It was a star studded night in Hollywood at the 84th annual Academy Awards.

The silent film “The Artist” and Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” were the big winners, walking away with five Oscars each.

Other big winners of the evening included Octavia Spencer for her role in “The Help,” Meryl Streep for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady” and Christopher Plummer for “Beginnings”

Oscar Winners/Nomination List

Plummer’s wins also gave him the honour of being the oldest actor to win an Oscar – a title previously held by the late Jessica Tandy for her role in “Driving Miss Daisy.”

“You’re only two years older than me darling, where have you been all my life?” said Plummer, 82, as he regarded the golden statuette at the 84th edition of the awards.

Plummer beat out Kenneth Branagh, Jonah Hill, Nick Nolte and Max von Sydow. He took the stage to a standing ovation.

Jean Dujardin became the first French actor to win an acting Oscar for his role in “The Artist.”

Director and writer Woody Allen won for Original Screenplay for his film “Midnight in Paris” however he was, once again, not in attendance.

Showbiz editor Gloria Martin and movie reporter Leslie James live tweeted their thoughts on the evening.



Meryl Streep was awarded her third Oscar. Her previous win was 29 years ago when she won for “Sophie’s Choice.” She had lost 13 times in a row since then.  Her first win came in 1979 for her role in “Kramer vs Kramer.”

Funny man Billy Crystal returned to host the show for his 9th time. Crystal stepped in after Eddie Murphy dropped out as host.  The evening began with Crystal’s traditional montage to the nominated films, followed by a musical number.

Cirque du Soleil also dazzled the crowd with a stunning tribute to the movies.