The 84th Annual Academy Awards (2012) Script

Live, from the Hollywood and highland center, we honor the highest achievements in filmmaking, on the 84th annual Academy awards.

Ladies and gentlemen, Morgan Freeman.

Since the very first Oscar ceremony in 1929, the movies have changed.

But there is one constant that is true for all generations.

Whether we are seeing a film that is live action or animated, black and white or in color, with sound or silent, all of us are mesmerized by the magic of the movies.

This magnificent event enables us to celebrate the present and look back at its glorious past.

This is the 84th annual Academy awards.

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Please wake up.

We're all ready for you to come home.

Where you belong.

Is this the villa?

George, let's make pasta, and maybe it'll rain.

Say I'm Batman.

It'll help me.

Okay.

It's okay.

You have to do it, Billy.

The Academy has you, the youngest hippest writers in town.

Clams, you're giving me clams.

This is the best we got?

We're trying to solve the problem here, Billy.

The problem is, I don't have enough jokes.

Jonah, do I have enough jokes?

You do not.

Oh.

Guy, it's midnight.

Hey, you come over here.

Me?

Come here.

Come here.

Justin Bieber.

Yeah, man, what's up?

What are you doing here.

I'm here to get you the 18 to 24 demographic.

Great, thanks.

So how long do you want me to sit here for?

A couple of seconds I think will do it.

All right.

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perfect.

Cool.

So where do you go now.

Hang out with Hemmingway and Fitzgerald.

Then we're going to kill Hitler.

You want to come?

More than you.

Billy his *

Sinatra or * - stop it! This guy... Have fun storming the furor.

All right.

Good luck, pop.

Yeah, okay.

Mm-mm.

It's like there's a little piece of you in every bite.

I'm glad you like it.

What's in it.

That good vanilla from Mexico and something else real special.

Minny, you work for me.

You got to tell me.

It's your duty, isn't it?

Oh.

Don't eat the pie.

Get away from me.

Sorry.

Ew.

Look away.

Okay.

I got to see the films.

Are you sure this is a scorsese movie?

Nobody's gotten whacked yet.

Leave the towels by the door.

I had a "do not disturb" on.

Wow!

This 3d is amazing.

It's like Tom Cruise is in the room with me.

Is this the 141st room.

No, this is 140.

My films.

[ Playing the theme mission: Impossible]

Aaagh!

You've been nominated.

Get out of the way.

Look out.

I gotta capture this.

You're going to like the way I look.

I guarantee it.

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why can't you two get along.

This is where your dreams come from.

How dare you show your face to me.

Hit me.

Hit me, hit me.

Come on, come on.

[ Applause ]

Would you say something?

Should I do this?

Now it's time to go to work.

Cut.

Show time.

Announcer: Ladies and gentlemen, Billy Crystal.

[ Applause ]

Thank you.

Thank you.

Thank you.

Thank you.

Well, that was extremely lo loud & incredibly close. Thank you so much.

"Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close," that's how my relatives are watching the show.

This is -- this is my ninth time hosting the Oscars.

[ Applause ]

So tonight just call me "War Horse."

We're here at the beautiful chapter 11 theater.

To celebrate a Hollywood tradition that not only creates memories for the ages but breeds resentments that last a lifetime.

We are part of a great industry, a great industry.

Movies have been able to provide entertainment with we need a place to get away from it.

Like the great speech James Earl Jones made in "field of dreams", hello sir.

That great speech when he talked about baseball, he said in that movie that baseball has always been there during good times and hard times and just as people turn to baseball, the movies have always been there for us.

They're the place to go to laugh, to cry, to question, to text.

So tonight enjoy yourself because nothing can take the sting out of the world's economic problems like watching millionaires present each other with golden statues.

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♪ it's a wonderful night for Oscar Oscar Oscar ♪

♪ you didn't think I wasn't going to do this did you ♪

♪ we got to hustle because the nine nominated films are ♪

♪ he won't talk don't ask him he won't talk ♪

? don't ask him "The Artist" wins he'll say merci beaucoup ?

the horse is the horse because is horse * and now the Oscar is the famous spin Mr. Joey ?

♪ Hanks is a memory ♪

? Brad is the manager caught in a riddle, Johnny used to have much more to his middle ?

? it's great that you shed weight but kid if you lose tonight I think you should know there's seven cupcakes after the show ?

? when scorsese and no one is in the splints that "Hugo."

No pesci, no bombs, no killing, no mob it's just "Hugo" ?

? but it's true I prefer the sequel you don't be so cocky crash their heads shoot Ben Kingsley in bed because you're Marty ?

♪ what's it all about Malick "the Tree Of Life" was a bit odd Malick ♪

♪ I heard it even freaked out God explain it Malick ♪

♪ George is cracking up because his wife is shacking up ♪

♪ George is cracking up because his wife is shacking up ♪

? she's comatose so it makes it hard to tell her you're mad your film

"the ides of march" and "The Descendants" but nominations have to prove ?

? "The Descendants" is a cinema delight and if they want to welcome you maybe Oscar will be laying George tonight ?

♪ Hawaiian Hawaiian ♪

? I love "midnight in Paris" that rich romantic style ?

♪ and Owen was so great as Woody the gentile ♪

? barely slept oh the crap that they slept yes the South gave birth to "The Help" ?

? the girl was white and they wrote about it now they had a choice they had a choice ?

? they chose to shout it and now "The Help" and the rest are all Hollywood's best ?

♪ it's the Oscars so take off your shoes ♪

? it's a party for one for the rest it's the birth of the blue that's nice that's nice... ?

thank you so much.

We'll have a great show.

Here to present our first award, two-time Oscar winner, mister Tom Hanks.

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every Oscar show is special.

No more than tonight as each of you here may be comparing where you are sitting relative to celebrity seat-filler Carl Swaybeau.

Carl, give us a wave.

Where are you?

There you are, my man.

Carl, Carl has been seat filling at the Oscars for

59 years now starting back, his first night in a cheap rental tux was when "the greatest show on earth" won best picture at the pantages.

Carl is currently filling the seat of the beautiful Jennifer Lopez, who is backstage right now, preping for her time as a presenter, she'll be back in her seat soon and Carl, well, he'll be moving around the house.

It's a big night for you, Carl.

Congratulations.

Okay.

He's not really a seat filler.

He's just a guy but nonetheless.

Now, let's give away a couple of Academy awards.

The filmmaker makes the film but these first two categories make the films look the way they do.

First up, here are the nominees for achievement in cinematography.

"The Artist" -- Guillaume Schiffman "The Girl With The Dragon tattoo" -- Jeff Cronenweth "Hugo" -- Robert Richardson "the Tree Of Life" --

Emmanuel Lubezki "war horse" -- Janusz Kaminski.

And the Oscar goes to --

"Hugo," Robert Richardson.

This is the third Academy award and seventh nomination for Robert Richardson.

He took home his first two Oscars for "jfk" and "the aviator."

I can't believe somebody put cinematography up first.

That can only go up from this point.

I want to thank you all.

Marty, you're a genius, as usual and Graham, sticking in there all the way.

I'd love to thank Ian Chris, Gregor, Conshonn Maya, to all the past, future and present filmmakers, this is for you.

[ Applause ]

Here are the nominees for achievement in art direction.

"The Artist" -- production design by Laurence Bennett and set decoration by Robert gould.

"Harry Potter and the deathly hallows part 2," production design by Stuart Craig and set decoration by Stephenie McMillan.

"Hugo," production design by Dante Ferretti and set decoration by francesca lo Schiavo.

"Midnight in Paris," production design by Anne Seibel and set decoration by Helene Dubreuil.

"War Horse," production design by Rick Carter and set decoration by Lee Sandales.

And the Oscar goes to --

"Hugo," Dante Ferretti production designer, francesca lo Schivao set decoration.

This is the third Academy award for husband and wife team Dante Ferretti and francesca lo Schivao.

They took home the first Oscar for this category **

thank you to the Academy for this prestigious award and great thank you goes to Graham, the producer and my art apartment.

But most of all my very special thank you to an exceptional director who guide us through this wonderful journey, Martin scorsese.

Thank you, thank you, thank you and grazie, Martin.

This is for Martin and for Italy.

[ Applause ]

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Meryl Streep has a record 17 Oscar nominations and 2 wins.

Will this evening mark her first Oscar win since 1982?

Meryl Streep.

We'll find out tonight.

Announcer: The Academy awards will continue with -- Cameron Diaz --

Jennifer Lopez -- and Sandra bullock.

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> Welcome back.

Tonight here at the your name here theater, it's been designed to look like the movie palaces of our youth.

Now, growing up there was something special you could only get from sitting in a movie theater, bedbugs.

When we were young we had a thrilling experience in a movie theater.

Some of it was actually watching the movies but now, people watch movies on their phones.

Give me the big screen any time.

My iPad.

But one thing remains the same, our love affair with the cinema started with a simple thing.

One in the summer of 1966.

Let's go to the movies.

My mom always said, life was like a box of chocolates.

You never know what you're going to get.

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I love you, Molly.

You're going to need a bigger boat.

Houston, we have a problem.

We're getting married in five hours.

That's not going to happen.

Those aren't pillows.

Aaagh!

Ha, ha.

Yeah, baby.

Are you the little girl making all that big noise?

Huh?

Aaagh!

