But let’s not forget Meryl Streep, who won the Best Leading Actress award for The Iron Lady, even though she had worried she wouldn’t, with the Academy’s American bias. And spare a thought for Hugo: one of my favorite movies of the year, which quietly made its way to five of the “minor” Oscars.
So The Artist and Hugo won five Oscars each. Just pointing that out so Hugo gets its own moment in the sun without being overshadowed by The Artist.
“Oui! C’est formidable!” exclaimed Jean Dujardin when he won his Oscar and so it is. “You inspired the movie and you’re the soul of the movie,” said The Artist director Michel Hazanavicius to his wife Berenice Bejo, who stars in the silent film.
This time last year, few people would have imaged a movie without words winning so many major accolades.
Meryl Streep fought off strong competition from Viola Davis for the Best Actress Oscar. Davishad overtaken Meryl as favorite a little while before the ceremony, but The Academy again chose to mirror the Golden Globes honors list.
Below is the full list of winners from The Oscars 2012:
Best Film: The Artist
Best Leading Actress: Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady
Best Leading Actor: Jean Dujardin – The Artist
Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer – The Help
Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer – Beginners
Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist
Best Animation: Rango
Best Foreign Language Film: A Separation
Best Documentary: Undefeated
Best Make-Up: The Iron Lady
Best Cinematography: Hugo
Best use of 3D: Hugo
Best sound editing: Hugo
Best sound mixing: Hugo
Best visual effects: Hugo
Best costume design: The Artist
Best score: The Artist
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Descendants