The Artist was the big winner at the Oscars last night as it walked away with five gongs, including Best Picture, Best Director & Best Actor.

But there were few surprises on the night as all the favourites walked away with awards.

The Artist has been the one to beat on the awards circuit over the last few weeks and it proved to be the case again last night as it got the better of The Descendants.

The two films went head to head in Best Picture, Best Director & best Actor with the black ad white silent movie coming out on top in all three.

George Clooney's wait for Best Actor Oscar goes on as first time nominee Jean Dujardin scooped the prize.

It may have been a thirty year wait but Meryl Streep finally got her hands on another Best Actress prize for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady.

Streep's favourite tag slipped last week with some bookmakers as Viola Davis just snuck ahead for her role in The Help - but it was not to be.

In the supporting categories the dominance of Octavia Spencer and Christopher Plummer went on as they were recognised once again for their work in The Help & Beginners.

But The Descendants did not go away empty handed as Alexander Payne did gets his hands on an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.

There was also a win for Woody Allen for Best Original Screenplay for the super charming movie Midnight In Paris.

Rango was the big winner in the animation category whilst A Separation can now add the Oscar to it's growing collection of awards for Best Foreign Film.

Full list of winners:

- Best Picture

The Artist

- Best Actress

Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

- Best Actor

Jean Dujardin, The Artist

- Best Director

Michel Hazanivicius, The Artist

- Short Film (Animated)

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

- Documentary Short Subject

Saving Face

- Short Film (Live Action)

The Shore

- Best Original Screenplay

Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

- Best Adapted Screenplay

Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, The Descendants

- Music (Original Song)

"Man or Muppet" from The Muppets, Bret McKenzie

- Music (Original Score)

Ludovic Bource, The Artist

- Supporting Actor

Christopher Plummer, Beginners

- Visual Effects

Hugo

- Best Animated Feature

Rango

- Documentary Feature

Undefeated

- Sound Mixing

Hugo

- Sound Editing

Hugo

- Film Editing

Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

- Supporting Actress

Octavia Spencer, The Help

- Best Foreign Feature

A Separation

- Makeup

- Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland, The Iron Lady

- Costume Design

The Artist

- Art Direction

Hugo

- Cinematography

Hugo

FemaleFirst Helen Earnshaw


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