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Some Specialities of this year's Oscar Awards
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'The Artist' became the first silent film to win the best picture Oscar Award.

'A Separation' is the first Iranian film to win an Oscar. The film won the Oscar for the best foreign language film.

'Saving Face' is the first Pakistani film to win an Oscar. The film won the Oscar for the best documentary short film.

Christopher Plummer became the oldest actor to ever win an Oscar Award. He is 82 years old. He won the Award for the best supporting actor for his role in in the film 'Beginners'.

Jean Dujardin is the first Frenchman to win a best actor Oscar. He won the Award for the film, 'The Artist'.

"Kodak name banished from this year's Oscar telecast" :
The Oscar Award auditorium and venue have been known as the Kodak Theatre since 2002, as part of a 20-year deal made in 2000 for naming rights. As the Eastman Kodak Company filed for bankruptcy recently, the name Kodak will not be mentioned in the Oscars anymore. The venue is now referred to as the “Hollywood and Highland Center”.

"The nun who visited the Red Carpet" :
The well-known former actress Dolores Hart attended the 2012 Oscar Award ceremony. A documentary film about Hart's life, "God Is the Bigger Elvis" was a nominee for the 2012 Oscar Award for the Best Documentary (Short Subject). Hart's last red carpet Oscar event was in 1959, as a Hollywood starlet. The former actress is now known as 'Rev. Mother Dolores'. She abandoned her successful career at the age of 23 to become a Benedictine nun. 

* The Artist on Sunday won five Academy Awards, including best picture, becoming the first silent film to win Hollywood's highest honours since the original Oscar ceremony 83 years ago..

* The Artist is the first silent winner since the World War I saga Wings, which was named outstanding picture at the first Oscars in 1929..

* Martin Scorsese's Paris adventure Hugo also won five Oscars, all in technical categories..

* Streep's win was her first Oscar in 29 years, since she won best actress for Sophie's Choice. She had lost 12 times in a row since then. Streep also has a supporting-actress Oscar for 1979's Kramer vs. Kramer..

* Streep, the record-holder with 17 acting nominations..

* Streep is only the fifth performer to receive three Oscars, including Jack Nicholson, Ingrid Bergman and Walter Brennan, who won three, while Katharine Hepburn won four..

* The biggest surprise may have been the length of the show, which clocked in at about three hours and 10 minutes, brisk for a ceremony that has run well over four hours some years..

* The 82-year-old Plummer became the oldest acting winner ever for his role as an elderly widower who comes out as gay in Beginners..

* Plummer : “You're only two years older than me, darling,” Plummer said, addressing his Oscar statue. “Where have you been all my life? I have a confession to make. When I first emerged from my mother's womb, I was already rehearsing my Oscar speech..”

* The previous oldest winner was best-actress recipient Jessica Tandy for Driving Miss Daisy. She won at the age of 80..

* Dujardin became the first Frenchman to win an acting Oscar. French actresses have won before, including Marion Cotillard and Juliette Binoche..

* Woody Allen earned his first Oscar in 25 years, winning for original screenplay for the romantic fantasy Midnight in Paris, his biggest hit in decades.Allen also is the record-holder for 15 writing nominations, and his three writing Oscars ties the record shared by Charles Brackett, Paddy Chayefsky, Francis Ford Coppola and Billy Wilder..

* Pakistan wins its maiden Oscar for documentary on acid victims.. Pakistan scarce to come by, the nation basked in the spotlight that fell on documentary film maker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, who on Monday morning became the country's first Oscar awardee..

* Iranian family drama A Separation defeated films from Israel, Belgium, Poland and Canada to win the country’s first Academy award in the foreign film category..

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