Dick Stockton is an American sports broadcaster who has served as a play-by-play announcer, calling basketball, baseball and football for both Fox Sports and Turner Sports. With over 40 years of exper...
The black and white film completed a weekend trio of triumphs after also winning gold at the Cesar Awards in Paris on Friday (24Feb12) and the Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, California on Saturday (25Feb12).
The Artist filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius was also triple weekend winner after claiming the Best Director honour at the Hollywood & Highland Center on Sunday, and the film also took home trophies for Costume Design and Score, while Jean Dujardin became the first Frenchman to pick up the coveted Best Actor award for his portrayal as silent film star George Valentin.
Meanwhile, Martin Scorsese's first 3D film Hugo picked up five of its 11 nominations in categories including Best Cinematography, Best Editing and Best Sound Mixing.
Other big winners at the 84th Academy Awards included Meryl Streep (Best Actress), Octavia Spencer (Best Supporting Actress), Woody Allen (Best Original Screenplay), Alexander Payne (Best Adapted Screenplay), Christopher Plummer, who, at 82, became the oldest actor ever to win an Academy Award, for his supporting role in Beginners, and A Separation, which became the first movie from Iran to win a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.
Billy Crystal returned to host the ceremony for the ninth time and kicked off the show with one of his famous movie montages, playing The Artist's leading man George Valentin in a silent torture scene and George Clooney's comatose partner in The Descendants.
The odd couple shared a kiss as the movie hunk and Oscar nominee woke the sleeping comic and told him he had to host the ceremony, joking, "The Academy has got the youngest, hippest writers in town."
Crystal also placed himself in scenes from The Help, Bridesmaids, The Adventures of Tin Tin, Moneyball and Midnight in Paris, where he doubled up as Sammy Davis Jr. opposite Justin Bieber.
There was also a cameo for Tom Cruise in a brief Mission: Impossible skit.
In his opening monologue, Crystal joked, "The movies have always been there for us... so tonight, enjoy yourself because nothing can take the sting out of the world's economic problems like watching millionaires present each other with golden statues."
The full list of 2012 Oscar winners is:
Best Motion Picture of the Year
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Jean Dujardin (The Artist)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Christopher Plummer (Beginners)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Octavia Spencer (The Help)
Best Achievement in Directing
Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist)
Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris)
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
Alexander Payne, Jim Rash & Nat Faxon (The Descendants)
Best Animated Feature Film
Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
A Separation (Iran)
Best Achievement in Cinematography
Robert Richardson (Hugo)
Best Achievement in Editing
Kirk Baxter & Angus Wall (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo)
Best Achievement in Art Direction
Dante Ferretti & Francesca Lo Schiavo (Hugo)
Best Achievement in Costume Design
Mark Bridges (The Artist)
Best Achievement in Makeup
Mark Coulier & J. Roy Helland (The Iron Lady)
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score
Ludovic Bource (The Artist)
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song
Bret McKenzie (Man or Muppet from The Muppets)
Best Achievement in Sound Mixing
Tom Fleischman & John Midgley (Hugo)
Best Achievement in Sound Editing
Phillip Stockton & Eugene Gearty (Hugo)
Best Achievement in Visual Effects
Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossman & Alex Henning (Hugo)
Best Documentary Feature
Best Documentary Short
Best Short Film, Animated
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
Best Short Film, Live Action
Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Awards
James Earl Jones, Dick Smith & Oprah Winfrey
Dick Stockton is an American sports broadcaster who has served as a play-by-play announcer, calling basketball, baseball and football for both Fox Sports and Turner Sports. With over 40 years of experience, Stockton has been a staple in American households covering all four of the major American sports at one time or another in addition to the Olympics and collegiate athletics.Born on Nov. 22, 1942, in Philadelphia, PA, Stockton graduated from Syracuse University in 1964 with a degree in political science before starting his career as a broadcaster back home in Philly in 1965. By 1971, after a brief stint as sports director at KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh, Stockton moved on to do radio and television work at WBZ in Boston. By 1974, Stockton got the opportunity to do play-by-play for the Boston Celtics and the following year he was hired to do the same for the Red Sox. His success in Boston ultimately led to him calling NFL games for NBC in 1976 and 1977 before deciding to work for CBS full-time in 1978, having freelanced for CBS Sports in the past.Stockton was a major factor in CBS's NFL coverage, and then in 1981 he was named the lead play-by-play man for the NBA on CBS. He also covered the MLB, the '92 Winter Olympics in Albertville and the '94 Winter Games in Lillehammer. In 1994, after 16 years with CBS, Dick Stockton was hired to call play-by-play for the NFL on Fox. Then the following year, he went back to covering the NBA, this time for TNT. In 2003, Fox added him to their MLB coverage and then in 2007, TBS made him their play-by-play man for their exclusive coverage of the Divisional Series. At over 70 years old, Dick Stockton continued to call games for Fox Sports and Turner Sports. He also worked as the part-time play-by-play announcer for the San Antonio Spurs, as well as the announcer for the Miami Dolphins' preseason games. All told, Dick Stockton has been calling sports for nearly 50 years, and is considered by many to be one of the greatest sportscaster of all-time. In 2001, he was awarded the Curt Gowdy Electronic Media Award by Basketball Hall of Fame. He also partnered with Matt Millen to voice the video game NFL Fever in 2000.