He did it. He really pulled it off!
Jean Dujardin jumped to fame thanks to a silent movie and has become the first Frenchman to win the coveted accolade and beat out Hollywood frontrunner George Clooney to the Oscar as best actor!
Now, if you grew up this side of the pond you have most probably come across Jean in a comedy television series called "Un gars, Une fille". I used to watch it along with other 5 million viewers each day, that is to say a third of the people watching television at that timeslot in France. It won a Sept d'or award for "best entertainment show" in 2001 and concluded in 2003. "Un gars, Une fille" contains 486 episodes with 4,500 sketches.
Jean Dujardin began his acting career performing a one-man show he wrote in various bars and cabarets in Paris. He first gained attention when he appeared on the French talent show "Graines de star" in 1996 as part of the comedy group "Nous C Nous".
But nothing could have prepared him for the success of "The Artist," for which he won the best actor prize at the Cannes Film Festival last year.
More honors followed, including the Golden Globe for best actor in a musical or comedy, the BAFTA prize for best actor, and the Screen Actors Guild award - all leading up to Dujardin's Oscar triumph.
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