I love the smell of it in the morning.

I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse.

I want the truth.

You can't handle the truth.

Aaagh!

Use the force, Luke.

I'll be right here.

I'm walking here.

I'm walking here.

Adrian!

Yes, yes, yes, oh!

I'll have what she's having.

[ Applause ]

You know, that lovely lady was rob Reiner's mom that gave that line.

That was a long time ago.

That's when movies were actually made on film.

Please welcome a recurring dream of mine, Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez.

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Edith head, the brilliant costume designer, once said, "a dress should be tight enough to show you're a woman."

"And loose enough to prove you're a lady."

She won eight Oscars, the most of any costume designer in history.

Let's find out now who's on the road to giving Ms. Edith a run for her money.

Here are the nominees for achievement in costume design.

"Anonymous" -- costume design by Lisy Christl.

When I met Lisy Christl she said I don't want to make costumes, I want to create reality.

"The Artist" -- costume design by Mark Bridges.

I want the * fitting that the characters shrink a little bit.

"Hugo" -- costume design by Sandy Powell.

You start to understand more not just about the way the people dressed but thought and felt.

Sandy Powell is a phenomenal costume designer.

"Jane eyre" -- costume design by Michael O'Connor.

Was able to bring a sense of unified aesthetic.

What he made at the end was quite special.

"W.E." -- Costume design by Arianne Phillips.

When you work with Arianne, you must bring the same amount of devotion that she does.

And the Oscar goes to --

mark Bridges, "The Artist."

Mark Bridges helped liven the scene even though the film was then converted to black and white.

This is his first Academy award.

Wow, this is thrilling.

I want to thank Michel Hazanavicius for making a beautiful film and having me along for the ride, Thomas Langmann for believing in the film and I'm getting the resources together to make it and Harvey Weinstein and the Weinstein company for getting it out to the world.

I want to thank my wonderful crew and, you know, I was just a kid from niagara falls who dreamed, ate and slept movies so I want to thank the Academy for this honor and for making a lifelong dream come true.

Thank you.

[ Applause ]

This year's nominees for makeup run the gamut.

From transforming a woman, so she could live like a man in

19th century Ireland, to the fantasy world of wizards.

To replicating one of the most iconic leaders of the 20th century.

Here are the nominees for achievement in makeup.

"Albert Nobbs" -- martial Corneville, Lynn johnston and Matthew W. Mungle.

I never would have done this movie without martial Corneville, I would not because it's just that tricky to do a short wick like that and have the life he put in it.

Very difficult.

"Harry Potter and the deathly hallows part 2" -- Nick Dudman, Amanda knight and Lisa Tomblin.

It started in the morning.

All the magic started in the morning in the makeup room.

Ordinary people arrived and extraordinary people left that room.

What's amazing for me as an actor is when you look in the mirror and you see nothing of you looking back.

It's an amazing experience.

"The Iron Lady" -- Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland.

I could not convince myself I was her and I couldn't have convinced the other actors that I was her without their unbelievably stellar, exceptional work.

And the Oscar for makeup goes to --

well, you take a chance.

Hello, everybody.

You take a chance.

"The Iron Lady," MK Coulier and J. Roy Helland.

His biggest challenge was finding the right balance to create Margaret Thatcher without losing Meryl Streep.

His first Academy award for Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland.

Thank you, Academy and thank you to my colleague on "the iron"

"lady," Mark, without whose brilliant prosthetics I wouldn't be standing here this evening.

Thanks, Meryl, for keeping me employed for the last 37 years.

Your brilliance makes my work look good no matter what.

I'm a child of the Saturday and Sunday double-double features so getting to work in the movies is a dream come true.

Thank you.

[ Applause ]

Just like to say what an amazing experience, thanks to Meryl, you were incredible and just a quick thank you to Barry garrow and my kids and my wife Amanda and my dad, thank you, guys.

It is kind of mysterious, isn't it? Why we want to go and sit and stare at this illusion up on the screen that feels real.

When I was 6 1/2 years old, I saw the original "king Kong" as my first movie.

I don't know how it happened, but I was 5, and I saw "diamonds are forever."

My family, we went to the movies every Sunday at night.

I remember seeing ale film called "the gargantuas."

It was late and past my bedtime so I knew it was a big deal.

At the end the good gargantua had to sacrifice himself to defeat the bad one and rid the world of evil.

"The miracle worker, "the wizard of oz," "the elephant" man, some of the first movies that I remember watching, there were these outsiders that I connected to.

It just sent my imagination running wild, you know, trying to imitate those characters or suddenly I'm in that world in my backyard afterwards.

You're sitting there and the screen is enormous and the sound is fantastic, and there's no one in front of you.

You know, and you're like there.

It's like all yours.

I could dream there.

I could become anything I want.

I could be part of the film.

I could dream about my own future.

And I remember talking about Sean connery and his performance and his chest hair and just thinking, can I please do that?

Female announcer: "Moneyball" marks the first baseball movie to score a best picture nomination since "field of"

"dreams" in 1989.

No baseball film has ever won best picture, but will that change tonight?

Male announcer: The Oscars will continue with -- Sandra bullock --

Angelina Jolie -- and the award for actress in a supporting role.

This is so much fun.

Yep, you did.

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> Please welcome ago award winner Sandra bullock.

Good evening.

I'm here to present best foreign language film.

The Academy is trying something new this year.

Because we are an international show, and because there are over

1.2 billion people in China, they have asked me to briefly speak about this category in mandarin Chinese.

Luckily, I speak it fluently.

One quick note, since my mother spoke German to us while we were growing up, my Chinese has a very slight German accent.

Egal eelche sprache sie in sind, sind filme ein gemeinsames erlebnis, das uns alle verbindet!

I love Chinese.

Well, regardless of what country they are from, movies speak to all of us through their captivating images and wonderful stories.

Contending for best foreign language film tonight are movies from Belgium, Israel, Poland, Canada, Iran.

And here they are.

From Belgium, "bullhead" directed by Michael R. Roskam.

From Israel, "footnote" directed by Joseph cedar.

From Poland, "in darkness" directed by Agnieszka Holland.

From Canada, "monsieur Lazhar" directed by Philippe Falardeau.

From Iran, "a separation" directed by Asghar Farhadi.

And the Oscar goes to --

"a separation," Iran, Asghar Farhadi.

"A separation" is the first movie from Iran to win the Academy award for foreign language film.

I would like to thank the Academy and Sony pictures and my dear friends Michael barker and Tom Vern.

At this time many audiences all over the world are watching us and I imagine them to be very happy.

They are happy not just because of an important award or a film or a filmmaker, but because at the time and talk of war, intimidation and aggression is exchanged between politicians, the name of their country, Iran, is a spoken here through her gloriousness, a rich culture that has been hidden under the heavy politics.

I proudly offer this to the people of my country, a people who respect all cultures and civilizations and despise hostility and resentment.

Thank you so much. [ Applause ]

Thank you.

A dark night, an American psycho, a charismatic crack addict.

You'll get to choose one on super Tuesday.

But right now, ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Academy award winner, and, be careful, you're in his eye line, Christian bale.

[ Applause ]

The five women nominated for actress in a supporting role could not look, sound or be more different from one another, however, four of them do share the fact that they are first time nominees.

And what they all have in common is that their talent cannot be denied.

Here are the nominees -- Berenice Bejo, "The Artist."

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[ applause ]

Jessica Chastain, "The Help."

Let me get you at least some -- >> we ain't cleaning this house.

Why?

So you'll do it?

Aagh, oh.

Oh.

I'm sorry.

It's the first time I've hired a maid.

[ Applause ]

Melissa McCarthy, "bridesmaids."

Hey, not air marshal John, want to get back in that rest room and not rest.

No, I have to get my seat.

Yeah, you got to get back on my seat.

You get it.

No, I think, yeah, I definitely got it.

Uh-oh, what's that?

[ Applause ]

Janet McTeer, "Albert Nobbs."

You don't have to be anything but who you are.

Look at how you've survived all these years.

You've worked hard and you've saved your money.

So if you want to go out and find someone to start a new life with, then you go out and find that person.

[ Applause ]

Octavia Spencer, "The Help."

Well, it's a real fourth of July picnic.

It's what we dream of doing all weekend long.

Get back into their house, Polish the silver and we just love not making minimum wage or getting social security.

And how we love them cheering when they're little and then they turn out just like their mommas.

[ Applause ]

And the Oscar goes to -- octavia Spencer.

[ Applause ]

Octavia Spencer, honored for doing something she felt honored to do.

This is her first Academy award.

[ Applause ]


Thank you, Academy, for putting me with the hottest guy in the room.

I have to thank my family, my family in Alabama, the state of Alabama

my L.A. family, watching it Stevens or agotta, my "Help" family.

Tate Brunson, Katherine, Allyson Channy, thank you for being in my life.

I share this with everybody.

Thank you Steven Spielberg, for changing my life.

Please wrap up.

I'm wrapping up.

I'm sorry, I'm freaking out.

Thank you, world.

Oh, God and thank you to viewpoint, L.A.

I'm sorry, guys.

I'm sorry.

Thank you.

[ Applause ]

? female announcer: "The Artist" is the first silent film to be nominated for best picture since 1928.

Find out if this silent film will be the one everybody will be talking about tomorrow.

