The Artist dominates 2012 Oscars

The Artist enjoyed a triumphant night at the 2012 Academy Awards, scooping five statuettes including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor, as well as Best Costume Design and Best Score.

The film tied with Martin Scorsese’s Hugo , which also won five awards, albeit in the less glamorous technical categories.

Elsewhere, Meryl Streep netted her third Oscar for her performance in The Iron Lady , beating the much-tipped Viola Davis to the award. The Help did not go completely unrecognised, however, with Octavia Spencer winning Best Supporting Actress.

Best Supporting Actor went according to expectations, with Christopher Plummer lifting the award for his turn in Beginners . Slightly more surprising was Woody Allen’s Best Original Screenplay gong for Midnight In Paris , whilst Best Adapted Screenplay went to Alexander Payne’s The Descendants .

Not much in the way of upsets then, but an interesting evening nonetheless. You can take a look at the full list of winners below, and don’t forget to tell us where you think the Academy went wrong…

• Best Picture: The Artist
• Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius - The Artist
• Best Actor: Jean Dujardin - The Artist
• Best Actress: Meryl Streep - The Iron Lady
• Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer - Beginners
• Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer - The Help
• Best Writing - Original Screenplay: Midnight in Paris - Woody Allen
• Best Writing - Adapted Screenplay: The Descendants - Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash
• Best Animated Feature: Rango
• Best Foreign Language Film: A Separation
• Best Documentary - Feature: Undefeated
• Best Documentary - Short Subject: Saving Face
• Best Live Action Short Film: The Shore
• Best Animated Short Film: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
• Best Original Score: The Artist - Ludovic Bource
• Best Original Song: The Muppets - Man or Muppet by Bret McKenzie
• Best Sound Editing: Hugo - Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty
• Best Sound Mixing: Hugo - Tom Fleischman and John Midgley
• Best Art Direction: Hugo - Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo
• Best Cinematography: Hugo - Robert Richardson
• Best Makeup: The Iron Lady - Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland
• Best Costume Design: The Artist
• Best Film Editing: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter
• Best Visual Effects: Hugo - Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossmann and Alex Henning