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The 84th Academy Awards (2012)

Held at the Hollywood & Highland Center on Sunday, February 26, 2012,
honoring movies released in 2011.

Acting Winners

Acting winners Meryl Streep ("The Iron Lady"), Jean Dujardin ("The Artist"), Christopher Plummer ("Beginners") and Octavia Spencer ("The Help").

Best Picture

The Artist Full Image

"The Artist"

La Petite Reine/Studio 37/La Classe Américaine/JD Prod/France3 Cinéma/Jouror Productions/uFilm Production (The Weinstein Company)

Best Original Song

Best Original Song - "Man or Muppet" from "The Muppets" music and lyric by Bret McKenzie Full Image

Bret McKenzie

Best Original Song winner Bret McKenzie (music and lyrics for "Man or Muppet" from "The Muppets").

Best Foreign Language Film

Best Foreign Language Film - "A Separation" Full Image

"A Separation"

Asghar Farhadi, director and writer of Foreign Language Film winner "A Separation" (Iran).

The Year

  • Meryl Streep
  • Jean Dujardin
  • Christopher Plummer
  • Octavia Spencer
  • Best Picture: “The Artist”
    • “The Artist” also won Academy Awards for Directing (Michel Hazanavicius), Best Actor (Jean Dujardin), Costume Design (Mark Bridges), and Music – Original Score (Ludovic Bource). (View Image)
  • Jean Dujardin’s Best Actor role in “The Artist” has the smallest amount of dialogue for a speaking role – a mere two words – of any winning performance in the sound era.
  • “The Artist” was also the first entirely black-and-white film to win Best Picture since “The Apartment” (1960), directed by Billy Wilder – whom director Michel Hazanavicius thanked three times in his acceptance speech for Best Director. (View Image)
  • For his role in “Beginners,” Supporting Actor winner Christopher Plummer became the oldest winner in an acting category at the age of 82. However, the oldest acting nominee is Gloria Stuart, who was 87 when she was nominated for “Titanic.”
  • Woody Allen received his third Oscar for Original Screenplay for "Midnight in Paris," which was also his highest-grossing film to date.
  • Though he had been Meryl Streep’s hair and makeup artist for 37 years, J. Roy Helland received both his first nomination and win for transforming her into Margaret Thatcher for “The Iron Lady.” (View Image)
  • “A Separation” was the first film from Iran to win Foreign Language Film. The country received a previous nomination for “Children of Heaven” (1998).
  • Billy Crystal hosted the show for his ninth time, second only in number of hosting duties to Bob Hope. He was also the first solo host since Hugh Jackman at the 81st Academy Awards.
  • The final film in the Harry Potter series, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” broke multiple box office records upon its release including the highest global opening weekend, highest domestic opening day, and highest-grossing opening weekend for both a 3D and IMAX film.
  • Animated Feature Film nominee “Kung Fu Panda 2” became the highest-grossing film worldwide directed by a woman, Jennifer Yu Nelson.
  • The first half of 2011 marked the rise of the Arab Spring, a revolutionary wave that swept through several countries including Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Syria, Yemen, and Kuwait.
  • A 9.0-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami devastated the eastern half of Japan on March 11, causing major nuclear plant emergencies for several weeks.
  • Al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan by U.S. military forces at the beginning of May.
  • The wedding of England’s Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine Middleton became one of the biggest cultural events of the year on April 29, with the newlyweds designating 26 charities to receive the more than one million pounds donated in their honor.

Honorary Award

To James Earl Jones for his legacy of consistent excellence and uncommon versatility.

Honorary Award

To Dick Smith for his unparalleled mastery of texture, shade, form and illusion.

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

To Oprah Winfrey for efforts that promote hope around the world and goodwill for the film industry.

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