Monday, February 27, 2012

2012 Academy Award Winners - Complete List

The Academy Award is an award bestowed by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). The award recognizes the excellence of professionals in the film industry, including directors, actors, and writers. Winners and honorees receive the Oscar statuette, which is officially named the Academy Award of Merit and is one of nine types of Academy Awards.

The first Academy Awards ceremony was held on May 16, 1929, at the Hotel Roosevelt in Hollywood to honor outstanding film achievements of the 1927/1928 film season. The 84th Academy Awards, which honored films in 2011, was held at the Hollywood & Highland Center Theatre on Sunday, February 26, 2012 and broadcast live on ABC.

The Artist was the big winner at the 84th Academy Awards, winning 5 including the best picture, director, and actor awards. Hugo, which had the most nominations at 11, won 5, all in the “technical categories.”

Meryl Streep won the best actress Oscar, which I wanted Viola Davis to win. Woody Allen won his third Oscar for screenwriting (his fourth overall) with his win for Midnight in Paris. The state of Louisiana was represented in victory when William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg of the Louisiana-based Moonbot Studios won the best animated short film Oscar.

84th Academy Award winners:

Best Motion Picture of the Year
The Artist: Thomas Langmann

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Jean Dujardin for The Artist

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Christopher Plummer for Beginners

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Octavia Spencer for The Help

Best Achievement in Directing
Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
Midnight in Paris: Woody Allen

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
The Descendants: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
Rango: Gore Verbinski

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
A Separation: Asghar Farhadi (Iran)

Best Achievement in Cinematography
Hugo: Robert Richardson

Best Achievement in Editing
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Angus Wall, Kirk Baxter

Best Achievement in Art Direction
Hugo: Dante Ferretti, Francesca Lo Schiavo

Best Achievement in Costume Design
The Artist: Mark Bridges

Best Achievement in Makeup
The Iron Lady: Mark Coulier, J. Roy Helland

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score
The Artist: Ludovic Bource

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song
The Muppets: Bret McKenzie ("Man or Muppet")

Best Achievement in Sound Mixing
Hugo: Tom Fleischman, John Midgley

Best Achievement in Sound Editing
Hugo: Philip Stockton, Eugene Gearty

Best Achievement in Visual Effects
Hugo: Robert Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossmann, Alex Henning

Best Documentary, Features
Undefeated: Daniel Lindsay, T.J. Martin, Rich Middlemas

Best Documentary, Short Subjects
Saving Face: Daniel Junge, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

Best Short Film, Animated
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore: William Joyce, Brandon Oldenburg

Best Short Film, Live Action
The Shore: Terry George, Oorlagh George

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