84th Academy Awards: The winners list
February 26th, 2012
11:38 PM ET

84th Academy Awards: The winners list

Billy Crystal has wrapped up an uneventful but still enjoyable 84th Academy Awards, so let's review the winners, shall we?

Best picture

"War Horse"

"The Artist" - WINNER


"The Descendants"

"The Tree of Life"

"Midnight in Paris"

"The Help"


"Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"


Demián Bichir, "A Better Life"

George Clooney, "The Descendants"

Jean Dujardin, "The Artist" - WINNER

Gary Oldman, "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"

Brad Pitt, "Moneyball"


Glenn Close, "Albert Nobbs"

Viola Davis, "The Help"

Rooney Mara, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"

Meryl Streep, "The Iron Lady" - WINNER

Michelle Williams, "My Week with Marilyn"

Supporting actor

Kenneth Branagh, "My Week With Marilyn"

Jonah Hill, "Moneyball"

Nick Nolte, "Warrior"

Christopher Plummer, "Beginners" - WINNER

Max von Sydow, "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"

Supporting actress

Bérénice Bejo, "The Artist"

Jessica Chastain, "The Help"

Melissa McCarthy, "Bridesmaids"

Janet McTeer, "Albert Nobbs"

Octavia Spencer, "The Help" - WINNER


Michel Hazanavicius, "The Artist" - WINNER

Alexander Payne, "The Descendants"

Woody Allen, "Midnight in Paris"

Terrence Malick, "The Tree of Life"

Martin Scorsese, "Hugo"

Animated feature

"A Cat in Paris"

"Chico & Rita"

"Kung Fu Panda 2"

"Puss in Boots"

"Rango" - WINNER

Original screenplay


"Midnight in Paris" - WINNER

"Margin Call"

"A Separation"

"The Artist"

Adapted screenplay

"The Descendants" - WINNER


"The Ides of March"


"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"

Best foreign language

"Bullhead" (Belgium)

"Footnote" (Israel)

"In Darkness" (Poland)

"Monsieur Lazhar" (Canada)

"A Separation" (Iran) - WINNER

Art direction

“The Artist”

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2”

“Hugo”– WINNER

“Midnight in Paris”

“War Horse”


“The Artist”

“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”

“Hugo” - WINNER

“The Tree of Life”

“War Horse”

Costume design


“The Artist” - WINNER


“Jane Eyre”


Live action short film



“The Shore” - WINNER

“Time Freak”

“Tuba Atlantic”

Sound editing


“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”

“Hugo” - WINNER

“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”

“War Horse”

Sound mixing

“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”

“Hugo” - WINNER


“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”

“War Horse”

Animated short film


“The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore”  - WINNER

“La Luna”

“A Morning Stroll”

“Wild Life”

Original song

“Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets” - WINNER

“Real in Rio” from “Rio”

Film editing

“The Artist”

“The Descendants”

“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” - WINNER




“Albert Nobbs”

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2”

“The Iron Lady” - WINNER

Original score

“The Adventures of Tintin”

“The Artist” - WINNER


“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”

“War Horse”

Documentary feature

“Hell and Back Again”

“If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front”

“Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory”


“Undefeated” - WINNER

Documentary short subject

“The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement”

“God Is the Bigger Elvis”

“Incident in New Baghdad”

“Saving Face” - WINNER

“The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom”

Visual effects

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2”

“Hugo” - WINNER

“Real Steel”

“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”

“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”

Filed under: Awards Season • Oscars 2012

soundoff (75 Responses)
  1. CaptainSlow

    What a load of rubbish!!! how could Tranformers 3 not win visual effects. and if they like critically acclaimed film, why not HP7. the awards are so biased these day to boring old dramas. if anything the best movies theses days are comedies such as the hangover, bridesmaides and such. they are so much more fun

    September 23, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
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    July 29, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Leucadia Bob

    Alborosie announces secret collaboration with Amy Winehouse

    February 28, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. authorphilipoyok

    Why can't you guys just watch a show simply for watching a show, you all have to bring in irrelevant issues and insipid talks that make no sense! Half of you in here practically live boring lives and yet think heaping your burden on those Hollywood actors is going to make a difference? Wake up!

