No surprises here. Despite the possibility of a Martin Scorsese upset, Michel Hazanavicius ended up bringing home the Best Director trophy at the 84th annual Academy Awards on Sunday.

This was the first nomination and win for the French director, who burst onto the scene this year with the critical darling, "The Artist," a semi-silent film that captured the rise and fall of George Valentin (Jean Dujardin), a silent movie star coming to grips with the increased popularity of talkies.

"I am the happiest director in the world right now," Hazanavicius said while accepting the award.

Hazanavicius, who also won the Golden Globe for Best Screenplay and Best Director, defeated fellow nominees Scorsese ("Hugo"), Alexander Payne ("The Descendants"), Woody Allen ("Midnight in Paris") and Terrence Malick ("The Tree of Life").

Michel's next film, "The Players," will star "Artist" lead Jean Dujardin.

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