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Oscars 2012: 'The Artist' director thanks Billy Wilder very, very much

Oscars 2012: 'The Artist' director thanks Billy Wilder very, very much

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...

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