The 2012 Oscars managed to include the expected and shocks all at the same time. Odds on favorite, ‘The Artist’, won five awards including Best Picture, Best Actor for Jean Dujardin and Best Director for Michel Hazanivicius. But ‘Hugo’ gave it a run for its money, also bringing home five awards (though none in the major categories).

Meryl Streep, the most-nominated actor in Oscar history, won Best Actress for ‘The Iron Lady’ upsetting Viola Davis, who many had expected to win for her role in ‘The Help’ (Davis’ co-star, Octavia Spencer, did win for Best Supporting Actress). Woody Allen won another Oscar for his ‘Midnight in Paris’ screenplay, his fourth Academy Award and though they didn’t get to perform at the show, The Muppets (namely Kermit and Miss Piggy), were on hand to introduce Cirque du Soliel and see Bret McKenzie win an Oscar for his “Man or a Muppet” song.

As for the show itself, it was standard Billy Crystal fare, which is exactly what the Academy was looking for after Eddie Murphy abruptly dropped out last year. (Though he did inspire confusion on Twitter over who the heck was hosting.) There was his opening montage featuring Justin Bieber, the usual song and dance routine about the nominated movies and the jokes about his old grandparents (you could see the ‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close’ joke coming a mile away). Overall, there were few exceptionally memorable moments that will go down in Oscar history – the most buzzed about moment was on the red carpet when Sacha Baron Cohen, in character as Admiral Aladeen (from the upcoming movie, ‘The Dictator’), “accidentally” dumped ashes on Ryan Seacrest.

In-show highlights included the ‘Bridesmaids’ girls playing their Martin Scorsese drinking game on stage and chugging vodka from their cleavage and Ben Stiller and Emma Stone with an inspired bit of banter for their presentation. And then, of course, there was the surprise appearance by Jennifer Lopez’s nipples (which you can see here).

Below is a full list of the winners at the 2012 Oscars:

Best Picture

‘War Horse’

WINNER – ‘The Artist’


‘The Descendants’

‘The Tree of Life’

‘Midnight in Paris’

‘The Help’


‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close’

Best Actress

Glenn Close, ‘Albert Nobbs’

Rooney Mara, ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’

Viola Davis, ‘The Help’

WINNER – Meryl Streep, ‘The Iron Lady’

Michelle Williams, ‘My Week With Marilyn’

Best Actor

Demian Bichir, ‘A Better Life’

George Clooney, ‘The Descendants’

WINNER – Jean Dujardin, ‘The Artist’

Gary Oldman, ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’

Brad Pitt, ‘Moneyball’

Best Supporting Actress

Berenice Bejo, ‘The Artist’

Jessica Chastain, ‘The Help’

Melissa McCarthy, ‘Bridesmaids’

Janet McTeer, ‘Albert Nobbs’

WINNER – Octavia Spencer, ‘The Help’

Best Supporting Actor

Kenneth Branagh, ‘My Week With Marilyn’

Jonah Hill, ‘Moneyball’

Nick Nolte, ‘Warrior’

WINNER – Christopher Plummer, ‘Beginners’

Max von Sydow, ‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close’

Best Director

WINNER – Michel Hazanivicius, ‘The Artist’

Alexander Payne, ‘The Descendants’

Martin Scorsese, ‘Hugo’

Woody Allen, ‘Midnight in Paris’

Terrence Malick, ‘The Tree of Life’

Best Original Screenplay

Michel Hazanivicius, ‘The Artist’

Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, ‘Bridesmaids’

WINNER – Woody Allen, ‘Midnight in Paris’

J.C. Chandor, ‘Margin Call’

Asghar Farhadi, ‘A Separation’

Best Adapted Screenplay

WINNER – Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, ‘The Descendants’

John Logan, ‘Hugo’

George Clooney, Beau Willimon and Grant Heslov, ‘The Ides of March’

Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin and Stan Chervin, ‘Moneyball’

Bridget O’Connor and Peter Straughan, ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’

Best Foreign Feature



‘In Darkness’

‘Monsieur Lazhar’

WINNER – ‘A Separation’

Best Animated Feature

‘A Cat in Paris’

‘Chico & Rita’

‘Kung Fu Panda 2’

‘Puss in Boots’

WINNER – ‘Rango’

Art Direction

‘The Artist’

‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2’

WINNER – ‘Hugo’

‘Midnight in Paris’

‘War Horse’


‘The Artist’

‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’

WINNER – ‘Hugo’

‘The Tree of Life’

‘War Horse’

Costume Design


WINNER – ‘The Artist’


‘Jane Eyre’


Documentary Feature

‘Hell and Back Again’

‘If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front’

‘Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory’


WINNER – ‘Undefeated’

Documentary Short Subject

‘The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement’

‘God Is the Bigger Elvis’

‘Incident in New Baghdad’

WINNER – ‘Saving Face’

‘The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom’

Film Editing

Anne-Sophie Bion and Michel Hazanavicius, ‘The Artist’

Kevin Tent, ‘The Descendants’

WINNER – Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall, ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’

Thelma Schoonmaker, ‘Hugo’

Christopher Tellefsen, ‘Moneyball’


Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnston and Matthew W. Mungle, ‘Albert Nobbs’

Nick Dudman, Amanda Knight and Lisa Tomblin, ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2’

WINNER – Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland, ‘The Iron Lady’

Music (Original Score)

John Williams, ‘The Adventures of Tintin’

WINNER – Ludovic Bource, ‘The Artist’

Howard Shore, ‘Hugo’

Alberto Iglesias, ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’

John Williams, ‘War Horse’

Music (Original Song)

WINNER – “Man or Muppet” from ‘The Muppets’, Bret McKenzie

“Real in Rio” from ‘Rio’, Sergio Mendes, Carlinhos Brown and Siedah Garrett

Sound Editing


‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’

WINNER – ‘Hugo’

‘Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon’

‘War Horse’

Sound Mixing

‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’

WINNER – ‘Hugo’


‘Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon’

‘War Horse’

Visual Effects

‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2’

WINNER – ‘Hugo’

‘Real Steel’

‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’

‘Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon’

Short Film (Animated)


WINNER – ‘The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore’

‘La Luna’

‘A Morning Stroll’

‘Wild Life’

Short Film (Live Action)



WINNER – ‘The Shore’

‘Time Freak’

‘Tuba Atlantic’

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