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84th Academy Awards: Winners

The Artist won five awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, (Michael Hazanavicius) and Best Actor (Jean Dujardin).

Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady) was awarded Best Actress, whilst in the supporting categories Christopher Plummer (Beginners) and Octavia Spencer (The Help) won for their respective roles.

Hugo was the big winner in the technical categories, winning Cinematography, Sound Editing and Mixing, Art Direction and Visual Effects.

The Artist also became the the first silent film to win Best Picture since Wings (1927), which won the same prize at the very first Academy Awards.

So in a year that has seen great changes as cinema shifts from celluloid to digital, there was something appropriate in the big winners being tributes to the silent era and one of its true pioneers, Georges Méliès.


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UK Cinema Releases: Friday 7th October 2011


The Lion King 3D (Walt Disney): Tricked into thinking he killed his father, a guilt ridden lion cub (Matthew Broderick) flees into exile and abandons his identity as the future King. Directed Rob Minkoff and Roger Allers, this 3D re-release of the 1994 blockbuster recently topped the US box office. [Nationwide / U]

Johnny English Reborn (Universal): The comedy spy franchise based on a Barclaycard advert sees bumbling British spy Johnny English (Rowan Atkinson) flushes out a spy in his follow-up assignment as he becomes embroiled in a plot by a team of assassin’s to kill the Chinese premier. [Nationwide / PG]

Midnight In Paris (Warner Bros.): Woody Allen’s most financially successful film ever is a romantic comedy about a family traveling to Paris for business. The party includes a young engaged couple forced to confront the illusion that a life different from their own is better. Stars Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams and Kathy Bates. [Nationwide / 12A]

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (StudioCanal): A young girl sent to live with her father and his new girlfriend discovers creatures in her new home who want to claim her as one of their own. Directed Troy Nixey, it stars Guy Pearce, Katie Holmes, Bailee Madison and Alan Dale. [Nationwide / 15]


Tyrannosaur (StudioCanal): Drama about a man plagued by violence and rage who gets a chance of redemption in the form of a Christian charity shop worker. Directed by Paddy Considine, it stars Peter Mullan, Olivia Colman, Ned Dennehy abd Matthew Rhys. [Selected cinemas / 18]

Perfect Sense (Arrow Films): A chef and a scientist fall in love as an epidemic begins to rob people of their sensory perceptions. Directed by David MacKenzie and starring Ewan McGregor and Eva Green. [Selected cinemas / 15]

Four Days Inside Guantanamo (Dogwoof): Documentary about about the controversial visits of Canadian officials to Guantanamo to see 16-year-old terror suspect Omar Khadr. Directed by Luc Cote and Patrricio Henriquez.

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