French film 'The Artist' sweeps the Oscars

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French film 'The Artist' sweeps the Oscars

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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’.

Main categories winners:

  • Best Picture: The Artist
  • Directing: Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist
  • Actress in a Leading Role: Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady
  • Actor in a Leading Role: Jean Dujardin in The Artist
  • Actress in a supporting role: Octavia Spencer in The Help
  • Actor in a supporting role: Christopher Plummer in Begginers
  • Animated Feature Film: Rango
  • Cinematography: Hugo by Robert Richardson
  • Art direction: Hugo by Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo
  • Documentary Feature: Undefeated by TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay and Rich Middlemas
  • Foreign language film: Iran, A separation by Asghar Farhadi
  • Complete list of winners

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.