From the 2012 presidential election to the horrendous school shooting in Newtown, Conn., here is a look back at some of the biggest news stories of 2012.
February 26: "The Artist" became the first silent film since 1927's "Wings" to capture to top award at the Academy Awards, taking home the Oscar for Best Picture. The movie also won four more Oscars for Best Directing, Best Costume Design, Best Original Music Score and Best Actor for Jean Dujardin. Martin Scorsese's 3-D film "Hugo" also won five Oscars to tie for the most awards.
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