Oscars 2012 Winners List & Recap

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The 2012 Oscars ceremony proved to be pretty predictable, as the heavily-favored frontrunner The Artist ended up being the big winner of the night. French filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius’ critically-beloved homage to classic Hollywood black-and-white silent cinema walked away with five Academy Awards in total, including prizes for Hazanavicius as director and Jean Dujardin as lead actor.

Martin Scorsese’s own love letter to the magic of classic filmmaking, the 3D effects-heavy Hugo, tied The Artist with 5 Oscar wins total. That movie still technically “came in second place” as its wins were all in technical categories (Art Direction, Cinematography, etc.) and not for its thematic elements or performance quality.

Host Billy Crystal’s “requisite” video parody of the 2012 Best Picture nominees and popular blockbuster titles – along with his tongue-in-cheek musical number – effectively set the tone for an overall traditional (boring?) Oscar night. That’s probably very much in line with what Academy heads wanted, as a followup to the unconventional 2011 Oscars show that left many casual moviegoers grumbling and yearning for a return to the style of “classic” Academy Awards ceremonies. For better or for worse, that’s exactly what we got this year.

Historically noteworthy wins include that of Meryl Streep for her performance in The Iron Lady, bringing the acclaimed actress that third Oscar which has been eluding her for nearly thirty years now. Similarly, Woody Allen took home the Best Original Screenplay award for his Midnight in Paris script; the 76-year-old New York filmmaker has also been nominated numerous times over the past decades for his writing, but hasn’t won since 1987.

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Meryl Streep went home victorious for her work as 'The Iron Lady'

On a side note: Jim Rash’s Adapted Screenwriting Oscar victory for The Descendants may not have been as much of a milestone as Streep or Allen’s win, but people are already speculating that it could bring extra attention to the struggling cult-favorite comedy TV show Community (which Rash co-stars on). How’s that for keeping those hopes of six seasons and a movie alive? Moving on…

Have a look at the complete list of winners for the 84th Academy Awards below:


2012 Oscars Winners List

Best Picture - “The Artist” Thomas Langmann, Producer

Directing - “The Artist” Michel Hazanavicius

Actor in a Leading Role - Jean Dujardin in “The Artist”

Actor in a Supporting Role - Christopher Plummer in “Beginners”

Actress in a Leading Role - Meryl Streep in “The Iron Lady”

Actress in a Supporting Role - Octavia Spencer in “The Help”

Writing (Adapted Screenplay) - “The Descendants” Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash

Writing (Original Screenplay) - “Midnight in Paris” Written by Woody Allen

Animated Feature Film - “Rango” Gore Verbinski

Art Direction - “Hugo” Production Design: Dante Ferretti; Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo

Film Editing - “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall

Cinematography - “Hugo” Robert Richardson

Costume Design - “The Artist” Mark Bridges

Documentary (Feature) - “Undefeated” TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay and Richard Middlemas

Documentary (Short Subject) - “Saving Face” Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

Foreign Language Film - “A Separation” Iran

Makeup - “The Iron Lady” Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland

Music (Original Score) - “The Artist” Ludovic Bource

Music (Original Song) - “Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets” Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie

Short Film (Animated) - “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg

Short Film (Live Action) - “The Shore” Terry George and Oorlagh George

Sound Editing - “Hugo” Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty

Sound Mixing - “Hugo” Tom Fleischman and John Midgley

Visual Effects - “Hugo” Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossman and Alex Henning


What do you think of this year’s winners? Agree/disagree? (Here’s our list of 5 films that were snubbed by this year’s Oscars)

Source: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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  1. Rooney Mara was robbed for the best actress award as was Transformers for best in VFX.

    • Totally agree!

  2. glad the hard core obama loving clooney lost.

    • Because of his acting or that he likes Obama? If it is because he likes Obama, then that is very childish of you.

      If you are voting for one party or the other, keep it to yourself while on here please, this is not a site where we discuss politics, its where we discuss movies, TV and video games.

      PS, Transformers should have won best VFX and 50/50 should have at least been NOMINATED.

    • ^^^^^ Correct. No one cares about your political opinion.

      • It’s good I jumped in before this became a political debate, huh? You’re welcome :D

    • Really? that’s what made your Oscar night? well since this is a movie website i’ll keep it nice and short…You sir are a fool to the maximum level to even make a comment like that shows how uninformed you are… great oscar’s this year!

  3. Who would of thought the biggest surprise of The Oscars would be Meryl Streep winning?
    I will admit I didn’t realize the last time she won was 1982.
    Otherwise it went pretty much as expected. I won’t complain about the films I wish were nominated or won anymore. I’ll just be happy TGWTDT and Hugo got a couple wins and Woody Allen won for his screenplay.

  4. I dont agree with visual effects or make-up. Hugo for visual effects? I could have sworn either apes, transformers or potter would have gotten that one. Make-up for Iron Lady? Seriously? lol, that should have definitely gone to potter hands down. I have not seen the Artist yet but I shall. I look forward to it. I saw Hugo though. It was ok, but the middle dragged for me. But the show was still fun!

    • Yeah, I agree with you on both VFX and Makeup. Honestly? I would’ve given each one to HP.

      Not to take anything away from Hugo (it is a visually beautiful film) or The Iron Lady (no comment), but still…

    • Hugo had the best 3d since avatar

    • Well, many people have argued The Tree of Life deserved its Best Picture nod specifically because of its ambitious (if not entirely successful) narrative design – but to each their own, of course. :-)

    • KYAK: to each their own I guess. In my opinion The Artist was a brilliant breath of fresh air, while Transformers and Thor were unbearably bad.