The Oscars will continue with Tina fey, Bradley Cooper, the muppets and the cast of "bridesmaids."

I want to apologize.

I'm not even sure which end that came out of.

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> Welcome back.

That moment for octavia is what the Oscars is all about.

Pretty amazing and I loved that movie a lot.

When I saw it when it came out "The Help" I hugged the first black woman I saw which from Beverly hills is about a 45-minute drive.

Before movies studios wondered what the public will think about it and have test screenings with a group of regular people which is called a focus group.

You've all been through it.

Not pleasant at times and ask them questions about how they feel and often a handful of folks will change the way a film is finished so this is not a new thing.

Starting back in 1939, mgm not only had focus groups but Louis B. Mayor had them filmed so he could watch them so the Academy bought a pair of Ruby slippers which Tom Sherak is wearing tonight, one of the rare footage from a focus group from "the wizard of oz."

Watch.

Oh, auntie em, there's no place like home.

Thank you, thank you, thank you very much.

We're awfully glad you came to see us.

Without any further ado, how did you like the movie, everybody?

I was somewhat perplexed.

We meet these affable farmhands at the beginning of the movie, and yet they disappear.

And I think that they should have incorporated those characters into the movie so that we care about them at the end.

I love the flying monkeys, you know, I play sax with the cab Calloway band and always have an argument as to whether monkeys can fly.

This proves it.

If you can teach a monkey to fly, you can teach a monkey to talk and what is he going to say when he talks.

Why don't they think about the kids.

The munchkins.

No, little kid, I didn't get it.

Those are actually not children.

Those are adults but they're I found them irritating.

And you hire all these children and little people when there are plenty of capable full-size men in the bread lines still.

Huh.

Very interesting.

Any other opinions?

I didn't like it till they got to the flying monkeys.

Lots of ugly faces in the movie.

Faces look like they were caught in an elevator smooshed long, hatchet face, long chins, I've never seen so many unattractive people.

I would start the movie in color, then go to black white and flip it.

I didn't particularly care for the rainbow song.

Cut the rainbow song, okay.

I find it very catchy -- ? if dirty little monkeys fly away why, oh, why, can't I ?

I feel that way sometimes too.

Is there a particular character you would never rather not see.

That's easy, Dorothy.

And the good witch is a cruel jokester.

She told have told Dorothy hours ago that she could clicked her heels and we would have been home sooner.

Was one green or I'm nuts.

Thank you very much, you've been a terrific audience.

If you want to tell your friends we're going to be screening another movie next week, "gone with the wind."

I hope it has some monkeys in it.

Thank you.

Thank you so much.

[ Applause ]

Very rare footage.

Christopher guest, Jennifer coolidge and Bob, weren't they hilarious?

And also I have to thank Tom Cruise, George Clooney, Justin Bieber and Sammy for being in my opening film.

That was done by Dakota films.

I hope you enjoyed that too, so -- [ Applause ]

You're a lucky girl.

He's a very good kisser.

Please welcome two more very funny people, Tina fey and Mr. Bradley Cooper.

[ Applause ]

The great film director Ridley Scott said that the collaboration between a film editor and a director is like a marriage.

And just like in marriage, they spend all their time in a dark, windowless room ordering in food and looking at pictures of other people.

What?

Here are the nominees for achievement in film editing.

"The Artist" -- Anne-Sophie Bion and Michel Hazanavicius.

On film and I became crazy, really crazy.

"The Descendants" Evin tent.

Victories every day and you're like, hey, that looks great but then when you do it in a whole movie, that's really satisfying.

"The girl with the Dragon tattoo" irk Baxter and Angus wall.

The pillowcases and pajamas and the main thing I remember doing with my dad on weekends was take you to the cinema.

As an editor, I always feel like I need to, in a way, fall in love with that character which is not very easy obviously in a movie like this.

"Hugo" -- Thelma Schoonmaker.

I have no idea how it's made, none, until I met Martin scorsese.

"Moneyball" -- Christopher Tellefsen.

The rhythm of what's going on is driving that completely beyond, of course, the performances and everything else, but that -- I love it.

[ Applause ]

And the Oscar goes to --

"The Girl With The Dragon tattoo," Kirk Baxter and Angus wall.

Angus wall with his diligence and Kirk Baxter had the vigilance, this is the second for this team who won last year for "the social network."

We weren't expecting this.

No.

I'd like to thank the Academy. We're missing some very important people up here with us primarily David and -- who is not here tonight but Ciane and Steven Zaillian and -- >> that's one tonight.

And all the cast and, God, this is unbelievable.

Let's get out of here.

Yeah, okay.

Thank you.

Thank you.

[ Applause ]

Here are the nominees for achievement in sound editing --

"drive" -- lon bender and Victor ray Ennis.

"The girl with the Dragon tattoo" -- Ren Klyce.

"Hugo" -- Philip stockton and Eugene Gearty.

"Transformers: Dark of the moon" -- Ethan Van Der Ryn and Erik Aadahl.

"War Horse" -- Richard hymns and Gary Rydstrom.

[ Applause ]

And the Oscar goes to --

"Hugo," Philip stockton and Eugene Gearty.

[ Applause ]

There's a boy.

There's a boy on the tracks.

Get out of the way.

"Hugo" -- >> no, you go.

I'd like to thank the members of the Academy, my crew back in New York City, you know who you are, Thelma who's in * tigable work is an inspiration to us and Marty, thank you for another opportunity to work on another great film.

Thank you very much.

I want to thank everybody here tonight and everybody who isn't and everybody who has ever been born or may be born or be born again or reborn.

If I have forgotten anybody, you probably know who you are.

I specifically want to thank Graham king and Tim Headington, my wife Gail and daughter, Thelma, Marty, I love you guys, thank you.

[ Applause ]

Here are the nominees for achievement in sound mixing --

"The Girl With The Dragon tattoo" -- David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Bo Persson.

"Hugo" -- Tom Fleischman and John Midgley.

"Moneyball" -- Deb Adair, Ron Bochar, David Giammarco and Ed Novick.

"Transformers: Dark of the moon" -- Greg P. Russell, Gary summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Peter J. Devlin.

"War Horse" -- Gary Rydstrom, Andy Nelson, Tom Johnson and Stuart Wilson.

[ Applause ]

And the Oscar goes to --

"Hugo".

Tom Fleischman and John Midgley.

[ Applause ]

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wow, this is an incredible honor.

Thanks to the Academy, thanks to Graham king and Tim Headington for producing "Hugo" and my fellow nominees who inspire me for years, Marty and Thelma, what a joy and privilege it's been to work with you and my wife Priscilla and her unending love and support and everybody from soundtrack and c5 and T.D.

Allen and Tim Thoracek.

You couldn't be here tonight but I know you're smiling.

Thank you so much to my crew and Michael and Charlotte and thank you so much to Martin scorsese.

Thank you.

[ Applause ]

Female announcer: Hollywood pals George Clooney and Brad pitt are both vying for the same Oscar tonight.

Will one of them take home the gold?

Find out when Natalie Portman presents best actor in a leading role.

Male announcer: The Oscars will continue with -- Michael Douglas --

Chris rock -- and a memorable performance by cirque du soleil.

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[ Applause ]

> Well, this is not what I expected.

Piggy, will you not please do this now?

How will I get on the stage from up here.

You're not even nominated.

It's about time Spielberg left something for the rest of us.

How many Oscars does he need anyway?

We're on camera.

1 billion people watching, including Steven Spielberg.

We're here to talk about our memorable first movie experience.

Yes, we are, folks and I remember being a young frog at the drive-in, trying to avoid getting run over by a studebaker.

And moi's first movie experience was sitting in a theater a lot closer to the stage than this.

Tonight, cirque du soleil with music from Danny Elfman

has added their special magic to the mix with their interpretation of what it's like to "go to the movies."

So let's go to the movies.

Yes.

[ Applause ]

Ah.

This is so exciting.

This is so exciting.

I can't wait.

I can't wait.

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[ cheers and applause ]

[ Applause ]

Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow.

Wow!

I pulled a hamstring just watching that.

Now it's a party.

We got puppets, acrobats.

A pony away from being a bar Mitzvah.

Isn't this amazing?

Happy Birthday, Oscar.

He's 84.

You know.

What does age matter.

Especially in this town, you know, look at some of our nominees.

Christopher Plummer is 82, may be walking up on stage tonight.

[ Applause ]

He may be walking up on stage tonight because apparently he wanders off.

Max Von Sydow, 82, nominated tonight.

[ Applause ]

Still making movies.

Still making -- when my grandfather was 82 we didn't let him go to the movies, so if there was any concern by any members of the press what demographic we'll get, forget it we'll slam the 74 to 84 group because they spend, I'm telling you, they spend.

Next year this will be called the Flomax theater.

Sad but true.

84 and timeless but the show isn't so let's keep moving.

Please welcome Academy award winner, Gwyneth Paltrow, and two-time nominee, Robert Downey Jr.

[ Applause ]

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what are you -- what are you doing here?

I'm filming a documentary called "the presenter."

Really?

So the presenter -- not -- >> relax, we tested both.

Plural titles are out this year.

It's not "The Artists."

Anyway, let's keep it flowing, honey.

Okay.

This is so weird.

Give her a little space.

Our category tonight is best documentary >Please don't talk when I'm talking.

