Complete List of Oscar Winners at the 84th Academy Awards

84th Academy Awards

The Artist - PosterThere were no major surprises at the 84th Academy Awards, in a very traditional ceremony hosted by Billy Crystal. It was appropriate at this ceremony that was looking back that French film The Artist, set during and emulating the silent films of the Golden Era of Hollywood, took out the top prize.

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  • Best Picture: The Artist
  • Actor: Jean Durjardin, The Artist
  • Actress: Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
  • Hugo got off to an early start with two victories in Cinematography and Art Direction, and also went on to win Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects
  • The Artist got its first award for Costume Design
  • The Oscar for Actor in a Leading Role went to Jean Dujardin in, you guessed it, The Artist
  • Octavia Spencer predictably won for The Help, beating out a strong field
  • Best Supporting Actor went to elder statesman Christopher Plummer for Beginners. At 82, he is the oldest actor to win the award.
  • Woody Allen won his fourth Oscar, the first since 1987, for Best Original Screenplay for Midnight in Paris

Complete nominees are below. WINNERS marked in red.

Actor in a Leading Role

Actor in a Supporting Role

Actress in a Leading Role

Actress in a Supporting Role

Animated Feature Film

Art Direction

  • The Artist Production Design: Laurence Bennett; Set Decoration: Robert Gould
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan
  • HugoWINNER Production Design: Dante Ferretti; Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo
  • Midnight in Paris“  Production Design: Anne Seibel; Set Decoration: Hélène Dubreuil
  • War Horse“  Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Lee Sandales


Costume Design


Documentary (Feature)

  • “Hell and Back Again” Danfung Dennis and Mike Lerner
  • “If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front”  Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman
  • “Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory”  Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs
  • Pina“  Wim Wenders and Gian-Piero Ringel
  • “Undefeated” WINNERS TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay and Richard Middlemas

Documentary (Short Subject)

  • “The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement”  Robin Fryday and Gail Dolgin
  • “God Is the Bigger Elvis”  Rebecca Cammisa and Julie Anderson
  • “Incident in New Baghdad” James Spione
  • “Saving Face” WINNER Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
  • “The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom”  Lucy Walker and Kira Carstensen

Film Editing

Foreign Language Film

  • Bullhead Belgium
  • Footnote Israel
  • In Darkness Poland
  • Monsieur Lazhar Canada
  • A Separation Iran WINNER


Music (Original Score)

Music (Original Song)

  • “Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets” Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie WINNER
  • “Real in Rio” from “Rio” Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown Lyric by Siedah Garrett

Best Picture

  • The Artist Thomas Langmann, Producer WINNER
  • The Descendants Jim Burke, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Producers
  • Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close Scott Rudin, Producer
  • The Help Brunson Green, Chris Columbus and Michael Barnathan, Producers
  • Hugo Graham King and Martin Scorsese, Producers
  • Midnight in Paris“ Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum, Producers
  • Moneyball Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz and Brad Pitt, Producers
  • The Tree of Life Nominees to be determined
  • War Horse“ Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers

Short Film (Animated)

  • “Dimanche/Sunday” Patrick Doyon
  • “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg WINNER
  • “La Luna” Enrico Casarosa
  • “A Morning Stroll” Grant Orchard and Sue Goffe
  • “Wild Life” Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby

Short Film (Live Action)

  • “Pentecost” Peter McDonald and Eimear O’Kane
  • “Raju” Max Zähle and Stefan Gieren
  • “The Shore” Terry George and Oorlagh George WINNER
  • “Time Freak” Andrew Bowler and Gigi Causey
  • “Tuba Atlantic” Hallvar Witzø

Sound Editing

Sound Mixing

Visual Effects

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

  • The Descendants“ Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash WINNERS
  • 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

Writing (Original Screenplay)

  • “The Artist” Written by Michel Hazanavicius
  • Bridesmaids“ Written by Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig
  • “Margin Call” Written by J.C. Chandor
  • Midnight in Paris Written by Woody Allen WINNER
  • A Separation Written by Asghar Farhadi