Oscar Winners 2012: Who Went Home with an Academy Award?

From Octavia Spencer and Jean Dujardin to The Artist and Hugo, see who snagged the movie world's biggest prizes on Sunday night

After months of build-up, countless red carpets and hours spent answering two big questions ("Do you have your acceptance speech prepared?" and "Who are you wearing?"), George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Octavia Spencer and the rest of this year's Oscar nominees packed into the venue formerly known as the Kodak Theatre Sunday evening to hear host Billy Crystal crack jokes -- and, of course, to find out who would take home the hardware at the 84th Academy Awards.

While The Artist and Hugo tied for the most statuettes with five wins apiece, the night truly belonged to the former. The mostly silent black-and-white film won for best actor (Jean Dujardin), best director (Michel Hazanavicius), best original score, best costume design and best picture -- the first silent film to take the Academy's top honor since Wings did so at the first Oscars ceremony back in 1929.

Merly Streep, meanwhile, won best actress for her spot-on portrayal of former British Prime Minister Maragaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. It was the third win for the actress -- whose 17 acting nominations are a record -- and her first victory since she won in 1983 for Sophie's Choice.

And The Help's Octavia Spencer and Beginners' Christopher Plummer continued their awards season dominance by taking home the best supporting actress and best supporting actor trophies, respectively.

Here's the full list of this year's big Oscar winners:

Best Picture: The Artist

Best Actress: Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

Best Actor: Jean Dujardin, The Artist

Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, The Help

Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

Best Original Screenplay: Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen

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

Best Animated Feature Film: Rango

Best Foreign Language Film: A Separation (Iran)

Best Original Score: The Artist, Ludovic Bource

Best Original Song: "Man or Muppet" from The Muppets, Bret McKenzie

Best Documentary Feature: Undefeated

Best Film Editing: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Kirk Baxter & Angus Wall

Best Cinematography: Hugo, Richard Richardson

Best Visual Effects: Hugo, Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossmann & Alex Henning

Best Sound Editing: Hugo, Philip Stockton & Eugene Gearty

Best Sound Mixing: Hugo, Tom Fleischman & John Midgley

Best Art Direction: Hugo, Dante Ferretti & Francesca Lo Schiavo

Best Costume Design: The Artist, Mark Bridges

Best Makeup: The Iron Lady, Mark Coulier & J. Roy Helland

Best Live-Action Short Film: The Shore

Best Documentary Short Film: Saving Face

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

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