‘The Artist’ wins five Oscars including Best Picture

As Gold Derby predicted, “The Artist” won Best Picture, Director (Michel Hazanavicius), Actor (Jean Dujardin), Score (Ludovic Bource) and Costume Design (Mark Bridges) (See full list of winners here.)

Meryl Streep finally got her third Oscar as she won Best Actress for “The Iron Lady” having lost 12 times since winning this award in 1983 for “Sophie’s Choice.” She edged out frontrunner Viola Davis (“The Help”). 

“Hugo” also pulled off a couple of big surprises as Robert Richardson won Cinematography over Emmanuel Lubezki (“The Tree of Life”) and its Visual Effects prevailed over those of “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.” “Hugo” also claimed Art Direction and both sound awards — Editing and Mixing.

As predicted, Christopher Plummer (“Beginners“) and Octavia Spencer (“The Help“) won the supporting acting prizes. 

Woody Allen won his third Original Screenplay award for “Midnight in Paris.” This marked his record 15th bid in this category. 

Alexander Payne picked up his second Adapted Screenplay Oscar for “The Descendants” sharing the award with his collaborators Nat Faxon and Jim Rash

As expected, “Rango” was named Best Animated Feature. Frontrunner “A Separation” became the first film in Farsi to win the Foreign Language Feature race.

Grammy and Emmy nominee Bret McKenzie won an Oscar when he claimed Best Song for “Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets.” 

The Documentary Oscars went to two heartfelt films — “Undefeated” won the Feature award while “Saving Face” won the Short prize.

The frontrunners claimed the other two Oscars for shorts as “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Bellmore” won the Animated race and “The Shore” claimed the Live Action category.  

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