As it happened: Oscars 2012

Key points

  • At the 84th Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, French silent movie The Artist wins best picture, best director for Michel Hazanavicius and best actor for Jean Dujardin
  • Meryl Streep wins her third Oscar for Margaret Thatcher biopic The Iron Lady, while 3D family film Hugo wins five awards including cinematography and visual effects
  • Octavia Spencer wins best supporting actress for The Help, while 82-year-old Christopher Plummer becomes the oldest winner ever as best supporting actor for Beginners

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    0700:

    Well, that's all from us here for the 84th Academy Awards, although there'll be more reaction and analysis throughout Monday on the BBC News website. At the end of a night that threw up no real surprises, it's worth remembering how truly surprising it was in the first place that a French silent movie found itself favourite for Hollywood's highest honours.

     
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    "The Artist is a wonderful, charming valentine to the birth of movies." Nicely put, Jon Voight.

     
  5.  
    0643: Adam B Vary

    tweets: Tony Bennett is KILLING IT at the #oscars Gov Ball. pic.twitter.com/Yr8CEodS

     
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    Outside the Vanity Fair party, Colin Firth pays tribute to Meryl Streep's performance in The Iron Lady: "Probably the last thing I saw that was as good as that was the last thing I saw Meryl Streep do."

     
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    0641: Larry Richman

    tweets: Tonight's show ties 2005 for the shortest show of the last 26 years.

     
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    0631:

    Nice guy Benedict Cumberbatch was just live on BBC Breakfast. Before going on air he asked if he could say hello to his mum and dad - bless. Unfortunately he was cut off before he had a chance. Apologies Mr and Mrs Cumberbatch and hello from your son in Hollywood!

     
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    0621:

    Meryl Streep's third Academy Award puts her in pretty rarefied company. Her fellow three-time Oscar-winning actors are Jack Nicholson (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Terms of Endearment and As Good As It Gets), Walter Brennan (Come and Get It, Kentucky and The Westerner) and Ingrid Bergman (Gaslight, Anastasia and Murder on the Orient Express). We must admit that we had to look some of that up: Brennan's work we're hot on, it's what's-her-name Bergman's stuff we had to remind ourselves of. One more thing: Meryl is still one behind four-time Oscar-winner Katharine Hepburn.

     
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    0601:

    After the main event, it's party time - and there is no more exclusive gathering than the Vanity Fair party. Late may be fashionable, but here Gwyneth Paltrow seems to be making arriving early work just as well:

    Gwyneth Paltrow
     
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    0548:

    The cast and crew of The Artist - including Uggie the dog - pose with their awards backstage.

    The cast and crew of The Artist
     
  12.  
    0542: Ryan Seacrest

    tweets on the "ashes incident": My mom always told me to pack two jackets for red carpets, always wondered why. Now I know.

     
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    0538:

    He's got an Oscar as of a couple of hours ago, but we knew him back when he was just a little-known cult comedian member of "New Zealand's fourth-most-popular folk duo". Read our interview with best original song Academy Award-winner Bret McKenzie here.

     
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    0533:

    Angelina Jolie's leg now has its own Twitter account and almost 6,000 followers. No, seriously... @AngiesRightLeg

     
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    0530: Washington Post

    blogs: Despite Sacha Baron Cohen's best efforts, it was not the most exciting Oscars show, but we had a blast here.

     
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    0522:

    Interesting also that, Meryl Streep apart, Hollywood's usual suspects were denied the acting prizes, instead going to Frenchman Jean Dujardin, Canadian Christopher Plummer and Octavia Spencer, previously known for her TV character actor work.

     
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    0517:

    The final tallies, in case you've lost count (for which you'd be forgiven), are: The Artist - five wins; Hugo - five wins. Technically a tie then, but it's inarguably The Artist's night, its wins including picture, director and actor, whereas Hugo's success came in technical categories.

     
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    0517: The Guardian

    blogs: Judged purely on the amount of Oscars accrued, Hazanavicius's movie winds up tied with Hugo on five awards apiece. But the figures tell barely half the story. The Artist wins the day. It came and it conquered, barely saying a word.

