The 2012 Academy Award Winners

Thomas Langmann and Michel Hazanavicius (Michael Yada / ©A.M.P.A.S.)

If there is one thing the Academy loves it’s themselves (and middle-aged white men, ie: themselves). And so it was for the 84th Academy Awards, held at the Hollywood and Highland Center, with Tinsletown odes The Artist and Hugo picking up the majority of the golden fellows.

Meanwhile: Meryl Streep won her 3rd Oscar, Woody Allen won his 4th, and genius man, Flight of the Conchord Bret McKenzie won his 1st. FULL LIST BELOW.

Accepting the award from Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis, McKenzie said: “I grew up in New Zealand watching The Muppets on TV. I never thought I’d get to work with them. I was genuinely starstruck when I got to meet Kermit the Frog, but once you get to know him, he’s just a normal frog, and like many of the stars here, he’s a lot shorter in real life.” Of working with the iconic characters created by Jim Henson: “It’s a true honour to work in the shadow of such legends.”

Here’s the song:

The bookies (and us) got it pretty much right with no major surprises on the night. The big winner was the gorgeous, French crowd-pleaser The Artist taking 5 awards – including Best Film, Director and Actor. Martin Scorsese’s Hugo also won 5, but in the less sexy ‘technical’ categories.

See our image gallery (55 shots) from the red carpet, ceremony and Governor’s Ball.


Thomas Langmann (left) and Michel Hazanavicius (right) and the cast of The Artist | Michael Yada / ©A.M.P.A.S.

Best Film: The Artist

Nominated: The Descendants | Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close | The Help | Hugo | Midnight in Paris | Moneyball | The Tree of Life | War Horse

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Best Lead Actor: Jean Dujardin, The Artist

Nominated: Demián Bichir, A Better Life | George Clooney, The Descendants | Gary Oldman, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy | Brad Pitt, Moneyball

Matt Brown / ©A.M.P.A.S.

Best Lead Actress: Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

Nominated: Glenn Glose, Albert Nobbs | Viola Davis, The Help | Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo | Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn

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Best Supporting Actor:
Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Nominated: Kenneth Branagh, My Week with Marilyn | Jonah Hill, Moneyball | Nick Nolte, Warrior | Max von Sydow, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

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Best Supporting Actress:
Octavia Spencer, The Help

Nominated: Bérénice Bejo, The Artist | Jessica Chastain, The Help | Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids | Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs

Greg Harbaugh / ©A.M.P.A.S.

Best Director: The Artist, Michel Hazanavicius

Nominated: Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris | Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life | Alexander Payne, The Descendants | Martin Scorsese, Hugo

Woody Allen didn’t go to the Oscars ceremony (he never does).

Best Original Screenplay:
Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen

Nominated: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist | Annie Mumolo, Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids | J.C. Chandor, Margin Call | Asghar Farhadi, A Separation

The Descendants' writers: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash | Michael Yada / ©A.M.P.A.S.

The Descendants’ writers: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash | Michael Yada / ©A.M.P.A.S.

Best Adapted Screenplay: The Descendants,
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash

Nominated: John Logan, Hugo | George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon, The Ides of March | Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, Stan Chervin, Moneyball | Bridget O’Connor, Peter Straughan, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Rango director Gore Verbinski | Michael Yada / ©A.M.P.A.S.

Best Animated Film: Rango

Nominations: A Cat in Paris | Chico & Rita | Kung Fu Panda 2 | Puss in Boots

A Separation director Asghar Farhadi | Michael Yada / ©A.M.P.A.S.

Best Foreign Language Film: A Separation

Nominated: Bullhead | Footnote | In Darkness | Monsieur Lazhar

TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay and Rich Middlemas for Undefeated | Michael Yada / ©A.M.P.A.S.

Best Documentary: Undefeated

Nominated: Hell and Back Again | If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front | Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory | Pina

Matt Petit / ©A.M.P.A.S.

Best Cinematography: Hugo, Robert Richardson

Nominated: The Artist: Guillaume Schiffman | The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Jeff Cronenweth | The Tree of Life: Emmanuel Lubezki | War Horse: Janusz Kaminski

Angus Wal & Kirk Baxter | Michael Yada / ©A.M.P.A.S.

Best Editing: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Angus Wall, Kirk Baxter

Nominated: The Artist | The Descendants | Hugo | Moneyball

Matt Petit / ©A.M.P.A.S.

Best Original Song: The Muppets,
Bret McKenzie, ‘Man or Muppet’

Nominated: Rio: Sergio Mendes, Carlinhos Brown, Siedah Garrett, ‘Real in Rio’

Michael Yada / ©A.M.P.A.S.

Best Original Music: The Artist, Ludovic Bource

Nominated: The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn | Hugo | Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy | War Horse

Dante Ferretti, Francesca Lo Schiavo | Matt Petit / ©A.M.P.A.S.

Best Art Direction: Hugo,
Dante Ferretti, Francesca Lo Schiavo

Nominated: The Artist| Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II | Midnight in Paris | War Horse

Matt Brown / ©A.M.P.A.S.

Best Costume Design: The Artist, Mark Bridges

Nominated: Anonymous | Hugo | Jane Eyre | W.E.

Mark Coulier and J.Roy Helland for The Iron Lady | Michael Yada / ©A.M.P.A.S.

Best Make Up: The Iron Lady,
Mark Coulier, J. Roy Helland

Nominated: Albert Nobbs | Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II

Tom Fleischman & John Midgley | Michael Yada / ©A.M.P.A.S.

Best Sound Mixing: Hugo,
Tom Fleischman, John Midgley

Nominated: The Girl in the Dragon Tattoo | Moneyball | Transformers: Dark of the Moon | War Horse

Philip Stockton, Eugene Gearty | Michael Yada / ©A.M.P.A.S.

Best Sound Editing: Hugo,
Philip Stockton, Eugene Gearty

Nominated: Drive | The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo | Transformers: Dark of the Moon | War Horse

Presenter Ben Stiller in the background | Matt Petit / ©A.M.P.A.S.

Best Special Visual Effects: Hugo,
Robert Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossman, Alex Henning

Nominated: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II | Real Steel | Rise of the Planet of the Apes | Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Best Documentary Short: Saving Face

Nominated: The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement | God Is the Bigger Elvis | Incident in New Baghdad | The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom

Best Animated Short: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

Nominated: Dimanche | La Luna | A Morning Stroll | Wild Life

Best Short: The Shore

Nominated: Pentecost | Raju | Time Freak | Tuba Atlantic