Academy Awards voters have spoken up for "The Artist," the first silent film to triumph at Hollywood's highest honors since the original Oscar ceremony 83 years ago.
The black-and-white comic melodrama took four prizes Sunday, including best picture, actor for Jean Dujardin and director for Michel Hazanavicius. Not since the World War I saga "Wings" was named outstanding picture at the first Oscars in 1929 had a silent film earned the top prize.
It was an emotional best supporting actress win for Octavia Spencer for her work as a sassy maid in "The Help". She was overcome with emotion as she took the stage to a standing ovation.
Christopher Plummer won best supporting actor for his role as an elderly widower who comes out of the closet in "The Beginners". At 82-years-old, Plummer becomes the oldest person to win an acting Oscar.
Best director honors went to french director Michel Hazanavicius for "The Artist". He beat out some of the best directors in the business including Martin Scorsese and Woody Allen.
Meryl Streep took home the third best actress Oscar of her career for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady". Streep holds the record for Oscar nominations with 17 but her last win came 29 years ago for "Sophie's Choice".
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