Alex Henning shows his newly-engraved Oscar for Best Visual Effects at the Governors Ball following the 84th Academy Awards held at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Hollywood on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012. Henning shared the Academy Award with Rob Legato, Joss Williams, and Ben Grossman for their work on Martin Scorsese's Hugo. The other competitors in that category were Shawn Levy's Real Steel, Rupert Wyatt's Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and Michael Bay's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. (Image: Darren Decker / © A.M.P.A.S.)
While accepting his Oscar, Rob Legato told the crowd:
“I didn't expect this. I know it's a huge thrill to be nominated, but it's awesome to win and it's really underrated. I really wouldn't be here for not for the genius of Martin Scorsese. It's an epic thrill to work on a movie with Marty and especially this particular movie, and the incredible collaborators all of which are nominated here tonight.
“And by the grace of hundreds of artists all over the world working thousands and thousands of hours, we're standing up here and we appreciate that and we want to thank the Academy for recognizing them.”
Zach Galifianakis, guest
Zach Galifianakis at the Governors Ball after the 84th Academy Awards ceremony held at the Hollywood and Highland Center, in Hollywood, CA, on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012. Galifianakis was a presenter at the Oscarcast. He'll next be seen in Jay Roach's The Campaign, co-starring Will Ferrell and Jason Sudeikis. (Image: Matt Petit / © A.M.P.A.S.)
The 2012 Oscar show was hosted by Billy Crystal, whose reviews were (at best) mixed. In addition to Galifianakis, other presenters included The Words / The Hangover / The Hangover Part II / Outrun's Bradley Cooper; Mission: Impossible / Rock of Ages / Top Gun / The Last Samurai's Tom Cruise; Volver / Vanilla Sky / To Rome with Love / Into the World's Penélope Cruz; Charlie's Angels / Gambit / What to Expect When You're Expecting / There's Something About Mary's Cameron Diaz; and Wall Street / Haywire / Behind the Candelabra / The China Syndrome / Romancing the Stone's Michael Douglas.
In addition to: Casa de Mi Padre / Dogfight's Will Ferrell; 30 Rock / Date Night's and Mean Girls screenwriter Tina Fey; The King's Speech / A Single Man / Another Country's Colin Firth; Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close / The Da Vinci Code / Big / Saving Private Ryan / Cloud Atlas' Tom Hanks; The Tourist / Salt / Maleficent / Changeling / In the Land of Blood and Honey's Angelina Jolie; Resident Evil: Retribution / The Three Musketeers' Milla Jovovich; and Welcome to the Rileys / Dwegons / The Fighter's Melissa Leo.