Jean Dujardin won the Oscar for best actor on Sunday for his role in silent movie “The Artist,” becoming the first Frenchman to win an acting Oscar.
The Gallic actor beat four fellow nominees including Hollywood A-listers George Clooney and Brad Pitt, who had been nominated for “The Descendants” and “Moneyball,” respectively.
“I love your country,” Dujardin told the Oscars audience as he took the stage for his acceptance speech, the latest of many awards shows at which he has triumphed over the last few months.
After thanking the film’s cast and crew, adding “my wife, I love you,” he broke into French, using an expletive and then saying, “Great, thank you.”
Dujardin, who has won a string of awards in the United States and elsewhere over the last few months, also beat Britain’s Gary Oldman in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” and Mexico’s Demian Bichir in “A Better Life.”
“The Artist” started the evening with nominations in 10 categories at the Oscars, second only to veteran director Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo,” which had 11.