It'll make post a nightmare.

This thing wants to be on Netflix by midnight.

Well, actually, you cut me off, honey.

Documentaries demonstrate, as the great Mark Twain said "truth" is stranger than fic --" boring.

Feels scripted.

Sorry.

Get this!

Get this.

What you're doing, this is disrespectful, selfish -- totally crazy.

Look, I turned down "the descendants" to prep for this.

You're insane.

No, what I'm doing is bleeding edge.

It's live documentary.

That's call the news!

Yes and don't talk when I'm talking.

And there's no way you turned down "the descendents."

Am I right?

Am I right here?

Plural title, by the way.

Here are the nominees for best documentary feature.

"Hell and back again" -- Danfung Dennis and Mike lerner.

"If a tree falls: A story of the earth liberation front" --

Marshall curry and Sam Cullman.

"Paradise lost 3: Purgatory" -- Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky.

"Pina" -- Wim Wenders and Gian-Piero Ringel.

"Undefeated" -- T.J. Martin, Dan Lindsay and Rich Middlemas.

And the Oscar goes to --

"undefeated," T.J. Martin, Dan Lindsay and Rich Middlemas.

Dan Lindsay says he'll never forget the response to the first screening.

This is the first award nomination for t.J. Martin, Dan Lindsay and Rich Middlemas.

This is ridiculous.

Wow, okay, we want to thank the Academy for this honor.

A year ago today we were sitting in our editing room depressed thinking nobody would see this movie and a friend said, don't worry, next year you're going to be at the Oscars and we said you're an idiot.

We'd like to take the opportunity to say you're a lot smatter than we thought.

We want to share this with our fellow producers.

If they did not believe in us, we wouldn't be here.

We want to acknowledge our fellow nominees.

They should be up here with us.

Actually that would be [ Muted ]

But -- >> documentary.

Documentary.

Yep.

We also are extremely indebted to our friends and family, without them and their support over the years there's no way that we'd be able to do this.

Harvey Weinstein, the Weinstein company, spitfire.

Ralph zipper and zipper brother film, Chris Miller, Tom powers, Sean combs, our executive producer.

[ Applause ]

Announcer: Ladies and gentlemen, Chris rock.

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Now, I love animation.

I love animation because in the world of animation, you can be anything you want to be.

If you're a fat woman, you can play a skinny princess.

If you're a short, wimpy guy, you can play a gladiator.

If you're a white man, you can play an Arabian prince.

And if you're a black man, you can play a donkey or a zebra.

Now, I -- can't play white.

My God.

I hate when people go on TV and tell you how hard it is to do animation.

"Oh, Jay, it's such hard work."

It's so hard getting into character.

No, U.P.S. Is hard work, okay?

Stripping wood is hard.

I've done some animation, and here's how easy it is.

It is the easiest job in the world.

I go in a booth and I go, "what's the line?"

And the guy goes, "it's time to go to the store."

And I go, "it's time to go to the store."

You like that?

Or we can move on then I go, what's the next line --

"it's getting dark outside."

"It's getting dark outside."

And then they give me a million dollars.

Here are the nominees for best animated feature film --

"a cat in Paris -- directed by Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli.

"Chico & Rita" -- directed by Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal.

"Kung Fu panda 2" -- directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson.

What?

"Puss in boots" -- directed by Chris Miller.

"Rango" -- directed by Gore Verbinski.

Whoo-hoo.

Here it is, and the Oscar goes to --

"rango," Gore Verbinski.

Gore Verbinski said it wasn't difficult to switch from live action to computer animation since it's used so much in action adventure movies.

This is his first Academy award and nomination.

Thank you very much.

This is crazy.

Someone asked me if this film was for kids, and I don't know.

But it was certainly created by a bunch of grown-up acting like children and we just had the best time.

I want to thank the real world chameleon, Mr. Johnny depp and the entire cast for coming out, and playing, you know, and to The Artist, Jim, hal, Tim, John, everybody at blind wink who put so much passion into every frame and to the early believers, John Logan, Graham king, Brad gray and everyone at Paramount who really let us try something different and my beautiful wife and my family who inspire me every day with their smiles and laughter, it doesn't get any better than this.

Thank you.

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Female announcer: This year's nominated actors and actresses come from France, england, Mexico, northern Ireland, Argentina, Canada, Sweden and the United States.

Fans around the world are watching to see whether their native sons and daughters will take home an Oscar tonight.

The Oscars will continue with Meryl Streep -- Natalie Portman -- and the award for actor in a supporting role.

She is an experienced actress.

She should learn from her mistakes.

Not half as they upset me.

> We're ready for you, Mr. Crystal.

I'm on way.

Hi.

Hello Mr. host with the most.

How about we make this dressing room an undressing room.

Why are you in a robe?

Why aren't you in a robe?

I have to introduce Ben stiller and Emma stone right now so I really have to go.

May I introduce you to a friend of mine.

I think you're going to like her.

She's a lot of fun.

Wow.

Limber.

I still have to introduce Ben stiller and Emma stone.

Yeah, I really have to introduce you to her sister.

Here to present the award for best visual effects, though it's hard to stop this one, Ben stiller and Emma stone.

How did you do this?

I'll show you.

[ Applause ]

We are here tonight to present the award for achievement in visual effects.

And the nominees are.

This is my first time presenting an award!

Yeah, I know.

Yeah, yeah.

Isn't it exciting?

I remember when I was first here.

It was very much still exciting.

And the nominees are.

Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait.

Let's not rush it!

We should have some banter, where you act cocky, and I shut you down, and then you say I look pretty and I say, "no

"chance, funny boy," and everyone laughs at you but you seem okay with it.

Yeah, you know, I've done this a few times, and it think it's best to just get to the nominees.

Or maybe we could come out and say that we had a big song planned about all the nominees, but I lost my voice, but then I didn't lose my voice and then I go into a big song, about "real" steel and Hugo they're the real deal and you know --" oh, my God.

That's good.

Let's do that.

Let's come back out.

Emma, I know you're excited, but people just want us to say hi and then read the winner.

I could just pull someone up from the audience and make them dance with me, oh, my God, Jonah, get up here.

Let's dance.

Let's dance.

Hi.

Look, kid.

I get it.

You're new.

But perky gets old fast with this crowd.

You don't want to be the presenter who tries too hard.

What, you mean like a guy who would dress up in full "avatar" makeup or something.

Or a green motion-capture unitard?

Or joaquin Phoenix?

I am surprised you're not in the "planet of the apes" out there.

It wasn't ready in time.

Here are the nominees for achievement in visual effects.

"Harry Potter and the deathly hallows part 2" -- Tim Burke, David Vickery, Greg Butler and John Richardson.

The facts are essential to the story telling of Harry Potter.

This is one character they did well but hundreds of werewolves and wages and elves and anything you can think of, they dit on an industrial scale every day.

"Hugo" -- rob legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossmann and Alex Henning.

Making a movie dealing with the future of our technology in cinema in so doing we wind up back at the origins of cinema, and that we're at a point right now where Melies was then.

"Real steel" -- Erik Nash, John Rosengrant, Dan Taylor and Swen Gillberg.

We puppeteered those robots.

"Rise of the planet of the apes" -- Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, R. Christopher white and Daniel Barrett.

There is no whiz, bang effect.

That's made up of 1s and 0s.

That takes a special talent.

"Transformers: Dark of the moon" -- Scott Farrar, Scott Benza, Matthew Butler and John Frazier.

There is true complexity in these shots.

My thing is to make it dead real and that's the magic of visual effects.

[ Applause ]

And the Oscar goes to -- "Hugo."

Rob legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossmann and Alex Henning.

This is the first Academy award nomination for Joss Williams, Ben Grossmann and Alex henge and the second for rob legato.

He said the level of quality established on set was the highest honor for Martin scorsese.

Well, I didn't expect this.

I know it's a huge thrill to be nominated but it's awesome to win and really underrated.

I really wouldn't be here for not the genius of Martin scorsese.

It is an epic thrill to work and film Wil Marty and this movie and the incredible collaborators all of which are nominated here tonight and by the grace of hundreds of artists all over the world working thousands and thousands of hours, we're here standing up here and appreciate that and we want to thank the Academy for recognizing them and thank you to our producers for giving us the go-ahead to do what we did and Graham and Tim and Paramount and everyone.

[ Applause ]

You know, this was the year we said good-bye to Harry Potter.

Harry Potter's movies made $7.7 billion.

And yet he only paid 14% income tax, which is interesting.

I liked that one.

Last year she played a feisty protective woman who overindulged her sons and run their lives.

Hey, she's a mother.

Please welcome 2011's best supporting actress, Melissa Leo.

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any actor who has the privilege of stepping into a scene knows the unrivaled thrill of becoming one with not only your character, but with your fellow performances as you strive to reach out and touch your audience.

The five men nominated for their performances in supporting roles did that, and more.

Here are the nominees -- Kenneth Branagh -- "my week with Marilyn."

Maybe she's scared.

Not scared.

I spent half of my professional life in bloody terror.

That's what actors do.

But you have the training to do.

I wouldn't play the little girl lost act.

It's tempting.

I bet she knows exactly what she's doing.

[ Applause ]

Jonah hill -- "moneyball."

Pena is an all-star, okay, and you dump him and this Hatteberg thing doesn't work out the way you want it to, you know, this is -- this is the kind of decision that gets you fired.

