Oscars split awards among range of films

Billy Crystal kicks off the Academy Awards with comic video, song.

February 27, 2012 06:17
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Billy Crystal on stage at the 84th Academy Awards

Billy Crystal on stage at the 84th Academy Awards 390. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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LOS ANGELES - "The Help" actress Octavia Spencer and history-making veteran Christopher Plummer in "Beginners" took two major acting Oscars on Sunday and were among a wide range of winners as the world's top film awards headed toward its conclusion.

Director Martin Scorsese's "Hugo," which tells of a boy lost in a train station and also serves as an ode to the early days of film-making, came into the night with 11 nominations and picked up five early wins for cinematography, art direction, sound editing, sound mixing and visual effects.

Silent movie romance "The Artist" was close behind with 10 nominations and nabbed two Oscars midway through the show for costume design and musical score.

Another highly touted movie, family drama "The Descendants," walked off with adapted screenplay and Woody Allen won for original screenplay with "Midnight in Paris."

But it was Plummer and Spencer who had the audience of A-list stars including George Clooney, Michelle Williams, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt standing on their feet and cheering.

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