Monday, 27 February 2012

OSCARS 2012: The Artist, Meryl Streep, Hugo own the night

THE GOLDEN LADY: Streep gets her due on Oscar night.

Meryl Streep was beaming on stage Sunday night at the 2012 Academy Awards inside the Hollywood & Highland Centre in Hollywood. And deservedly so. The 62-year-old living legend won the Oscar for Best Actress for her remarkable performance in The Iron Lady.

“Thank you so much. Thank you, thank you!” Meryl said when she got up on stage to accept the award, which many pundits thought would have gone to Viola Davis (The Help). “I really want to thank all my colleagues, all my friends. I see my life before my eyes, my old friends, my new friends,” Meryl emotionally said at the end of her speech. “The thing that counts the most for me is the friendships and the love…my friends, thank you all of you. For this inexplicably wonderful career. Thank you.”

In short, it was a fantastic night for movies at the 84th Oscars. The big winners of the evening were The Artist and Hugo, which picked up five statuettes each. The Artist won for Best Picture, Best Director (Michel Hazanavicius), Best Actor (Jean Dujardin), Best Costume Design, and Best Original Score. Hugo, meanwhile, snagged wins for Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Visual Effects.

While Streep picked up her third Oscar win, the Academy anointed three first-time winners: Dujardin (The Artist) won Best Actor over George Clooney, Octavia Spencer won Best Supporting Actress for her superb work in The Help, and Christopher Plummer (Beginners) was named Best Supporting Actor.

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