After leading the Best Picture field in the months before Sunday's (February 26) Oscars ceremony, "The Artist" took home the top prize. The film won five awards in total, tying "Hugo" for the most awards for a single film at this year's Academy Awards.
In a year filled with films that looked back fondly at the magic of going to the movies, no movie dominated the awards-show conversation quite like "The Artist." The odds-on favorite to win Best Picture, "The Artist" performed just as well as many expected it would on Oscar night.
The ode to silent film was considered the heavy favorite to win several of the major categories at the Academy Awards and took home Oscars for Best Actor (Jean Dujardin) and Best Director (Michel Hazanavicius).
Hazanavicius' win for Best Director signaled a turn in the tide for the night, which had been dominated by Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" in the technical categories.
"The Artist" also collected a good number of trophies earlier in the show, for Best Score and Best Costume Design, in addition to its top prize. It went toe-to-toe with "Hugo," which also took home five total awards.
The star playing a star, Jean Dujardin, won for Best Actor and signaled that the night belonged to "The Artist."
Though Alexander Payne's "The Descendants" had gained an early lead as a potential Best Picture winner, strong showings at film festivals and earlier awards shows locked "The Artist" firmly as the front-runner for the category. Few Oscar analysts expected any other movie but the silent film to take the category.
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