he black-and-white silent film “The Artist” won Oscars for best picture, actor and director at Sunday night’s 84th annual Academy Awards ceremony, tying Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” with five wins each to become the night’s biggest winners.
While the unknown French actor Jean Dujardin edged out George Clooney and Brad Pitt to win best actor, it was a familiar face, Meryl Streep, who won best actress for “The Iron Lady.” It was her record-breaking 17th Oscar nomination and her third win — her first since the 1982 film “Sophie’s Choice.”
“I had this feeling I could hear half of America going, ‘Oh, no! Come on, why her again?’ ” Streep said in her acceptance speech. She added: “But, whatever!”
“Hugo,” an elaborate, 3-D fantasy film that entered the race in the lead with 11 nominations, won mostly in technical categories like cinematography, art direction and visual effects. In the higher-profile categories, the night belonged to “The Artist,” whose wins included best director for Michel Hazanavicius, costume design and original score.
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