[ Applause ]

Nick Nolte -- "warrior."

Get it through your skull.

You called me so don't go threatening to walk every five minutes.

And since this is about training, you don't put whatever it is you need to dump as far as those pills are concerned.

I don't want to see them.

[ Applause ]

"Christopher Plummer Beginners."

I just thought you and mom weren't in love.

Oh, we loved each other.

You were gay the whole time.

I learned how not to be.

For 44 years.

Yeah.

And I knew I was gay, though.

At parties I'd be staring at the husbands and not the wives.

[ Applause ]

Max Von Sydow -- "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close."

Hello.

Hello.

Hello.

Hello.

[ Applause ]

And the Oscar goes to --

Christopher Plummer, "beginners."

This first Academy award win for Christopher Plummer puts him in the record bookses it age of 82.

He is the oldest actor ever to win an Oscar.

[ Applause ]


You're only two years older than me, darling.

Where have you been all my life?

I have a confession to make.

When I first emerged from my mother's womb, I was already rehearsing my Academy thank you speech.

But it was so long ago mercifully for you I've forgotten it.

But I haven't forgotten who to thank, the Academy, of course, for this extraordinary honor and my fellow nominees, Kenneth, Nick, Jonah, dear Max, I'm so proud to be in your company and -- [ Applause ]

Of course, I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for Michael mills and his enchanting film, "beginners."

And my screen partner, of course, Ewan McGregor, that superb artist.

Who I would happily share this award with if I had any decency but I don't.

Oh, all producers of Olympus films especially Leslie and Miranda, all the people at focus for their tremendous generosity and support and not to mention my little band of provocateurs, Lou pit and his wife Berta, Pippa Markcouple, Perry who tried so hard to keep me out of jail, my daughter Amanda who always makes me proud and, lastly, my long suffering wife Elaine who deserves the nobel peace prize for coming to my rescue every day of my life.

Thank you so much.

[ Applause ]

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female announcer: Martin scorsese waited 26 years after his first nomination to win an Oscar for directing.

He's nominated tonight for the first time since 2006.

Will this be his year again?

Male announcer: The Oscars will continue with -- will ferrell --

Zach Galifianakis -- and a tribute in memory of some of the motion picture greats we lost this past year.

The 84th annual Academy awards on abc download Oscar nominated movies, music and more at iTunes. Com/Oscars.

> Congratulations to Mr. Plummer.

The average age of the winner has now jumped to 67.

Now, here's something that we love to do.

This is a pressure-packed night for a lot of you and the nominees are sitting in the audience and people are wondering, what are they thinking?

Well now, I have had this gift since I first started the show that I can look in anyone's eyes and I know exactly what they're thinking.

So watch the screen.

I'll tell you what's on their mind.

Hmm, this better not go too late.

I have six parent teacher conferences in the morning.

Billy Jolina, I love the sound of that.

For 20 days and 20 night, the pemerer penguin will march to a place so extreme.

Andy Dufresne was my friend.

Billy didn't tell me that kiss was being filmed.

So I want to thank my agent, I want to thank my writer and director for creating the role of a strong black woman that wasn't played buy Tyler Perry.

Ready, camera, two, take Marty, take me, push him, push him, come on, push him.

That's too close.

No, he looks too serious, no, no, back.

Come back in, go back out, back out, back out.

Come back in, come back in.

All right, take Nolte, take Nolte, take Nolte.

Aaagh.

If I had them I'd lick them.

If I had them, I'd lick them and that's what everybody is thinking.

Thank you.

Thanks, Nick.

Now please welcome the president of the Academy of motion picture arts and sciences, Tom Sherak.

Tonight's show is the highlight of the year for our Academy's more than

6,000 members and for the entire movie industry.

We are proud of what you are seeing tonight for it is a reminder of our mission -- to promote excellence in the motion picture industry.

To honor everyone who is part of the filmmaking process, whether in front of the camera or behind it.

And, of course, to celebrate that common thread that links us all to the experience of going to the theater.

On behalf of the Academy, I want to give a special thank you to Brian grazer, don Mischer, Michael Rosenberg and Billy Crystal for being there for us and for bringing this show to life.

And to all of you watching, thank you for sharing in our love of movies.

[ Applause ]

Thank you, Tom, and thank you for whipping the crowd into a frenzy.

[ Laughter ]

Mr. excitement.

There are so many things that go into making a movie great.

The script, the acting, costumes, sets, the cinematography, and oftentimes the finishing touch he music.

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[ Laughter ]

This is why there's a buffet.

Our next presenters have Woody Allen in common.

She won an Oscar for "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," please welcome Penelope Cruz and Owen Wilson.

Charlie chaplin, who won an Oscar for the score he composed for his film "limelight," said that movie music "must convey more to the audience than the camera, but it must never be

"more than the voice of that camera."

Here are the extraordinary composers nominated for best original score -- ?

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[ applause ]

And the Oscar goes to Ludovic Bource, "The Artist."

Ludovic Bource has no formal training.

Childhood accordion lessons taught him to read music and studied jazz as a teen.

This is his first Academy award and nomination.

Congratulations.

Wow.

I want to tell you, first of all, pay tribute for the power of the music and I want to thank you and pay tribute to my co-nominees, Mr. Williams, Mr. shore and Mr. Iglesias and as you know, downstairs refers -- submit to -- so I thank you for your chair, I don't know if you can see.

Thank you all the musicians tonight.

Wonderful show.

So -- [ Applause ]

Sorry.

I have a little speech.

I'd like to thank the Academy with this Oscar, you have given a man a special honor.

And to all of you, please accept me because I've got so much love to give.

I've got so much love to give to you, my wife Sarah is there.

[ Speaking French ]

Thank you, all, thank you, Michelle.

[ Applause ]

Announcer: Please welcome will ferrell and Zach Galifianakis.

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hi.

[ Applause ]

I'm will ferrell.

And same Gadge Zabasavage.

As serious musicians, it is our pleasure to step out from our day jobs for a moment to present the Oscar for best original song.

One of our nominees will join the ranks of previous winners, "when you wish upon a star,"

"moon river," "the way we were," and "it's hard out here for a pimp."

[ Cymbal crash ]

Here are the nominees -- ? I'm a man a muppet ?

♪ I'm a muppet of a man ♪

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♪ just won't find it anywhere else ♪

[ applause ]

And the Oscar goes to --


Bret McKenzie for "man or muppet."

He is member of the flight of the concords and behind the original soundtrack to "the muppets."

Thank you, Academy.

I grew up watching "the muppets" on TV.

Never dreamed I would work with them and was genuinely starstruck when I finally met Kermit the frog.

But once you get to know him, he's just a normal frog.

And like many stars here tonight he's a lot shorter in real life.

Just a few jokes, okay, I'd like to thank everyone who worked with me on the film especially James Bobin for bringing it to life on screen.

Mickey Petralia and Disney for making movies with songs with them.

My wife and two kids, I feel their love and support, friends and family at home and my parents for never telling me to get a real job and finally Jim henson and his original team for creating the magical world of the muppets.

It's a true honor to work in the shadow of such legends.

Thank you.

[ Applause ]

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female announcer: Nine "Saturday night live" cast members have been nominated for Oscars, but will kristen Wiig be the first one in history to win?

Find out when we return.

Male announcer: The Oscars continue with -- Colin firth -- Angelina Jolie -- and Tom Cruise.

The 84th annual Academy awards on abc, brought to you by -- JC Penny.

No games.

No gimmicks.

Because that's fair and square.

And that's JC Penny.

[ Applause ]

> The front row, you know what I'm thinking, why don't we chip in and buy the Dodgers?

George, you can still play.

I can still play.

If we owned, we'd play.

Our next presenter is an Academy award-winning actress who has become a brilliant writer and director Billy Jolena.

Please welcome the original girl with the dragon tattoo, Angelina Jolie.

[ Applause ]

Good evening.

Legend has it that Oscar-winning screenwriter Billy Wilder was told by Samuel goldwyn, "you have all the scenes."

"Just go home and word it in."

People think that what writers do is easy.

And the better the writer, the easier it looks.

Screenwriters who take on adaptations must also stay true to the original author's vision as they impart their own creativity in crafting a story for the big screen.

Here are the nominees for adapted screenplay, those who work so hard to make it look so easy.

Alexander Payne and nat Faxon and Jim rash for "The Descendants."

Based on the novel by Kaui hart Hemmings.

I'm sorry, man.

I was just laughing.

It's funny, I mean I think she knows she's being funny.

I'm going to hit you.

John Logan for "Hugo."

Based on the book entitled "the invention of Hugo Cabret" by Brian Selznick.

Caught you at last.

Not the first time you've stolen from me, is it, my little thief.

George Clooney and grant Heslov and beau Willimon for "the ides of march."

Based on the play "farragut north" by beau Willimon.

There's only one thing I value in this world, Steven, it's loyalty.

Without it, you're nothing.

And you have no one.

"Moneyball" -- screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin.

Story by Stan Chervin.

Based on the book by Michael Lewis.

Do you want me to speak?

When I point to you, yeah.

Bridget O'Connor and Peter Straughan for "tinker tailor soldier spy."

Based on the novel by John le Carre.

And I know something you don't.

I know who he is.

