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Meryl Streep wins Best Actress award at the Academy Awards

Meryl Streep has gone home empty-handed from 14 Oscar ceremonies but tonight's wasn't one of them.
Meryl Streep with her best actress Oscar.

Meryl Streep has gone home empty-handed from 14 Oscar ceremonies but this year’s wasn’t one of them.

Meryl beat Glenn Close, Michelle Williams, Viola Davis and Rooney Mara to win the coveted best actress award.

She looked stunned when Colin Firth read out her name, and thanked her husband Don Gummer and long-term makeup artist J Roy Helland in her gushing acceptance speech.

The 64-year-old actress has been nominated for a record 17 Academy Awards, but hasn’t won since Sophie’s Choice in 1982.

Silent film The Artist was the other big winner of the evening, taking home five awards including best picture, best actor for Jean Dujardin and best director.

Martin Scorsese’s Hugo also won five awards, including cinematography and visual effects.

The best supporting actor and actresses awards went to Beginners Christopher Plummer and The Help’s Octavia Spencer respectively.

Complete list of winners at the 2012 Academy Awards:

Best Picture: The Artist

Actor in a Leading Role: Jean Dujardin in The Artist

Actor in a Supporting Role: Christopher Plummer in Beginners

Actress in a Leading Role: Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady

Actress in a Supporting Role: Octavia Spencer in The Help

Animated Feature Film: Rango

Art Direction: Hugo

Cinematography: Hugo

Costume Design: The Artist

Directing: The Artist, Michel Hazanavicius

Documentary (Feature): Undefeated

Documentary (Short Subject): Saving Face

Film Editing: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Foreign Language Film: A Separation (Iran)

Makeup: The Iron Lady

Music (Original Score): The Artist

Music (Original Song): “Man or Muppet” from The Muppets

Short Film (Animated): The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

Short Film (Live Action): The Shore

Sound Editing: Hugo

Sound Mixing: Hugo

Visual Effects: Hugo

Writing (Adapted Screenplay): The Descendants

Writing (Original Screenplay): Midnight in Paris

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