By Osagie Alonge
The Iron lady is back!
Last night Hollywood actress Meryl Streep bagged her third Oscar award at the 84th Academy Awards, her first in 30 years.
Streep who won the ‘Best Actress’ award for her role as Margaret Thatcher in 2011 movie ‘The Iron Lady’ came dressed in a golden gown, blending in with the theme colour of the awards.
The last time the US actress (and occasional singer) won the award was in 1982 after her first win in 1979.
Streep edged out Glenn Close, Viola Davis, Rooney Mara and Michelle Williams to win the big prize.
Pundits describe Streep’s win as a close tie between herself and African-American Davis who was hoping to break Halle Berry’s record as being the only woman of African American descent to have won the award for Best Actress. Davis played lead role in drama movie ‘The Help’.
Revered movie director one-time Oscar winner Martin Scorsese lost the ‘Best Director’ award to Michel Hazanavicius but was honoured by almost every winner of the night. Scorsese was nominated for the adventure-drama film ‘Hugo’ which bagged five awards, the highest of the night alongside ‘The Artist’.
Scorsese won the award for Best Director for the same movie at the Golden Globe Awards in January this year and was a recipient of the BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award in February
The emotional moment though most have been when African-American Octavia Spencer won the award for ‘Best Supporting Actress’ for the drama ‘The Help’. Co-star
It was also a night for another veteran Canadian theatre, film and television actor Christopher Plummer who walked away with the ‘Best Supporting Actor’ award for his role in the 2010 romantic comedy-drama film ‘Beginners’. It was the 82 year old’s first Oscar win.
The biggest OMG moment of the night had to be when Sacha Baron Cohen came dressed as ‘General Aladeen’ from his upcoming film ‘The Dictator’ managing to upstage Hollywood’s most beautiful stars on the Oscar red carpet!
Full winners list below…
Best Cinematography: Robert Richardson, ‘Hugo’
Best Art Direction: Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schavo, ‘Hugo’
Best Costume Design: Mark Bridges, ‘The Artist’
Best Makeup: Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland, ‘The Iron Lady’
Best Foreign Language Film: ‘A Separation’
Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, ‘The Help’
Best Editing: Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall, ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’
Best Sound Editing: Phillip Stockton and Eugene Gearty, ‘Hugo’
Best Sound Mixing: Tom Fleischman and John Midgley, ‘Hugo’
Best Documentary: ‘Undefeated’
Best Animated Feature: ‘Rango’
Best Visual Effects: ‘Hugo’
Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, ‘Beginners’
Best Original Score: Ludovic Bource, ‘The Artist’
Best Original Song: Bret McKenzie, ‘Man or Muppet’
Best Adapted Screenplay: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, ‘The Descendants’
Best Original Screenplay: Woody Allen, ‘Midnight in Paris’
Best Live Action Short: ‘The Shore’
Best Documentary Short: ‘Saving Face’
Best Animated Short: ‘The Fantastic Flying Books Of Mr. Morris Lessmore’
Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius, ‘The Artist’
Best Actor: Jean Dujardin, ‘The Artist’
Best Actress: Meryl Streep, ‘The Iron Lady’
Best Picture: ‘The Artist’
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