    February 28, 2012 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  5. elizabeth

    The only people for whom these awards mean anything are those who win them. I do not even own a TV anymore, and with movies costing $14 a seat, rarely find a film worth shelling out the bucks to see. I sure do NOT use Oscar nominations or wins to decide whether to see a film, though! This is like a high school popularity contest on a more expensive scale - I don't think anyone really thinks Streep was "the greatest" in Iron Lady, do you?

    February 28, 2012 at 2:38 am | Report abuse |
  6. kathy

    When TRASH won best picture over the classic Brokeback Mountain, it proved to me how nothing, ridiculous, and rotten the Oscars/ampas are. Oh, I thought so long ago, but this travesty will be remembered forever. And .....??? Hoffman winning over Heath's classic Ennis?
    What a bunch of morons. Just proves how stupid these 'oscars' are. They mean nothing.

    February 27, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. CS

    It's an old peoples show(I am one of the old people). Old people are winning Oscars. What can we do? Seriously I think it could use an update.

    February 27, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bling and glitz

    Ok so "The Artist" won best movie. How many people are gonna go see it? Not me! This makes no sense – with all the technology and various skills to make an outstanding movie, a b/w and silent movie wins?? Ugh!!!

    February 27, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • JD

      Definitely agree! Not to mention how did Jean Dujardin win best actor in a silent film? He didn't even speak!! That irks me even more. There were so many great movies in the best picture category but a silent film wins it? Either The Help, The Descendants or Moneyball should have won that category, hands down!

      February 27, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Geoff

    For the record, Meryl Streep gave a brillant performance as Prime Minister Thatcher. And as a Canadian, I am so proud of Christoper Plummer for winning the Oscar for best supporting actor. I have been following his career since I was a teenager; the man is a national treasure. On another note, Billy Crystal did a wonderful job hosting the show. Welcome back, Billy! Cheer America, from your friends in Canada.

    February 27, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Linda Sue

    I am disappointed with the Academy Awards. Why give a silent film the best picture award? Shouldn't this film have been considered a French film and judged in that category? Why give a French actor the best actor award, why not George Clooney? I am so disappointed that the 10 year Harry :Potter series was completely overlooked year after year and it grossed billions of dollars. Fans LOVE that film – as well as the Twilight series and anything Johnny Depp! All overlooked year after year! People won't watch your program if it continues in this way. I went to packed Harry Potter theaters year after year and the actors were not even selected! You need to revise your nominating board and those who vote for these "winners" and replace them! Yes, Meryl Streep is a fine actress, but in a movie with poor reviews. Surely just one year the award could go to Viola Davis!!! Shame on you for that!!! Or just get an annual Meryl Streep award category just for her so others can receive an Oscar. I don't think I will be watching next year, and I am someone who pays to see quite a few films! I was embarassed for the academy last night.

    February 27, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Scott

    How did HP not win Best Make-up? They turned people into goblins!!

    February 27, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  12. ML

    I stopped caring about Oscar when Hurt Locker beat out Avatar.

    February 27, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  13. waterman

    Americans have an amazing complex for all things British. Especially something 'Royal' or Officially British. The surest way to win an Oscar is to play a British Royalty, and Thatcher is close to that. All an actress has to do is to land a role as the Queen or Prime Minister. Then sit around expressionless, as if you are too dignified for facial expressions. People will go 'wow' and give you an Oscar. The formula never fails. Helen Mirren? Play the Queen and win. You can go back as many years as you like – every time there is a movie about British royals, it has won.

    Americans, get out of your inferiority complex already. There is nothing special or important about the stiff and hollow British Royalty.

    February 27, 2012 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • plan2fail

      I think your first mistake was mistaking "Hollywood" for the pulse of America. Think about how your country is portrayed in the movies and then look around you. It is the same way here. Sometimes it is definitely Art that imitates Life, No matter how bad the imitation is.

      February 27, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. OscarFan

    @ PeterD- Stupid Much??? First correct you grammar. Second, the color of Viola's skin was not mentioned. Only a person (you) with race issues would jump on that. Viola did a great job and so did the other nominees in the same category. You did not mention Meryl’s skin color...wonder why? This is about the Oscars and the talent. No one wants to read/hear about your hateful race issues so leave that out of this.

