Oscars 2012: Jean Dujardin wins for lead actor
In the film, Dujardin plays silent film star George Valentin, who struggles with his place in a world of talkies, all while romancing the new face of cinema, personified by song-and-dance gal Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo).
Though Dujardin was not a major star before this awards season, he's a household name in France. He got his start through a one-man show, enacting the various characters he encountered during his military service.
Dujardin competed against George Clooney in "The Descendants," Demián Bichir in "A Better Life," Gary Oldman in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" and Brad Pitt in "Moneyball." The 39-year-old actor previously picked up the Golden Globe for actor in a motion picture comedy or musical.
The Academy Awards are taking place in Hollywood and are being televised live on ABC. They are presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, whose membership was recently examined in depth by the Los Angeles Times.
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Photo: Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo of "The Artist." Credit: Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times