     
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    0508: The Academy

    tweets: Colin Firth takes advantage of his chance to get his own picture of Oscar winner Meryl Streep. bit.ly/w6zHYG

     
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    0506: Ewere Queen in Nigeria

    writes: Good job, Oscar! I'm looking forward to seeing the winners. Kudos to everyone that was nominated.

     
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    0501:

    And here is Meryl with that long-elusive Oscar. Well, long-elusive THIRD Oscar. The previous two were for Kramer vs Kramer in 1980 and Sophie's Choice in 1983.

    Meryl Streep
     
  22.  
    0501: Eddie Corson

    texts: Well done to Meryl Streep - we do like our dominant females, Maggie and the Queen - who's next?

     
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    0456: Empire Magazine

    blogs: A few questions linger: what on Earth was oh-so-credible Pharell doing there all week given that there were no obviously cool musical bits? Did Streep's gold, Oscar-like dress finally tip the scales? And why get rid of the musical numbers when you could ditch the montages instead?

     
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    0454:

    In case you missed this point, The Artist is the first black-and-white best picture winner since Schindler's List in 1993 (although there was actually a little bit of red in that film), and then before that The Apartment in 1960. And it's the first silent winner since the very first Oscars in 1929, when the film Wings was honoured. So, it's a triumph somewhat against the odds. It's the stuff of movies.

     
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    0448: Perez Hilton

    I gotta admit, I was sooo NOT excited about Billy Crystal hosting the #Oscars yet again. But.... He did such a great job! Again next year!!

     
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    0448:

    Jean Dujardin, best actor Oscar-winner for The Artist:

    Jean Dujardin
     
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    0447:

    It was never in doubt, was it? The Artist director Michel Hazanavicius signs off with three special tributes to "Billy Wilder, Billy Wilder and Billy Wilder", the legendary film-maker behind Sunset Boulevard, Double Indemnity, Some Like It Hot and The Apartment. Then it's wrapped up in super-quick time by Crystal, possibly hoping to beat the traffic: "That's our evening, good night everybody."

     
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    0447: Andy Borowitz

    tweets: Last year's best picture: An English dude who couldn't speak. This year's: A French dude no one could hear. I'm speechless. So I guess I'll win best picture next year.

     
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    0441: Wendy Liebman

    tweets: There will be a lot of French kissing tonight

     
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    0436:

    And then there was one. Out of a field of nine, Tom Cruise announces the 2012 Academy Award for best picture, which goes to The Artist.

     
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    0433:

    "I really understand I'll never be up here again," says Streep, with a laugh, before giving trembly-voiced thanks for "this inexplicably wonderful career". A charming and gracious acceptance speech - look out for her, she'll go far.

     
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    0433: Gawker

    blogs: Oh, Streep just charmed the pants off of everyone. How can anyone stay mad at her?

     
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    0430:

    There'll be no stammering from The King's Speech Oscar-winner Colin Firth tonight, as he announces the winner of tonight's penultimate prize: the best actress Oscar. It's Meryl's to lose, surely? Put us out of our misery, Colin. Good man, he does. The winner is Meryl Streep for Margaret Thatcher biopic The Iron Lady. And the audience like it - rapturous applause and cheers.

     
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    0429: Alec Baldwin

    tweets: I am officially announcing that I am re-making The Artist with sound.

     
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    0424:

    "They must be going nuts in France right now," says Crystal, "or whatever they have in place of joy."

     
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    0424: French President

    Nicholas Sarkozy tweets his personal congratulations to Michel Hazanavicius for getting the Oscar for best director, making "French cinema proud".

     
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    0421:

    As is traditional, last year's best actress winner Natalie Portman announces the best actor prize. The cheers for the nomination of The Artist's Jean Dujardin suggests he is his peers' favourite. And Dujardin wins. "I love your country," he says. Recalling the fact that the first Oscars ceremony in 1929 lasted just 15 minutes, "times have changed", he says.

