The Artist, Hugo and Meryl Streep Top Oscars
The Artist and Hugo topped Sunday's Academy Awards with five statuettes each, with the former winning Best Picture, while Meryl Streep won her long-awaited third Oscar after 29 years.
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The Artist is the first silent film to win the top honor since Wings triumphed at the first Oscars in 1929 and the first black-and-white film to win since 1960's The Apartment. Star Jean Dujardin took the Best Actor prize, becoming the first Frenchman to win an Oscar and the first to win for a silent performance since the inaugural Best Actor champ Emil Jannings.
Other wins for The Artist: Best Director Michel Hazanavicius, Best Costume Design and Best Original Score.
Streep became the fourth performer to win three Oscars, taking the Best Actress trophy for The Iron Lady. The other three: Walter Brennan, Jack Nicholson and Ingrid Bergman. (Katharine Hepburn holds the record with four wins.) Streep's 29-year drought between wins is the third-longest in Oscar history, after Helen Hayes's 39-year gap and Katharine Hepburn's 34-year wait.
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Hugo, which led the field with 11 nominations, scored five wins, all in the tech categories.
Octavia Spencer and Christopher Plummer completed their awards-season sweep, winning for their supporting roles in The Help and Beginners, respectively. Spencer is the fifth black actress to win in the category, while Plummer, 82, became the oldest acting-winner ever, dethroning Jessica Tandy, who was 80 when she won for Driving Miss Daisy.
Nat Faxon, Alexander Payne and Jim Rash (The Descendants) and Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris) took home the adapted and original screenplay honors, respectively. Allen, an expected no-show, is the first person to win three awards in the category.
Other winners include The Muppets for original song ("Man or Muppet") and A Separation for foreign language film.
Check out all the winners below:
Picture: The Artist
Director: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Lead Actor: Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Lead Actress: Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, The Help
Original Screenplay: Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
Adapted Screenplay: Nat Faxon, Alexander Payne and Jim Rash, The Descendants
Art Direction: Hugo
Costume Design: The Artist
Film Editing: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Makeup: The Iron Lady
Original Score" The Artist
Original Song: "Man or Muppet," The Muppets; music and lyrics by Bret McKenzie
Sound Editing: Hugo
Sound Mixing: Hugo
Visual Effects: Hugo
Animated Feature: Rango
Documentary Feature: Undefeated
Documentary Short: Saving Face
Foreign Language Film: A Separation, Iran
Animated Short Film: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
Live Action Short Film: The Shore