Hosted by Billy Crystal
The most shocking - yet funny - moment was actually on the Red Carpet, when Sasha Baron Cohen, dressed as The Dictator, dropped the 'apparent' ashes of Kim Jong il all over Ryan Seacrest's suit. I must say the latter looked very annoyed.
Cinematography: Robert Richardson (Hugo)
Art Direction: Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo (Hugo)
Costume Design: Mark Bridges (The Artist)
Makeup: Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland (The Iron Lady)
-> Very much deserved! The makeup was the best part of the film, something that made me think there should be an Oscar on the way.
Foreign Language Film: A Separation (Iran)
Actress in a Supporting Role: Octavia Spencer (The Help)
Film Editing: Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)
Sound Editing: Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty (Hugo)
-> I loved the original speech.
Sound Mixing: Tom Fleischman and John Midgley (Hugo)
The show followed with a great performance by Le Cirque du Soleil - Movie Style!
Documentary Feature: Undefeated
Animated Feature Film: Rango
Visual Effects: Robert Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossmann and Alex Henning (Hugo)
Actor in a Supporting Role: Christopher Plummer (Beginners)
Original Score: Ludovic Bource (The Artist)
Original Song: Man or Muppet (The Muppets)
-> Another much deserved Oscar! I really love this song!
Adapted Screenplay: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (The Descendants)
-> I was torn between this film and The Ides of March.
Original Screenplay: Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris)
-> I was happy about that. Great script!
Live Action Short Film: The Shore
Documentary Short Subject: Saving Face
Animated Short Film: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
Directing: Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist)
Actor in a Leading Role: Jean Dujardin (The Artist)
Actress in a Leading Role: Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)
-> Yes! Well done! I was rooting for her! Meryl Streep really deserved this!
Best Motion Picture: The Artist
That's all folks!