Tom Cruise had the distinct honor of closing the 84th Academy Awards by presenting the evening’s surprise hit, The Artist, with the Best Picture Oscar. Tom’s presentation was the fifth award for the silent film and a fitting end to a ceremony that did much to highlight the magic of film and celebrate the rich tradition of cinema.
Some of that rich tradition can be seen in these behind-the-scenes images.
Billy Crystal watches from backstage as Tom opens the envelope to announce the Academy Award for Best Picture.
Tom poses with Best Actress winner and legend of the Silver Screen Meryl Streep.
Last but not least, Tom and Katie pose for photographers outside the Vanity Fair Oscar Party.
Short But Sweet
While Tom had a cameo role in the ceremony, he was also part of a film appreciation montage that featured Ben Stiller, Morgan Freeman, Adam Sandler, Brad Pitt, Reese Witherspoon, Hilary Swank and others talking about how movies have affected their lives and made them the artists they are today.
In the montage, Tom, who has been acting in films since he was 19-years-old, said of Hollywood, “It just set my imagination running wild trying to imitate those characters. Or suddenly I’m in that world in my backyard afterward.”
Following Hollywood’s marquee event, Tom and a number of other celebrities showed up at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party at the Sunset Tower Hotel. That list included Jennifer Lopez, Gwyneth Paltrow and her husband, Chris Martin, Cameron Diaz, Jonah Hill, David and Victoria Beckham, Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Billy Crystal and more.
If you didn’t catch the Academy Awards live, we’ve included the list of winners below.
Best Picture: “The Artist.”
Actress in a leading role: Meryl Streep, “Iron Lady.”
Actor in a leading role: Jean Dujardin, “The Artist.”
Actress in a supporting role: Octavia Spencer, “The Help.”
Actor in a supporting role: Christopher Plummer, “Beginners.”
Directing: Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist.”
Art direction: “Hugo.”
Costume design: “The Artist.”
Makeup: “The Iron Lady.”
Foreign language film: “A Separation,” Iran.
Film editing: “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”
Sound editing: “Hugo.”
Sound mixing: “Hugo.”
Documentary feature: “Undefeated.”
Animated feature film: “Rango.”
Visual effects: “Hugo.”
Original score: “The Artist.”
Original song: “Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets.”
Adapted screenplay: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, “The Descendants.”
Original screenplay: Woody Allen, “Midnight in Paris.”
Live action short film: “The Shore.”
Documentary (short subject): “Saving Face.”
Animated short film: “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.”
What did you think of the 84th Academy Awards ceremony? Let us know in the comments section below, or connect with the TOMCRUISE.COM team on Twitter, Facebook, WhoSay, Orkut, Gree, Sina Weibo, Google+ and Tencent Weibo. Plus, get all the latest news and insider information when you sign up for the TomCruise.com official newsletter today!