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The Artist was the big winner at the 84th Academy Awards with a total of five Oscars, including Best Picture.
The French-made black-and-white film which pays homage to silent cinema has been blazing a trail through awards season with big wins at the Golden Globes and BAFTAs, continued it's success with the coveted Best Picture gong and awards for Best Directing (for Michel Hazanavicis), Best Actor for Jean Dujardin, Best Original Music Score for Ludovic Bource and Best Costume Design.
Tying with The Artist with five Oscars was Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, also a tribute to early cinema. The 3D fantasy film earned Oscars for its art direction, cinematography, sound mixing, sound editing, and visual effects.
Meryl Streep picked up her third Oscar for playing former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady and Christopher Plummer, at the age of 82, became the oldest person to receive an acting Oscar by winning Best Supporting Actor for Beginners.