Due to the predictions on this site that were correct, the following are true:
- The Artist is first silent film to win Best Picture since Wings (1927). It is also the first silent film to be nominated for Best Picture since The Patriot (1928).
- Michel Hazanavicius, the director of the The Artist, is the first Best Director recipient from France. Though William Wyler, who won for Mrs. Miniver (1942), The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), and Ben-Hur (1959), was from Alsace, it was then a part of Germany.
- Jean Dujardin, who played George Valentin in The Artist, is the first Best Actor recipient from France.
- Meryl Streep, who played Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, broke her streak of 12 consecutive acting nominations without an Oscar. The two closest streaks are Bette Davis and Peter O’Toole, who were each nominated 8 times in a row without a win.
- Christopher Plummer (The Beginners), at age 82, is the oldest winnner of the Best Supporting Actor award. The former record holder was George Burns, who won in 1975 at age 80 for his role in The Sunshine Boys.
- Woody Allen, the writer of Midnight in Paris, tied the record for most Best Screenplay awards at 3. Others with 3: Billy Wilder for The Lost Weekend (1945), Sunset Boulevard (1950), and The Apartment (1960); Charles Brackett for The Lost Weekend (1945), Sunset Boulevard (1950), and Titanic (1953); Francis Ford Coppola for Patton (1970), The Godfather (1972), and The Godfather, Part II (1974); and Paddy Chayefsky for Marty (1955), The Hospital (1971), and Network (1976).
- Woody Allen is the first person to win 3 Best Writing – Original Screenplay awards. Each of the others with 3 awards won at least 1 in the Adapted Screenplay category.
- A Separation marks the first victory for Iran in the Best Foreign Language Film category. Children of Heaven (1997) was the only other film from Iran to be nominated.
- The Artist is the first film to win Best Picture, a lead acting award, and a score award since My Fair Lady (1964), for which Rex Harrison won Best Actor and Andre Previn won the now-defunct category “Best Scoring of Music – Adaptation or Treatment.”
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