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Jean Dujardin, Uggie Jean Dujardin backstage getting licked by Uggie during the 84th Academy Awards Awards ceremony held at the Hollywood and Highland Center on February 26, 2012. Jean Dujardin was the year's Best Actor winner for his performance as a fading silent-film star in Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist. Uggie was a Golden Collar winner for his star-making turn as the fading silent star's faithful animal companion. Now, months before Dujardin became the first Frenchman to win an Oscar in the acting categories, he had already been chosen as the Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival. Though not a common occurrence — chiefly because Cannes winners are usually non-Americans performing in non-English-speaking roles — there have been a number of Cannes Best Actor / Best Actress winners who went on to win or be nominated for Oscars. Those include Christoph Waltz for Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, William Hurt for Hector Babenco's Kiss of the Spider Woman, »

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