Silence was golden at the Oscars this year.
At the Feb. 26 event, the French black-and-white silent movie The Artist won five Oscars, including Best Film, Best Director (Michel Hazanavicius) and Best Actor (Jean Dujardin, who edged George Clooney of The Descen¬dants).
The movie made history as the first silent film to win the award since 1929. Also, Dujar¬din, 39, became the first French actor to win an Oscar.
"Sometimes life is wonderful. Today is one of those days," Hazanavicius said.
The Martin Scorsese movie Hugo also won five Oscars, with the 3-D adventure film pre¬vailing in the technical categories, including Best Cinematography.
The Best Actress race was considered a two-woman contest between Viola Davis of The Help and Meryl Streep of The Iron Lady. In the end, Streep prevailed, winning her third Oscar. (She has been nominated for 17.) This was her first win since 1982, when she nabbed the award for Sophie's Choice.
Adding an LGBT edge, Christopher Plum¬mer won Best Supporting Actor for playing a 75-year-old gay widower in Beginners. In the process, Plummer became the oldest actor to win the Award at age 82.
Octavia Spencer was the favorite for Best Supporting Actress for The Helpand, to no one's surprise, she won. Many considered her tearful acceptance one of the night's high¬lights.
Billy Crystal returned as host of the 84th annual event, and received mixed reviews. For example, USA Today's Robert Bianco wrote, "You may have smiled much of the way, but with Crystal we're used to laughing from be¬ginning to end."