     
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    0419: Nathan Rabin

    tweets: I feel weird overhearing these private, personal conversations Natalie Portman is having with all the nominees.

     
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    0416:

    Michel Hazanavicius collects the best director Oscar for The Artist.

    Michel Hazanavicius
     
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    0414: Amar in Toronto, Canada

    writes: Best way to watch the Oscars! Getting just the results without having to endure abysmal humour and celebrities. Me, I've got Tom Waits playing in the background while I check the 'scores' every 15 minutes.

     
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    0414:

    Angelina Jolie's leg made an appearance at the ceremony and got a few whistles.

    Angelina Jolie
     
  42.  
    0411: The Daily

    tweets: Meryl Streep wants another Oscar so badly she came dressed as one. #Oscars

     
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    0406: Frank from Devon

    writes: Congratulations to Octavia Spencer. What would restore my faith in the Oscars is best actress for Viola Davis, not Meryl Streep; clearly the stand-out performance from a female lead from this year's nominees.

     
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    0356:

    Billy Crystal suggests Meryl Streep, presenting the winners of the previously-announced honorary Governors Awards, has put on a brave face as a loser at the Oscars so often that she surely deserves another award. Does he know something we don't?

     
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    0356:

    "I'd like to thank Uggie the dog," Hazanavicius says. Too right - that pooch did a lot of promotion for the film...

     
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    0353:

    Big moment this, as Hugo and The Artist go head-to-head for the directing honour. Unless there's going to be a surprise, left-field winner. We're about to find out. Michael Douglas opens the envelope, and the winner is: Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist. It's a French silent film, don't you know?

     
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    0352: Chloe Grace Moretz

    tweets: Laughed so hard at that Scorsese joke #Oscars are way too good this year.

     
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    0350:

    Twenty down, and now just four to go: director; actor; actress; and best picture. This is the business end of the night. Legends are about to be made, history written, hearts broken, tears shed.

     
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    0346:

    And the best animated short in these 84th Academy Awards is The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore, by William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg.

     
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    0344:

    And the documentary short Oscar goes to Saving Face, by Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy. The film follows a Pakistani plastic surgeon who returns to his homeland to help women restore their faces after being attacked with acid.

     
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    0344: Gordon in London

    texts: Please no more wins for Hugo. The most boring, numbing film it's been my misfortune to sit through in ages!

     
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    0342:

    After some exceedingly smutty chat, Bridesmaids actresses Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph announce the live action short winner: The Shore, by Northern Ireland's Terry and Oorlagh George. It tells of two boyhood best friends divided by 25 years of misunderstanding by the conflict escalating in Northern Ireland.

     
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    0339: Entertainment Weekly

    blogs: Honestly, Midnight in Paris wouldn't even make my top 15 favourite Woody Allen movies

     
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    0335:

    Here's Christoper Plummer with a firm grip on his Oscar, after winning for only his second nomination in a movie career spanning seven decades.

    Christopher Plummer
     
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    0333:

    And now the Academy Award for original screenplay goes to Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris. The most-nominated screenwriter of all time wins his fourth Oscar. Typically, he is not present to collect his award, having only attended the ceremony once in 2002 when he made a plea to film-makers to continue working in New York following the 9/11 attacks.

     
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    0328:

    Billy Crystal just went into rewind mode. Hope he doesn't go back too far, because we've still got a lot to get through.

     
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    0327:

    The best adapted screenplay Oscar goes to Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash for The Descendants. It is the second award for Payne, who won the same award in 2005 for Sideways.

     
  58.  
    0326: nzherald

    tweets: Applause in the @nzherald newsroom for Bret McKenzie - now a winner at the #Oscars.

     
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    0322:

    The best original song category is up next. Man or Muppet, by Bret McKenzie, from - you guessed it - The Muppets, wins. There were really only two songs in the running there. No, really. Only two songs were nominated. Got to feel bad for Real in Rio, from Rio, which came second of two. Ouch! And, yes, that is the guy from Flight of the Conchords winning the Oscar.

