By Clive Young.
New York (February 27, 2012)—The Academy Awards were all about silent film this year, as the top prize winners of the evening—taking home five apiece—were The Artist, a silent film itself, and Hugo, which featured silent filmmaker George Meliés as a character. Ironically it was the audio team behind the latter film that took home both Best Sound Oscars last night.
Best Sound Editing was awarded to Phillip Stockton and Eugene Gearty for their work on Hugo, while Best Sound Mixing went to Tom Fleischman and John Midgley for their work on the film. Hugo also won for Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction and Best Visual Effects. As both Martin Scorsese’s first 3D film and first effort for children, Hugo is based on Brian Selznick’s acclaimed illustrated novel, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which won the Randolph Caldecott Medal in 2008.
In the music categories, Best Original Score was won by Ludovic Bource for The Artist, while Best Original Song wenter to ex-Flight of the Conchords member Bret McKenzie for “Man or Muppet” from The Muppets.
In the non-technical awards, The Artist took home Best Picture, Best Director (Michel Hazanavicius) and Best Actor (Jean Dujardin), while Meryl Streep won Best Actress for The Iron Lady.