The 84th annual academy award took place at the Hollywood & Highland Center (formerly the Kodak Theatre) on Sunday. Among the high-wattage presenters for the 84th Academy Awards are Halle Berry, Tom Cruise, Natalie Portman, Michael Douglas, Penelope Cruz and Angelina Jolie. They were framed by a stage set evoking a classic movie theater and the evening’s theme was ; the enduring nature of the movie going experience. Below is the lists of winners
- Best Picture: “The Artist.”
As the era of silent films draws to a close, two actors find their careers and their relationship influenced by the coming of talking pictures. While popular screen star George Valentin resists the transition to sound, young Peppy Miller embodies a modern age that is leaving Valentin behind.
Jean Dujardin portrays George Valentin, a silent film star unwilling to make the transition to talking pictures. This is the first Academy Award nomination for Jean Dujardin.
- Actress: Meryl Streep, “The Iron Lady.”
Meryl Streep portrays Margaret Thatcher, the formidable shopkeeper’s daughter who rises through the ranks of the Conservative Party to become Britain’s first female prime minister.
This is the seventeenth Academy Award nomination for Meryl Streep. She was previously nominated for: JULIE & JULIA (2009)Nominee, Actress in a Leading Role , DOUBT (2008 Nominee, Actress in a Leading Role, THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA (2006) Nominee, Actress in a Leading Role
4. Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, “Beginners.”
5. Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, “The Help.”
6. Directing: Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist.”
7. Foreign Language Film: “A Separation,” Iran.
8. Adapted Screenplay: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, “The Descendants.”
9. Original Screenplay: Woody Allen, “Midnight in Paris.”
10. Animated Feature Film: “Rango.”
11. Art Direction: “Hugo.”
12. Cinematography: “Hugo.”
13. Sound Mixing: “Hugo.”
14. Sound Editing: “Hugo.”
15. Original Score: “The Artist.”
16. Original Song: “Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets.”
17. Costume Design: “The Artist.”
18. Documentary Feature: “Undefeated.”
19. Documentary Short: “Saving Face.”
20. Film Editing: “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”
21. Makeup: “The Iron Lady.”
22. Animated Short Film: “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.”
23. Live Action Short Film: “The Shore.”
24. Visual Effects: “Hugo.”
Oscar winners previously presented this season:
Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award: Oprah Winfrey.
Honorary Award: James Earl Jones.
Honorary Award: Dick Smith.
Gordon E. Sawyer Award: Douglas Trumbull.
Award of Merit: ARRI cameras.
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