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February 27, 2012  | by: Nicholas Persad

The 84th Annual Academy Awards

The Oscars have gotten its swagger back!

Usually a predictable bore, the most anticipated award show of the season has regained its title as the “Most Surprising Award Show” after last night’s 84th Annual Academy Awards ceremony.

The E! pre-show was definitely the perfect indication of how outrageous the ceremony was going to be. While walking the red carpet, Sasha Baron Cohen, dressed as his upcoming character The Dictator, did the unexpected when he dumped ashes on Ryan Seacrest while being interviewed by the E! host. Cohen was visibly absent after that incident and Seacrest, in all his metro-sexual glory, stopped interviewing celebs in favor of a wardrobe change. First jaw dropping moment of the night!

Once the show started, previous Oscar host Billy Crystal proved he is still one of the funniest guys in the biz. His opening montage about the nominated films was hysterical and included cameos from different celebs like The Biebs as well as some lip-lock action with George Clooney. Funny stuff!

The first two awards belonged to Hugo in the categories for Cinematography and Art Direction.

The first acting accolade went to the amazing Octavia Spencer for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Help. Spencer was the clear front-runner for the Oscar, and she received the first standing ovation of the night during her tearful acceptance speech.

Christopher Plummer, at 82-years-old, became the oldest recipient of an Oscar in an acting category. The veteran actor won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in Beginners. Plummer also received a standing ovation and graciously thanked his wife for her continuous support over many years.

Octavia Spencer's tearful acceptance speech

A stellar performance by Cirque Du Soleil brought in the third standing ovation. Celebs love nothing better than half-naked retired gymnasts performing tricks.

The Muppets won an Oscar, to the delight of Kermit and Miss Piggy who were in attendance, for Best Original Song.

Meryl Streep, aka the best actress of all time, won the Best Actress Oscar for her role in The Iron Lady. No surprise there!

Jean Dujardin reacts after winning the Best Actor Oscar

However, the final shock of the night belonged to The Artist. The silent film won the Oscar for Best Picture, Best Director for Michel Hazanavicius and Best Actor for Jean Dujardin. No Oscar for you George Clooney!

Overall, this Academy Awards was the most entertaining in years. Let’s keep the momentum for next year.

Here is a full list of the winners:

Academy Award for Achievement in Cinematography: Hugo

Academy Award for Achievement in Art Direction: Hugo

Academy Award for Achievement in Costume Design: The Artist

Academy Award for Achievement in Makeup: The Iron Lady

Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film: A Separation (Iran)

Academy Award for Actress in a Supporting Role: Octavia Spencer, The Help

Academy Award for Achievement in Film Editing: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Academy Award for Achievement in Sound Editing: Hugo

Academy Award for Achievement in Sound Mixing: Hugo

Academy Award for Best Documentary Film: Undefeated

Academy Award for Best Animated Film: Rango

Academy Award for Achievement in Visual Effects: Hugo

Academy Award for Actor in a Supporting Role: Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Academy Award for Best Original Score: The Artist

Academy Award for Best Original Song: The Muppets

Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay: The Descendants

Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay: Midnight in Paris

Academy Award for Best Live Action Short: The Shore

Academy Award for Best Documentary Short: Saving Face

Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

Academy Award for Achievement in Directing: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

Honorary Oscars: Oprah Winfrey, James Earl Jones, and Dick Smith

Academy Award for Actor in a Leading Role: Jean Dujardin, The Artist

Academy Award for Actress in a Leading Role: Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

Academy Award for Best Picture: The Artist

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