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84th Academy Awards: Best Director

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At the 1st Academy Awards there were two directing awards – one for drama and the other for comedy – but the latter was was eliminated the following year.

Only twice has it been awarded to a co-directing team, rather than to an individual director: Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise for West Side Story (1961) and Joel Coen and Ethan Coen for No Country for Old Men (2007).

WOODY ALLEN – Midnight in Paris

MICHEL HAZANAVICIUS – The Artist

TERRENCE MALICK – The Tree of Life

ALEXANDER PAYNE – The Descendants

MARTIN SCORSESE – Hugo

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84th Academy Awards: Best Actor

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DEMIAN BACHIR – A Better Life

GEORGE CLOONEY – The Descendants

JEAN DUJARDIN – The Artist

GARY OLDMAN – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

BRAD PITT – Moneyball

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84th Academy Awards: Best Actress

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GLENN CLOSE – Albert Nobbs

VIOLA DAVIS – The Help

ROONEY MARA – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

MERYL STREEP – The Iron Lady

MICHELLE WILLIAMS – My Week With Marilyn

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84th Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor

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Like the Supporting Actress category, it wasn’t until the 8th Academy Awards ceremony (1935), that this category came into being as the Best Actor award covered all actors, be they supporting or lead.

After complaints that it was leading actors were unfairly favoured the current system was introduced at the 9th Academy Awards ceremony (1936), when Walter Brennan won for Come and Get It.

KENNETH BRANAGH – My Week With Marilyn

JONAH HILL – Moneyball

NICK NOLTE – Warrior

CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER – Beginners

MAX VON SYDOW – Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

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84th Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actress

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It wasn’t until the 9th Academy Awards ceremony (1936) that this award was given and the first recipient was Gale Sondergaard for her performance in Anthony Adverse.

Until the 8th Academy Awards (1935), nominations for the Best Actress award included all actresses, whether the performance was a leading or supporting one.

BERENICE BEJO – The Artist

JESSICA CHASTAIN – The Help

MELISSA McCARTHY – Bridesmaids

JANET McTEER – Albert Nobbs

OCTAVIA SPENCER – The Help

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