Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer Oscars 2012

Sunday night, Hollywood’s elite came out for the biggest celebration of the year. The 84th annual Academy Awards saw many predictable moments, but it also saw a few surprises as well.

Although host Billy Crystal was sort of a last minute addition after Eddie Murphy dropped out, he garnered several laughs from the crowd in the Kodak Theater. However, Crystal received mixed reviews from critics, particularly for his race-based humor.

One of the night’s most emotional moments came as Octavia Spencer took home the award for best supporting actress for her role in ‘The Help.’ Spencer received a standing ovation from her peers and she admitted to “freaking out” about winning an Oscar just as she disolved into tears.

After her win, Crystal told the crowd he wanted to “hug the first black woman that I saw. From Beverly Hills, that’s about a 45-minute drive.”

Spencer’s costar, Viola Davis, look absolutely stunning in an emerald green Vera Wang dress and short natural ‘do. But Davis, a heavy favorite, came up empty, losing to Meryl Streep who took home the best actress award for ‘The Iron Lady.’

‘The Artist’ was the night’s big winner taking home the coveted awards of best picture and director, and its star Jean Dujardin, won best actor. Martin Scorsese’s film ‘Hugo’ also took home five trophies.

‘Undefeated,’ a film produced by Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, took home an award for best feature documentary.

Did you watch the Oscars? What did you think? 

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