And the Oscar goes to -- Alexander Payne, nat Faxon, Jim rash, "The Descendants."

[ Applause ]

This is the first Academy award and nomination for nat Faxon and Jim rash.

Alexander Payne takes home his second Oscar.

This is Jim and this is nat.

I'm Alexander.

We bow to our fellow nominees.

Oh, stop the counter.

Thank you.

We bow to our fellow nominees.

We want to thank fox searchlight, producer Jim Burke for all their good works.

We share this with George Clooney and the rest of the cast for interpreting our screenplay so generously and we also share it in particular with Kaui hart Hemmings and on/brief personal note my mother is with me from Omaha and hold the applause and after watching the show a few years ago she made me promise if I ever won another Oscar I had to dedicate it to her just like Javier Bardem did with his mother so, mom, this one is for you.

[ Speaking a foreign language ]

And thanks for letting me skip nursery school so we could go to the movies.

Thanks a lot.

Thank you.

[ Applause ]

And now five memorable screenplays that were "original" in every sense of the word.

Imaginative, distinctive and new.

Here are the nominees for original screenplay -- Michel Hazanavicius for "the" artist."

Annie Mumolo and kristen Wiig for "bridesmaids."

You're not married.

Okay.

Yes, you are.

No, I'm not and you started it.

No, you started it.

Did you forget to take your Xanax this morning.

I feel bad for your parents.

I feel bad for your face.

J.C. Chandor for "margin call."

Three ways to make a living in this business, first, be smarter or cheat.

Woody Allen for "midnight in Paris."

You box?

No.

No.

Not really, no.

Asghar Farhadi for "a separation."

Oh.

[ Applause ]

And the Oscar goes to -- Woody Allen, "midnight in Paris."

[ Applause ]

The Academy congratulates Woody Allen and accepts the Oscar on his behalf.

Thank you.

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to me I have no set rule of what makes a good movie.

Oh, gosh, that's a hard question.

Define a great film -- who don't know that I --

I think that's an excellent question to have Verner Herzog contemplate.

Great is very hard to describe.

It's always mysterious.

When I'm really not feeling great I like to watch Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell in "overboard."

It's my favorite movie.

I'm not kidding.

It sticks to you.

It becomes part of your existence?

">> The outlaw Josie wales."

Daniel day-Lewis and "my left foot."

It gets into my soul and just makes me happy.

So I guess in that way it's not just thrill and entertainment.

I want to be transported.

Not that where I am isn't intolerable.

What makes a person laugh?

What -- what makes a person cry?

What mays a person feel anything.

The fact that he was a freakin' alcoholic with one foot.

Well, every once in a while you get the truth from a movie.

"Godfather" had all the qualities of real honesty in my opinion.

When you see those moments of digny, someone handle a situation better than you would, that shows you an example of nobility.

I want to make something I myself would want to watch and I just happen to want to watch some really sick stuff.

I'm eventually trying to one day tell the truth.

I don't know if I'm ever going to get there but I'm slowly letting pieces of myself out there and then maybe by the time I'm 85 I'll look back and say, all right, that about summed it up.

[ Applause ]

? female announcer: Early in the morning on January 24th, these young producers of a short film were trying to find out if their dream would come true with an Oscar nomination.

Make it real.

Yes!

We'll find out if they win, next.

Male announcer: The Oscars will continue with -- Michael Douglas -- and the cast of "bridesmaids."

Put a loaded gun in Dougie's Harry-on.

The TSA is just going to rip his ass apart.

Oh.

The 84th annual Academy awards on abc brought to you by hyundai.

For your consideration, the beautifully dramatic 2012 Azera.

Announcer: Please welcome Milla Jovovich.

[ Applause ]

At the Academy's scientific and technical awards ceremony held earlier this month, ten awards were presented to 29 individuals whose achievements have had a lasting and significant impact on the process of making motion pictures.

I was honored to have presented those awards.

So let's take a look at some highlights from that evening.

Among the honors bestowed on this distinguished group was recognition of a new generation of high-speed digital cameras that have made 2,000 frames per second possible.

A new gyro system that allows cinematographers the ability to film with greater ease and stability from moving vehicles such as helicopters, cars or boats.

An Oscar for the design and development of the arrilaser film recorder and an Oscar to Doug trumbull -- a pioneer in the field of visual effects who created or invented many techniques that are commonly used in the industry.

Wow!

This is a beautiful thing.

Thank you.

[ Applause ]

This has been a great year for strong, feminine characters, some wore high heels an ran countries like "The Iron Lady" and "j. Edgar" and the band loved that.

There were world leaders, civil rights fighters and sink poopers.

So please welcome the cast of "bridesmaids" Risten Wiig, Maya Rudolph, wendi McLendon-covey, Ellie Kemper, Melissa McCarthy and rose Byrne.

[ Applause ]

Six beautiful, some say handsome women, invited by the Academy not only to present three awards, but also to shatter the common belief that "size does not matter."

I hate to tell you guys this, but it kinda does.

Yes, but not length.

As my grandma used to say, "it can be short and still make your toes curl."

And I believe in my heart my grandma wasn't referring to wieners, but short films.

See, I'd rather have a short film with some heft that's nice to me rather than a long film that just lies there and makes you do all the work.

But sometimes a film can be too long.

Not for me.

Not for me.

Here are the nominees for best live action short.

"Pentecost" -- Peter McDonald and Eimear O'Kane.

"Raju" -- Max zã¤hle and Stefan Gieren.

"The shore" -- Terry George and Oorlagh George.

"Time freak" -- Andrew bowler and Gigi Causey.

"Tuba Atlantic" Allvar Witzã.

And the Oscar goes to -- "the shore," Terry George and Oorlagh George.

[ Applause ]

This is the first Academy award for Terry George and his daughter Oorlagh George.

It was first shown in northern Ireland by a cast and crew made up of friends and family.

Thanks.

This is my daughter, the producer.

I want to thank the Academy.

Now I don't have to wait for a wedding to tell the world how brilliant she is.

Our little film was inspired by the people of northern Ireland, protestant and catholic, who after 30 years of war sat down, negotiated a peace and proved to the world that the Irish are great talkers.

I want to dedicate this to them and thank you again.

Thank you very much.

Whoopi!

Mom, this is for you.

[ Applause ]

Documentaries shine a spotlight on the world around us.

And in the case of the best documentary short subject, that line shines for only a short period of time.

Much like a moonbeam or a shooting star, or a flicker of a candle.

Scorsese!

Scorsese.

And the nominees here are -- "the barber of Birmingham: Foot soldier of the civil rights movement" Obin Fryday and Gail Dolgin.

"God is the bigger Elvis" -- Rebecca Cammisa and Julie Anderson.

"Incident in new Baghdad" ames Spione.

"Saving face" -- Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy.

"The Tsunami and the cherry blossom" Ucy Walker and Kira Carstensen.

And the Oscar goes to --

"saving face," Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy.

[ Applause ]

This is the first Academy award for Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy.

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy grew up in Pakistan and Daniel Junge was born in Wyoming.

To be emotionally detached was the hardest thing on the other side of the camera, they said.

[ Applause ]

Well, it's more important that the Pakistani on the stage speak than me.

But I just quickly want to simply thank hbo and Lisa for making this film possible, my wife Erin and our editor, please, speak.

I want to dedicate this to all the heroes on the ground in Pakistan including Dr. mohamed Jahva working on rehabilitating all these women, Rockiesana, the main subject of the film whose resilience and bravery in the face of such adversity is admirable and to all the women in Pakistan who is working for change, don't give up on your dreams.

This is for you.

[ Applause ]

And last, but not least, we've come to best animated short film.

In 1988, this award was presented to the great John Lasseter, who has since gone on to change the world of animation when he helped create Pixar.

Yes.

So technically, every nominee in this category has been given the opportunity to live up to those standards.

But no pressure, of course.

Here are the nominees for best animated short film.

"Dimanche/sunday" Patrick Doyon.

"The fantastic flying books of Mr. Morris Lessmore" -- William Joyce and Brandon oldenburg.

"La luna" -- Enrico Casarosa.

"A morning stroll" -- grant orchard and Sue Goffe.

"Wild life" -- Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby.

And the Oscar goes to -- "the fantastic flying books of"

Mr. Morris Lessmore", William Joyce and Brandon oldenburg.

When asked what the biggest challenge was in making the film, William Joyce says, not giving up.

They did 375 setups in 5 days.

It nearly killed them all and still it was the most fun they've ever had.

This is their first Academy award and nomination for the team.

Oh, my God.

Look, we're just these two like swamp rats from Louisiana and this is incredibly grand.

We love the movies.

We love the movies more than anything.

It's been a part of our lives since we were both kids.

It's been a part of our DNA ever since we were children, and it's made us story tellers.

And there's guy, thousands of men and women through the whole generations, through the beginning of cinema that have inspired us and movies that moved us more than we ever knew we could be moved, and it's everything we try to do every day is to try to honor those people and those films, and we're just down there in Louisiana and we're going to keep on trying and going and thank you to the Academy.

Thank you, our wives, thank you, our families.

Especially my kids.

The Academy.

And Elizabeth and you guy, and thank you!

[ Applause ]

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With no clear favorite, anyone could win.

The final acting awards next.

Male announcer: The Oscars will continue with -- Michael Douglas --

Meryl Streep -- and the award for achievement in directing.

