France’s The Artist has won best motion picture at the Oscars in Los Angeles.
It is the first silent film to win the award since the inaugural Oscars ceremony in 1929.
The man who shot the film, Michel Hazanavicius, won the award for best director.
The Artist’s male lead Jean Dujardin picked up the gong for best actor.
Dujardin plays George Valentin, a silent movie star who struggles to come to terms with the success of talkies in 1930s Hollywood.
Meryl Streep was chosen as best actress for her portrayal of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in ‘The Iron Lady’.
Canada’s Christopher Plummer was named best supporting actor. At 82, he is the oldest-ever Oscar winner.
‘A Separation’ won the Oscar for best foreign language film.
Directed by Asghar Farhadi, it is the first Iranian movie to win the honour.