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Michelle Williams isn't human, right? She can't be — no real person above the age of five is that adorable. Part fairy, maybe?
Whatever she is, she's as tragically lovely now (in "Take This Waltz," "Blue Valentine," "My Week With Marilyn," etc.) as she was the first time we saw her (as a bona fide teenager in "Dawson's Creek," way back in '98). Check out these pixie pics of the cutest actress in Hollywood ... and the rest of the mortal realm.
Last year, faced with sagging ratings, the Academy Awards pulled out all the stops, pumping up the number of Best Picture nominees to ten in order to get fans of more films involved and tapping supposedly hip and now stars Anne Hathaway and James Franco to host.
The result? A monumental flop.
So this year, the Academy went back to basics — way back, with America's futzy uncle, Billy Crystal, returning to host a show heavy on nostalgia (see: "The Artist" and "Hugo") and light on, well, everything else. And the results this time around? According to The Los Angeles Times, ratings actually went up. Who'da thunk it? Get More »
As Kristen Wiig famously declared in "Bridesmaids," Hollywood was "ready to parrrtayyy" following the Oscars last night.
After all the business of handing out awards was out of the way, the real night began. Didn't see your favorite stars on the red carpet for the ceremony? No big! They were probably hanging out with Elton John or at the Vanity Fair bash.
Oh, and they were having a darn good time. See for yourself in our 2012 Oscars Party Pics gallery.
A movie about the silent film era won Best Picture and the host -- a favorite in the '90s -- was returning for his ninth stint as Academy Awards host … it's no surprise, then, that the 84th annual Academy Awards had a very retro vibe.
"The Artist," the silent, black-and-white movie about the early days of Hollywood when wordless films gave way to the "talkies," won five Oscars in total, while Billy Crystal, returning as host for the first time since 2004, opened the show with both an amusing video package and a less clever musical nod to the nominated movies.
Elsewhere, veteran actress Meryl Streep won her third Oscar (and her first in almost 30 years), while Christopher Plummer became a first-time Oscar winner -- and set a new record as the oldest winner -- at age 82. Get More »
The Academy has been thoroughly thanked for another year.
Billy Crystal ran a good-looking show at the 84th Annual Academy Awards, a ceremony that featured a moving and tearful acceptance speech from Octavia Spencer, a classy and distinguished one from Christopher Plummer, an impromptu backside shot from Jennifer Lopez and Cameron Diaz, a vodka shot from Rose Byrne and Melissa McCarthy at the mention of the name "Scorsese" and several big wins for "The Artist."
Re-live the magic with our gallery of the 2012 Oscars show.
Hollywood might be the land of dreams, but the Oscars are the night of fashion — and in an industry in which everyone's a critic, it comes as no surprise that we've got a few opinions on some of the more (ahem) questionable choices of the night.
We know it may be hard to imagine that some of the most stunning people on the planet, clad in some of the world's most coveted labels, could manage to look anything less than perfect, but a handful of stars who walked this carpet have proven that it's possible. Trust us.
So how does one land on our worst dressed list for the Academy Awards? While there's no surefire way, there are a few cardinal sins to avoid, including (but not limited to) long sleeves, dressing inappropriately for one's age, and, last but not least, playing it way too safe. Check out the gallery to get up close and personal with these fashion misses — and take notes in case you ever find yourself at Tinseltown's biggest night. (Hey, it could happen!)
Hollywood's biggest night is finally here, bringing with it life-changing moments, tear-filled speeches and, of course, heart-pounding fashions. But in a sea of the world's most beautiful people, clad in the world's most breathtaking gowns, how does a girl stand out?
This year the answer is simple: drama, drama, oh, and a little more drama. This was not the time for black. This was not the time to play it safe. This was the time to dress like it's the Oscars. Because it is the Oscars. (Just in case you forgot.)
From glittering sequins and plunging necklines, to vibrant colors and even some sizzling white, Tinseltown's golden girls brought out the big guns to remind us just what makes movie-land grand. And while not everyone can take home that coveted little bald man (sigh), one fact is certain: every single lady who nabbed a spot on this best-dressed list is a clear winner in our eyes.
Here you go — the complete list of the 84th annual Academy Awards winners. The winners are listed first in bold, with the rest of the nominees following.
