Jean Dujardin - Oscars 2012: Jean Dujardin Apologizes For Expletive Acceptance Speech
Jean Dujardin has apologized for swearing during his Oscars speech. Dujardin won the Oscar for his portrayal of George Valetin in the Artist. It may have been in French, but it wasn't lost on those gathered in the audience and in a backstage interview, he was asked if he did indeed "drop the French equivalent of the F word?" Initially confused by the question, Dujardin replied "I said it's amazing. It's incredible. It's unbelievable. Thank you. Ah, yes. I'm sorry."
Perhaps something got lost in translation when Jean Dujardin was told not to model his acceptance speech on Adele's truncated Brit Awards moment, when she showed her middle finger to the cameras after her speech was stopped short. The offending remark came right at the end of his acceptance speech, when he said if George Valentin could speak, he'd say "m*red," the actor slipping back into character. He continued with the words "Merci beaucoup. I love you." Dujardin also took the time to thank one of his inspirations for the movie, Douglas Fairbanks, saying "Thank you to the Academy. It's funny because in 1929 it wasn't Billy Crystal, but Douglas Fairbanks who hosted the first Oscar ceremony. Tickets cost five dollars and it lasted 15 minutes. Times have changed. So thank you Douglas Fairbanks."
Speaking backstage after winning the award, Jean Dujardin was also asked about the whereabouts of his four-legged co-star, Uggie. Dujardin confirmed that the canine actor had unfortunately not made it to the ceremony but was "home in Miami, I think."