HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA (BDCi) – The silent, black-and-white film “The Artist” took top honors at the Academy Awards on Sunday night, garnering five Oscars for best picture, best directing, best costume design, best original music score and best actor.
Brazilian Rodrigo Teixeira who was part of the team that did visual effects for the movie “Hugo” won the Oscar for those visual effects. The movie “Hugo” picked up four more Oscars for best cinematography, best art direction, best sound editing and best sound mixing.
Meryl Streep’s channeling of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady” earned the best actress Oscar for her. It was her third Academy Award after 17 nominations.
“The Iron Lady” was also rewarded with best makeup Oscar for the work done to convince the audience that Streep was Thatcher.
Christopher Plummer became the oldest actor to win an Academy Award when he was presented the best supporting actor Oscar for his role as an aging gay man in “Beginners.”
Octavia Spencer cried as she accepted the best supporting actress Oscar for her portrayal of a Mississippi maid in the civil-rights-era movie “The Help.”
Woody Allen won the best original screenplay Oscar for his film about a time-traveling American writer, “Midnight In Paris.”
“The Descendants,” a family drama starring George Clooney, won for best adapted screenplay.
Billy Crystal returned to host the Oscars for the ninth time, opening with a comedic video that included Justin Bieber and Tom Cruise.
By: Natania Levine
27 February 2012
11:09 a.m P.S.T