  5. I hope Jennifer Lopez enjoyed giving away an award because that’s the closest she’ll ever get to an Oscar.

    J/K! :)

    • Nice, but if you ask me, thats a little TOOOO close for comfort ;)

  6. no know, each year i watch 20, 25, 30 films and it always seems like i miss seeing ANY academy award winners except one or two. apparently i dont have oscar-worthy movie tastes.

    • woops that first word is supposed to be “you know”, not “no know”

  7. These awards are sooo stupid…I cannot believe that Midnight in Paris was even nominated, I mean the movie in itself was a great idea, but definitely was not executed properly

    • i don’t know, i enjoyed midnight paris enough to rent it to watch it again. i loved the scenes with hemingway and fitzgerald. it was kind of woody allen’s love letter to his idols.

  8. Didn’t even watch. Drive got one Nom and was the best movie put out last year, Hugo was overrated along with War Horse. Shame left off the list along with 50/50 and Super 8. Oscars are totally biased and use the platform to make their political affiliations known (every film re: gays or gay community wins awards last year of the year before right after prop 8) or correct previous snubs (no blacks win lead actor/ actress magically there are back to back black lead actors that win and Halle Berry wins the same year), not saying these political views are wrong or that it’s not deserved after snubbing the black actors for the 80 years, but still, they are lame.

  9. A bit of a kick in the teeth for all the studio execs after watching a silent film walk away with best film.

    Clooney has always been actor who’s more content with acclaim and winning awards, rather than being a huge box office superstar. This is easily reflected in his roles and movies choices. To be fair the academy nominates him as he does bring the celebrity x factor to the ceremony.

    Absolutely no way Transformers will win an oscar despite the brilliance of the effects. The Academy has a rep to protect after all.

  10. You gotta love how the majority of the awards went to the same two movies

  11. Another crappy year where some fancy flick starts getting praise from pretentious jokers just before awards season and ends up taking everything (a la The King’s Speech). Most had never even heard of The Artist until a month ago. Yet here it is, Oscar winner for everything under the sun. Meanhile movies like Drive and The Descendants get little to no recognition what-so-ever. They might as well not even hold these things any more.

    • Have you even seen The Artist? Do you even understand the concept of filmmaking?

      • Thank you for illustrating my point about pretentious jokers. Please sir, what is the ‘concept’ of filmmaking?

    • While I agree with your main point, I did not think much of drive (mainly due to the music throughout, what was that? It had no businness in the movie)

      But anyways, if we can make a film like Avatar, why do we need to make a silent movie? (I havent seen the movie, but if I were the guy who had pitched the idea to a studio, it wouldve been as a joke)

  12. The Fact that hugo beat tree of Life for Best Cinematography is a joke.

    • It is hard to enjoy the cinematography if you’re barely able to stay awake, though.

      • People must underestimate how incredible hugo was visually

  13. I actually enjoyed this year’s Oscars…
    I do have some issues though:
    Makeup should have gone to Harry Potter (I mean, seriously. Making Meryl Streep look older or younger does not beat the talent that created elves, dwarves, werewolves, etc.)
    VFX should gave gone to Harry Potter or Transformers (Hugo’s VFX was good, but DEFINITELY not nearly as good as the before mentioned – IMO)
    And Captain America’s “Star Spangled Man” should AT LEAST have gotten a nomination for best Original Song in a Motion Picture… there were only two nominations for crying out load (Muppets and Rio), why couldn’t they have given that great song a nod as well?

    Other than that, it was a great show IMO. The winners were, in my mind, deserving of their awards and all-in-all it was one of the better Academy Award shows I’ve seen so far…

    P.S. I just have to say, in an entire room full of the world’s most famous people, Robert Downey Jr STILL managed to steal the attention :D — that guy should seriously get an award of his own IMO.

  14. Just goes on to prove that the Oscars don’t care about the average movie goer and especially not young people

  15. The Oscars has absolutely nothing to do with the average movie-goer, it’s a celebration of the ART of film making. If you don’t get it, that’s okay. That’s what the MTV movie awards is for. (you know the one the ‘Twilight’ films always win)

    I’m glad ‘Rango’ finally got the credit it deserved, I found the CGI astounding.
    Harry Potter got screwed, that movie had some amazing art direction and SFX.
    ‘Hugo’ is my favorite movie of all time now so congrats to the team for their wins.


  16. I liked seeing Hugo winning 5 but come on, The Artist wins most of the major ones, that’s just BS imo! I knew the silent film would win way too many and of course it does!! I’m sure the folks who made it knew the gimmick would work in their favor LONG before it was put out! I would have rather seen the last Harry Potter flick and/or the last Transformers film win a few awards, than to see “The artist” win so many!

  17. no tribute to Elizabeth Taylor and all she did, who cares who won!

    • Boring?
      What about all the awesome presenters? RDJ and Paltrow, Diaz and Lopez, Chris Rock, and the hilariously quirky Emma Stone…

      The show itself was great IMO. Even though I didn’t agree with all the winners.

      • Honestly, I judge the Oscars based upon how well the host does, and Billy Crystal was hilarious.

  18. Harry “im drunk” potter and transformers over the artist?! are you guys crazy?! The Artist was an amazing movie and I agree with another commentator that Streep winning was probably the biggest surprise of the night

  19. Ten months ago in Cannes ‘The Tree Of Life’ beat ‘The Artist’. Which is why I stopped watching the Oscars in the first place. It’s the equivelant of being moved to the ‘favorites section’ at Blockbuster while the rest of the world is sunbathing on the Riviera watching next years’ nominees!