     
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    0323: Hollywood Reporter

    blogs: "Is it possible to get more montages? Anyone? Cue them up!"

     
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    0315:

    Penelope Cruz and Owen Wilson are going to tell us the composer of the year's best original score. And The Artist is back (just as well - people were starting to talk), with a win for Ludovic Bource.

     
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    0315: Julius Sharpe

    tweets: Even the greatest actors in the world are barely able to pretend to laugh.

     
  63.  
    0312: Michelle Collins

    tweets: Nothing makes me more uncomfortable than watching celebrities fake laugh to Billy Crystal.

     
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    0311:

    Fine Morgan Freeman and Martin Scorsese impressions by Crystal. His Nick Nolte truly uncanny. Uggie only so-so. His Angelina Jolie probably beyond rescue.

     
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    0307: Ed in China

    texts: What are the bets Dujardin wins and then becomes an insufferable egotistical maniac? And never wins another award. Like so many before him. Go Hugo! Go! Get out! Leave!

     
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    0302:

    Plummer collects his Oscar, eyes it, and says: "You're only two years older than me, darling. Where have you been all my life?" The 82-year-old sets a record as the oldest ever Academy Award winner.

     
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    0301:

    Melissa Leo (surely on her best behaviour after last year's "F-bomb") is presenting the best supporting actor Oscar. Big cheer for Moneyball's Jonah Hill as the nominations are announced. And the winner is: Christopher Plummer for Beginners.

     
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    0257:

    Good comedy double act from Ben Stiller and Emma Stone (he makes her look TALL), ahead of presenting the best visual effects Oscar. And it's a fifth prize for Hugo - Robert Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossmann and Alex Henning.

     
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    0254: celebritology

    tweets: Audible gasp just rippled through press room when one of the Undefeated guys cursed.

     
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    0250:

    While introducing the best animation prize, Chris Rock says: "I like animation because you can play anything. If you're a white man, you can play an Arabian prince. And if you're a black man you can play a donkey, or a zebra! I've done animation, and it's the easiest job in the world. They tell me the line, I say it, and then they give me a million dollars!"

     
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    0248:

    And the best animated feature Oscar goes to Gore Verbinski for Rango. "This is crazy," he says. The film was the work of a "bunch of grown-ups acting like children", he adds, in a very polished acceptance speech. You'd never think it was his first Oscar.

     
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    0245:

    Black-tied gaggle take to the stage to collect the statue for Undefeated, and the music has to come up after they all try to have a say. Time is money, people. Although maybe it was to tell one of them off for swearing mid-speech...

     
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    0244:

    Octavia Spencer giving her teary acceptance speech.

    Octavia Spencer
     
  74.  
    0243: Linda Holmes

    blogs: "I'm very interested in this Hugo thing. People laughed it off after the first two, and The Artist hasn't been up for some of the big ones that Hugo won't be up for (like Actor), but it sure looks likely that Hugo may be the headline tomorrow morning as far as number of awards. I find it hard to believe, though, that it's going to win all these and then no big ones at all, like screenplay or director."

     
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    0243:

    Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert Downey Jr appear to honour the best documentary feature. The winner is Undefeated.

     
  76.  
    0241: Richard from Birmingham

    texts: Meryl Streep to win Best Actress! Go Go Meryl!

     
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    0239:

    Everyone bearing up OK? So, we're an hour in, nine Oscars down, and Hugo has four of them, pre-ceremony favourite The Artist just one. But it's still early - or late, depending on where you are - whatever, there's a long, long way to go. Get up and stretch your legs from time to time, keep the blood circulating.

     
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    0234: Chris in Southampton

    texts: What are the bets that Jean Dujardin wins Best Actor, and his first words are 'I'm speechless'?

     
  79.  
    0234: Simon

    texts: Apparently the award for most protracted and laborious awards ceremony is going to go to... the Oscars

     
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    0230:

    And Hugo takes the sound mixing prize for Tom Fleischman and another Brit John Midgley. That's four awards now - go, Hugo, go.

