A Dazzling, Memorable Night for the Golden Statues

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LOS ANGELES, Cal. — The 84th Annual Academy Awards made history Sunday night in several ways; first and foremost by awarding the Best Picture statue to the first silent movie since the first Oscars ceremony in 1929.

“The Artist”,  the black-and-white silent film about Hollywood’s difficult transition to the “talkies,” also earned best director and lead actor awards.  For the first time in Academy Awards history, a French actor (Jean Dujardin) and a French filmmaker (Michel Hazanavicius) took the academy’s top acting and directing awards.

At age 82, Christopher Plummer made history as the oldest actor to win an Oscar, taking Best Supporting Actor for his role in “Beginners.” He received a touching standing ovation for the honor.

Click here for pictures from the award ceremony.

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Octavia Spencer received overwhelming applause and support as well when she won Best Supporting Actress for “The Help.”

Meryl Streep won the third Oscar of her life, winning the Best Actress award for her “The Iron Lady.”

“I thought I was so old and jaded, but they call your name and you… you just sort of go into, I don’t know.. a white light. And it was just thrilling,” Streep said.

Oscars nostalgia was in the air, too, with returning host Billy Crystal bringing back his classic routine plus song and dance for the ninth time.

And Martin Scorsese who got in on the fun and received plenty of attention from presenters throughout the night, always contributes to history. His film “Hugo” won 5 of its 11 nominations.

Click here for the complete list of winners.

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