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'The Artist' Wins 5 Oscars, Including Best Picture

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Winner for Best Director for 'The Artist' Michel Hazanavicius speaks onstage flanked by the cast of the Artist as he accepts the trophy for Best Movie at the 84th Annual Academy Awards. Winner for Best Director for 'The Artist' Michel Hazanavicius speaks onstage flanked by the cast of the Artist as he accepts the trophy for Best Movie at the 84th Annual Academy Awards. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty)

On Sunday night, The Artist won five Oscar awards, making it the first silent film to win big at the Academy Awards since the original ceremony 83 years ago.

The black-and-white movie won Best Picture, Actor in a Leading Role (Jean Dujardin), Directing (Michel Hazanavicius), Music (Original Score) to Ludovic Bource and Costume Design (Mark Bridges).

Other winners Sunday night included Meryl Streep, who won the Oscar for Actress in a Leading Role for The Iron Lady; Octavia Spencer, who won Actress in a Supporting Role for The Help; and Christopher Plummer, 82, who won Actor in a Supporting Role for Beginners.

Streep is only the fifth performer to receive three Oscars and Plummer became the oldest acting winner.

Hugo also won five Oscars in technical categories.

See a complete list of the winners below, along with acceptance speeches from some of the big winners.

Best Picture - The Artist

Michel Hazanavicius, accepting the award, said: "Okay, thank you. I’d like to say very, very important things. I want to say, 'Hi' to my kids and it’s 6 in the morning in Paris so you should go to bed in 30 seconds. I want to say to my wife, Bérénice Bejo, who’s here that, 'I love you, but it’s not just that, it’s about the movie. You inspired the movie and you’re the soul of the movie and the positive feeling of the movie. Thank you for being this in the movie and in my life.' And I want to thank three persons: I want to thank Billy Wilder. I want to thank Billy Wilder. And I want to thank Billy Wilder. Thank you very much."

Actor In a Leading Role - Jean Dujardin in The Artist

Dujardin, accepting the award, said: "Thank you. Oui! I love your country. Thank you to the Academy. It’s funny because in 1929 it wasn’t Billy Crystal, but Douglas Fairbanks who hosted the first Oscar ceremony. Tickets cost $5 and it lasted 15 minutes. Times have changed. So thank you, Douglas Fairbanks. Yes Melissa, your grandfather’s spirit and joie de vivre inspired me for this role. And so many of you here tonight have inspired me. Thank you Michel, thank you for this incredible gift. Thank you my wonderful partner Bérénice Bejo. Thank you the wonderful cast and crew. My wife, I love you. Kisses Simon, Jules, Chloe. And if George Valentin could speak, he’d say, 'Merci beaucoup.' I love you."

Actress In a Leading Role - Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady

Streep, accepting the award, said: "Oh my god. Oh c’mon. Alright. Thank you so much. Thank you, thank you. When they called my name I’d had this feeling I could hear half of America going, “Oh no … oh c’mon … why … her … again?” But whatever. First I’m going to thank Don because when you thank your husband at the end of the speech they play him out with the music and I want him to know that everything I value most in our lives you’ve given me. And now secondly, my other partner: 37 years ago, my first play in New York City I met the great hairstylist and makeup artist Roy Helland and we worked together pretty continuously since the day we clapped eyes on each other. His first film with me was Sophie’s Choice and all the way up to tonight when he won for his beautiful work in The Iron Lady, 30 years later, every single movie in between."

Actor In a Supporting Role - Christopher Plummer in Beginners

Plummer, accepting the award, said: "I have a confession to make, when I first emerged from my mother’s womb, I was already rehearsing my Academy 'Thank You' speech. But it was so long ago, mercifully for you, I’ve forgotten it. But I haven’t forgotten who to thank. The Academy, of course, for this extraordinary honor and my fellow nominees: Kenneth, Nick, Jonah, dear Max, I’m so proud to be in your company. And of course I wouldn’t be here at all if it weren’t for Michael Mills and his enchanting film, Beginners, and my screen partner of course, Ewan McGregor, that superb artist, who I would happily share this award with if I had any decency, but I don’t."

Actress In a Supporting Role - Octavia Spencer in The Help

Spencer said backstage, after getting the award: "This is one of those evenings in my life that I'll never forget.  I hope it's the hallmark of more for young aspiring actresses of color, and by color I don't mean just African American.  I mean Indian, Native American, Latin American, Asian American.  I hope that in some way that I can be some sort of beacon of hope, especially because I am not the typical Hollywood beauty."

Cinematography - Hugo (Robert Richardson)

Art Direction - Hugo (Dante Ferretti & Francesca Lo Schiavo)

Costume Design - The Artist (Mark Bridges)

Directing - The Artist (Michel Hazanavicius)

Documentary Feature - Undefeated

Documentary Short - Saving Face

Film Editing - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall)

Foreign Language Film - A Separation (Iran)

Makeup - The Iron Lady (Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland)

Music (Original Score) - The Artist (Ludovic Bource)

Music (Original Song) - "Man or Muppet" from The Muppets (Bret McKenzie)

Short Film (Animated) - The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

Short Film (Live Action) - The Shore

Sound Editing - Hugo (Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty)

Sound Mixing - Hugo (Tom Fleischman and John Midgley)

Visual Effects - Hugo (Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossmann and Alex Henning)

Writing (Adapted Screenplay) - The Descendants (Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash)

Writing (Original Screenplay) - Midnight in Paris (Woody Allen)

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Comments [3]

Michael Finegan from Clifton, NJ 07011

For once, I agree with the Academy; this was a great film that told a beautiful story without any special effects, not even words. This is the true meaning of being a great artist.

Feb. 27 2012 10:35 AM
Rose

You quoted all the other acceptance speeches verbatum but not Octavia Spencer's. You printed what you thought were more important words about monorities in Hollywood film. Christopher Plummer must have said more interesting, meaningful and coherent words in his life than these. Why didn't you replace his? This is a disservice to Octavia Spencer and your readers who may not have watched last night. Octavia Spencer chose not to make her speech a race issue. She chose to show the world that she believed that she won, that it is possible for other minorities to win, not as tokens but as actors equal to all other actors. And she chose to thank certain people and say how she felt. You should have let her have that priviledge.

Feb. 27 2012 09:43 AM
jimbo

Is it just me or is anyone else noticing a tinny after-tone in the live audio feed? My conclusion as an experienced audio engineer is that they blew the calibration and there is a subtle feedback, indicative of careless or poor sound mix.

Feb. 26 2012 09:35 PM

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