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Oscars 2012: Academy Awards Attract Big Stars (LIVE UPDATES)

02/26/2012 05:31 pm ET | Updated Oct 02, 2013

It's Oscars time again in Hollywood, and HuffPost Entertainment and our friends at Moviefone are here with live updates all throughout the show.

The 84th Academy Awards show was broadcasted live from the Hollywood & Highland Center in the heart of Los Angeles' Hollywood. Billy Crystal is hosting the program.

Here's a brief summary as reported earlier by the AP, followed by our exclusive HuffPost live blog.

Meryl Streep might join the acting three-peat club with a third Academy Award. Jean Dujardin could become the first Frenchman to win best actor. Christopher Plummer is in line to become the oldest acting winner ever at 82.

And "The Artist" is favored to become the only silent movie to take the best-picture prize since the first Oscar ceremony 83 years ago.

Along with Streep, Hollywood's big night on Sunday has plenty of returning stars, too, with past Oscar winners and nominees such as George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Glenn Close, Michelle Williams and Nick Nolte in the running again.

The show also has a returning favorite as ringmaster: After an eight-year absence, Billy Crystal is back for his ninth time as host.

02/26/2012 11:36 PM EST

Best Picture Goes To 'The Artist'

And "The Artist" has done it! The final award of the evening went to the picture that said the least.

02/26/2012 11:30 PM EST

Meryl Streep Wins Best Actress For 'Iron Lady'

Colin Firth presented the award to Streep, who was on her 17th nomination. This is her third win.

"Oh my god, oh come on!" Streep said when she realized that the entire auditorium had taken to its feet for a standing ovation. "When I heard my name I had these feeling that half of America went 'Oh, come on, why her, again.' But ... whatever."

02/26/2012 11:20 PM EST

Jean Dujardin Wins Best Actor For 'The Artist'

Natalie Portman presented the award to the French star of 'The Artist,' who took to the microphone with a throaty, "Ouais!" before launching into a pre-written speech that mentioned the birth of the Academy Awards show itself. "Tickets were $5 and the show lasted 15 minutes. Times have changed."

No mention of Uggie was made.

02/26/2012 11:02 PM EST

Hang In There, Folks.

@ vulture :

Only three awards left: Best Actor, Actress, and Picture. And the in memoriam. #oscars

02/26/2012 10:55 PM EST

Michel Hazanavicius Wins Best Director For 'The Artist'

The little silent film that could has won another big one at tonight's awards.

No surprises here. Despite the possibility of a Martin Scorsese upset, Michel Hazanavicius ended up bringing home the Best Director trophy at the 84th annual Academy Awards on Sunday.

This was the first nomination and win for the French director, who burst onto the scene this year with the critical darling, "The Artist," a semi-silent film that captured the rise and fall of George Valentin (Jean Dujardin), a silent movie star coming to grips with the increased popularity of talkies.

"I am the happiest director in the world right now," Hazanavicius said while accepting the award.

02/26/2012 10:39 PM EST

Woody Allen Didn't Show Up, Never Does

A leggy Angelina Jolie presented the award for Best Original Screenplay, but Allen wasn't there to accept. The filmmaker just isn't one to attend the award shows.

The biggest star of the past segment, however, was certainly Angelina's leg. Crystal introduced her as the "original Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," and a high slit over her right leg briefly stole the show.

The screenwriters who followed Jolie on stage aped her sexy pose to great applause.

02/26/2012 10:19 PM EST

'The Artist' Wins Best Original Score, "Muppets" Wins Best Original Song

And then Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis came out in white tie and banged some cymbals in the lovely faces of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.

Best original song went to "Flight of the Conchords" member Bret McKenzie, who wrote the soundtrack for "The Muppets."

Many have noted the poor quality of the microphones on the Oscar stage, and the TV audience is getting quite a bit of feedback.

@ alecbaldwin :

I am officially announcing that I am re-making THE ARTIST with sound.

02/26/2012 10:13 PM EST

Crystal Jokes Starting To Pick Up

After mocking Nick Nolte in a "what are they thinking" bit and joking about the Oscars' decision to not include any live music at the show, host Billy Crystal seems to be gaining some fans, like one of our fellow HuffPost editors Jessie Heyman.

@ jessieheyman :

Has Billy just started trying? #oscars

02/26/2012 10:04 PM EST

Standing Ovation For Christopher Plummer's Best Supporting Actor Win

"You're only two years older than me, darling, where have you been all my life?" Christopher Plummer asked his Best Supporting Actor Oscar statuette. Plummer, who at 82 is the oldest winner in the Academy's history, joked that he came out of his mother's womb practicing his Oscar's speech. Plummer won for "Beginners."

"My wife Elaine deserves a Nobel Peace Prize for coming to my rescue every day of my life," he said.

Given Plummer's effortless grace and poise, we're going to believe him. This was a speech worth watching twice.

@ vulture :

Christopher Plummer wins Best Supporting Actor: in 10 seconds before he takes stage, we wish our hardest he will sing Edelweiss #oscars

02/26/2012 9:58 PM EST

Emma Stone Wows Twitter With Stiller Banter

Perhaps Billy Crystal's predictable performance is to blame, but Chris Rock isn't the only presenter that Twitter users seem to wish was hosting instead. While introducing the nominees for Best Visual Effects, Stone charmed the audience (both in person and at home) with her portrayal of a starry-eyed young actress basking in the limelight of the Oscars' stage. And she was actually funny!

Stiller, of course, was quick with a retort: "Look, kid, I get it. You're new. But perky gets old quick with this crowd."

The award went to "Hugo," its fourth win of the night.

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