Oscar Embraces The Artist, Jean Dujardin & Meryl Streep

“Oh, no – not her … again,” was what winner Meryl Streep feared those inside L.A.’s Hollywood & Highland Center were thinking on Oscar night. Was she ever wrong.

The actress, who’s been nominated a historic 17 times, won the Best Actress Oscar at Sunday’s 84th annual Academy Awards for The Iron Lady, in which she played former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Octavia Spencer, Christopher Plummer Win Supporting Actor Oscars

Oscars 2012: Which Should Win Best Picture of the Year?

Make no mistake: Oscar loves the movies.

Of the nine films in contention to be named Best Picture, the two with the most overall nominations – Hugo, with 11, and The Artist, with 10 – focus on the art form in its infancy and each is a Valentine to the medium – but will one of them snag Oscar’s heart?

George Clooney, Michelle Williams Receive Oscar Nominations

Comedy counts in Hollywood, for once, with two surprise nominations for Bridesmaids, for Supporting Actress Melissa McCarthy and Best Screenplay writer Kristen Wiig, according to this year’s Oscar nominations, announced early Tuesday at the Beverly Hills headquarters of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.