    February 27, 2012 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  15. Glifex

    The Artist ?? Really???

    February 27, 2012 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  16. deadmanwalking47

    glad viola davis and mrs strep won,but the rest of the broadcast sucked i thought!

    February 27, 2012 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
    • nacho mama

      No, Viola didn't win. She was nominated in the same category as Meryl who did walk away with the Oscar.

      February 27, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  17. PeterD

    Barry is upset because Viola Davis was not awarded Oscar instead Merryl Strip. Why Black have to be racist all the time?

    February 27, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  18. Yushma


    February 27, 2012 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  19. Matt

    The Oscars pretty much lost all credibility when Shakespeare in Love beat Saving Private Ryan for best picture.

    February 27, 2012 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
    • ANGEL

      I'm sorry but i'm gonna have to add "Chariots of Fire" and "Unforgiven" to your list.. That's when I knew the Oscars were , how should i put it, FLAWED!!!! 🙂

      February 27, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amy


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  20. sortakinda

    Meryl Streep should have won for best COMEDIC actress. The IRON LADY? The only reason she got the part was Thatcher was too busy being pompous herself.

    February 27, 2012 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  21. Richard Fore

    I don't care if George Clooney won anything or not, he's hott!

    February 27, 2012 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  22. pmangr

    The Artist? Really? Awards for making something that's been done and discarded decades ago? This is ground breaking cinema?

    Personally, I would never pay $11 to see a silent movie in black and white, no matter how "artsy" it is!

    February 27, 2012 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  23. Jesse

    The Artist, seems like Hollywood was kissing some major frecnh a s s all night. The Help should have won easily for best picture

    February 27, 2012 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Cass

      I agree. I honestly hadn't heard of The Artist until last night. And the fact that the lead won for Best Actor when he spoke 2 WORDS in the entire movie? In my opinion, it should have been Brad Pitt for Moneyball. That movie was excellent. And I also agree that The Help should have won. That movie was brilliant. But unfortunately, it's all about being "artsy" with the Academy Awards.

      February 27, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  24. nbafan

    Hugo should have gotten best picture

    Rooney Mara should have gotten best actress. I agree, Meryll Streep and George Clooney pretty much have the same one dimensional range in everything they do. Other then that, I thought it was pretty spot on, the Oscars on the whole were very well done and definetly showed the Grammy's what a real award show is about.

    February 27, 2012 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
  25. J0nx

    The artist? Really?? Did anyone even see that garbage?? Hollywood jerk'1ng each other off over some stupid silent movie that nobody saw or cares about. At least nobody outside of NYC, Hollywood or Berkeley...

    February 27, 2012 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
    • RDS

      We saw it in Iowa – loved it. It was refreshing. Not same old thing from Hollywood. We began watching silent films. The in ability to adapt to the new is still with us.

      February 27, 2012 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
  26. BethanyM828

    Dear Harry Potter,

    Don't worry about the Oscar snubs, your too good for them anyway.
    The billions of dollars of revenu you have received is proof enough of that.

    ~The world

    February 27, 2012 at 6:52 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      Right. Because millions of dollars in revenue always means amazing quality. So, by your reasoning, The Batman sequel and even the sixth sequel of the Potter movie, are two of the best movies ever made. Because they made so much money.

      Transformers 3 should have swept the Oscars! Right Bethany?

      February 27, 2012 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
    • The World

      BethanyM828 – Please don't speak for me.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  27. Mike

    I was disapointed Streep won. She is a very overrated actress...same person in every role she takes...no originality. I was happy Christopher Plummer won. That was long long overdue. The rest of the winners didn't matter and will be forgotten....just like the Oscars of the fute. The show was very boring.

    February 27, 2012 at 6:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Hailin

      I'm certain you are in minority on Ms. Streep.

      February 27, 2012 at 6:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Melanie

      as Hailin wrote, you are in minority on Ms. Streep. There is simply no one that can be so diverse, as Ms. Streep – no one!!!!

