The 84th Academy Awards at the Hollywood and Highland Center has now finished and the after parties are in full flow. The night belonged to Martin Scorsese’s 3D kids fantasy Hugo and French black and white silent movie, The Artist, both finishing the evening with five Oscars each. There were tears and of course, ridiculousness – especially Sacha Baron Cohen’s stunt for new film, The Dictator.

He emptied an urn of Kim Jong-il’s ashes over the head of red carpet host, Ryan Seacrest. Baron Cohen was then escorted off the red carpet, but by then he had grabbed the headlines – just what he wanted. However, a big plus was host Billy Crystal, who took the reigns back from last year’s James Franco and Anne Hathaway, who will be best forgot in the Oscars archive.
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Although Hugo and The Artist will take the plaudits, for me the true winners were Asghar Farhadi, winner of the best foreign language film with A Separation, whop became the first Iranian director to be honoured by the Academy. The best supporting actress gong went to Octavia Spencer for her role in The Help, she was surely the best speech of the night too, looking like an excited kid at Christmas proclaiming “I’m freaking out!” when accepting her Oscar figurine. Woody Allen won the best original screenplay award for the third time for one of my favourites, Midnight in Paris, but as is his way did not turn up to accept it – just too cool.

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As the night was drawing to a close it became all about the big awards – best director, best actor, best actress and the finale of best picture. The result was sadly, as predictable as the tears that followed. Michel Hazavanicius took away best director for The Artist, Jean Dujardin won best actor again, for The Artist and Meryl Streep won best actress for The Iron Lady, a carbon copy of the results at the Baftas only a few weeks ago. So as Tom Cruise stepped up to present the best picture there were just two films that could have won it, Hugo or The Artist, and it was the latter that won and tied the two-horse race to five all.
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The fashion highlight of the evening for all you that care more about that, was Angelina Jolie, who else, who’s slashed-to-the-hip Versace dress brought glamour mixed with the essence of a dirty wench to the Academy Awards, something that only Jolie can do. Brad Pitt may have missed out on an Oscar again, but he gets to go home with her, so he is a winner after all.

The Results In Full

Best cinematography – Robert Richardson, Hugo

Best art direction – Hugo

Best costume design -The Artist

Best make up – The Iron Lady

Best foreign language film – A Separation

Best actress in a supporting role – Octavia Spencer, The Help

Best film editing – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Best sound editing – Hugo

Best sound mixing – Hugo

Best documentary feature – Undefeated

Best animated film – Rango

Best visual effects – Hugo

Best actor in a supporting role – Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Best original score – Ludovic Bource, The Artist

Best song – Man or Muppet, The Muppets

Best adapted screenplay – Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash, The Descendants

Best original screenplay – Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

Best live action short – The Shore

Best documentary short – Saving Face

Best animated short – The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore

Best director – Michel Hazavanicius, The Artist

Best actor in a leading role – Jean Dujardin, The Artist

Best actress in a leading role – Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

Best picture – The Artist