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His production house, Weinstein Co., produced some of the year's most nominated films.
"The art of performing in a silent movie is a lost process, and I have to thank the director and brilliant ensemble of actors in 'The Artist.' We wouldn't be here today without their talent. 'The Artist' is a love letter to classic American cinema, and today the Academy gave us a love letter back.
"Today is a great day for celebrating creative courage, visionary talent and the power of independent cinema to inspire, to entertain and to move people in all kinds of new and exciting ways."