‘The Artist’ wins the Oscar for best picture: Meryl Streep gets 3rd Oscar

The 84th Academy Awards featured a showdown between a black-and-white silent film, a civil rights-era film and Mississippi maids and a 3-D film based on the earliest days of the movie industry. In the end “The Artist” took home most of the coveted Oscar slots.

Meryl Streep took home the best actress Oscar for her role in “The Iron Lady.”

Hollywood, 1927: As silent movie star George Valentin wonders if the arrival of talking pictures will cause him to fade into oblivion, he sparks with Peppy Miller, a young dancer set for a big break.

Jean Dujardin wins the Oscar for best actor for "The Artist"

The Academy Award for best actor went to Jean Dujardin for his role in “The Artist.” While Michel Hazanavicius won the Oscar for best directing in “The Artist”

The Help” co-star Octavia Spencer won the Oscar for best supporting actress.

Tells the story of a woman who smashed through the barriers of gender and class to be heard in a male-dominated world. The story concerns power and the price that is paid for power, and is a surprising and insightful portrait of an extraordinary and complex woman.

A look at the life of Margaret Thatcher, the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, with a focus on the price she paid for power.

The Academy Award for best supporting actor went to Christopher Plummer for his role in “Beginners.”

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