26/02/2012 18:32 GMT | Updated 27/04/2012 06:12 BST

Oscars 2012: Winners Include The Artist, Hugo, Woody Allen, Meryl Streep, Octavia Spencer

The Artist crowned a phenomenal awards season with the Oscar for Best Film, as well as four other gongs during the biggest night on the film industry's calendar.

It was the first time in 84 years that a silent film had triumphed at the event.

Collecting the evening's final and biggest award, French director Michel Hazanavicius said he wished to thank three people - "Billy Wilder, Billy Wilder, Billy Wilder".

First signs that the biggest statuettes would go The Artist's way were with recognition for Best Director for Michel Hazanavicius for his creation of the black and white silent French film, an ode to the end of the silent movie era, with a dog the only one with a speaking part.

And Jean Dujardin beat home-grown favourites George Clooney, Brad Pitt as well as Gary Oldman and Demian Bechir to take the Best Lead Male Actor for his silent role in the film.

Meryl Streep looked genuinely shocked to learn she had beaten a strong field, including Viola Davis, Michelle Williams, Glenn Close and Rooney Mara to take the gong for Best Lead Female Actor for her role of Margaret Thatcher in controversial biopic The Iron Lady.

She said at the podium that she could feel half of the American audience saying "oh, not her again", but stopped to thank everyone she could, adding it was "definitely the last time I will ever be here".

Octavia Spencer was a popular winner for Best Supporting Female, for her role in The Help, earning a standing ovation as she took to the stage and broke down during her acceptance speech, thanking many people, even including the state of Alabama in her list.

And 82-year-old Christopher Plummer was probably the least surprising winner, for Best Supporting Male Actor, for his role as a newly out father to Ewan McGregor in Mike Mills' Beginners.

"You're only two years older than me, where have you been all my life?" he asked his new statuette.

One thing became clear early on in the evening - it wasn't going to be a sweep by any one film.

The biggest surprise of the night so far was perhaps Woody Allen's win for Best Original Screenplay, for Midnight in Paris, his romp through the Belle Epoque of the city of love, starring Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams.

The Descendants, which has largely lost out to The Artist for this season's gongs, garnered Alexander Payne an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Martin Scorsese's sentimental Hugo took an early lead on the night, with five wins in technical categories, Best Achievement in Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing, and Best Visual Effects.

The Artist also picked up two early gongs for Best Costume and Best Musical Score, and The Iron Lady triumphed for Best Makeup.

Girl With The Dragon Tattoo picked up an Award for Best Film Editing, while A Separation continued its sweep of Awards season, with the Iranian love story picking up the Oscar for Best Foreign Film.

See below for ALL the winners, beneath our collection of them with their statuettes:

Oscars 2012 - The Winners

Best Picture

The Artist

The Descendants

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close


Midnight in Paris

The Help


War Horse

The Tree of Life

Best Actor

Demian Bichir - A Better Life

George Clooney - The Descendants

Jean Dujardin - The Artist

Gary Oldman - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Brad Pitt - Moneyball

Best Actress

Glenn Close - Albert Nobbs

Viola Davis - The Help

Rooney Mara - The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Meryl Streep - The Iron Lady

Michelle Williams - My Week With Marilyn

Best Supporting Actor

Kenneth Branagh - My Week With Marilyn

Jonah Hill - Moneyball

Nick Nolte - Warrior

Christopher Plummer - Beginners

Max Von Sydow - Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Best Supporting Actress

Berenice Bejo - The Artist

Jessica Chastain - The Help

Melissa McCarthy - Bridesmaids

Janet McTeer - Albert Nobbs

Octavia Spencer - The Help

Best Director

Woody Allen - Midnight in Paris

Michel Hazanavicius - The Artist

Terrence Malick - The Tree of Life

Alexander Payne - The Descendants

Martin Scorsese - Hugo

Best Original Screenplay

Woody Allen - Midnight in Paris

JC Chandor - Margin Call

Asghar Farhadi - A Separation

Michel Hazanavicius - The Artist

Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo - Bridesmaids

Best Adapted Screenplay

Alexander Payne, Nat Faxton, Jim Rash - The Descendants

John Logan - Hugo

George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon - The Ides of March

Aaron Sorkin, Steven Zaillian - Moneyball

Bridget O'Connor, Peter Straughn - Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Best Animated Feature

A Cat In Paris

Chico & Rita

Kung Fu Panda 2

Puss in Boots


Best Foreign Language Film of the Year

Bullhead (Belgium)

Footnote (Israel)

In Darkness (Poland)

Monsieur Lazhar (Canada)

A Separation (Iran)

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

Best Original Song

Man or Muppet - The Muppets; Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie

Real in Rio - Rio; Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown, Lyric by Siedah Garrett

Best Achievement in Art Direction

The Artist

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2


Midnight in Paris

War Horse

Best Achievement in Cinematography

The Artist

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo


The Tree of Life

War Horse

Best Achievement in Costume Design


The Artist


Jane Eyre


Best Documentary Feature

Hell and Back Again

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

Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory



Best 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

Best Achievement in Film Editing

The Artist

The Descendants

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo



Best Achievement in Makeup

Albert Nobbs

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

The Iron Lady

Best Animated Short Film


The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

La Luna

A Morning Stroll

Wild Life

Best Live Action Short Film



The Shore

Time Freak

Tuba Atlantic

Best Achievement in Sound Editing


The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo


Transformers: Dark of the Moon

War Horse

Best Achievement in Sound Mixing

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo



Transformers: Dark of the Moon

War Horse

Best Achievement in Visual Effects

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2


Real Steel

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Transformers: Dark of the Moon