     
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    0227:

    Hugo wins best sound editing, by Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty. It's second time lucky for Gearty, was also nominated for best sound in 2002 for Gangs of New York.

     
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    0226:

    Tina Fey and Bradley Cooper announce the winner for best film editing: it's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, edited by Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall. They claim they "weren't expecting this", and their faltering acceptance speech would seem to back that up. It's the second consecutive win for the team who won last year for The Social Network.

     
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    0222:

    Someone has managed to unearth footage of a focus group after a test screening of The Wizard of Oz. Dorothy and "the rainbow song" were not well received. Fascinating footage. No, not really. It was a parody, and rather droll.

     
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    0218:

    Octavia Spencer disappears backstage to get her eye make-up reapplied. "That moment for Octavia is what the Oscars is all about," says Crystal.

     
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    0216:

    Spencer is in floods and floods of tears. She thanks her Alabama family, her LA family, her The Help family... the world. Way to make sure you miss nobody out. "Wrap up, I'm wrapping up, oh my god I'm freaking out." Big day. Popular winner.

     
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    0216: Patton Oswalt

    tweets: That is the manliest clapping I've ever seen, or Nolte is trying to open an oyster.

     
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    0212:

    The first "big" prize of the night: actress in a supporting role. And it goes to: Octavia Spencer for The Help. Big cheer in the theatre and a standing ovation from the crowd.

     
  88.  
    0210: Entertainment Weekly

    blogs: "Everybody, you gotta go see A Separation. So so so good. Yes, it's an Iranian domestic drama, but it's the coolest freaking Iranian domestic drama ever."

     
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    0209:

    And the winner for best foreign language film: the Iranian film A Separation, directed by Asghar Farhadi. It is the first film from Iran to win the prize. Read more on the film here.

     
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    0206:

    So, we're half an hour in, and Hugo has the best of the early exchanges with main rival The Artist, leading by two Oscars to one. Could Martin Scorsese's 3D family film be on its way to upsetting the form book? If Marty wins for this one, he'll be forgiven for wishing he'd ditched the violent gangster flicks years ago for tamer fare.

     
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    Billy Crystal
     
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    0158:

    The next award is for make-up, won for The Iron Lady by Brit Mark Coulier and J Roy Helland.

     
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    0156:

    The Artist wins for costume design, by Mark Bridges.

     
  94.  
    0155: Barry Perkins from Stow, UK,

    writes: This is truly fascinating! Can't wait to find out which millionaire is going to win a prize for doing their job!

     
  95.  
    0154:

    Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez take to the stage introduced by Crystal as "a recurring dream of mine".

     
  96.  
    0153: The Guardian

    blogs: "In a quick three-minute spell [Crystal] manages to expunge the memory of [Anne] Hathaway and [James] Franco, who died here just 12-months ago."

     
  97.  
    0153:

    Crystal's now sat in the audience watching a montage of iconic film clips. Erm, so who's in charge?

     
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    0150:

    The art direction winners for Hugo are Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo, and their director Martin Scorsese looks very pleased for his colleagues, who all pay tribute to Marty in their acceptance speeches.

     
  99.  
    0148: Kelly Oxford

    tweets: That opening would have been amazing in 1994.

     
  100.  
    0147: Lesley Goldberg

    tweets: Is it too late to request Neil Patrick Harris fill-in for Billy Crystal for the rest of the show?

     
  101.  
    0145:

    And Tom Hanks, in generous mood (what a guy!), is sticking around to present the Oscar for art direction. And it's two out of two for Hugo.

     
  102.  
    0143:

    Tom Hanks presents the first prize for best cinematography. And the winner is: Robert Richardson for Hugo.

     
  103.  
    0141:

    And now for a musical interlude from Crystal as he sings a ditty about each of the nine films nominated for best picture. Still just sounds like Mike Wazowski from Monsters Inc is singing though...

     
  104.  
    0140:

    Stressing the enduring appeal of cinema during good times and hard times, Crystal says: "Nothing can take the sting out of the world's economic problems like watching millionaires present gold statues to each other."

