The Artist and Hugo swept the board at the 84th Academy Awards, which took place last night (February 26) in Hollywood, Los Angeles.
The Artist was named Best Picture and its star, French actor and comedian Jean Dujardin was given the Oscar for Actor In A Leading Role for his portrayal of silent film star George Valentin. The award for Achievement In Directing was won by Michel Hazanavicius for the acclaimed silent movie, which is also shot in black and white. The film won five awards in all.
‘Hugo’, directed by Martin Scorsese, also took home five awards, including Oscars for Art Direction, Cinematography and Visual Effects.
Meryl Streep won the award for Actress In A Leading Role for her part as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. This is Streep’s third Oscar.
Octavia Spencer was named Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Help and at 82, Christopher Plummer became the oldest person ever to win an Academy Award for acting for his role in Beginners, for which he received the Best Supporting Actor gong.
Meanwhile, Flight of the Conchords man Bret McKenzie picked up the prize for Original Song for his contribution to The Muppets, ‘Man Or Muppet’. Woody Allen, who triumphed in the Original Screenplay category with his film Midnight In Paris, did not attend the event.
Before the ceremony, Sacha Baron Cohen walked the Academy Awards red carpet dressed as his character from his forthcoming movie, The Dictator. It was previously reported that he had been banned from the red carpet. A spokesperson from the Academy later revealed that he was allowed to attend, but they would rather he didn’t turn his appearance into a publicity stunt.
In character as Admiral General Aladeen, Cohen dropped an urn full of powder purporting to be the late “Kim Jong-Il’s ashes” over US TV presenter Ryan Seacrest. “If somebody asks you what you are wearing, you will say Kim Jong-Il!” shouted Cohen as he was led away by security.
The full list of Academy Award winners is:
Best Picture: The Artist
Actress In A Leading Role: Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady
Actor In A Leading Role: Jean Dujardin in The Artist
Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer in The Help
Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer in Beginners
Achievement In Directing: Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist
Animated Short: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore
Documentary Short: Saving Face
Live Action Short: The Shore
Original Screenplay: Midnight In Paris
Adapted Screenplay: The Descendants
Original Song: Bret McKenzie for ‘Man Or Muppet’ from The Muppets
Original Score: The Artist
Visual Effects: Hugo
Animated Feature: Rango
Documentary Feature: Undefeated
Sound Mixing: Hugo
Sound Editing: Hugo
Film Editing: Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Best Foreign Language Film: A Separation
Make-up: The Iron Lady
Costume Design: The Artist
Art Direction: Hugo