To little surprise, Jean Dujardin won the Oscar for best actor.
“The Artist” star was all smiles as he took to the stage: “I love your country.”
After thanking the Academy, Dujardin gave a bit of a history lesson about the first Oscar ceremony in 1929. He joked about its running time of 15
50 minutes, as the current ceremony approached its third hour.
He gave a special thank you to silent film actor Douglas Fairbanks for inspiring his character.
Clearly excited, Dujardin finished his speech with an ecstatic — and difficult to understand — statement: “If George Valentin could speak, he’d say, ‘Merci beaucoup, formidable!’ ”