Oscars 2012: Jean Dujardin Named Best Actor for 'The Artist'

Jean Dujardin, a 39-year-old French actor virtually unknown in the United States before the release of "The Artist," has won the Academy Award for Best Actor.

Before starring as fading matinee idol George Valentin in the largely silent film "The Artist," Dujardin was best known for playing the lead in two secret-agent spoofs from director Michel Hazanavicius, "OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies" and "OSS 117: Lost in Rio." Those films were big hits in Europe but little-seen in the U.S.



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