Oscar winners Jean Dujardin and Asghar Farhadi attend the Governor’s Ball following the 84th Annual Academy Awards Awards at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Hollywood on Sunday, February 26, 2012. Dujardin was the Best Actor winner for Michel Hazanavicius’ The Artist. Farhadi’s A Separation was the Best Foreign Language Film winner. Additionally, Farhadi was in the running in the Best Original Screenplay category. (Photo: © A.M.P.A.S.)
Farhadi’s competitors were Hazanavicius for The Artist, J.C. Chandor for Margin Call, Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo for Paul Feig’s Bridesmaids, and the eventual winner, Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris.
Dujardin’s Best Actor competition consisted of Demián Bichir for Chris Weitz’s A Better Life, George Clooney for Alexander Payne’s The Descendants, Brad Pitt for Bennett Miller’s Moneyball, and Gary Oldman for Tomas Alfredson’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Dujardin was a first-time Oscar nominee. Prior to the Oscar, he was the Best Actor winner at the BAFTAs, the SAG Awards, and the Golden Globes (Best Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy/Musical).