     
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    0139:

    So the show kicks off with the usual send-up of some of this year's films with the host interwoven into them. The Descendants, The Help, Tintin, Bridesmaids, Moneyball are just a few of those included with special appearances from George Clooney and Tom Cruise.

     
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    0130:

    And we're off: the 84th Academy Awards ceremony is go. Good luck everybody. Here's Billy....

     
  107.  
    0129: Rotten Tomatoes

    tweet: Tom Hanks wearing a goatee. Wait, it must be EVIL TOM HANKS!

     
  108.  
    0126:

    "In good hands," says 2011 Oscar-winner Natalie Portman about the return of experienced host Billy Crystal. "You know he is not going to be mean, and he is going to entertain. It's going to be fun." And we're just minutes away from Billy stepping out onto the stage to get things under way. It's a reasonable guess he's making a last trip to the toilet right about now.

     
  109.  
    0126: Miss Piggy from the Muppets

    tweets: Kermie and I just got to our seats and I spotted all of the #Oscars. I need to create a diversion - any thoughts?

     
  110.  
    0119:

    Sandra Bullock, practising her best alluring looks, as she declared tonight was going to be "sexy time". Promises, promises.

     
  111.  
    0116:

    Interviewers keep asking Brad Pitt about George Clooney, and George about Brad. It's like they're the first friends in Hollywood ever. They have - separately - confirmed they haven't seen each other tonight yet. They'll probably see each other at some point later. Maybe quite soon. Maybe a while after that. It's pretty exciting.

     
  112.  
    0112: Colin Paterson

    tweets: Steve Martin gave @bbc5live reaction to The Dictator ashes: "It's my dying wish to be sprinkled over Halle Berry too"

     
  113.  
    0109:

    The Iron Lady goes golden. And she is for turning - to pose for the red carpet photographers. Here's Meryl Streep's Oscar bid in numbers: this is her 17th nomination; it would be her third award if she wins; has gone home empty-handed the last 12 times she has been in the running; her last win was 29 years ago.

    Meryl Streep
     
  114.  
    0109: Rajeev Masand

    tweets: Bradley Cooper doing a Christopher Walken impression backstage. Says "Hopefully we're doing Hangover 3". Hopefully?

     
  115.  
    0109: Piers Morgan

    tweets: Haven't seen a GREAT dress yet. Too many women dressing for women. Where's @SofiaVergara when you need her? #Oscars

     
  116.  
    0057:

    Dujardin's The Actress co-star Berenice Bejo says: "I can't believe that a year ago I was learning how to tap dance and today I am nominated for an Academy Award." What? That's the oldest story in showbusiness: tap dancing your way to Oscar glory. The list is endless: John Wayne, Woody Allen, Bernardo "Twinkle-toes" Bertolucci...

     
  117.  
    0051:

    Ryan Seacrest is back after the ashes incident - and apparently sporting a new tux. Or maybe they got a really big lint roller to clean him up...

     
  118.  
    0049:

    A quick word on the red carpet from The Artist star Jean Dujardin on the appeal of working Stateside: "The cinnamon rolls." Isn't France supposed to be the culinary capital of the world?

     
  119.  
    0046:

    Our other BBC correspondent, @timtardis, tweets: The guy next to me suggested a new Oscar category: best performance by Jessica Chastain.

     
  120.  
    0046: Joe Jonas

    tweets: 20 bucks Adele takes home best movie tonight at the Oscars...

     
  121.  
    0046:

    Here's the moment Sacha Baron Cohen "accidentally" spills the ashes of the late North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il over Ryan Seacrest. Apparently it was Kim Jong Il's dying wish to be scattered over Halle Berry. Seacrest is not a happy bunny...

     
  122.  
    0041:

    Here is the picture of Sacha Baron Cohen promised earlier, of course in his character for the forthcoming film, The Dictator. Good promotion, and also a surefire way of guaranteeing nobody else shows up in the same outfit.

    Sacha Baron Cohen
     
  123.  
    0037: Joan Soley

    tweets: Sacha Baron Cohen completely ruined Ryan Seacrest's tux & night (I hope) by dumping ashes on him - makes watching the #Oscar stuff bearable.

