The Artist and Hugo Dominate at the 2012 Academy Awards

If, for some crazy reason, you weren’t glued to your TV last night watching the Oscars, here’s a quick rundown of what you missed: not much. As expected, The Artist ended up winning most of the major awards including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor, although Hugo managed to snag a lot of the technical awards. In the end, they finished in a tie with 5 wins a piece.

The only real surprise of the night was Meryl Streep’s Best Actress win over Viola Davis for her performance in The Iron Lady. Other than that, it was somewhat a yawn-inducing show, with Billy Crystal doing a serviceable but unremarkable job as host. I think the clear highlight of the night came on the red carpet where Sacha Baron Cohen “accidentally” spilled Kim Jong-Il’s ashes on Ryan Seacrest. Were you happy with this year’s Academy Award winners? What did you think of the show overall? Check out the full list of winners after the jump.

Best Picture

  • “The Artist” Thomas Langmann, Producer
  • “The Descendants” Jim Burke, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Producers
  • “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” Scott Rudin, Producer
  • “The Help” Brunson Green, Chris Columbus and Michael Barnathan, Producers
  • “Hugo” Graham King and Martin Scorsese, Producers
  • “Midnight in Paris” Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum, Producers
  • “Moneyball” Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz and Brad Pitt, Producers
  • “The Tree of Life” Nominees to be determined
  • “War Horse” Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers


  • “The Artist” Michel Hazanavicius
  • “The Descendants” Alexander Payne
  • “Hugo” Martin Scorsese
  • “Midnight in Paris” Woody Allen
  • “The Tree of Life” Terrence Malick

Actor in a Leading Role

  • Demián Bichir in “A Better Life”
  • George Clooney in “The Descendants”
  • Jean Dujardin in “The Artist”
  • Gary Oldman in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”
  • Brad Pitt in “Moneyball”

Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Kenneth Branagh in “My Week with Marilyn”
  • Jonah Hill in “Moneyball”
  • Nick Nolte in “Warrior”
  • Christopher Plummer in “Beginners”
  • Max von Sydow in “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”

Actress in a Leading Role

  • Glenn Close in “Albert Nobbs”
  • Viola Davis in “The Help”
  • Rooney Mara in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
  • Meryl Streep in “The Iron Lady”
  • Michelle Williams in “My Week with Marilyn”

Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Bérénice Bejo in “The Artist”
  • Jessica Chastain in “The Help”
  • Melissa McCarthy in “Bridesmaids”
  • Janet McTeer in “Albert Nobbs”
  • Octavia Spencer in “The Help”

Animated Feature Film

  • “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
  • “Rango” Gore Verbinski

Art Direction

  • “The Artist”
  • “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2″
  • “Hugo”
  • “Midnight in Paris”
  • “War Horse”


  • “The Artist” Guillaume Schiffman
  • “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” Jeff Cronenweth
  • “Hugo” Robert Richardson
  • “The Tree of Life” Emmanuel Lubezki
  • “War Horse” Janusz Kaminski

Costume Design

  • “Anonymous” Lisy Christl
  • “The Artist” Mark Bridges
  • “Hugo” Sandy Powell
  • “Jane Eyre” Michael O’Connor
  • “W.E.” Arianne Phillips

Documentary (Feature)

  • “Hell and Back Again”
  • “If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front”
  • “Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory”
  • “Pina”
  • “Undefeated”

Documentary (Short Subject)

  • “The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement”
  • “God Is the Bigger Elvis”
  • “Incident in New Baghdad”
  • “Saving Face”
  • “The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom”

Film Editing

  • “The Artist” Anne-Sophie Bion and Michel Hazanavicius
  • “The Descendants” Kevin Tent
  • “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
  • “Hugo” Thelma Schoonmaker
  • “Moneyball” Christopher Tellefsen

Foreign Language Film

  • “Bullhead” Belgium
  • “Footnote” Israel
  • “In Darkness” Poland
  • “Monsieur Lazhar” Canada
  • “A Separation” Iran


  • “Albert Nobbs”
  • “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2″
  • “The Iron Lady”

Music (Original Score)

  • “The Adventures of Tintin” John Williams
  • “The Artist” Ludovic Bource
  • “Hugo” Howard Shore
  • “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” Alberto Iglesias
  • “War Horse” John Williams

Music (Original Song)

  • “Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets” Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie
  • “Real in Rio” from “Rio” Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown Lyric by Siedah Garrett

Short Film (Animated)

  • “Dimanche/Sunday” Patrick Doyon
  • “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg
  • “La Luna” Enrico Casarosa
  • “A Morning Stroll” Grant Orchard and Sue Goffe
  • “Wild Life” Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby

Short Film (Live Action)

  • “Pentecost” Peter McDonald and Eimear O’Kane
  • “Raju” Max Zähle and Stefan Gieren
  • “The Shore” Terry George and Oorlagh George
  • “Time Freak” Andrew Bowler and Gigi Causey
  • “Tuba Atlantic” Hallvar Witzø

Sound Editing

  • “Drive” Lon Bender and Victor Ray Ennis
  • “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” Ren Klyce
  • “Hugo” Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty
  • “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl
  • “War Horse” Richard Hymns and Gary Rydstrom

Sound Mixing

  • “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
  • “Hugo”
  • “Moneyball”
  • “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”
  • “War Horse”

Visual Effects

  • “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2″
  • “Hugo”
  • “Real Steel”
  • “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”
  • “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

  • “The Descendants” Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash
  • “Hugo” Screenplay by John Logan
  • “The Ides of March” Screenplay by George Clooney & Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon
  • “Moneyball” Screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin Story by Stan Chervin
  • “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” Screenplay by Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan

Writing (Original Screenplay)

  • “The Artist” Written by Michel Hazanavicius
  • “Bridesmaids” Written by Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig
  • “Margin Call” Written by J.C. Chandor
  • “Midnight in Paris” Written by Woody Allen
  • “A Separation” Written by Asghar Farhadi

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  • patrik

    I was quite happy with Seacrest getting ashed, I’ll tell you that much. The show was ok, nothing more nothing less. Hugh Jackman is still the one to beat since a long time.

