“Hugo” and “The Artist” sweep Academy Awards

Natalie Rivera

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The 84th annual Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, resulted in five awards for the silent film “The Artist,” including the Oscar for Best Picture. “The Artist” is the first silent film to win Best Picture since 1929.

Jean Dujardin’s performance won him the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his part in “The Artist.” This was Dujardin’s first nomination and his first win. In his acceptance speech, Djuradin thanked his costar Uggie the dog, a Jack Russell terrier.

“I want to thank Uggie the dog. I think he doesn’t care, I’m not sure he understands what I say,” Djuradin said. “He’s not that good, but thank you.”

Meryl Streep took the Oscar for her performance in “The Iron Lady,” a biopic about Margaret Thatcher, United Kingdom’s prime minister from the years of 1979 to 1990.

Streep earned her third Oscar win Sunday, and she made light of the fact that it was her 17th nomination in her acceptance speech.

“When they called my name (as a nominee), I had this feeling I could hear half of America going, ‘Oh no. Come on … Her, again?” Streep said.

The Oscar winners for Best Actor and Actress in a Supporting Role were Olivia Spencer for her role in “The Help” and Christopher Plummer for his performance in “The Beginners.”

Both “Hugo” and “The Artist” tied as the films with the most Oscar wins, both winning five Oscars each. “Hugo,” the 3-D film that tells the story of a young boy who discovers a secretive world left behind by his father, had the most Oscar nominations.

“Hugo” did go home with wins for cinematography, art direction, sound editing, sound mixing and visual effects.

The Oscar for Best Director went to Michael Hazanavicius for “The Artist.” Hazanavicius’ win is the only win out of three nominations for his work in “The Artist,” this was his first time being nominated for an Oscar.

The Oscar for Best Original Screenplay went to Woody Allen for his screenplay of “Midnight in Paris.” The films “Moneyball” and “Bridesmaids” had no wins, and the films “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and “The Help” had only one win each.

The Academy Award’s red carpet featured the nominees, winners and well-known actors who  flaunted the clothes they wore. Sacha Baron Cohen walked the red carpet wearing a costume for his latest role in his film “The Dictator,” promoting the film and playing jokes on the red carpet.