French silent film The Artist wins best picture at the Academy Awards.
The award topped off a night of Oscars glory for The Artist, with Jean Dujardin winning best actor and Michel Hazanavicius best director.
Dujardin was the first Frenchman to win an acting Oscar, after beating fellow nominees including George Clooney and Brad Pitt.
Hazanavicius, who triumphed over veterans including Martin Scorsese and Woody Allen, had already won a series of gongs for his black-and-white homage to the silent movie era.
"I am the happiest director in the world right now," the 44-year-old said in his acceptance speech.
He is only the second French filmmaker honoured by his Hollywood peers, following in the footsteps of Franco-Polish director Roman Polanski, who won a best director Oscar in 2003 for The Pianist.
The Artist, nominated for 10 awards, also won best costume design