      February 27, 2012 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
    • neogeo

      I agree on Streep. A wooden actress. She must have a great publicist however, she gets so much buzz for nothing.

      February 27, 2012 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      Overrated? She has always played deep, multi-demential and intelligent people... I can see how you wouldn't be able to relate to what she is doing, so would not understand the performance and, therefore, think that she is overrated.

      Kind of scary when you first find out you're nowhere as smart as you thought you were. That there are a lot more people smarter than you who understand things you don't. Scary, but like everything else, you'll get used to it and settle in your place in the world order.

      February 27, 2012 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
    • John Too.

      I agree, Ms Streep is highly overrated and has the acting depth of a "kiddy pool"...
      She may be good at dramatic roles, but she does not transition to comedy well at all. As such she has limited range. I did find her acting in this role to be much better than most of her recent roles, but not oscar worthy…

      The probelm some here have is that when someone expresses an opinion that differs from theirs, then that opinion MUST be wrong....

      February 27, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Geoffrey

    Jennifer Aniston is good lookin!

    February 27, 2012 at 5:23 am | Report abuse |
  29. hobo

    i'm glad Clooney didn't win anything.

    I can't stand his monotone and lack of acting range.

    February 27, 2012 at 5:04 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      You obviously didn't see The Descendants. What it sounds like you want is a clown: happy clown, sad clown... brilliant! M o r o n.

      February 27, 2012 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
    • rico

      You obviously didn't see O Brother, Where Art Thou? or Burn After Reading either. I think you'll find Clooney quite unrecognizable and hardly monotone.

      February 27, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  30. derp

    All these movies sucked.

    February 27, 2012 at 5:00 am | Report abuse |
  31. Helena Forement

    I think Jolie was so full of herself and her thigh slit. I liked Paltrow's gown much better and her graciousness.

    February 27, 2012 at 4:36 am | Report abuse |
  32. miriam

    I thought A Better Life was gonna take one... very good film!

    February 27, 2012 at 3:06 am | Report abuse |
  33. MoonDawg

    It's a rip off to nominate and award an oscar to a film which is a remake – especially of a recent film that was also released in the US. The Girl With The Dragon Tatoo is an excellent film, yes; but the original Swedish film trilogy is so much better, was only released a few years ago, and should have been nominated that year for best picture, actor, actress, director, screenplay and foreign language.

    The novels these movies are based on were translated into English, as well as tons of other languages, and have remained in a prominent position at the front of most bookstores from the time they were published, to the time the Swedes made their film versions, and still today.

    Why do filmmakers remake recent movies to which everybody already has access anyway? With Global releasing, they no longer need to remake good movies into their native language just to garner a larger home audience.

    I'm sure this isn't true everywhere; but most of the folks I know who saw this version did so because they'd already seen the original and were curious to watch it again with different actors in a different language. I'm completely fine with that. However, IMO, awards should be reserved for originals. Else the academy needs to add a new category called Best Remake.

    Stieg Larsson may not exactly be rolling in his grave – he may even feel flattered that so many people want to turn his novels into film; but I wish credit were given where it's due with these award things. Hmph.

    February 27, 2012 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Geoff

      Agreed. You made your points with great force. Well said.

      February 27, 2012 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Cookie

      @ MoonDawg- I've seen bother versions, I LOVE the original but the new one made the characters much more approachable. I didn't see them as "characters" like I did with the Swedish Original. Noomy did an amazing job as Lisbeth but Rooney was leaps and bounds more believable, much closer to the books, and frankly gave more to her acting. I rarely find myself as engrossed in a series of movies and they both stand on their own.

      I think instead of people tearing down one and praising the other they should look at them both and know they are incrediable films. Having a "remake" even so close together doesn't take anything away from the original, if anything it should be flattering that someone wants to continue and reimagine something done so wonderfully. Everyone sees remakes as being negative when they should be looking at it like this: they are stand alone projects, niether is trying to outdo or deminish the other. The "AMERICAN" remakes are being made despite people complaining about it, so can we all just get along or shut up already?

      February 27, 2012 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  34. Geoff

    I enjoyed the show this year. Welcome back, Billy Crystal! Thought he did an outstanding job. Hope he'll be back as host next year. Cheers America! Best wishes from Canada.

