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2012 Oscars: the winners


It's been a night of beautiful gowns and elated speeches at the 2012 Academy Awards in LA, with this year's ceremony delivering jokes, tears and even the odd yap (courtesy of Uggie, The Artist's dog).

Punters' favourite Meryl Streep walked away with the best actress gong for her impersonation of Maggie Thatcher in The Iron Lady, drawing an enormous whoop of appreciation from the star-packed audience at the Hollywood & Highland Center.

Meryl, the most nominated actress in Oscar history with 17 nods, was self-deprecating as she accepted her third Academy Award - and first since 1983 for Sophie's Choice.

"When they called my name I imagined half of America going 'Aw, no! Her! Again!'" she joked, before thanking all her friends, her voice shaking with emotion.

She saw off a headline cast of formidable contenders with the win, including Viola Davis, Michelle Williams, Rooney Mara and Glenn Close.

Earlier on in the evening, an overwhelmed Octavia Spencer fought back tears as she picked up the gong for best supporting actress for her role in The Help, the movie adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's best-selling novel.

"I'm wrapping up! I'm freaking out!" she told the crowd, after thanking her family in Alabama and a string of others.

Over in the best actor category, Jean Dujardin brought a smile to many peoples' faces with his elated acceptance speech for his lead role in silent movie The Artist.

"I love your country," he announced. "If George Valentin (his character in The Artist) could speak, he would say: Merci! Formidable!"

The Artist also saw victory in the best picture shortlist, beating off competition from eight other films, including Martin Scorsese's animated adventure flick Hugo (the most nominated film of the evening). Michel Hazanavicius won best director for the homage to Hollywood's golden era of film.

Billy Crystal returned as Oscars host for the first time in eight years, in what some critics lambasted as a play-safe performance. The veteran presenter opened the ceremony with a video sequence that showed him getting kissed by George Clooney. "You're a lucky girl. He's a very good kisser," he told the star's girlfriend Stacy Keibler. The customary jokes followed, including a dig at Christian Bale, one of the evening's presenters, for his infamous on-set rant.

A host of A-List stars comprised the rest of the evening's guest presenters, including Ben Stiller and Emma Stone, the cast of Bridesmaids, Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert Downey Jr., and Angelina Jolie. Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog also put in an appearance.

Sacha Baron Cohen created a stir on the red carpet earlier on in the evening by dressing up as The Dictator, the star of his latest movie, and pouring ashes "from the urn of Kim Jong-Il" over radio host Ryan Seacrest.

See all the red carpet Oscar looks, from Angelina Jolie in Versace to Penelope Cruz in Armani, here. Or scroll below to see a list of all major winners at the 2012 Oscars.

What do you think? Did the best people win or did anyone miss out on a well-deserved gong? Let us know on Twitter or in the comments section, below.

2012 Oscars: Winners List

Best actress

WINNER: Meryl Streep - The Iron Lady

Michelle Williams - My Week with Marilyn

Rooney Mara - The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Viola Davis - The Help

Glenn Close - Albert Nobbs

Best actor

WINNER: Jean Dujardin - The Artist

George Clooney - The Descendants

Brad Pitt - Moneyball

Gary Oldman - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Demián Bichir - A Better Life

Octavia Spencer - winner, best supporting actress

Best picture

WINNER: The Artist

War Horse

The Tree Of Life

The Descendants


Midnight in Paris

The Help


Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Best director

WINNER: Michel Hazanavicius - The Artist

Alexander Payne - The Descendants

Martin Scorsese - Hugo

Terrence Malick - The Tree of Life

Woody Allen - Midnight in Paris

Christopher Plummer - winner, best supporting actor

Best supporting actress

WINNER: Octavia Spencer - The Help

Bérénice Bejo - The Artist

Jessica Chastain - The Help

Melissa McCarthy - Bridesmaids

Janet McTeer - Albert Nobbs

Best supporting actor

WINNER: Christopher Plummer - Beginners

Kenneth Branagh - My Week With Marilyn

Jonah Hill - Moneyball

Nick Nolte - Warrior

Max Von Sydow - Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Meryl Streep - winner, best actress

Best original screenplay

WINNER: Midnight in Paris

The Artist


Margin Call

A Separation

Best adapted screenplay

WINNER: The Descendants


Ides of March


Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Jean Dujardin - winner, best actor


WINNER: Hugo - Robert Richardson

The Artist - Guillaume Schiffman

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Jeff Cronenweth

The Tree of Life - Emmanuel Lubezki

War Horse - Janusz Kaminski

Costume Design

WINNER: The Artist - Mark Bridges

Anonymous - Lisy Christl

Hugo - Sandy Powell

Jane Eyre - Michael O'Connor

W.E. - Arianne Phillips

The Artist - winner, best picture

Animated Feature Film

WINNER: Rango - Gore Verbinski

A Cat in Paris - Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli

Chico & Rita - Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal

Kung Fu Panda 2 - Jennifer Yuh Nelson

Puss in Boots - Chris Miller

Art Direction

WINNER: Hugo Production Design: Dante Ferretti; Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo

The Artist

Production Design: Laurence Bennett; Set Decoration: Robert Gould

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan

Midnight in Paris

Production Design: Anne Seibel; Set Decoration: Hélène Dubreuil

War Horse

Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Lee Sandales



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