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> Our next presenter was occupying wall street before it was cool.

Please welcome two-time Academy award winner Michael Douglas.

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[ applause ]

Oscar-winning director Leo McCarey was in a bank, and he was trying to borrow some money for a picture.

So sizing him up, the banker said, "you know, I know what" cameraman runs, the camera.

The actors act.

"Writers write, but what do directors do?"

Leo paused, then went to another bank.

The truth is, the director does everything imaginable to realize a singular vision.

These five such visionaries have been nominated for their exemplary work.

Here are the nominees for achievement in directing --

Michel Hazanavicius - "The Artist."

[ Speaking French ]

Alexander Payne -- "The Descendants."

Every single person is so happy and so grateful to be there and I think it really stemmed from him.

It's rare to see films that are so "a," culturally depicted in the right way and "b," show human life that aren't overexaggerated or underexaggerated.

Martin scorsese -- "Hugo."

In that gesture I think the Academy also would be rightly placed in saying to Marty, you have given us so much.

You take us so close to the heart of cinema and the grandness of it is art.

Thank you.

Woody Allen -- "midnight in Paris."

I think the most engaged in the present Woody is not engaging in the things that come or go or the things that may be have bright lights and dazzle us in the moment but about the stuff that really matters to us in the present and that's connecting with us and telling stories that will hit us.

Terrence Malick -- "The Tree Of Life."

I think Terrence Malick's films are the perfect representation he is as a man.

How he does it is a complete mystery.

When he does it, I don't have a clue.

I suspect his wife Becky knows but she's not saying.

[ Applause ]

And the Oscar goes to Ichel Hazanavicius.

[ Applause ]

This is the third Academy award nomination tonight for Michel Hazanavicius and his first Oscar.

Yes, thank you, thank you very much.

I forget my speech.

Okay.

I am the happiest director in the world right now.

Thank you for that.

Thank you the Academy, thank you all of you.

I want to thank my beloved producer Thomas Langmann, thank you.

I want to thank the other company.

I want to thank the cast, Jean, Berenice, you know, thank you.

John Goodman, Penelope, all of you, Malcolm, thank you very much.

I want to thank all the crew, I want to thank Uggie, the dog.

I think he doesn't care.

I'm not sure he understand what I say. He's not that good, but thank you.

I want to thank the financial -- the crazy person who put money in that movie.

I want to thank the people that helped that moment like Terry or Paul, thank you.

And also I want to thank the movie because the movie since this movie has been made its life is full of grace and it brings to us joy and happiness and sometimes life is wonderful and today is one of these days, thank you for giving it to me.

Thank you very much.

Thank you.

[ Applause ]

> Our next presenter is Meryl Streep.

Now, counting tonight Meryl has been nominated 17 times and she's won twice, so 14 times she has sat right there and had to act thrilled when somebody else won so for that I think she deserves another Oscar.

She's received acting nominations in the '70s, ' the '70s, '80s, '90s, 2000s even 2010s, 2 Oscars, 2 Emmys, seven golden globes, she's either the greatest actress of our time or a really dedicated hoarder.

Ladies and gentlemen, the one and only Meryl Streep.

[ Applause ]

Thank you.

Following recent Academy tradition, the governors awards were again presented this past November in the grand ballroom at Hollywood and highland.

Let's take a look now at this unforgettable evening that celebrated the exceptional contributions of three very special Academy members.

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Oprah winfrey is always thinking about how she can help others.

James Earl Jones is one of the greatest actors in American history.

Dick Smith, the greatest makeup artist who ever lived.

I have loved being a makeup artist so much.

This has been an incredible joy that I will never forget tonight, one of the greatest I've ever had in my whole life.

[ Applause ]

Tonight, James Earl is in London performing "driving miss Daisy."

James Earl Jones from "star wars."

I am your father.

To "the lion king."

Remember who you are.

To Shakespeare.

You're always so damned good!

[ Applause ]

I'm more than grabber gassed.

There's a word I've learned here in britain, they say I'm gob-smacked.

[ Applause ]

Tonight, the Academy is giving you an Oscar.

I would give you a second Oscar and that is for your film acting.

The Jean Hirshelt humanitarian award means we make a difference through the life we live.

It's unimaginable I would be stand before you voted by the board of governors.

[ Applause ]

It's unimaginable.

Thank you so much.

Tonight belongs to Oscar.

[ Applause ]

Ladies and gentlemen -- James Earl Jones, dick Smith and Oprah winfrey.

[ Applause ]

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announcer: The Oscars will continue with a remembrance of some of the motion picture greats we lost this past year.

The 84th annual Academy awards on abc, brought to you by -- at&t, the nation's largest 4-g network.

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Rethink possible.

Among the many people our industry lost this year are two former producers of this show, Laura Ziskin and gil Cates.

Laura was a much loved and respected producer who was at the helm of two Academy award shows.

And gill Cates produced 14 Oscars and he was the man who first brought me to the show and we ended up doing six Oscar telecasts together.

His wit, his wisdom and his reassuring presence is what made him one of the greatest producers the Oscars have ever known.

And he was my dear friend.

I've thought about him every second tonight.

He's in my heart as are all of these wonderful people.

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♪ I see trees of green red roses too ♪

♪ I see them bloom for me and you ♪

♪ and I think to myself what a wonderful world ♪

? I see skies of blue clouds of white the bright blessed day and the dark sacred night ?

♪ and I think to myself what a wonderful world ♪

? the colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky are also on the faces of people passing by ?

? I see friends shaking hands they say how do you do they're really sayin'

I love you ? as you wish.

With great power comes great responsibility.

In my vision, the hero always defeats the villain, the boy always gets the girl and cancer is no more.

I'd like to thank the movies, I know that sounds general but it's very real to me.

And I have always adored, worshipped talent.

Stay hungry, stay foolish.

Thank you all very much.

? the colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky are also on the faces of people passing by ?

? I see friends shaking hands they say how do you do they're really sayin'

I love you ?

I think that the fundamental job of a producer is to be a dreamer.

? I hear babies cry and watch them grow they'll learn much more than I'll ever know ?

♪ and I think to myself what a wonderful world ♪ I guess I need to say thank you.

Thank you with all my heart.

♪ oh, I think to myself what a wonderful world ♪

> the way I watch movies, I'm searching for myself because I don't get to see enough of myself and I don't -- I kind of don't like to get to like myself enough.

You just discover the kind of person that you are in movies and what you believe in and what you hold dear and precious.

You immediately identify whether from your gut, not from your head, and it makes you happy.

You understand something that you didn't understand before about life.

And every -- everything is stacked up against that film ever getting made.

You're hurtling towards this ideal that could be shattered by anybody being selfish, by anybody being fearful.

You're fighting with every ounce you have to make sure that you will love it forever, and when it doesn't turn out that way, it's painful and that's why people are weird who make movies.

It's because they care more about their film than themselves.

Well, that's the thing.

You go through all that 'misery and then people don't know what you go through and they're not expected to.

With each one it is that learning curve.

There is that experience, okay, you know, there's the movie we think we're making, and then there's the movie, you know.

They basically are saying I'm strapping myself to a rocket.

It's either going to blow up, or I'm going to go up and do 900 loop-de-loops and your eyes will burn out from splendor and awe.

A sign that it's great is when it's over to the soles of my feet I'm feeling how, how did they do that?

How did they get that done?

[ Applause ]

I've never had any of those feelings.

[ Laughter ]

Welcome back and thank you to all the people that took part in these films.

I thought they were lovely, tonight, didn't you?

Took the time to help us here.

And I especially want to thank that great musician, Esperanza Spalding and Southern California children's chorus, for their beautiful performance of "what a wonderful world."

Now, our next presenter is everything little girls want to be when they grow up, smart, talented, beautiful and a murderer's ballerina.

Please welcome last year's best actress winner, Natalie Portman.

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I am honored tonight to present the nominees for performance by an actor in a leading role.

Demian -- you did what we all dream of with your art.

You created so much empathy for another human being that we all left the theater looking at the world differently.

As Carlos Galindo, an undocumented immigrant fighting to give his son the opportunities he never had, you made us face a very true portrait of a human being no one had ever dared us to consider before.

You gave a voice to the voiceless in the film "a better life."

Demian Bichir -- >> I'm sorry about failing you.

No, no, you never failed me.

I was never there.

You were always there.

You were always, always.

[ Applause ]

George -- you did the near impossible you managed to make us believe you were just a regular guy, but under very irregular circumstances.

As Matt king, a man whose wife is in a coma when he finds out she was cheating on him, you subtly and movingly conveyed the tricky mix of betrayal and grief.

We will long remember your great work in "The Descendants."

George Clooney.

Does she love him?

Who is he?

Matt -- >> I'm sorry to put you in that position but I'm not really the one that put you, am I?

I would like to know the guy who my wife was -- seeing.

[ Applause ]

Jean -- what a way to introduce yourself to American audiences!

Your every gesture brought back memories of the silent film legends from almost a century ago, and your final dance had us applauding as you finally talked out loud.

Admittedly, you only said two words on screen, but your George valentin spoke volumes in "The Artist."

Jean Dujardin.

[ Dog barking ]

[ Telephone ringing ]

[ Applause ]

Gary -- it is crazy to all of us here tonight that tonight marks your first ever Oscar nomination, but you took a well-known character played decades ago by another brilliant actor and made that character completely your own with incredible nuance and restraint.

