Chris Pizzello, Associated Press
Jean Dujardin and his wife, Alexandra Lamy arrive at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, in Los Angeles.

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — "The Artist" star Jean Dujardin has become the first star in a silent film to earn a major Hollywood prize with his acting win at the Golden Globes.

Dujardin was named best actor in a musical or comedy at Sunday's Globes for his role as a silent-era star whose career unravels amid the rise of talking pictures in the late 1920s. The win improves Frenchman Dujardin's prospects for the best-actor honor at next month's Academy Awards.

It's a breakout role in Hollywood for Dujardin, a star back home in France but little known to U.S. audiences previously. His French credits include "The Artist" creator Michel Hazanavicius' spy spoofs "OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies" and "OSS 117: Lost in Rio."