Feb. 27, 2012 at 10:27 AM ET
Best actor Oscar winner Jean Dujardin may have been able to sneak a curse word into his acceptance speech Sunday night via his native French tongue.
After French actor (and "Dancing With the Stars" vet) Gilles Marini tweeted he’d heard a swear word drop from the Oscar-winner’s mouth during his speech, E! Online questioned Dujardin about the possible verbal slippage. "The Artist" star replied guiltily, “Uh yeah…I’m sorry.”
Asked on TODAY, Dujardin told host Ann Curry, he was “over the moon” with excitement after winning the award, that his thank you generally translated to, “It was amazing, it was incredible,” and that everything he said was PG-rated.
The French excerpt of Dujardin’s speech comes towards the end, when he imagines how the actor he played in "The Artist" might react to the award.
“If George Valentin could speak, he’d say, ‘Wow! Putain, genial, merci, formidable, merci beaucoup, I love you!’” The actor screamed enthusiastically.
Translated directly, this means, "Wow! F***, amazing, thank you, incredible, thank you so much, I love you!"
Access Hollywood spoke to Dujardin’s mother, who accompanied him to the show, and had this to say about her son’s language. “I don’t like, I don’t like [that] he said [it].”
No one from France is gawking, nevertheless. Best director winner, Michel Hazanavicius, who worked with Dujardin on “The Artist,” adds “It’s not really a bad word, we always say that in France.”
Dujardin wasn't the only one to drop a swear word on the Oscars stage. Filmmaker TJ Martin, who won the best documentary feature award for football film "Undefeated," was bleeped for calling the win "f------ awesome," but later said "we meant no offense."
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