Associated Press
February 24, 2012 AT 12:00 PM EST

Silent film The Artist has won six awards including best picture, best actress and best director at France’s answer to the Academy Awards. Just two days before the Oscars, co-star Bérénice Bejo and director Michel Hazanavicius took top honors at the Cesar awards on Friday. Best actor honors went to Omar Sy, star of the blockbuster feel-good movie Intouchables (Untouchable). He notably beat The Artist star Jean Dujardin who won the category at Cannes, the Golden Globes and Britain’s BAFTAs — and is among the best-actor nominees at the Oscars.

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