A black and white French silent film with no big name stars that had somehow become known as the ‘safe’ choice won five awards at the 84th Academy Awards last night. The Artist won the award for best picture, Michel Hazanavicius picked up the best director prize, while Jean Dujardin won the best actor award. It also won for Ludovic Bource’s score and best costume design. The film tied for most awards with another film in thrall to the silent era of film-making, Martin Scorsese’s Hugo 3D. Predominantly filmed here in the UK at Shepperton Studios, Hugo collected five major technical awards including best cinematography (Robert Richardson).
Although George Clooney missed out on the best actor statuette to Jean Dujardin, The Descendants won the award for best adapted screenplay and Woody Allen won his fourth Oscar for best original screenplay for Midnight In Paris. As is his usual stance he was not in person to collect it.
Meryl Streep won her third Oscar, having been nominated a record seventeen times, for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. The remaining acting awards went to Octavia Spencer for best supporting actress in The Help and Christopher Plummer for best supporting actor in Beginners. In doing so, the 82-year-old Plummer became the oldest person to win an Oscar.
Full list of winners and nominations can be found below.