- Associated Press - Friday, February 24, 2012

PARIS (AP) - 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 Berenice 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.

Best actor honors went to Omar Sy, star of the blockbuster feel-good movie “Untouchable.”

He notably beat out “Artist” star Jean Dujardin who won the category in Cannes, at the Golden Globes, and at Britain’s Bafta Awards _ and is among the best-actor nominees at the Oscars.

“The Artist” tells of the ups and downs faced by a Hollywood silent film star at the advent of talkie movies.