*The silent, black-and-white film “The Artist” took top honors at the Academy Awards on Sunday night, garnering five Oscars for best picture, best directing, best costume design, best original music score and best actor.
Jean Dujardin, who spoke just two words in “The Artist,” was jubilant as he accepted his best actor Oscar. “I love your country,” the French actor said.
Asked backstage how he would make a transition to American “talkies,” he said “I’m not an Amerian actor, I continue in French.” His translator then said “It’s possible if he could make another silent movie in America, he’d like to.”
Michel Hazanavicius beat out Martin Scorsese and Woody Allen to win his best directing Academy Award.
“I am the happiest director in the world right now,” Hazanavicius said as he accepted.
Meryl Streep’s channeling of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady” earned the best actress Oscar for her. It was her third Academy Award after 17 nominations.
“When they called my name, I had this feeling I could hear half of America going ‘Oh no, why her again? Well, whatever,'” Streep joked in her acceptance.
“The Iron Lady” was also rewarded with a best make up Oscar for the work done to convince the audience that Streep was Thatcher.
Octavia Spencer cried as she accepted the best supporting actress Oscar for her portrayal of a Mississippi maid in the civil-rights-era movie “The Help.”
“I’m sorry, I’m freaking out,” Spencer said as the allotted time for her acceptance speech ended.
Spencer’s win was not a surprise to many Oscar watchers since she also won best supporting actress at the Golden Globes and the SAG awards.
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List of the 84th (2012) Annual Academy Award winners:
1. Best Picture: “The Artist.”
2. Actor: Jean Dujardin, “The Artist.”
3. Actress: Meryl Streep, “The Iron Lady.”
4. Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, “Beginners.”
5. Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, “The Help.”
6. Directing: Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist.”
7. Foreign Language Film: “A Separation,” Iran.
8. Adapted Screenplay: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, “The Descendants.”
9. Original Screenplay: Woody Allen, “Midnight in Paris.”
10. Animated Feature Film: “Rango.”
11. Art Direction: “Hugo.”
12. Cinematography: “Hugo.”
13. Sound Mixing: “Hugo.”
14. Sound Editing: “Hugo.”
15. Original Score: “The Artist.”
16. Original Song: “Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets.”
17. Costume Design: “The Artist.”
18. Documentary Feature: “Undefeated.”
19. Documentary Short: “Saving Face.”
20. Film Editing: “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”
21. Makeup: “The Iron Lady.”
22. Animated Short Film: “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.”
23. Live Action Short Film: “The Shore.”
24. Visual Effects: “Hugo.”
Oscar winners previously presented this season:
Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award: Oprah Winfrey.
Honorary Award: James Earl Jones.
Honorary Award: Dick Smith.
Gordon E. Sawyer Award: Douglas Trumbull.
Award of Merit: ARRI cameras.