WINNER: "The Artist"
"Midnight in Paris"
"The Tree of Life"
"Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close"
WINNER: Meryl Streep, "The Iron Lady"
Viola Davis, "The Help"
Glenn Close, "Albert Nobbs"
Rooney Mara, "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"
Michelle Williams, "My Week With Marilyn"
WINNER: Jean Dujardin, "The Artist"
Demian Bichir, "A Better Life"
George Clooney, "The Descendants"
Brad Pitt, "Moneyball"
Gary Oldman, "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"
WINNER: Michel Hazanavicius, "The Artist"
Alexander Payne, "The Descendants"
Martin Scorsese, "Hugo"
Woody Allen, "Midnight in Paris"
Terrence Malick, "The Tree of Life"
BEST ANIMATED SHORT
"The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore," William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg
"Dimanche/Sunday," Patrick Doyon
"La Luna," Enrico Casarosa
"A Morning Stroll," Grant Orchard and Sue Goffe
"Wild Life," Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby!
BEST DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)
WINNER: "Saving Face"
"The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement"
"God Is the Bigger Elvis"
"Incident in New Baghdad"
"The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom"
BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT
WINNER: "The Shore," Terry George and Oorlagh George
"Pentecost," Peter McDonald and Eimear O'Kane
"Raju," Max Zähle and Stefan Gieren
"Time Freak," Andrew Bowler and Gigi Causey
"Tuba Atlantic," Hallvar Witzø
WINNER: "Midnight in Paris," Woody Allen
"The Artist," Michel Hazanavicius
"Bridesmaids," Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig
"Margin Call," J.C. Chandor
"A Separation," Asghar Farhadi
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
WINNER: "The Descendants," screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash
"Hugo," creenplay by John Logan
"The Ides of March," screenplay by George Clooney & Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon
"Moneyball," screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin Story by Stan Chervin
"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," screenplay by Bridget O'Connor & Peter Straughan
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
WINNER: "Man or Muppet" from "The Muppets" Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie
"Real in Rio" from "Rio" Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown Lyric by Siedah Garrett
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
WINNER: "The Artist," Ludovic Bource
"The Adventures of Tintin," John Williams
"Hugo," Howard Shore
"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," Alberto Iglesias
"War Horse," John Williams
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christopher Plummer, "Beginners"
Kenneth Branagh, "My Week With Marilyn"
Jonah Hill, "Moneyball"
Nick Nolte, "Warrior"
Max von Sydow, "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2"
"Rise of the Planet of the Apes"
"Transformers: Dark of the Moon"
"A Cat in Paris"
"Chico & Rita"
"Kung Fu Panda 2"
"Puss in Boots"
BEST DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)
"Hell and Back Again"
"If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front"
"Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory"
BEST SOUND MIXING
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"
"Transformers: Dark of the Moon"
BEST SOUND EDITING
WINNER: "Hugo," Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty
"Drive," Lon Bender and Victor Ray Ennis
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," Ren Klyce
"Transformers: Dark of the Moon," Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl
"War Horse," Richard Hymns and Gary Rydstrom
BEST FILM EDITING
WINNER: "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
"The Artist," Anne-Sophie Bion and Michel Hazanavicius
"The Descendants," Kevin Tent
"Hugo," Thelma Schoonmaker
"Moneyball," Christopher Tellefsen
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
WINNER: Octavia Spencer, "The Help"
Berenice Bejo, "The Artist"
Jessica Chastain, "The Help"
Melissa McCarthy, "Bridesmaids"
Janet McTeer, "Albert Nobbs"
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
WINNER: "A Separation," Iran
"In Darkness," Poland
"Monsieur Lazhar," Canada
WINNER: "The Iron Lady"
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2"
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
WINNER: "The Artist," Mark Bridges
"Anonymous," Lisy Christl
"Hugo," Sandy Powell
"Jane Eyre," Michael O'Connor
"W.E.," Arianne Phillips
WINNER: "Hugo," Robert Richardson
"The Artist," Guillaume Schiffman
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," Jeff Cronenweth
"The Tree of Life," Emmanuel Lubezki
"War Horse," Janusz Kaminski
BEST ART DIRECTION
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2"
"Midnight in Paris"
"Hugo" and "The Artist" had the best night at the 84th annual Academy Awards — by the numbers, at least.
Martin Scorsese's kids' movie and "The Artist" each took home five Oscars, but Michel Hazanavicius' black and white film got top honors for snagging a few of the major awards.
"The Artist" earned the Oscar for Best Picture — the first for a silent film since "Wings" won at the very first Academy Awards way back in 1929. Get More »
Sacha Baron Cohen has been making headlines all week over his attendance at the Oscars, but that tempest in a teapot pales in comparison to the controversy he stirred up this evening when he took on Hollywood's most powerful figure:
As promised, Cohen appeared as Admiral General Shabazz Aladeen, the fictitious lead character of his new comedy "The Dictator." During a red carpet interview, he shocked fans by dumping what he claimed were the ashes of deceased North Korean leader Kim Jong Il on Seacrest.
"Anything can happen, and it just did, all over my lapel," said Seacrest, getting the last word as always.
Note to Cohen: Nobody dictates to Ryan Seacrest.