Language film.
  • Girl With the Dragon Tattoo wins for Achievement in Film Editing.
  • Hugo wins Oscar No. 3 for Achievement in Sound Editing.

  • Hugo wins Oscar No. 4 for Achievement in Sound Mixing.
  • Undefeated wins for Best Documentary Feature.
  • Rango wins for Best Animated Feature Film.
  • Hugo wins Oscar No. 5 for Best Visual Effects.
  • The Artist wins for Best Original Score.
  • "Man or Muppet" wins for Best Original Song.
  • The Descendants wins for Adapted Screenplay. (One of the writers mocks presenter Angelina Jolie, and it's fairly hilarious.)
  • Midnight in Paris wins for Original Screenplay. (Woody Allen is an Oscars no-show again.)
  • The Shore wins for Best Live-Action Short.
  • Saving Face wins for Best Documentary Short.
  • Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore wins for Best Animated Short.
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