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The greatest moments for France in Oscar history

With the 88th Academy Awards upon us, we take a look back at the most historic French moments from the past. Dim the lights.

The greatest moments for France in Oscar history
Photo: AFP

It's not going to be a huge night for France this year. 

Indeed, it's only Mustang – which is nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film – that really stands a chance. 

So, join us as we take a trip through the history of the Oscars instead – a trip down memory lane that includes a fair bit of Oscars trivia too for you film buffs.

For example, do YOU remember how many awards hit film Amélie picked up? Or which was the most successful film for France ever? 

Or what Juliette Binoche (below) did, that no other French person has done before or since? Click here to find out. 

GALLERY: The greatest French moments in Oscars history

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French Oscar-winning composer Michel Legrand dies aged 86

Prolific French composer Michel Legrand, who won three Oscars during a career spanning more than half a century, has died aged 86, his spokesman said Saturday.

French Oscar-winning composer Michel Legrand dies aged 86
In this file photo taken on October 23, 2004, French music composer Michel Legrand leads the Camerata de Bourgogne Orchestra, in Auxerre. Photo: MARTIN BUREAU / AFP
Legrand first won an Academy Award in 1969 for the song “The Windmills of Your Mind” from the film “The Thomas Crown Affair”. He followed that with Oscars for his music for “Summer of '42” in 1972 and for “Yentl” in 1984. 
 
He was also won five Grammys.
 
Legrand, who had been scheduled to stage concerts in Paris in April, died during the night, his spokesman told AFP.
 
He first began working as an accompanist and arranger in the 1960s. During his long career, he worked with Miles Davies, Ray Charles, Orson Welles, Jean Cocteau, Frank Sinatra and Edith Piaf.
 
Legrand was also known for his scores for French New Wave director Jacques Demy for the films “Les Parapluies de Cherbourg” (“The Umbrellas of Cherbourg”) in 1964 and “Les Demoiselles de Rochefort” (“The Young Ladies of Rochefort”) in 1967, both of which received Academy Award nominations.