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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