Flight of the Conchords’ BrettMckenzie wins Best Original Song for “Man or Muppet” from TheMuppets. The award is presented by funnymen Will Ferrell and ZachGalifianakis.
The Artist‘s Ludovic Bourse wins Best Original Score, which is presented by Penelope Cruz and Owen Wilson.
Canadian actor ChristopherPlummer, at 82, becomes oldest actor to win Best Supporting actor for his role in Beginners, in which he plays a homosexual father.
Ben Stiller & Emma Stone present award for Achievement in Visual Effects to Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossmann and Alex Henning for Hugo.
This is Hugo’s fifth win.
Legato previously won an Oscar for Titanic.
Rango wins Best Animated Feature Film. Gore Verbinksi picked up his first Oscar for the film, a gritty cartoon western featuring the voice talents of Johnny Depp as a gun-slinging chameleon.
Undefeated, a touching documentary about an underdog football team and their steadfast coach, wins the Best Documentary Award, which is presented by Iron Man actors Gwyneth Paltrow and the ever irreverent Robert Downey Jr.
Martin Scorsese’s first 3D venture Hugo sweeps through the technical awards, winning Best Sound Editing (Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty) and Best Sound Mixing (Tom Fleischman and John Midgley). The film also bags Best Cinematography (Robert Richardson) and Art Direction (DanteFerreti and Franchesca Lo Shiavo ).
Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo wins the the award for Best Film Editing. This is the team’s second Oscar win after The Social Network.
The Help‘s Octavia Spencer wins the award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.
A tearful Spencer exudes gratitude.
The Best Foreign Language Film is won by Iran’s Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation. The award is presented by Sandra Bullock, who won Best Actress for 2009’s The Blind Side.
Farhadi dedicates the award to his countrymen.
Actresses Jennifer Lopez and Cameron Diaz presents the Best Costume Design award to The Artist’s Mark Bridges. This is Bridges first win.
The Iron Lady‘s Mark Coulier and J Roy Helland win the award for achievement in Makeup.
Two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks awards the Best Cinematography award to Hugo‘s Robert Richardson. After JFK and The Aviator, this is Richardson’s third Oscar win.
Hugo‘s husband and wife team Dante Ferreti (production design) and Franchesca Lo Shiavo (set decoration) win the Oscar for Art Direction.
Morgan Freeman, the first presenter, invoked the magic of the movies at the 84th Academy Awards before the humourous opening montage.
The pre-taped montage featured host Billy Crystal in a number of films.
Crystal, after emerging for his ninth time as a host, broke in to song, parodying the nominees from Moneyball’s Jonah Hill to Hugo director Martin Scorsese.
The awards began at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Hollywood (formerly known as the Kodak Theatre) in California.
Earlier, Michelle Williams spotted on the red carpet in a red Louis Vuitton red dress. Gwyneth Paltrow sported a white Tom Ford dress and a cape.
Melissa McCarthy, who has been nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Bridesmaids, arrived with her mother.
Jean Dujardin, nominated for Best Actor for The Artist, is seen doing the tap dance he does in the film. The Frenchman is pipped to win in the category.
Billy Crystal will host the awards ceremony, his ninth time.
Bradley Cooper, who will be presenting at the ceremony for the first time, impersonated cult actor Christopher Walken (Academy Award winner for Best Supporting Actor in 1978’s The Deer Hunter) on the red carpet.