    February 27, 2012 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
  35. Grandpa RD

    Didn't even bother watching this year... just NO "buzz" or excitement about it, I guess. I decided to watch "How the Universe works" on Netflix instead. Talk about REAL stars! WOW!!!

    February 27, 2012 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
  36. HPfan

    Hugo sucked. I can't believe they gave it so many rewards. Talk about yawn fest. Closed out Harry Potter for that crappy film.

    February 27, 2012 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Carkis

      It won all the technical categories you idiot. Unless you are blind, Hugo was a beautifully shot film.

      February 27, 2012 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
    • HPfan

      How dare you insult me you stupid idiot! I am allowed to express my opinion. I hated Hugo and I don't give a care what you think about it.

      February 27, 2012 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
    • HPfanisamoron

      They're called AWARDS, not "rewards", you genius.

      February 27, 2012 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
    • HPfan

      You have nothing better to do than create an inflammatory ID. Reported.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • @ HPFan

      You're not that good at trolling.

      February 27, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  37. daftshadow

    The Artist made it happened, even a cheap movie can win the Oscars!

    February 27, 2012 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  38. rhinos

    We don't need saving robert. save yourselves from the insane religion of liberalism.

    February 27, 2012 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
    • TampaMel

      Huh! You are bringing politics into a discussion of the movies? You need to get out more.

      February 27, 2012 at 3:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Melody

      Actually we need to save the world from right wing theocracy but your too uneducated to understand that.

      February 27, 2012 at 4:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Remember it was the "Liberals" that created the United States, not the Conservatives. During the Revolutionary War, the "Liberals" fought not only the British Army, but fought a civil war against the conservative colonist loyal to the king. BTW, the liberals won that civil war too.

      February 27, 2012 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Unjoursurcinq

      "your" too uneducated? Don't you mean "you're"?

      February 27, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      Hi Rhinos,

      I didn't say WE needed saving..I said the Rhino's did..and they actually do–i don't think that's liberalism-that's just a fact–or ignore it, and then they disappear. Our choice. As for being a coined a liberal by you, I reject labels–but mostly vote republican, so guess you're wrong there too.

      And to TampaMel, yes, I am actually a movie fan, that is why I came to this board–but I was disappointed with the "show"–I think they somehow forgot they are entertainers, and lost "the show" part of "show business"–it seemed stale and somehow unimportant to what people are facing in this day in age–

      February 27, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • andy

      I really felt alot of other great movies were alot better the the artist and the king speech,warrior was amazing, but was not played at enough theaters to compete with the ones that ones the award,watch the movie.amazing.yes there been alot of comeback movies but it had great storyline,actors and action scenes.the speech was so hard to understand,boring,very dull as the artist was.to many low budget movies being made and winning.if iI wanted to fall asleep id go to bed not pay for that crap.war horse was good but the horse always apearing where the original owner is at makes it to fake.I think movies are being maed so much just to make a movie not for content and quality these days,one out of 10 are really and good.the rest are just great movies covers and pumped up reveiws from no name reviewers.warrior best film in 2011 and nick nolte bast supporting .chris plumber 3rd

      February 28, 2012 at 6:10 am | Report abuse |
  39. robert

    ..let's save the rhinos instead, shall we?

    February 26, 2012 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • TampaMel

      If you are so bored why did you even read and comment? Maybe you're a fan of the Oscars and are trying to keep it a secret.

      February 27, 2012 at 3:00 am | Report abuse |
    • WowOscar

      Agree, I have watched the Oscars for the last 25 years and a lot was missing.
      The Artist and Hugo winning the majority of Oscars says it all. Hopefully next year will get it right.

      February 27, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • moon627

      i thought it was as good a show as any Oscar presentation – love Billy Crystal back as host. All the ladies looked lovely in their gowns and the guys looked classy. I havent seen "The Artist" but i'm sure its a fine film. The only one i saw was "The Help" which was a good movie but the book was better (as usual). And I'm glad the Memorium was not made into the "Whitney Houston show" that we've been subjected to the past week .

      February 27, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |

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