  • patrik

    On second thought, it’s a shame he didn’t squirt water in his face as well, like that guy did with Tom Cruise.

  • only really happy for Streep – she is just amazing in The Iron Lady.

    really poor selection of films this year (two years in a row)

  • Vikke_AJ

    Top 5 Oscar moments 2012:

    1. Terrence Malick stock photograph. It must be the only known photograph of Malick, because it’s always used :)
    2. Morgan Freeman liking OUTLAW JOSEY WALES.
    3. Rango getting an Oscar.
    4. Christopher Plummer getting an Oscar.
    5. The Dean from the Community getting an Oscar.

  • Chris Harvey

    Only wins that were actually good for me:

    “The Descendants” Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash
    “Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets” Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie
    “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall

    I really thought the editing in GWTDT was awesome and deserved to win. I felt Transformers had the best and overall more technically and visually pleasing VFX and sound. My opinion.

    As for the rest pretty boring and predictable… who will remember The Artist in a year? I cannot even remember what won last year…. Oh yeah….

  • Anthony

    Went to a concert last night, but I got home in time for the best actress and picture awards. Can’t say I’m surprised with either one. Or the winners overall.

  • Curtis Williams

    Werner Herzog and Chris Rock were the highlights for me.

  • Falsk

    No, no… the true highlight was the Christopher Guest bit… thus posing the question: When are we going to see something new from Christopher Guest?

  • Awards aside, I think the show itself “literally” looked like a throwback to the past. The Musical bit was old, stale and outdated. The set looked outdated, and I felt like I was watching a show on a cruise ship. The montages looked thrown together in 30 minutes…which they may have been! Anyone else think the production value looked poor?

  • Napalm

    Didn’t even see the show this year.

  • Rooney Mara and Planet of the Apes got snubbed in their respective categories. Aside from that, it was a good show. I thought Billy Crystal was funny. The Wizard of Oz bit was garbage.

  • KeithTalent

    Very disappointed The Muppets did not perform the original song, but glad the song won.

    The show was fine overall; quite predictable though. The only major award I was off on was Best Actress, as I expected Viola Davis to win. Oh and Best Documentary, I though Paradise Lost 3 would get it for sure. Otherwise it was pretty straight.

  • Kasper

    I quickly turned off the tv and started doing something else. Horrible show – Billy Crystal is the worst. Not one thing that guy ever says is funny.

  • Gerry

    I’d have stayed up all night and watched the show but no streaming options open to me in the UK.

    And the oscar should’ve gone to Harvey Weinsten, for oustanding contribution to cinematic alchemy, persuading voters that base metal was gold.

    Seriously though, he should get an award for marketing and promoting indie films.

  • Steve

    Overall pretty satisfied with the wins. Although I though Rooney Mara outperformed Meryl Streep.

  • Dave

    As always, the Oscars try too hard, but for some reason, I watched quite a bit of it. Glad I DVD-R’d it so I could fast forward through that Cirque du Soleil bit. What the hell was that?

  • Andrew

    I just want them to change this idea that whatever happens to be the best picture that year means that the director was the best director and whatever actor was in that film he happens to be the best actor. You would think they would have some nuance in their choices. And really the biggest surprise was Chivo not getting best Cinematography. That was a big surprise.

  • Andrew

    Did anyone hear about the research that the LA Times did on the Academy voters? I guess 95% of them are white and only 2% are under the age of 40. That is nuts. Literally the entire academy are old white guys. No wonder King’s Speech and The Artist are so highly regarded within the Academy.

  • Johnny

    Well its though still better than the MTV awards

  • funny man

    billy crystal was great, this post is yawn-inducing you big snob!

  • Against my better judgement, I watched the Oscars for the first time in years. Just as I remember it, long, boring and only few highlight moments.

    My favourite moments:

    Rango winning Bested Animated
    Emma Stone’s bubblyness
    Chris Rock’s honesty and hilarity

    Worst Moments

    Robert Downey Jr & Gwyneth Paltrow
    Most of the montages
    Pretty much all the rest of the show

    Billy Crystal was slightly amusing but it’s clear that he is well past his due date as any kind of host. He can retire his Sammy Davis Jr impression also. Very stale.

    Can they not get Conan O’Brien or Jimmy Fallon?

  • Mike H

    The Oscars are getting crappier with each year, I found it quite boring and uneventful. The only bright spot was Christopher Plummer winning but with that it was an You Are Old So Here You Go Oscar for him.

    They have to get rid of the 9 or 10 or 11 Best Picture nods and go back to 5. And what was the BEst Original Song, only 2 songs nominated. Billy Crystal was alright but after 2 minutes I was done with him.

    Where was The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo for Best Pic, Meryl Streep well I like her and all but enough is enough with her.

    I personally think that the Golden GLobes should be the big show because after that it is just recycled shit.

  • “You Are So Old So Here You Go” was the only reason Chris Plummer won? Max von Sydow was nominated in that category as well.

  • Hugo

    Who would have known this was still aired? weird

  • Mrespony

    I felt the hard sell a bit too much with this Oscars show. If you’re going to make a case for relevance nostalgia may not be the best angle. At times this seemed like a wake for the movie business.