The 84th Academy Awards featured a showdown between a black-and-white silent film, a civil rights-era film and Mississippi maids and a 3-D film based on the earliest days of the movie industry. In the end “The Artist” took home the Oscar.

Meryl Streep took home the best actress Oscar for her role in “The Iron Lady.”

The Academy Award for best actor went to Jean Dujardin for his role in “The Artist.”

“The Help” co-star Octavia Spencer won the Oscar for best supporting actress.

The Academy Award for best supporting actor went to Christopher Plummer for his role in “Beginners.”

Full list

Best Picture: The Artist

Best Actor: Jean Dujardin, The Artist

Best Actress: Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, The Help

Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Directing: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

Cinematography: Hugo

Art Direction: Hugo

Costume Design: The Artist

Makeup: The Iron Lady

Foreign Language Film: A Separation, Iran.

Film Editing: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Sound Editing: Hugo

Sound Mixing: Hugo

Documentary Feature: Undefeated

Animated Feature Film: Rango

Visual Effects: Hugo

Original Score: The Artist

Original Song: Man or Muppet from The Muppets

Adapted Screenplay: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, The Descendants

Original Screenplay: Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

Live Action Short Film: The Shore

Documentary (short subject): Saving Face

Animated Short Film: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore

“So tonight, enjoy yourselves because nothing can take the sting out of the world’s economic problems like watching millionaires present each other with golden statues.”
Billy Crystal, Oscars host

“When they called my name, I had this feeling I could hear half of America going, ‘Oh no. Come on… Her, again?’ You know. But, whatever.”
Meryl Streep, Best Actress, for The Iron Lady

“It’s funny because in 1929, it wasn’t Billy Crystal but Douglas Fairbanks who hosted the first Oscars ceremony. Tickets cost five dollars and it lasted 15 minutes. Times have changed.”
Jean Dujardin, Best Actor, for The Artist


“I want to thank Uggie the dog. I think he doesn’t care, I’m not sure he understands what I say. He’s not that good, but thank you.”
Michel Hazanavicius, Best Director, for The Artist


On watching The Help: “When I came out of the house, I wanted to hug the first black woman that I saw, and in Beverly Hills, that’s a 40-minute drive.”
Billy Crystal


“I want to thank everybody who is here tonight, and everybody who isn’t, and everybody who has ever been born or may be born or be born again or reborn. If I’ve forgotten anybody then you probably know who you are.”
Philip Stockton, winner of Best Sound Editing, for Hugo


“I like animation because you can play anything. If you’re a white man, you can play an Arabian prince. And if you’re a black man you can play a donkey, or a zebra! I’ve done animation, and it’s the easiest job in the world. They tell me the line, I say it, and then they give me a million dollars!”
Chris Rock, presenting the Oscar for Best Animated Film


“I was genuinely star-struck when I met Kermit the Frog. Like many stars here tonight, he’s a lot shorter in real life.”
Bret McKenzie, winner for Best Original Song, Man or Muppet, in The Muppets


“I’m wearing John Galliano but the socks are from K-Mart. As Saddam Hussein once said to me: ‘Socks are socks – don’t waste money.’”
Sacha Baron Cohen, on the red carpet as his new character General Aladeen


“[To his Oscar statuette] You’re only two years older than me darling, where have you been all my life?”
Christopher Plummer, winner of Best Supporting Actor, for Beginners