The Artist triumphs at the Oscars

The cast of the Oscar-winning best picture The Artist The cast and crew of The Artist had good reason to celebrate with five awards

Silent movie The Artist has triumphed at the Oscars, winning five awards including best picture, best director and best actor for Jean Dujardin.

Director Michel Hazanavicius - winning on his first ever nomination - thanked the dog, Uggie, who appears in the film but added: "I don't think he cares."

Dujardin said of his character: "If George Valentin could speak, he would say 'Wow! Victorie! Genial! Merci!'"

The film also won the Oscars for best original score and best costumes.

Martin Scorsese's Hugo also won five Oscars, mainly in technical categories.

Meryl Streep won best actress for her portrayal of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady - her 17th Oscar nomination and third Oscar win.

Meryl Streep Streep won a third Oscar, having been nominated 17 times

She thanked the Academy "for this inexplicably wonderful career".

"When they called my name I had this feeling I could hear half of America going: 'Aww no. Not her again'. But, you know, whatever.

"I look out here and I see my life before my eyes. My old friends, my new friends. This is such a great honour but the thing that counts the most for me is the friendships… Thank you. All of you, departed and here," she added.

Dujardin broke into his native French language in celebration shouting: "Wow, victory!"

"Thank you to the Academy. It's funny because in 1929, it wasn't Billy Crystal but Douglas Fairbanks who hosted the first Oscars ceremony. Tickets cost $5 and it lasted 15 minutes. Times have changed."

1929 was the last year that a silent movie won an Oscar.

Most Oscar wins

  • The Artist - 5
  • Hugo - 5
  • Iron Lady - 2

Canadian actor Christopher Plummer became the oldest Oscar winner at 82 by taking the best supporting actor prize.

He was widely tipped to win for his portrayal of a father who comes out as a gay man after his wife dies in Beginners.

Plummer thanked his real-life wife who, he said, deserved "the Nobel Peace Prize for coming to my rescue every day".

The Help's Octavia Spencer won the best supporting actress Oscar and gave an emotional acceptance speech, receiving a standing ovation from the audience.

Jean Dujardin picks up best actor, and Meryl Streep best actress, at the Oscars. Clip Courtesy A.M.P.A.S. © 2012

"Thank you Steven Spielberg for changing my life...oh my God, thank you... I'm freaking out," she told the audience, after struggling up to the stage in a floor-length gown.

Best adapted screenplay went to Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash for The Descendants, starring George Clooney.

Veteran screenwriter and director Woody Allen won best original screenplay for Midnight in Paris but was not there to collect the award.

Muppets win

The first two awards of the night went to Hugo for cinematography and art direction.

Robert Richardson was cinematographer on Martin Scorsese's 3D film and Francesca Lo Schiavo was art director.

And later, the film about an orphan who lives in a train station picked up a further three Oscars, all in technical categories.

Best sound editing was won by Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty.

Hugo's Tom Fleishman and John Midgley won the Oscar for sound mixing and the film also picked up the award for best visual effects.

Rango won best animation, a first Academy award and nomination for director Gore Verbinski, who said it was "made by grown-ups acting like a bunch of children".

The film features the voice of Johnny Depp, who plays a chameleon.

Best animated short film was The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore.

The Oscar for costume design went to Mark Bridges for The Artist, who thanked the Academy "for making a lifelong dream come true".

The best make-up prize went to J Roy Helland and British artist Mark Coulier for The Iron Lady.

Iran's A Separation became the first Iranian film to win an Oscar when Sandra Bullock presented director Asghar Farhadi with best foreign language film.

Set in contemporary Iran, it tells the story of a marriage break-down.

Best film editing went to Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall for Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - the pair also won last year for The Social Network. Both films were directed by David Fincher.

The Oscar for best original song was won by Bret Mackenzie for Man or Muppet from the soundtrack to The Muppets.

Octavia Spencer Spencer cried as she was given the famous statuette

Best documentary went to Undefeated, a film about an inner city American football team whose fortunes are turned around by a new coach.

The executive producer of the film was rapper Sean 'P Diddy' Combs.

Cohen stunt

Northern Ireland film The Shore won the best live action short film.

Saving Face, about a British-Pakistani doctor who helps women who have been injured in acid attacks, won best documentary short.

Earlier, Morgan Freeman introduced the evening before a comic video was shown of George Clooney waking up host Billy Crystal with a kiss - in a parody of his nominated film The Descendants.

Freeman said: "All of us are mesmerised by the magic of the movies. This magnificent event allows us to celebrate the present and look back at its magnificent past."

Crystal hosted the 84th Oscars ceremony at the Kodak theatre in Los Angeles.

He joked: "This is my ninth time - just call me War Horse."

On the red carpet, British comedy actor Sacha Baron Cohen turned up dressed in a white military uniform and sporting a beard and sunglasses, promoting his upcoming film The Dictator.

Cohen arrived holding an urn he jokingly claimed contained the ashes of Kim Jong Il, the late leader of North Korea.

Cohen then tipped the container on to American Idol host Ryan Seacrest.


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    Comment number 224.

    I don't watch the Oscars because they just don't seem relevant or important to me - a group of very rich people, presenting golden statues to other very rich people. This being said, I have the deepest respect for Meryl Streep as an actress of the first class.

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    Comment number 223.

