The Iron Lady picks up 2 Academy Awards

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The cast and crew of silent movie The Artist were celebrating last night after picking up 5 Oscars including Best Picture.

The French film also won prizes for Best Director, Best Costume Design, Best Original Score and Best Actor In A Leading Role, which was awarded to 39-year-old Jean Dujardin.

‘If George Valentin could speak, he would say, “Wow! Victorie! Genial! Merci!”‘ Jean said of his character.

Martin Scorsese‘s Hugo matched The Artist‘s success, taking home gongs for Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Visual Effects.

Meryl Streep won the 3rd Oscar of her career for her role as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, which also picked up the Best Make-up gong.

‘When they called my name I had this feeling I could hear half of America going, “Aww, no. Not her again”. But, you know, whatever,’ Meryl, 62, said upon accepting her award for Best Actress In A Leading Role.

‘I look out here and I see my life before my eyes. My old friends, my new friends.

‘This is such a great honour but the thing that counts the most for me is the friendships.

‘Thank you. All of you, departed and here.’

Christopher Plummer, 82, took the Best Supporting Actor prize for his role in Beginners, while The Help‘s Octavia Spencer, 39, won Best Supporting Actress.

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Esme Riley