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Formidable! The Artist speaks volumes at the Oscars 2012

27 February 2012 by Francesca Steele

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Moet-Logo"If George Valentin could speak, he would say... formidable!" yelled Jean Dujardin triumphantly as he waved his Best Actor statuette in the air, moments before The Artist went on to win Best Picture as one of its five awards at the 2012 Oscars.

It was an evening of few surprises, with both Martin Scorsese's Hugo and silent film The Artist tying for the the most awards.

Just an hour into the ceremony, Martin Scorsese's first kids' flick and much-lauded ode to silent cinema Hugo had already won four from its 11 nominations. It went on to win five, while The Artist, long thought to be a shoo-in for Best Picture, also won a grand total of five, including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director.

On holding up his Best Director statuette, the usually articulate Michel Hazanavicius, who, despite winning plenty of awards already, looked graciously overwhelmed and claimed he had forgotten his speech. "I am the happiest director in the world right now," he said, before The Artist took Best Actor (the ever likeable Jean Dujardin) and, of course, Best Picture.

Meryl Streep, who, as Billy Crystal pointed out, has been Oscar-nominated 17 times in total  - and who has now won three times - took home the Best Actress award for her role as Margaret Thatcher in box office hit The Iron Lady, beating Viola Davis, the other nominee considered to be a serious contender for her part in The Help, to the punch.

Davis's fellow cast member Octavia Spencer looked utterly overwhelmed as she won the award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as sassy maid Minny Jackon in the historical drama. Her face streaming with tears, she cried "I'm freaking out" as she tried to remember everyone she wanted to thank.

82-year-old Christopher Plummer became a record-breaker with his Best Supporting Actor statuette as the oldest man ever to win an Oscar. Plummer said his wife deserved "a Nobel peace prize" for all her patience where his career was concerned.

The Brits went away with just two awards - a decidedly less high profile night than last year's procession for The King's Speech - but no less exciting for those that won, including Terry and Oorlagh George, the father-daughter team behind Best Short Live Action winner, The Shore. Read more about the Brit winners here.

THE FULL LIST OF NOMINEES AND WINNERS

See the winners in pictures here

BEST PICTURE
*Winner: The Artist
War Horse
The Descendants
Moneyball
The Tree of Life
Midnight in Paris
The Help
Hugo
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close


BEST DIRECTOR
Winner: *Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life


BEST ACTOR
Demian Bichir, A Better Life
George Clooney, The Descendants
Winner: *Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Brad Pitt, Moneyball


BEST ACTRESS
Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis, The Help
Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
*Winner: Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn


BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
Max von Sydow, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Nick Nolte, Warrior
*Winner: Christopher Plummer, Beginners


BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Berenice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
*Winner: Octavia Spencer, The Help


BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
The Artist
Bridesmaids
Margin Call
*Winner: Midnight in Paris
A Separation


BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

*Winner: The Descendants
Hugo
The Ides of March
Moneyball
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy


BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
*Winner: A Separation
Footnote
In Darkness
Bullhead
Monsieur Lahzar

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
A Cat In Paris
Chico & Rita
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss in Boots
*Winner: Rango

ORIGINAL SCORE

The Adventures of Tintin, John Williams
*Winner: The Artist, Ludovic Bource
Hugo, Howard Shore
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Alberto Iglesias
War Horse, John Williams

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
*Winner: Man or Muppet, The Muppets; Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie
Real in Rio, Rio; Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown, Lyric by Siedah Garrett


BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY
The Artist
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
*Winner: Hugo
The Tree of Life
War Horse

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN
*Winner: The Artist
Hugo
Jane Eyre
W.E.

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATUR
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Hell and Back Again
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory
Pina
*Winner: Undefeated

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement?
God Is the Bigger Elvis
Incident in New Baghdad
*Winner: Saving Face
The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN FILM EDITING
The Artist
The Descendants
*Winner: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Hugo
Moneyball

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKE-UP
Albert Nobbs
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
*Winner: The Iron Lady

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM
Dimanche/Sunday
*Winner: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
La Luna
A Morning Stroll
Wild Life

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM

Pentecost
Raju
*Winner: The Shore
Time Freak
Tuba Atlantic

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND EDITING
Drive
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
*Winner: Hugo
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
War Horse

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND MIXING

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
*Winner: Hugo
Moneyball
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
War Horse

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL EFFECTS
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
*Winner: Hugo
Real Steel
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Transformers: Dark of the Moon

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC DIRECTION
The Artist
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
*Winner: Hugo
Midnight in Paris
War Horse

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