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Martin Scorsese's Hugo, a showpiece of story and visual effects, took home five awards (tying for the most wins), but lost out in the Best Picture and Best Director categories to the equally deserving The Artist.
Standing out in the animated field were Rango and The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, which picked up the Oscars for Best Animated Feature Film and Best Animated Short Film, respectively.
"Someone asked me if this film was for kids," said director Gore Verbinski accepting the feature award for Rango, "I don’t know, but it was certainly created by a bunch of grownups acting like children and we just had the best time."
Verbinski thanked Johnny Depp and the cast; the artists at Industrial Light & Magic; his own company BlindWink Productions and distributor Paramount; and finally his family. "It doesn’t get any better than this."
While I was saddened that that Pixar's beautiful La Luna didn't win for animated short, Lessmore directors William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg gave one of the best, most sincere speeches of the night. "Look, we’re just these two swamp rats from Louisiana."
Congratulations to everyone who had a part in bringing these films to the screen!