The Artist, a silent film which we thought was absolutely fantastic, tied with the Martin Scorsese film Hugo at the 84th annual Academy Awards, with both taking home five awards. The overall victory was with The Artist, however, earning three of the top awards. The Artist won for Best Picture, Best Costume Design, Best Original Score, Best Actor, and Best Director, while Hugo took Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Visual Effects.
The rest of the evening was relatively uneventful, apart from Sacha Baron Cohen, one of Hugo's stars, being escorted from the red-carpet area after turning up in a fake beard and uniform, a fake jar of Kim Jong-il's ashes, and a pair of female body guards.
All the Oscar 2012 winners:
Best Picture: "The Artist"
Best Actress: Meryl Streep, "The Iron Lady"
Best Actor: Jean Dujardin, "The Artist"
Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius, "The Artist"
Best Animated Short: "The Fantastic Flying Books Of Mr. Morris Lessmore"
Best Documentary Short: "Saving Face"
Best Live Action Short: "The Shore"
Best Original Screenplay: Woody Allen, "Midnight in Paris"
Best Adapted Screenplay: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, "The Descendants"
Best Original Song: Bret McKenzie, "Man or Muppet"
Best Original Score: Ludovic Bource, "The Artist"
Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, "Beginners"
Best Visual Effects: "Hugo"
Best Animated Feature: "Rango"
Best Documentary: "Undefeated"
Best Sound Mixing: Tom Fleischman and John Midgley, "Hugo"
Best Sound Editing: Phillip Stockton and Eugene Gearty, "Hugo"
Best Editing: Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall, "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"
Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, "The Help"
Best Foreign Language Film: "A Separation"
Best Makeup: Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland, "The Iron Lady"
Best Costume Design: Mark Bridges, "The Artist"
Best Art Direction: Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schavo, "Hugo"
Best Cinematography: Robert Richardson, "Hugo"