The Artist is the first silent movie to win the Oscar after Wings which won the award in 1929, the very year the Oscar Awards ceremony began.
The Artist is also the first black and white movie to win the award since Schindler's List won the coveted prize in 1994.
At the 84th Annual Academy Awards, The Artist won the title for the Picture of the Year, beating Moneyball, The Help, War Horse, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, and other movies.
The Artist, which was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, bagged five Oscars. Apart from the best movie title, it won the best costume design (Mark Bridges), best original score (Ludovic Bource), best director (Michel Hazavanicius), best actor in a leading role (Jean Dujardin) awards.
The film was also nominated for six Golden Globes, the most number of nominations among the movies released in 2011. It won three out of them - best motion picture, best original score, and best actor. Also, it won seven BAFTAs and six Cesar Awards.
It seems not all people are happy about the movie wining the awards.
On Jan 9 2012, American actress Kim Novak said that the film's use of music score from Vertigo was out of line. She stated that rape had been committed in regard to the musical score by Ludovic Bource, which incorporates a portion of Bernard Herrmann's score from Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 film Vertigo.
Novak, who starred in Vertigo, told the Variety magazine, that she felt as if my body - or, at least my body of work - has been violated by the movie 'The Artist'...This film should've been able to stand on its own without depending on Bernard Herrmann's score from Alfred Hitchcock's 'Vertigo' to provide more drama.
Novak considers the usage of the music and the small credit given to Herrmann as cheating.
It is morally wrong for the artistry of our industry to use and abuse famous pieces of work to gain attention and applause for other than what they were intended, she continued. Shame on them!
In response to Novak's statements, Hazanavicius told CNN that while he's apologetic to the screen legend who is upset, he was not sorry that he had used it.
I've done nothing wrong, he said at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards.
I used music from another movie, but it's not illegal. We paid for that, we asked for that and we had the permission to do it. For me there is no real controversy...I feel sorry for her, but there's a lot of movies with music from other movies, directors do that all the time and I'm not sure it's a big deal.
Wonder what Novak has to say after the movie's Oscars feat.