Your portrayal of George smiley is a master class in acting in

"tinker, tailor, soldier, spy."

Gary Oldman.

We're not so different, you and I.

We both spend our lives looking for the weaknesses in one another's systems.

Don't you think it's time to recognize there is as little worth on your side as there is on mine.

[ Applause ]

Brad -- we were not watching a baseball story.

Because of your work as Billy Beane, we were watching a story about an underdog willing to challenge the status quo and question things that no one had ever questioned before.

Whether one is a baseball fan or not, your charisma and inventiveness made us root for that underdog to come out on top in the film "moneyball."

Brad pitt.

I'm not picking your pocket, you're picking mine.

What's wrong with him.

There's nothing wrong.

Can we say it's done in theory and start drawing up the paperwok.

Okay, you -- >> great.

I think he was going to say something else.

When you get the answer you're looking for, hang up.

[ Applause ]

And the Oscar goes to Jean Dujardin, "The Artist."

This is the first Academy award and nomination for Jean Dujardin.

Well-known and celebrated in his native France.

[ Applause ]

Oh, thank you.

Well, I love your country.

Okay.

Thank you to the Academy.

It's funny because in 1929 it wasn't Billy Crystal but Douglas Fairbanks who hosted the first Oscar ceremony.

Tickets cost $5 and it lasted 15 minutes.

Times have changed.

Though thank you dawg glass Fairbanks, yes, Melissa, your grandfather and joie de vivre inspire me for this role and so many here have inspired me.

Thank you, Michell, thank you for this incredible gift.

Thank you my wonderful partner.

Thank you the wonderful, cast and crew.

Oh, my wife, I love you.

Kisses, Simone, Claude, Joely and if George valentin could

[speak, he would say Speaking French]

Merci beaucoup, I love you!

[ Applause ]

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When the Academy awards return.

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> Well, they must be going nuts in France right now or whatever the French have in place of joy.

Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome last year's winner for best actor, Colin firth.

[ Applause ]

Good evening.

It is my very good fortune to present the nominees for performance by an actress in a leading role.

Glenn -- the range of roles you've played over the years displays a brilliance of somewhat bewildering proportions.

One is constantly struck not only by the skill, but also by the humanity and intelligence with which you imbue every part.

And your portrayal of a woman living a life -- a double life as a man is no less than astonishing in "Albert Nobbs."

Glenn Close.

We'll make a great success of our shop.

People will be coming to see us, having tea with us in the parlor and our wedding will be a great wonder.

[ Applause ]

Viola -- very occasionally, when watching a performance, one experiences a mysterious thrill in the hair follicles about five minutes in.

An actress whom we've admired for years has just ventured even deeper into our imagination and will remain there for many years to come.

That's what you've done with your breathtaking interpretation of Aibileen Clark -- a woman of quiet humility and a backbone of steel in "The Help."

Viola Davis.

Anniversary of his death, every year I can't breathe, but it's just another day.

You stop this.

Everything I wrote, he wrote, everything he was is going to die with him.

[ Applause ]

Rooney -- in a very short space of time your presence has come to seem indispensable.

Our cinemas would now seem strangely empty without your unique blend of fearlessness, grace, honesty, fragility and attitude.

Qualities abundantly displayed in your dazzling performance as Elisabeth Salander in "the girl with the Dragon Tattoo."

Rooney mara.

Do you doubt anything I've said?

Do you doubt it in the reports that have followed me around all my life?

What do they say if you had to sum it up?

They say I'm insane.

No, it's okay.

You can nod because it's true.

I am insane.

[ Applause ]

Meryl -- "mamma Mia."

We were in Greece, we danced, I was gay and we were happy.

I probably fathered your only daughter.

They were perplexing times but through all this I watched you work, and it's all too clear why you're on your 17th nomination, more than any other actor in the history of the Academy awards.

You are unreasonably good.

With every role you play, you raise the bar, making it a little more difficult for the rest of us and you've just done it again in your virtuoso portrayal of Margaret Thatcher, in "The Iron Lady."

Meryl Streep.

I have done battle every single day of my life, and many men have underestimated me before.

This lot seemed bound to do the same, but they will rue the day.

Now, shall I be mother?

Tea, Al, how do you take your tea, black or white?

[ Applause ]

Michelle -- you were my mentor when we first worked together.

I was in awe of your experience, your range and your depth, qualities I hoped one day to emulate as I matured.

And we can leave aside the fact that you were 12 and I was 35.

Your abilities are enthralling to behold, and tonight we salute you for your portrait of the complicated figure that you infused with such tenderness and compassion in "my week with Marilyn."

Michelle Williams.

I'm 30.

I guess that makes me an old lady to you.

Seven years is nothing.

You know I've been married three times already.

How did that happen?

Maybe you were just looking for the right man.

They always look right at the start.

[ Applause ]

And the Oscar goes to --

Meryl Streep, "The Iron Lady."

This is the third Academy award and 17th nomination for Meryl Streep.

Her first Oscar win was for the supporting role in "Kramer vs."

Kramer" and second for the leading role in "Sophie's choice."

[ Applause ]

Oh, my God.

Oh, come on.

Oh, oh.

All right.

Thank you so much.

Thank you, thank you.

When they called my name I had this feeling I could hear half of America going, oh, no.

Oh, come on, why her again?

You know.

But whatever.

[ Applause ]

First I'm going to thank don because when you thank your husband at the end of the speech, they play him out with the music and I want him to know that everything I value most in our lives, you've given me.

And now secondly -- [ Applause ]

My other partner, 37 years ago my first play in New York city, I met the great hairstylist and makeup artist Roy Helland and worked together pretty continuously.

His first film with me was "Sophie's choice" and up to tonight when he won for the beautiful work in "The Iron Lady" 30 years later.

Every single movie in between.

[ Applause ]

And I just want to thank Roy but also I want to thank because I really understand I'll never be up here again, I -- I really want to thank all my colleagues, all my friends, I look out here and, you know, I see my life before my eye, my old friends, my new friends and really this is such a great honor, but the thing that counts the most with me is the friendships and the love and the sheer joy we have shared making movies together.

My friends, thank you all of you, departed and here for this, you know, inexplicably wonderful career.

Thank you.

[ Applause ]

And then there was one.

Here to present best picture is someone who has been a movie star since he was 19 years old.

Please welcome a man his entire career is making the impossible possible, Tom Cruise.

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[ applause ]

Tonight is a celebration of movies, watching a film on the big screen, enjoying a shared experience of being in a theater with hundreds of other people.

There are so many reasons why we all love to go to the movies.

Here are nine of them.

What's your name, boy.

Hugo.

If we win on our budget we'll change the game.

I just want the you to know that I'm okay.

Ready to change.

I'm ready to be a real husband and a real father.

? in man's palace there are two way throughs life, the way of nature and the way of grace.

I want to tell you something about the point of view from "The Help."

I'm in love with you.

You're in love with a fantasy.

I promise you man to man that I'll look after him as closely as you have done.

Who are you?

Hemmingway.

Hemmingway.

If you've ever wanted to find out where your dreams come from you look around.

We're going to shake things up.

Dad, mom was cheating on you.

I'm in a very perplexing situation.

You hear me.

Do you understand what I'm saying?

She's gone.

Be brave.

Find the stairs and you come home.

I don't want to leave you, but it's time for me to go.

You rock.

I think the question we should be asking is, do you believe in this thing or not?

Happy endings only happen in the movies.

This is our special place.

It's like seeing dreams in the middle of the day.

The nominees for best motion picture in 2011 are -- "The Artist."

"The Descendants."

"Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close."

"The Help."

"Hugo."

"Midnight in Paris."

"Moneyball."

"The Tree Of Life."

"War Horse."

All of them such fine films.

Congratulations.

And the Oscar goes to...

The Artist.

[ Applause ]

Thomas Langmann, producer.

"The Artist" is a rarity, not only is it black and white and French director's take on old Hollywood but the only movie among the nine best picture nominees from entirely Los Angeles having ten Academy award nominations this year, winning five Oscars.

I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart to you, members of the Academy, to you, R.V., not only because we received tonight the award that any filmmaker would dream to receive but because tonight you've given me the opportunity to pay tribute to a member of this Academy that I miss so much, the Oscar winner Claude Berry and he directed movies like "the two of us" and produced and worked with directors such as Francis Ford coppola, Pedro Almodovar, Milos foreman, Roman polanski, and I always thought and remember will I ever one day be able to work with such director, a director that could stand in front of these examples and tonight I know I do because I am the producer of Michel Hazanavicius and I am glad to be his producer.

Thank you.

And now, okay, thank you.

I'd like to say very, very important things.

I want to say hi to my kids and it's 6:00 in the morning in Paris, so you should go to bed in 30 seconds.

I want to say to my wife, Berenice Bejo, who is here, that I love you, but it's not just that, it's about the movie, you inspired the movie and you're the soul of the movie and the positive feeling of the movie.

Thank you for being this in the movie and in my life and I want to thank three person, I want to thank Billy Wilder, I want to thank Billy Wilder and I want to thank Billy Wilder, thank you very much.

[ Applause ]

Well, that's our evening.

Good night, everybody.

[ Applause ]

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