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'The Artist' speaks volumes at Academy Awards as it snags 5 statuettes

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Best Actor winner Jean Dujardin kisses Uggie the dog after 'The Artist' won the for Best Picture at the 84th Academy Awards in Hollywood, Calif., Feb. 26.

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Bret McKenzie, nominated for the original song award for music and lyrics for 'Man or Muppet' from 'The Muppets', jumps near actress Jane Seymour posing at the 84th Academy Awards in Hollywood, Calif., Feb. 26.

Vive la France! Vive la ... silent black-and-white movies?

"The Artist" was expected to win a number of the major Academy Awards Sunday night in Los Angeles, and the French, mostly silent, mostly black-and-white film did just that. It claimed the golden statuettes for best picture, best director, best actor and even best costume design and best score.

-- Reported by Today Entertainment's Gael Fashingbauer Cooper

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Left: Actor Sacha Baron Cohen, dressed as his character 'General Aladeen,' arrives at the 84th Annual Academy Awards held at the Hollywood & Highland Center, Feb. 26. Right: Jason Segel, right, reacts as the red carpet is vacuumed after a substance was dumped by Sacha Baron Cohen before the 84th Academy Awards.

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Actress Angelina Jolie arrives before the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles.

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Celebrities from Angelina Jolie to Robert Downey Jr. and beyond gather to honor and celebrate the best films of Hollywood.