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Academy Goes Silent! 'Artist' Wins Best Picture, Director and Actor

Meryl Streep wins third Oscar. Christopher Plummer wins and makes history.

Here are the winners of the 2012 Oscars of the 84th Academy Awards.

"The Artist" won Best Picture, director and actor, as well as original score and costume design. It is not only a mostly silent, black-and-white film, but was also filmed in Los Angeles, despite its mostly French backing.

"The Help" took Best Supporting Actress and Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" won five other Academy Awards—for cinematography, art direction, visual effects, sound editing and sound mixing.

Meryl Streep won her third Oscar for Best Actress for "The Iron Lady" and the film won for Best Make-up, too.

Christopher Plummer from "The Beginners" made history being the oldest actor, at 82, to ever win a statuette for Best Supporting Actor. "You're only two years older than me where have you been all my life?" he said to his Oscar at the podium.

Alas, didn't win for Best Actor for "The Descendants" nor did he win for writing "Ides of March." He seemed to shrug it all off.

Follow the Academy Award winners as they happen right here. Winners are in bold. Mr. Studio City was thrown by a few of the awards, but is generally pleased with the picks, getting 17 of the 21 categories (see below). How'd you do?

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And the winners are...

Best Picture
"The Artist"   — WILL WIN
"The Descendants"  — SHOULD WIN
"Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" 
"The Help" 
"Hugo" 
"Midnight in Paris" 
"Moneyball" 
"The Tree of Life" 
"War Horse" 

Best Director
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist — WILL WIN
Alexander Payne, The Descendants —SHOULD WIN
Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life

Best Actor
Demián Bichir in "A Better Life"
George Clooney in "The Descendants"—WILL WIN AND SHOULD WIN
Jean Dujardin in "The Artist"
Gary Oldman in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"
Brad Pitt in "Moneyball"

Best Actress
Glenn Close in "Albert Nobbs"
Viola Davis in "The Help"—WILL WIN
Rooney Mara in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"
Meryl Streep in "The Iron Lady"—SHOULD WIN
Michelle Williams in "My Week with Marilyn"

Best Supporting Actor
Kenneth Branagh in "My Week with Marilyn"
Jonah Hill in "Moneyball"
Nick Nolte in "Warrior"
Christopher Plummer in "Beginners"—WILL WIN
Max von Sydow in "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"—SHOULD WIN

Best Supporting Actress
Bérénice Bejo in "The Artist"
Jessica Chastain in "The Help"
Melissa McCarthy in "Bridesmaids"—SHOULD WIN
Janet McTeer in "Albert Nobbs"
Octavia Spencer in "The Help"—WILL WIN

Best Original Screenplay
"The Artist" Written by Michel Hazanavicius
"Bridesmaids" Written by Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig—SHOULD WIN
"Margin Call" Written by J.C. Chandor
"Midnight in Paris" Written by Woody Allen—WILL WIN 
"A Separation" Written by Asghar Farhadi

Best Adapted Screenplay
"The Descendants" Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash—WILL WIN AND SHOULD WIN
"Hugo" Screenplay by John Logan
"The Ides of March" Screenplay by George Clooney & Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon
"Moneyball" Screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin Story by Stan Chervin
"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" Screenplay by Bridget O'Connor & Peter Straughan

Best Animated Feature
"A Cat in Paris" 
"Chico & Rita" 
"Kung Fu Panda 2" 
"Puss in Boots"—SHOULD WIN
"Rango" —WILL WIN

Best Original Score
"The Adventures of Tintin" John Williams
"The Artist" Ludovic Bource—WILL WIN
"Hugo" Howard Shore
"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" Alberto Iglesias
"War Horse" John Williams—SHOULD WIN

Best Original Song
"Man or Muppet" from "The Muppets" Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie—WILL WIN AND SHOULD WIN
"Real in Rio" from "Rio" Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown Lyric by Siedah Garrett

Best Art Direction
"The Artist"
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2"—SHOULD WIN
"Hugo"—WILL WIN
"Midnight in Paris"
"War Horse"

Best Costume Design
"Anonymous" Lisy Christl
"The Artist" Mark Bridges—WILL WIN AND SHOULD WIN
"Hugo" Sandy Powell
"Jane Eyre" Michael O'Connor
"W.E." Arianne Phillips

Best Cinematography
"The Artist" Guillaume Schiffman—WILL WIN
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" Jeff Cronenweth
"Hugo" Robert Richardson
"The Tree of Life" Emmanuel Lubezki
"War Horse" Janusz Kaminski—SHOULD WIN

Best Editing
"The Artist" Anne-Sophie Bion and Michel Hazanavicius—WILL WIN
"The Descendants" Kevin Tent
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
"Hugo" Thelma Schoonmaker—SHOULD WIN
"Moneyball" Christopher Tellefsen

Best Visual Effects
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2"— SHOULD WIN
"Hugo"-WILL WIN
"Real Steel"
"Rise of the Planet of the Apes"
"Transformers: Dark of the Moon"

Best Make-Up
"Albert Nobbs"
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2"—SHOULD WIN
"The Iron Lady"—WILL WIN

Best Sound Editing
"Drive" 
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" 
"Hugo" —WILL WIN
"Transformers: Dark of the Moon" —SHOULD WIN
"War Horse" 

Best Sound Mixing
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"
"Hugo"—WILL WIN
"Moneyball"
"Transformers: Dark of the Moon"
"War Horse"—SHOULD WIN

Best Documentary
"Hell and Back Again"
"If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front"
"Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory"—SHOULD WIN
"Pina"
"Undefeated"—WILL WIN

Best Foreign Film
"Bullhead" Belgium
"Footnote" Israel
"In Darkness" Poland
"Monsieur Lazhar" Canada
"A Separation" Iran—WILL WIN AND SHOULD WIN

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