The French film “The Artist” was the big winner at this year’s Academy Awards, while the Israeli contender, “Footnote,” went home empty handed.
“The Artist,” by French filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius, picked up both best picture and best director honors February 26 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.
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The black and white movie about the transition from silent films to talkies also picked up the best actor award for Jean Dujardin, costume design for Mark Bridges and original score for composer Ludovic Bource. In total, the film won five of the 10 Oscars for which it was nominated.
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Meanwhile, Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” received the lions share of the evening’s technical awards, including cinematography, sound editing, sound mixing and visual effects.