By Chris Kaltenbach
1:12 AM EST, February 27, 2012
In his Oscar acceptance speech, "The Artist" director Michel Hazanavicius said he wanted to thank three people: "Billy Wilder, Billy Wilder and Billy Wilder."
Backstage, Hazanavicius was asked why he felt compelled to thank Wilder, the Oscar-winning director of such classics as "The Lost Weekend," "Double Indemnity" and "The Apartment," three times.
"I thanked Billy Wilder three times," he replied, "because I had to keep it short."
Hazanavicius said he would have thanked his accomplished forebear 1,000 times if he could have, referring to the Austrian-born Wilder as "the perfect director" and "the soul of Hollywood."
Of course, anyone who's ever seen such Wilder pictures as "Sunset Boulevard" or "Some Like It Hot" could only agree.
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