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'Hugo' Dominates Early but 'The Artist' Claims Best Picture Oscar

Posted by Derrick Deane on February 27, 2012

And so we've come to the end of Awards season. The 84th annual Academy Awards were handed out tonight and while Hugo dominated much of the technical categories, The Artist laid claim to the major awards of best picture, directing and best actor (Jean Dujardin).

Hugo started off the night with five wins and it seemed like the Martin Scorsese family film was well on its way to scoop up some major awards. But in the end, the momentum built up by Michael Hazanavicius' silent film was too much to overcome.
A few surprises included The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo topping The Artist in the editing category, Hugo besting Rise of the Planet of the Apes in visual effects and Meryl Streep winning her third Oscar over the favored Viola Davis.
Here's the full list of winners:
Best Picture: The Artist
Best Actor: Jean Dujardin (The Artist)
Best Actress: Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)
Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer (Beginners)
Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer (The Help)
Best Director: Michael Hazanavicius (The Artist)
Best Cinematography: Hugo
Best Original Screenplay: Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris)
Best Adapted Screenplay: Alexander Payne (The Descendants)
Best Animated Feature Film: Rango
Animated Short: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
Sound Editing: Hugo
Sound Mixing: Hugo
Visual Effects: Hugo
Art Direction: Hugo
Costume Design: The Artist
Documentary Feature: Undefeated
Documentary Short: Saving Face
Film Editing: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Foreign Language Film: A Separation
Make-Up: The Iron Lady
Music - Original Song: "Man or Muppet?" (The Muppets)
Music - Original Score: The Artist
What are your thoughts on the awards show? What were the big surprises of the evening and how did host Billy Crystal do on his ninth stint as Oscars host? Sound off below.


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