     
  124.  
    0035:

    Our 5live reporter @ColinGPaterson on the red carpet pic.twitter.com/C8q0Dlf9 He'll also be tweeting if you want to follow.

     
  125.  
    0032:

    Speaking to the BBC's Tom Brook, British actress Janet McTeer predicts a best picture win for The Artist? "It's such an amazing film," she says. Tom Brook adds best director and best actor wins for the film are also likely. Can anything now stop this being The Artist's night?

     
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    0026:

    Still on the subject of Kenneth Branagh, this year's nomination sets a record as he is the first person to achieve five nominations in five different categories. Credit to him: he's prepared to keep trying different things to win. Don't rule out an eventual best make-up win a decade down the line.

     
  127.  
    0023: Empire Magazine

    blogs: Jean Dujardin, as at the Baftas, has turned up with a translator to help deal with the quick-fire and challenging red carpet questions. He claims not to be an intellectual, but we know for a fact he speaks French, and if that isn't a sign of high intelligence we don't know what is.

     
  128.  
    0017:

    We shan't spoil the surprise by trying to describe Sacha Baron Cohen's appearance. Rest assured, picture to follow. Any sort of explanation, we can't promise.

     
  129.  
    0013:

    Here's "Our Ken" Branagh on the red carpet, looking as relaxed and comfortable as only a man who knows he got his hair just right can. Nominated for an Academy Award for a fifth time, as best supporting actor in My Week With Marilyn, will he finally get to grips with Oscar this time around?

    Kenneth Branagh
     
  130.  
    0005: The Fug Girls

    The celebrity fashion bloggers say: "Michelle Williams is up. We can't help but wonder why she now seems to be speaking in a faux semi-English accent. She's in an orange-y Louis Vuitton that we are somewhat divided on. But neither one of us unabashedly loves it."

     
  131.  
    0001: Steve Jamieson in Peterborough

    writes: You don't get days of run-ups and speculation for 'Fishmonger of the year'. Are people that shallow that they need to be told: This film won an Oscar so you should see it, but this film didn't so don't bother going?

     
  132.  
    2359: Catherine Bray

    tweets: Red carpet euphemisms: "Viola Davis really knows how to emphasise her assets."

     
  133.  
    2358:

    We're just under two hours away from the start of the 84th Academy Awards ceremony. And, film fact fans, if The Artist is named Best Picture it will be only the second silent film to win - the first since Wings in the very first year of the awards, all the way back in 1929.

     
  134.  
    2356: Josh Groban

    tweets: The red carpet is "best in show" for humans.

     
  135.  
    2357: Billy Crystal

    tweets: enjoy the show, will tweet after. Thanks for your good thoughts.

     
  136.  
    2355: The Academy

    tweets: George Clooney makes his way onto the red carpet at the #Oscars pic.twitter.com/9w5H7D2d

     
  137.  
    2354:

    Another red carpet photographer heard shouting: "Let's see those beautiful teeth." Strange request? Must be a staff snapper from Floss and Whitener Gazette or similar.

     
  138.  
    2350:

    Still only a trickle of celebrities along the red carpet. We've just seen Rooney Mara, best actress nominee for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Photographers shouting: "Rooney, look back, darling. Gorgeous." No argument about that. You can see why The Social Network's Mark Zuckerberg got so obsessed a year or so ago.

     
  139.  
    2331:

    And these are the two gentlemen who are apparently carrying the results into the ceremony. They look quite excited. And why not? They're from PricewaterhouseCoopers and, as days out of the office go, this one beats team-building on an army assault course. Hope you've remembered the keys to those cases, guys.

    Oscars results being carried into ceremony
     
  140.  
    2326:

    Yes, it's that time of year again. The biggest night in the Hollywood calendar, as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honours the best films, performances, screenplays and production work of the last year. A longwinded way of saying (preparing you for painfully drawn-out acceptance speeches to come), it's Oscars night, everybody!

     

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