Live Blogging the Oscars 2012: "The Artist" Wins Best Picture

Posted 5:02 PM February 26th, 2012 by Binh Ngo

Hey, everyone! We'll be live blogging the Oscars as it happens. Right now, the stars are going through the Red Carpet.

It looks like the carpet area is starting to thin out and the action is shifting into the theater lobby area. You can follow the action online over at ABC.

All right, the show will begin in 25 minutes or so. That's 5:30 pm PST.

Sandra Bullock is still out in the Red Carpet area. Talk about being fashionably late. And so are Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

Photo ops for Pitt and Jolie without anyone else getting in the way. Those wily Oscar vets!

Oh, no! Cameron Diaz's look getting called out by one of the fashion experts. She didn't like what Diaz is doing. Hope it's not the hair gel.

Last call and Pitt and Jolie are still out in the carpet.

It's almost show time!

Morgan Freeman is speaking.

The opening montage is on. Billy Crystal and The Bieber!

The Artist, Hugo, The Help, The Bridesmaid and others in the montage. The Adventures of Tintin as well.

Billy Crystal is singing out the nine Best Picture nominees right now. Before that he was making a joke about the 1% presenting each other with gold statues.

Tom Hanks is the first presenter for Best Cinematography.

And the winner goes to ... Hugo!

It's Hugo for Art Direction as well.

We're back from the commercial break and another montage.

Jennifer Lopez and Cameron Diaz are presenting for Best Costume Design and Makeup. Lopez's dress is pretty stunning. Or rather, she looks stunning in that dress.

The winner for Best Costume Design goes to The Artist.

Best Makeup goes to The Iron Lady.

Actress in a Supporting Role coming after the commercial break.

Sandra Bullock is presenting for Best Foreign Language Film. Winner, A Separation. Bullock speaking some German there.

Christian Bale is presenting for Actress in a Supporting Role. The winner is Ocatavia Spencer.

Another commercial break. No surprises in the winners so far.

Bradley Cooper and someone whose name I can't recalled at the moment are presenting for Best Film Editing, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing.

The winner is The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo for Film Editing and Hugo for Sound Editing and Sound Mixing.

Ocatavia Spencer is very emotional in the backstage area. Happy for her.

Senh: Alright, it's time for me to take over for Binh while he grabs a bite. Expect lots of grammical errors to come.

Just missed the Muppets, but Cirque Du Soleil never fails to impress.

"Undefeated" wins Best Documentary Feature.

Holy moly, it's Chris Rock. He killed.

"Rango" Wins Best Animated Feature Film. No surprise here. It's one of the best reviewed and also did decent biz at the box office. Good for ILM. I was rooting for one of the cel-animated features - either "A Cat in Paris" or "Chico & Rita." It would have been a nice change to have one of them win again.

"Hugo" wins Best Visual Effects. It's taking all - alright, most - of the technical categories.

Christopher Plummer takes Best Supporting Actor for "Beginners." Again, no surprise here. Great speech. He's a charmer.

Man, this live blogging thing is pretty hard. The show's moving too quickly!

Ludovic Bource wins Best Original Score for "The Artist." What a surprise. "Hugo" didn't take home another technical award. John Williams was nominated twice - for "War Horse" and "The Adventures of Tintin" - but no trophy.

Bret Mckenzie wins Best Original Song for "The Muppets." Yay, "The Muppets!"

Thanks commercial break for allowing me to catch up. If anyone thinks the Oscars is too long, you should live blog it! Time flies when you're live blogging the show.

Angelina Jolie - the original girl with the dragon tattoo. Good one, Mr. Crystal.

Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash win Best Adapted Screenplay for "The Descendants."

Woody Allen wins Best Original Screenplay for "Midnight in Paris."


Bathroom break.

Best Live-Action Short goes to "The Shore." And Best Documentary Short Subject goes to "Saving Face."

Best Animated Short Film goes to "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore." Pixar's "La Luna" didn't win.

Michel Hazanavicius wins Best Director for "The Artist." The first big win for "The Artist."

Just looked through Binh's predictions. Wow, he's been pretty good so far, wrong for just one category: Best Cinematography.

Another one for "The Artist." Jean Dujardin wins Best Actor.

Oh wow, indeed. Meryl Streep wins - again - for "The Iron Lady." I thought the Golden Globes made a mistake when they gave her the award then, but ... Critics might not think much of the film, but she was great enough in the movie to take home the award for a third time. Good for her.

"The Artist" wins Best Picture.

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