In his Oscar acceptance speech, "The Artist" director Michel Hazanavicius said he wanted to thank three people: "
, Billy Wilder and Billy Wilder."
Backstage, Hazanavicius was asked why he felt compelled to thank Wilder,
-winning director of such classics as "The Lost Weekend," "Double Indemnity" and "The Apartment," three times.
"I thanked Billy Wilder three times," he replied, "because I had to keep it short."
Hazanavicius said he would have thanked his accomplished forebear 1,000 times if he could have, referring to the Austrian-born Wilder as "the perfect director" and "the soul of Hollywood."