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International Films The Artist, A Separation and Saving Face Take Home Top Academy Awards

France, Italy, Pakistan and Iran were among the countries honored at Sunday evening's Oscars.


France wasn't the only country "going crazy" tonight, as host Billy Crystal joked: the international community made a strong showing at this year's Oscars, as at least eight categories were won by actors, musicians and filmmakers from outside the United States.

France, Italy, Canada, Pakistan and Iran all had representatives holding gold statues by the end of Sunday evening's 84th annual Academy Awards, including five awards for "The Artist," which won best picture and directing for French director Michel Hazanavicius.

The widely acclaimed silent film garnered 10 nominations and won half of them, including costume design and original score by French composer Loudovic Bource.

French actor Jean Dujardin also won his category, best actor in a leading role.

“I love your country!” Dujardin yelled as he accepted the award for playing a famous silent film star whose career tanks when talkies become popular, The Los Angeles Times reported.

Other notable international wins included Canadian Christopher Plummer's supporting actor Oscar, for his role as a married man dying from cancer who comes out of the closet "The Beginners"; best documentary short for Pakistani documentarian Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Daniel Junge for "Saving Face," about victims of acid throwing in Pakistan; best foreign language film for Iran's stunning "A Separation"; and art direction for "Hugo," done by Italians Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo.

"This is for Italy," Lo Schiavo said in her acceptance speech, as she held up her Oscar.