'Artist' aims to make history

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FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2011 file photo, Michel Hazanavicius, writer/director of "The Artist," poses at a screening of the film in Beverly Hills, Calif.  Hazanavicius was nominated Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012 for an Academy Award for best director for the film. The Oscars will be presented Feb. 26 at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, hosted by Billy Crystal and broadcast live on ABC. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, file)

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"The Artist" is favored to become the only silent movie to take the best-picture prize since the first Oscar ceremony 83 years ago. And Jean Dujardin, nominated for his leading role in the film, could become the first Frenchman to win best actor.

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