Los Angeles, Feb. 26, 2012 – Independent films captured 17 Oscars at tonight’s 84th Academy Awards®, including a Best Picture victory by The Artist. The award brings the number of independent films taking Best Picture honors to 20 over the past 31 years, according to the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA®). Independent films collected 17 Academy Awards in these categories:

(*Please note, companies listed include Independent companies involved in the film which are also IFTA Member companies)

Best Picture
The Artist (Wild Bunch, The Weinstein Company)
Directing
Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist (Wild Bunch, The Weinstein Company)
Actor in a Leading Role
Jean Dujardin – The Artist (Wild Bunch, The Weinstein Company)
Actress in a Leading Role
Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady (Pathé International, Goldcrest Pictures, U.K. Film Council, The Weinstein Company)
Actor in a Supporting Role
Christopher Plummer – Beginners (Focus Features)
Writing (Original Screenplay)
Woody Allen – Midnight In Paris
Foreign Language Film
A Separation
Animated Feature Film
Rango (GK Films)
Art Direction
Hugo (GK Films) – Production Design: Dante Ferretti; Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo
Cinematography
Robert Richardson – Hugo (GK Films)
Costume Design
Mark Bridges – The Artist (Wild Bunch, The Weinstein Company)
Documentary (Feature)
Undefeated (The Weinstein Company)
Makeup
Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland – The Iron Lady (Pathé International, Goldcrest Pictures, U.K. Film Council, The Weinstein Company)
Music (Original Score)
Ludovic Bource – The Artist (Wild Bunch, The Weinstein Company)
Sound Editing
Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty – Hugo (GK Films)
Sound Mixing
Tom Fleischman and John Midgley – Hugo (GK Films)
Visual Effects
Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossman and Alex Henning – Hugo (GK Films)