    189.Living By Logic
    56 Minutes ago
    Wow. The highest rated comment is currently someone whinging about covering the Oscars. On a forum dedicated to the Oscars.
    You answerd the question yourself "On a forum dedicated to the Oscars" - exactly it is not a Pro-Oscars forum but rather an area where people can discuss the Oscars, be they positive or negative.

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    Comment number 222.

    Personally it takes a lot for me to go out of my way to watch an American film these days. They're simply too predictable & boring. British films are usually better but you can't beat Asian films - Japanese, Thai, Korean. You have to follow subtitles but there are some brilliant films coming from Asia. When will America truly appreciate these instead of just remaking them to a "Hollywood" version?

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    Comment number 221.

    I've got one thing to say about the oscars and that is self indulgent. One good thing about technology is that anyone will be able to make films at home of superior quality to a lot of the dross produced by hollywood and the mediocrity of these so called superstars will be shown up for what it is...

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    Comment number 220.

    Living by Logic
    Thank you for responding. I am ,infact, applauding the arts, it just so happens that I appreciate Mr Baron Cohens rather more than I do others. Where else can a post in appreciation of his talents be posted other than Arts and Entertainment?

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    Comment number 219.

    Gosh you are a bright spark aren't you........

    I got my money back. I made Mrs Odicean pay for the ticket AND the popcorn so I didn't lose anything. Who wants to pay good money to see a dog act? I certainly don't. Personally I like a good documentary, like Titanic.

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    Comment number 218.

    Typical BBC, get some backbone and let's discuss matters that actually affect us the tax paying licence paying public!

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    Comment number 217.

    I find it hilarious when people slag off The Artist for being filmed by "B/W cameras" - uh, no, that's the film stock – and have no dialogue. It is not a matter of it being superior or sophisticated. It was charming and amusing. Both qualities are in short supply in the cinema.

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    Comment number 216.

    210.L A Odicean

    Having walked out when it became clear that there was no dialogue/sound I have no regrets even though the film won Oscars......

    Gosh you are a bright spark aren't you........

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    Comment number 215.

    I think people are being very harsh on the ?BC.
    Obviously you are allowed to HYS on an American awards ceremony, but you can also comment on American buses, Australian politics, Gujarat and Syria.
    I mean anyone would think that the empty space on the right hand side of this page carried advertising in other countries.
    Just shut up, pay your licence fee and accept how lucky we all are.

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    Comment number 214.

    We have every right to moan about HYS discussing a bunch of vacuous , self congratulatory ,vastly overpaid nonentities who dont do a particularly good job when we could be discussing politicians , bankers and the like

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    Comment number 213.

    It is apparent I need to explain more: I do not care if The Artist is French/Belgium, German, Spanish, Italian, Indian or whatever! It won the Oscar because it was the best of a poor bunch of films. The film output of the USA, especially Hollywood, over the past year has concentrated on re-makes, re-visions, and comics. But does that mean it’s a great film?

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    Comment number 212.

    205.Living By Logic - it seems to me stupid and depressing that people come to the Entertainment & Arts forum
    Sorry but I am one of the people complaining as HYS seems to be going down the pan and I realy value the site. I didn`t go to the E&A forum, this subject is in the news section, amongst other stories of political turmoil and conflict and is the only "new" news we can comment on

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    Comment number 211.

    The traduction of what Jean Dujardin said it's not correct: 'Wow! Victorie! Genial! Merci!'. He didn't talk about a Victory at all. Thanks to correct your paper.

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    Comment number 210.

    Having walked out when it became clear that there was no dialogue/sound I have no regrets even though the film won Oscars. Mrs Odicean stayed to the end eating her mammoth popcorn but said the dog was the star. I saw Woofy Allen's Paris at Midnight which was ridiculous too. There is no such thing as time travel. I didn't go to see Thatcher/Streep dying. It is not a subject that interests me.

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    Comment number 209.

    Would the bbc mind allowing some comment sections on some of the slightly more important news stories than this utter rubbish? I do pay my licence after all...

    Yes, you can comment. There is a page full of HYS sections if you follow the link labelled 'Have Your Say'. Why are you so miserable anyway. I have a few of metres of rope in my shed if you....

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    Comment number 208.

    Damian Cunliffe
    11 Minutes ago

    "There's a reason Hollywood stopped using B&W cameras and silent movies - because those things SUCK EGGS compared to colour + sound. You're told to think it's artsy fartsy and that it's for sophisticated people and you suck it up and sing its praises for fear of being thought of as un-sophisticated"

    Unsophisticated DID you SAY? THAT really SUCKS

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    Comment number 207.

    the Artist is a very good film and it is a triumph that they can bring back such an 'old' film making method and make it popular in an age that is obsessed with 3D and CGI.
    On the other hand....
    I do think that this is the only reason that it won so many oscars. People are trying to show intelligence by claiming its the best thing ever. When it was simply just an entertaining film.

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    Comment number 206.

    I am not a lover of the "silver screen" and frankly, I could not care less.

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    Comment number 205.


    "There are commenters on here asking that negative commenters re oscars don't post here. Why?"

    I'm one of those and my reason is it seems to me stupid and depressing that people come to the Entertainment & Arts forum to complain about a topic on that subject's biggest award show. It would be like complaining about a topic on election results in the politics section.


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