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Oscars 2012: all the winners

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On May 18, 1929, Hollywood’s high society gathered in the time-honored Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles to celebrate the very first Oscars in film history.

One might say that the 84th Oscars ceremony, which took place this Sunday, didn’t have much in common with the party held back then: different place, different movies and different stars. Beyond that, the first film to be awarded with an Oscar in 1929 was the silent film Wings. A silent film! This is probably the biggest difference to today’s ceremony, one might think.

Surprisingly, one of this year’s big winners is as close as a movie could get to the productions of yesteryear – The Artist. The French black and white silent film from director Michel Hazanavicius won five awards, including the main categories best picture, best director and best actor. Also in the second big winner, Martin Scorcese’s heavyweight release Hugo about the beginning of narrative cinema, retro and film nostalgia were the source of inspiration. See the winners of all categories below:

best actress leading role nominees oscars

Actress in a leading role

WINNER: Glenn Close in Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis in The Help
Michelle Williams in My week with Marilyn
Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady (won BAFTA, Golden Globe, nominated for SAGA)
Rooney Mara in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

best actor leading role nominees oscars

Actors in a leading role

George Clooney in The Descendants
Demián Bichir in A better life
WINNER: Jean Dujardin in The Artist
Brad Pitt in Moneyball
Gary Oldman in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

best directing nominees oscars


Alexander Payne with The Descendants
Martin Scorsese with Hugo
WINNER: Michel Hazanavicius with The Artist
Terrence Malick with The Tree of life
Woody Allen with Midnight in Paris

Best Film

WINNER: The Artist by Thomas Langmann
- The Descendants by Jim Burke, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor
- Extremely loud & incredibly close by Scott Rudin
- The Help by Brunson Green, Chris Columbus and Michael Barnathan
- Hugo by Graham King and Martin Scorsese
- Midnight in Paris by Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum
- Moneyball by Michel De Luca, Rachael Horovitz and Brad Pitt
- The Tree of life by Sarah Green, Bill Pohlad, Dede Gardner and Grant Hill
- War Horse Horse by Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy

Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer – Beginners as Hal Fields
Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer – The Help as Minny Jackson
Best Writing – Original Screenplay: Midnight in Paris – Woody Allen
Best Writing – Adapted Screenplay: The Descendants – Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash
Best Animated Feature: Rango – Gore Verbinski
Best Foreign Language Film: A Separation (Iran) – Asghar Farhadi
Best Documentary – Feature: Undefeated – TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay, and Richard Middlemas
Best Documentary – Short Subject: Saving Face – Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Best Live Action Short Film: The Shore – Terry George and Oorlagh George
Best Animated Short Film: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore – William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg
Best Original Score: The Artist – Ludovic Bource
Best Original Song: “Man or Muppet” from The Muppets – Bret McKenzie
Best Sound Editing: Hugo – Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty
Best Sound Mixing: Hugo – Tom Fleischman and John Midgley
Best Art Direction: Hugo – Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo
Best Cinematography: Hugo – Robert Richardson
Best Makeup: The Iron Lady – Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland
Best Costume Design: The Artist – Mark Bridges
Best Film Editing: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter
Best Visual Effects: Hugo – Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossmann, and Alex Henning