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The 2012 Oscar Winners

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | February 27, 2012 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | February 27, 2012 |

Here are the winners for the 84th Annual — and 84th Most Boring — Academy Awards. Highlights included the Christopher Guest skit, Chris Rock presenting, Will Ferrel/Zach Galifaniakis banging cymbals, Angelina Jolie’s leg, Emma Stone, and nothing else. I’m typically very forgiving of awards ceremonies because I appreciate them in principal, but I’m a little embarrassed that I write about an industry in which this is the yearly culmination. That said, before the backlash begins, I thought The Artist — of the nominees — deserved the Oscar, but that’s only because neither Drive nor 50/50 were nominated. I don’t have a problem with Hugo winning most of the boring awards, either.

Overall, I’m disgusted with the telecast, and with how little joy or enthusiasm was on display this year.

A rundown of the show can be found on Courtney’s brilliantly funny live-blog, and Joanna will cover the dresses on Monday.

Best Picture

The Artist
The Descendants
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
The Help
Midnight in Paris
The Tree Of Life
War Horse

Best Director

Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Martin Scorsese, Hugo

Best Actress
Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis, The Help
Rooney Mara, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn

Best Actor

Demián Bechir, A Better Life
George Clooney, The Descendants
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Brad Pitt, Moneyball

Best Supporting Actress

Berenice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer, The Descendants
Octavia Spencer, The Help

Best Documentary

Hell and Back Again
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory

Best Supporting Actor

Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Max Von Sydow, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Kenneth Branagh, My Week with Marilyn
Nick Nolte, Warrior

Best Original Screenplay

Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
J.C. Chandor, Margin Call
Asghar Farhadi, A Separation
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids

Best Adapted Screenplay

Stan Chervin, Aaron Sorkin and Steven Zaillian, Moneyball
George Clooney, Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon, The Ides of March
John Logan, Hugo
Bridget O’Connor and Peter Straughan, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, The Descendants

Best Animated Feature
A Cat in Paris
Chico and Rita
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss in Boots

Best Foreign Language Film

Bullhead, Belgium
Footnote, Israel
In Darkness, Poland
Monsieur Lazhar, Canada
A Separation, Iran

Best Song

“Man or Muppet,” The Muppets
“Real in Rio,” Rio

Documentary (Short Subject
The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement
God Is the Bigger Elvis
Incident in New Baghdad
Saving Face
The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom

Short Film (Animated)
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
La Luna
A Morning Stroll
Wild Life

Short Film (Live Action)
The Shore
Time Freak
Tuba Atlantic


Costume Design
The Artist

Film Editing
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Iron Lady

Sound Editing

Sound Mixing

Visual Effects

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