At the 84th Annual Academy Awards, The Artist took home the honorary title of Picture of the Year, after outshining rivals such as Moneyball, The Help, War Horse, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, and more.
This is the first silent film to win the award since the first Oscar ceremony in 1929, when Wings took home the title, and also the first black and white film to win Best Picture since Schindler's List in 1994.
It was a close battle between The Artist and Martin Scorsese's animated film Hugo, with both sweeping numerous awards at tonight's ceremony. Jean Dujardin took home the award for Best Actor for his performance in The Artist, and Michel Hazanavicius won for Best Director.
The Artist also won for Best Visual Effects and Costume Design, amounting to five awards total. Hugo won the same number of awards in tonight's ceremony.
#Oscars The Artist. Congratulations for a silent film that spoke volumes to ALL audiences, one viewer tweeted.
The Artist was the Adele of the Oscars, wrote another, comparing the film's victory to Adele's Grammy Award sweep.
However, others weren't as pleased with the Best Picture selection or the ceremony as a whole.
How will next year's Oscars be worse than this year's? Answer: the dog from The Artist will host. He'll be the youngest host ever, posted a disgruntled user.
The Oscars: I like movies, but this award show sucks. The Artist- a black & white silent French film wins all the biggies, really? tweeted another.
Despite the reactions, tonight was a memorable night for many, especially director Michel Hazanavicius.
I am the happiest director in the world right now, he said in his acceptance speech.